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Olympus confirms new camera body for Four Thirds lenses

Olympus press statement released today:

Olympus working on new body for top-pro lenses

Akira Watanabe, manager of Olympus Imaging's SLR planning department, confirmed today that the company is definitely working on a body to deliver the focusing performance expected by users of the Top Pro lens series like the ground breaking 90-250 f2.8 fixed aperture zoom.

Watanabe has been delighted with the success of the OM-D which has pushed the boundaries of performance for system cameras but acknowledged that it did not deliver with the legacy high end lenses from the E-System. Whilst further information were not forthcoming, he was keen to emphasise that Olympus is actively developing a solution and will announce more details in due course.

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Olympus confirms new camera body for Four Thirds lenses

Four Thirds User editorial team Olympus confirms new camera body for Four Thirds lenses
At last, confirmation of a commitment by Olympus to provide a new professional standard camera body ... (more)

AndyElliott Re: Olympus confirms new camera body for Four Thirds lenses
Great news - glad the E-7 is finally coming... I would hope that, in addition to a sensor at leas... (more)

Ian Re: Olympus confirms new camera body for Four Thirds lenses
I was able to talk to Akira san yesterday and his main concern was the ability to focus normally wit... (more)

AndyElliott Re: Olympus confirms new camera body for Four Thirds lenses
Well, given the weight balance issue, it'll also need to be decently large - no smaller than the cur... (more)

Ian Re: Olympus confirms new camera body for Four Thirds lenses
They are so surprised about this on another big site forum (guess who?) that they are questioning th... (more)

gbbiv Re: Olympus confirms new camera body for Four Thirds lenses
Good news!!!... (more)

AndyElliott Re: Olympus confirms new camera body for Four Thirds lenses
Indeed - the trolls who like to say FT is dead miss the point and ethos of Olympus. They have always... (more)

nikvis Re: Olympus confirms new camera body for Four Thirds lenses
It was time.. 4/3 alive and kicking!... (more)

tkurkowski Re: Olympus confirms new camera body for Four Thirds lenses
Mirrorless? So your hunch is that it's not an E-7? Because the small mirrorless bodies Oly has ... (more)

AndyElliott Re: Olympus confirms new camera body for Four Thirds lenses
My guess would be it may well be called an E-7, but not using a mirror for the [optical] viewfind... (more)

whatapicture Re: Olympus confirms new camera body for Four Thirds lenses
The big question is, how much?... (more)

hschnee Re: Olympus confirms new camera body for Four Thirds lenses
This is an important point. The press release does not say that the camera is the E-7 or even tha... (more)

tkurkowski Re: Olympus confirms new camera body for Four Thirds lenses
That may be nice for the folks who need CAF but I use EVFs on pro videocams, am unimpressed, and ... (more)

Robert Watcher Re: Olympus confirms new camera body for Four Thirds lenses
Well - hopefully there will be some additonal info in the months to come. Certainly encouraging news... (more)

Ian Re: Olympus confirms new camera body for Four Thirds lenses
Something like the Sony Alpha SLT with a fixed semi-silvered mirror (which Olympus has experience wi... (more)

hschnee Re: Olympus confirms new camera body for Four Thirds lenses
Wouldn't this mean using the standard 4/3 form factor and mount (i.e. not an MFT camera)? I'm ske... (more)

AndyElliott Re: Olympus confirms new camera body for Four Thirds lenses
Yep - I suspect that too... (more)

Ian Re: Olympus confirms new camera body for Four Thirds lenses
I have to be quite careful what I say because of non-disclosure agreements but as one of the other m... (more)

Ian Re: Olympus confirms new camera body for Four Thirds lenses
I forgot to mention here that when it was suggested (by me!) that it would be an easy job to update ... (more)

Paul Re: Olympus confirms new camera body for Four Thirds lenses
Ian is this me not understanding English or corporate gobbledygook ? We know Olympus is not ma... (more)

Ian Re: Olympus confirms new camera body for Four Thirds lenses
Basically, he is saying that the manufacturing capability remains should there be demand. Some of... (more)

Paul Re: Olympus confirms new camera body for Four Thirds lenses
So if there is a demand for a camera that has all but been erased from the market because you cou... (more)

whatapicture Re: Olympus confirms new camera body for Four Thirds lenses
Likening the technology to the Sony SLT may be a bit premature as I heard on the grape vine that Son... (more)

Ian Re: Olympus confirms new camera body for Four Thirds lenses
Paul, I understand where you are coming from but Akira san is not a marketing man - he is an engi... (more)

tkurkowski Re: Olympus confirms new camera body for Four Thirds lenses
Ian, thanks for all your information but now I'm confused. An updated E5 chassis with E-M5 technolo... (more)

Ian Re: Olympus confirms new camera body for Four Thirds lenses
Assimilating what I have heard it would seem that a refreshed E-5 is not the direction Olympus is go... (more)

Kees Re: Olympus confirms new camera body for Four Thirds lenses
My guess is it will basically be an E-M5, with a 4/3 mount and a larger grip that will hold the bigg... (more)

John Perriment Re: Olympus confirms new camera body for Four Thirds lenses
I've always thought that Olympus would offer one more traditional DSLR in the E-x range [B]if[/B]... (more)

s4ean Re: Olympus confirms new camera body for Four Thirds lenses
Great news... with a mere slight disappointment with this statement however. That's exactly what ... (more)

West Arm Rider Re: Olympus confirms new camera body for Four Thirds lenses
:) Whatever the product I'm happy 4/3rds is alive and work is underway, time to save up some funds a... (more)

Wilhelm Re: Olympus confirms new camera body for Four Thirds lenses
I have learnt to like the EVF on the EM-5, so i like a mirrorless solution that can handle my 4/3 le... (more)

whatapicture Re: Olympus confirms new camera body for Four Thirds lenses
Pure guess work, but I suspect Olympus will want to keep this new 4thirds body small or at least no ... (more)

Brubaker Re: Olympus confirms new camera body for Four Thirds lenses
No doubt good news for the confirmed 4/3 user but I'm still aspiring to a full frame DSLR and Olympu... (more)

Ian Re: Olympus confirms new camera body for Four Thirds lenses
Having used an E-5 and a D300 back to back I think we'll just have to disagree on this one. The E... (more)

Ian Re: Olympus confirms new camera body for Four Thirds lenses
The E-3/E-5 optical viewfinder, thanks to a tilted pentaprism, is not only 100% view but practica... (more)

Ian Re: Olympus confirms new camera body for Four Thirds lenses
I have done the same, but I have simply adjusted the way I hold the camera and lens - naturally y... (more)

whatapicture Re: Olympus confirms new camera body for Four Thirds lenses
It all depends on how much Olympus want to adhere to tradition. Their DSLR's were smaller on average... (more)

hschnee Re: Olympus confirms new camera body for Four Thirds lenses
The viewfinder type will certainly be based on whether or not the camera has a traditional SLR mi... (more)

Dan in NC Re: Olympus confirms new camera body for Four Thirds lenses
I consider this very good news. I will hold steady and see what Olympus has to offer for the 4/3rds ... (more)

Ian Re: Olympus confirms new camera body for Four Thirds lenses
I'll say this once more - the E-3/5 and E-30 are very similar in size. They all use the same batt... (more)

tkurkowski Re: Olympus confirms new camera body for Four Thirds lenses
Once again, thanks for sharing your information and predictions! Ted... (more)

timg Re: Olympus confirms new camera body for Four Thirds lenses
I mentioned this before... but how about an E6xx sized camera with OMD style 2-part grip to bulk ... (more)

tkurkowski Re: Olympus confirms new camera body for Four Thirds lenses
Having used pro videocam EVFs for some time, I'm still skeptical[B]*[/B]. But I'm willing to be ... (more)

Brubaker Re: Olympus confirms new camera body for Four Thirds lenses
Hi Ian, It took years of badgering at shows and by letters to Olympus to consider putting back the v... (more)

Wilhelm Re: Olympus confirms new camera body for Four Thirds lenses
I have an E-3 and even if I have small (ish) hands the E-3 is perfect for me. Come to think of i... (more)

tkurkowski Re: Olympus confirms new camera body for Four Thirds lenses
Not me. Frankly any discussion about the "correct" or "comfortable" size of a camera body, witho... (more)

Albert E Re: Olympus confirms new camera body for Four Thirds lenses
Hi!!I have been looking around this wonderful Forum,but this is my first reply!!I live in Uruguay(S.... (more)

Ian Re: Olympus confirms new camera body for Four Thirds lenses
OK, I think I am understanding what you are saying better but there are some things that need to be... (more)

Ian Re: Olympus confirms new camera body for Four Thirds lenses
Hi Albert and a very warm welcome to you from me! Apart from a day trip into Mexico from Californ... (more)

Albert E Re: Olympus confirms new camera body for Four Thirds lenses
Thanks Ian!!Your wishes are almost exactly the same as mine!!Let'wait and see!!At least we are heari... (more)

Horacio Re: Olympus confirms new camera body for Four Thirds lenses
Hi Ian, As you inroduced the subject, I would like to hear from you some deep comments about the dif... (more)

John Perriment Re: Olympus confirms new camera body for Four Thirds lenses
Sounds like a topic for another thread, if Ian has time! :)... (more)

John Perriment Re: Olympus confirms new camera body for Four Thirds lenses
Difficult for me to answer, Ian. I love my E-3 and rate it as generally the best handling camera ... (more)

Joop Re: Olympus confirms new camera body for Four Thirds lenses
Its not only "a grip" as a counter balance for the HG and SHG lenses, also weight has to do with it... (more)

timg Re: Olympus confirms new camera body for Four Thirds lenses
Any reason why the grip can't be heavy? Some 'gaming mice' include the option to change the weigh... (more)

Joop Re: Olympus confirms new camera body for Four Thirds lenses
You can make it as difficult as you like. But both are full frame systems. The full frame you refer... (more)

Joop Re: Olympus confirms new camera body for Four Thirds lenses
It will be still out of balance and if done not right tilting to the right or the left.... (more)

Robert Watcher Re: Olympus confirms new camera body for Four Thirds lenses
My personal view is that now that we have such a great compact system in the micro 4/3 system - ther... (more)

Albert E Re: Olympus confirms new camera body for Four Thirds lenses
Please excuse me but I really have no problem shooting with a small camera with a huge lens handheld... (more)

Robert Watcher Re: Olympus confirms new camera body for Four Thirds lenses
I was actually [B]quite impressed with how well the 50-200 SWD looked and felt on the E-M5[/B] when... (more)

Albert E Re: Olympus confirms new camera body for Four Thirds lenses
H Here beside E5 with HLD4 and Big Ma(50-500) Pictures are self explainatory!! Regards!! Albe... (more)

John Perriment Re: Olympus confirms new camera body for Four Thirds lenses
Hi Joop, that's exactly what I meant, a grip to increase size and weight, adding artificial weigh... (more)

Robert Watcher Re: Olympus confirms new camera body for Four Thirds lenses
When you compare the two side by side - - - there is a huge size difference obviously. What I sugg... (more)

Albert E Re: Olympus confirms new camera body for Four Thirds lenses
I quite agree with you,and as I allways hold the lens in my left hand on the center of gravity and g... (more)

Joop Re: Olympus confirms new camera body for Four Thirds lenses
Sure, but as the pictures shows I do miss something in that combination. Its not only weight and a ... (more)

Robert Watcher Re: Olympus confirms new camera body for Four Thirds lenses
That's why I personally cannot see there being a small sized 4/3 dslr body in the future - - - ther... (more)

Albert E Re: Olympus confirms new camera body for Four Thirds lenses
W... (more)

hschnee Re: Olympus confirms new camera body for Four Thirds lenses
I think that people are making camera size/weight into too much of an issue. First off, the idea tha... (more)

Clint Re: Olympus confirms new camera body for Four Thirds lenses
I'm really surprised that many found the comments about a camera body for the 4/3rds lenses was in t... (more)

Robert Watcher Re: Olympus confirms new camera body for Four Thirds lenses
I never intended to imply that with anything that I said. Needing a large bodies camera for profess... (more)

Clint Re: Olympus confirms new camera body for Four Thirds lenses
Hal, I would tend to disagree. The Canon 100-400mm seems larger until you rack the Olympus out to 20... (more)

whatapicture Re: Olympus confirms new camera body for Four Thirds lenses
I should imagine that the vast majority of 4/3 Exxx cameras [and lenses] round the world will not be... (more)

Ian Re: Olympus confirms new camera body for Four Thirds lenses
Olympus' stated strategy for non-pro E-System users is for the Pen and OM-D to be their upgrade p... (more)

Ian Re: Olympus confirms new camera body for Four Thirds lenses
Isn't the 80-400 an f/4.5-5.6 lens? The 50-200 is f/2.8-3.5. The 50-200 is also a third of a kilo... (more)

AndyElliott Re: Olympus confirms new camera body for Four Thirds lenses
The other thing is *usable* aperture. The 50-200, and especially the 14-35 and 35-100 can be used... (more)

Ian Re: Olympus confirms new camera body for Four Thirds lenses
To manage extreme corner shading issues with wide angles on full frame cameras you need to stop FF l... (more)

Ian Re: Olympus confirms new camera body for Four Thirds lenses
Hi Horacio - you made a great suggestion so here is an article I have prepared in response: [u... (more)

hschnee Re: Olympus confirms new camera body for Four Thirds lenses
Rob, I never took your comments to imply that professional cameras had to be big. I know that you... (more)

hschnee Re: Olympus confirms new camera body for Four Thirds lenses
I mentioned the Canon 100-400 only because the focal length range is the same as the 50-200 SWD (... (more)

Patrick Re: Olympus confirms new camera body for Four Thirds lenses
Read some of this thread not all, but what I have read is interesting. Here are a few of my thoug... (more)

John Perriment Re: Olympus confirms new camera body for Four Thirds lenses
Hi Patrick, You are missing the point a little. There are a large number of photographers who... (more)

Clint Re: Olympus confirms new camera body for Four Thirds lenses
There are simply no exact equivalents between Nikon, Canon and Olympus. Comparing SHG lenses to Niko... (more)

Stan dela Cruz Re: Olympus confirms new camera body for Four Thirds lenses
I am thinking that the E50 will finally be unveiled..... I would prefer that to an E5. Put in the ... (more)

Patrick Re: Olympus confirms new camera body for Four Thirds lenses
I am still not sure where you guys are coming from. You want the Sony sensor and to use your legacy ... (more)

Ian Re: Olympus confirms new camera body for Four Thirds lenses
If you look at the sensor in the 2 year old Olympus E-5 semi-pro DSLR, it's actually a 4 year old s... (more)

Anders Nielsen Re: Olympus confirms new camera body for Four Thirds lenses
Hi, Finally.. some good news from Olympus confirming more appropriate body(ies) for our normal 4/3 ... (more)

timg Re: Olympus confirms new camera body for Four Thirds lenses
That would be me! :D... (more)

Patrick Re: Olympus confirms new camera body for Four Thirds lenses
I understand this, although I wasn’t aware of the extra work Olympus had put into the older sensor. ... (more)

Ian Re: Olympus confirms new camera body for Four Thirds lenses
The E-5 is the most recent pro-spec. Four Thirds body, Patrick. It's 2 years old and to be frank it ... (more)

Ian Re: Olympus confirms new camera body for Four Thirds lenses
I don't know where people get the idea the E-30 is substantially smaller than an E-3/E-5. E-30: Di... (more)

Patrick Re: Olympus confirms new camera body for Four Thirds lenses
All this then being the case, there has been some very strange decision making at Olympus. I ha... (more)

Ian Re: Olympus confirms new camera body for Four Thirds lenses
For Olympus the perennial problem has been the lack of a really cutting edge sensor. Only now wit... (more)

Robert Watcher Re: Olympus confirms new camera body for Four Thirds lenses
It seems that Olympus has already acheived that - so I won't be expecting anything less from the ne... (more)

Patrick Re: Olympus confirms new camera body for Four Thirds lenses
You could still make some good Images in the earlier days of digital, despite sensors being noth... (more)

John Perriment Re: Olympus confirms new camera body for Four Thirds lenses
It's true that until now sensors in Olympus cameras have always been behind those used by the compet... (more)

Clint Re: Olympus confirms new camera body for Four Thirds lenses
Where Olympus four-thirds was short in the sensor department they did make up for with lenses. Olymp... (more)

whatapicture Re: Olympus confirms new camera body for Four Thirds lenses
I have to agree with John and Clint, where Olympus lag behind [and not by much] in the sensor depart... (more)

hschnee Re: Olympus confirms new camera body for Four Thirds lenses
Marketing has definitely been a downfall of Olympus. They have done well with the PENs, and have ... (more)

whatapicture Re: Olympus confirms new camera body for Four Thirds lenses
I don't think Olympus capitalized that well marketing the new O-MD. They really only aimed the OM he... (more)

Ian Re: Olympus confirms new camera body for Four Thirds lenses
Everyone here assumes that Olympus is some kind of mega-company with a bottomless pit of marketing c... (more)

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