Legendary Olympus design guru, Maitani, is dead

Maitani headed the design teams that created the Olympus Pen, XA, and OM camera icons

Picture courtesy of Olympus

It's with sadness that we have learned of the death of Yoshihisa Maitani, Olympus' great camera designer who was instrumental with the revolutionary concepts that delivered the Olympus Pen half frame series, including the Pen F SLR of the 1960s, and which influenced the recently launched Olympus Pen E-P1 compact interchangeable lens camera. Maitani was also key to the development of the XA capsule camera, which later evolved in to the Mju and Stylus range, and ground-breaking OM film SLR system, which turned the camera industry away from bulky and awkward SLR designs people were used to in the early 1970s.

Maitani was only 76, but his mark on the camera world will last a great deal longer.

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