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    Arrow 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 designed for use with Olympus Zuiko Digital and other brand Four Thirds DSLR lenses!

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    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 lease as good as the E-M5, dual core processing, 5-axis IBIS we also get dramatic AF improvements - especially in terms of C-AF tracking (where I would like to see some sort of colour sensing to aid AF like Canon and Nikon do) and low light speed and accuracy (so the 14-35 will finally work as intended!). I hope also that the dual card slot is finally implemented properly rather than only giving you a method to store a spare card and copy between cards - i.e. simultaneous writing of images to both cards for pro shoots where card corruption could be disastrous. 1080p is easily possible given the data output rate of the EM-5 sensor - so please can we have it if only to stop the video shooters moaning.

    I don't think I'm asking for the moon here - only really a hybrid of current E-5 and E-M5 with a more up to date AF system!

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    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 with Four Thirds lenses. In fact he was a lot less forthcoming than today's statement but basically my hunch is that they are going for a mirrorless body designed and optimised for using Four Thirds lenses. I ought to add that he did not confirm or deny any of this.

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    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 current E-5 and big enough to house high capacity batteries because of the high current drain of the SHG lenses. The implementation can be however they see fit - I would be fine with an EVF and a semi-transparent mirror for the PDAF sensors!

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    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 the authenticity of our news

    Someone also says he has heard all this before but the big difference is that the statement confirms they are working on a camera, not simply looking at what might be possible.

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    Re: Olympus confirms new camera body for Four Thirds lenses

    Good news

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    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 prided themselves on their glass. Their top end glass is the best of the best, optically and it would be ridiculous to return to the post OM era when Oly didn't have a high-end offering on which to stake their quality reputation. mFT glass only has a few lenses than truly fit in the top end category (75mm for example) so cannot fill that roll. The other thing is high quality fast lenses, especially zooms and teles, are big and heavy. The current mFT bodies are just too small and light (that is also their virtue) for the SHG lenses.

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    Re: Olympus confirms new camera body for Four Thirds lenses

    It was time..
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    Re: Olympus confirms new camera body for Four Thirds lenses

    Quote Originally Posted by Ian View Post
    ...my hunch is that they are going for a mirrorless body designed and optimised for using Four Thirds lenses.
    Ian
    Mirrorless? So your hunch is that it's not an E-7? Because the small mirrorless bodies Oly has produced to date, are not a good fit to my SHG glass...

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    Re: Olympus confirms new camera body for Four Thirds lenses

    Quote Originally Posted by tkurkowski View Post
    Mirrorless? So your hunch is that it's not an E-7?
    My guess would be it may well be called an E-7, but not using a mirror for the [optical] viewfinder - rather still using a mirror of some sort for phase-detect AF (coz FT lenses will never be fast using contrast AF because they are designed to be 'sent' to a position, not hunted around like the mFT lenses). And using an EVF with the information from the sensor. This has the promise to be better for tracking C-AF in a burst of shots because there should be less time spent without any AF sensing because you won't need to move a large SLR mirror up and down.

    So, it may be an E-7, just not a traditional DSLR.

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