Many thanks to Steve Ball & Marc Farb from Olympus for coming out to our "Olympus Day" last Saturday! We enjoyed their help showing our customers their great new cameras, including their E-PL1 EVIL camera that's changing the way we look at digital DSLRs! (That's Marc, a very talented photographer in his own right with the E-PL1 adapted onto a 1000mm mirror lens!) It's not too late, especially with Mother's Day coming up to show you their full line of great cameras with special prices for this week! By the way, Olympus just announced a cool new contest called the "PEN Your Story Challenge". Winners gets a E-PL1 ,$5,000 to fulfill your "creative vision" & for the grand prize winner, a trip to the U.S. Tennis Open in September. Interested? Read on... "Olympus wants to know: What you would do if you had the amazing new Olympus PEN® E-PL1 portable camera featuring professional digital single lens reflex (DSLR) image quality, point-and-shoot simplicity and high-definition (HD) video, along with $5,000 to bring your creative vision to life? The PEN your story challenge starts right now, so it’s time to find out. Your “vision” can be anything that you could produce with the high-quality PEN and $5,000 budget. Whether your dream is to direct a short film with HD video, produce a fashion spread of pro-quality still images, chronicle an adventure or to create an amazing photomontage, you can submit your video proposal to and enter to win the PEN, the funds to make your project reality and a crack at the grand prize. After the proposal submissions have been narrowed down to 20 semi-finalists selected by the community via thumbs up “likes” (be sure to tell your friends to watch and like your submission!), six of the best proposals will be selected by a panel of judges from Olympus, as well as the YouTube community. Those six individuals will receive the PEN, the funds and time to bring their proposals to life. Once the six finalists have uploaded their final creations to YouTube for the world to see, one lucky Grand Prize winner will be selected based on a combination of popular vote and the panel of Olympus judges. The Grand Prize winner will receive an all-expense-paid trip for two to New York City to attend the Olympus-sponsored US Open National Championships on Olympus Day. The winner’s work will be displayed on the giant video board at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center before an audience of thousands!" Watch here later this week for our 2nd installment of our Summer Travel Photo Tips articles, an annoucement of our Canon "EOS Discovery Day" in June and and Mother's Day Specials, plus Point & Shoot mini-class on Thursday! We also have 6 Stylus Cameras with special pricing on our Ebay site (877ecamera) with portions of the proceeds going to Americare's relief efforts in Haiti! Check them out by clicking our Ebay icon you see above & to the left of this post, then type in " Olympus" in the active items search area!

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