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Re: Questions for Four Thirds and Micro Four Thirds camera industry

I would like to know just how much cross-fertilisation there is between the 4/3, including m4/3, companies regarding product development and competition. Eg, does company A hold off development of a product which is close in concept to one which company B is developing. Especially in lens releases. Could this be why there are no longer any road maps?

Also, is it likely that we can come to a situation where we have a one battery fits all solution, hopefully even across companies(!)?
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Re: Questions for Four Thirds and Micro Four Thirds camera industry

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In all honesty, I have a pretty good kit now consisting of Olympus XZ-1, E-520, E-3 (10MP is fine with me) along with a good assortment of HG Zuiko lenses and accessories. This gear is really well-built and exceeds my own abilities. The only limitations are in the dynamic range and the realm of low-light/high-ISO photography. I really can't afford to switch to another format be it Nikon or m43 to fill this gap.

So, I must confess, that the only item I would actually consider buying would be a body that has a marked improvement with high ISO and can focus my HG Zuiko lenses better than my E-520 and E-3.
This is what we are all hoping for here

Olympus has implied that this is what they are aiming to deliver. Autumn is actually just a few weeks away...

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Re: Questions for Four Thirds and Micro Four Thirds camera industry

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I don't think Olympus have handled this at all well, they must surely know they have been running a big risk of people jumping ship and to assume that every one will convert to m4/3 is crass. I know quite a few who have moved to other APS-C brands. I'm hanging on to my E-450 just in case there is some thing worth hanging on for, but I now have eggs in more than one basket just in case.
We have known for around a year that Olympus has promised to reveal a camera this autumn that will aim to work 'properly' with Four Thirds lenses. What we don't know are the details. I don't think Olympus can be expected to release such details until they are ready.

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Re: Questions for Four Thirds and Micro Four Thirds camera industry

I do wonder why Olympus has not made a good prime telephoto lens for m43rd. I think a weather sealed 300mm or 400mm f4.0 and a OM-D would make a nice birding/wildlife package. It would also be good to see a 1.4X teleconverter for m43.
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With WiFi connectivity built in and via cards, can we please have a version of Olympus Viewer 3 that will display downloaded images in "real-time".

Wireless "tethered" is a really useful tool in the studio. It hasn't got to be the full RAW file that gets transmitted, a screen resolution jpg will serve the purpose, with RAW files able to be downloaded during "idle" times as a background task.

If they also chose to make it an "APP" for tablets, I could then justify getting one

I've always considered: Storage and retrieval of "MyMode" settings onto the memory card to be a very useful idea. Especially if it could be configured using an extension of the Viewer 3 program. Not only great for use after firmware updates, but to simply pop in a different card for different modes of shooting.

If they can't make the 4/3rds lenses work really well with the new MFT body, including getting the ergonomic "feel" right, then can we please have a 14-35 and 35-100 f/2 MFT lenses.

Please, please, please, tell them that we do not want "telecoms" in our cameras.

It would be great if you could get to meet up with Yoshi...

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Re: Questions for Four Thirds and Micro Four Thirds camera industry

1) Is it possible for a firmware update to add ISO 50 & 100 to the E-M5? That would save having to fit an ND filter to be able to use f1.8 on the fast primes in bright conditions.


2) Can we have a fast(ish) Olympus standard zoom for MFT please? A native 14-54mm f2.8/3.5 would be great, but a 14-45mm or 12-40mm f2.8/4 would be fine.
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Re: Questions for Four Thirds and Micro Four Thirds camera industry

As with many of the previous comments, I am awaiting the logic of Olympus's four thirds future pathway.
I have been an Olympus DSLR user for many years, using the E-500, E-520 and the E-30. I also have a XZ-1 for my small size, pocketable needs. I have invested in lens, flashes, etc. to go with the cameras. I am a committed full size DSLR camera user, as it gives me the solidity, holding size and balance that I need and prefer. It also more importantly is the style of image taking that I prefer, eye to the viewfinder, information clearly to hand, not affected by sunlight etc.

So I want to see a successor that has -
  • a better sensor for lowish light conditions - I'm not bothered about shooting 'in the dark' but I do want to shoot at 'dusk'
  • a sensor that offers top notch quality (not necessarily number of pixels) to benefit from the lens that I use
  • a great display screen that I can use to clearly see whether my image is well focused, and I want this screen to swivel as per the E-30 so that I can use it in low or high shooting positions,
  • a good full information viewfinder, so I can shoot my photos with all the information to hand - I don't want an electronic viewfinder
  • a quality zonal metering solution linked to high count focusing points with excellent tracking capabilities
  • ergonomic, clear and pronounced controls for changing settings and for taking the photos in all weathers and conditions
  • full weatherproofing and dust sealing
  • a reasonable size and weight to give balance to larger lenses, with a good hand grip for reliable phototaking in various stances
  • a camera that stands for Olympus excellence, that shows some innovation, and that can at the very least stand level with the serious pro/semi-pro cameras of the other brands. It must be reliable and dependable
  • a camera that sees the OMD and PEN series as providing the Olympus answer for the compact DSLR style cameras, and is instead the Olympus solution for the larger size, 'heavyweight' market - I'm wanting to see a pro camera, I don't want compromise, and I don't want unnecessary gimmicks.
  • And I am prepared to move on to the competition, if this new four thirds DSLR doesn't provide me with the answers. I'm loyal, but I'm not stupid; I love Olympus for its differences, but I haven't enjoyed waiting for Olympus to get back to mixing innovation with continuity. Micro four thirds has been innovative, the E-7 hopefully will provide continuity for the E-* series.

    So I hope during your visit Ian, that those in the know will be able to pass on their reassurance that there is something worth waiting for. They must understand the need for a pathway plan for the four thirds range, but we need the flagship to catch our attention, to give a sense of pride that benefits from the wonderful lenses that Olympus make, a camera that rewards the loyalty of the users of the Olympus brand. I will wait to see, for financial reasons if nothing else, before moving on, but please beg for reassurances, that it is worth the wait!!

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Re: Questions for Four Thirds and Micro Four Thirds camera industry

Good questions and comments - keep them coming!

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Re: Questions for Four Thirds and Micro Four Thirds camera industry

I've suggested this before, but I still think it would be really useful to have customization of the information that is displayed on the rear screen, Viewfinder and SCP. Again provide the custom control into the Olympus Viewer 3.x

Allow us to choose what info we want displayed. If they could allow us to fully customize the display, we could even have retro displays such as the OM1 needle.
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Re: Questions for Four Thirds and Micro Four Thirds camera industry

Olympus do have a history of dumping users, think of the OM system
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