...Sort of. I returned to action this morning to find computer problems. Of course. (Modern life is good, but not simple.) I have to reset my browser (Firefox), which I'm dreading.
I haven't yet been able to contact Amazon to try to get an answer as to why many peoples' longstanding orders for Here Far Away are being cancelled. I can speculate it's that maybe it's because you ordered the first edition and only the second edition is going to be available? Many people are reordering through Amazon U.K. and the Book Depository. I'm not sure that's necessary—I'd just place a new order through Amazon.com—but if you don't want to try that it's understandable. TOP readers have so far ordered or purchased 318 copies of the book through our links.
The new ÜberOlympus became available overnight, as did its new companion premium-quality zoom, a 24–80mm ƒ/2.8. [Correction: Whoops, it's a 12–40mm, of course. 24–80mm angle-of-view equivalent. Shows you how my mind works. —Ed.] These are statement products for Micro 4/3, which demand a certain level of attention even from people who are down on Olympus because of its soon to be two-year-old corporate troubles with malfeasance.
...Which, by the way, are continuing: Britain's Serious Fraud Office (SFO) has decided to prosecute Olympus. It's the first time the agency has prosecuted a company instead of an individual. The U.S. Justice Department has not decided on a course of action, but has not closed the case.
Meanwhile, the camera division, which has taken a bad hit from all the bad press for things I'm sure no one in the division ever even knew about, continues to struggle to fight to right itself after getting swamped by the rogue wave. Behind all the brouhaha, they still make very good cameras. I naturally sympathize with citizens in the streets rather than governments, soldiers in the trenches rather than the high command, and workers on the line rather than the fat-cats in the corporate jets, so of course I feel for the people actually designing, engineering, and making the cameras and lenses. YMMV.
The new lens is especially interesting. If you are familiar with Olympus's top-line lenses for the 4/3 system, you know just how good they can potentially be.
Last item of news: Ctein's column will be one day late this week. As usual, not due to him at all; due to the Ed. (me) having been away.
(Thanks to Andreas Sakka)
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