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    An opportunity for you!

    Every now and again I get valuable opportunities to talk to camera industry VIPs and when such opportunities arise I try my best to convey your questions and comments.

    In the next two weeks or so I will have such an opportunity. So once again I am appealing to anyone who wants an answer to a technical issue, a strategic issue, or even simply to comment or make a request concerning future camera designs, post your say here (or if you want to keep it private - email me via forum-admin@fourthirds-user.com).

    I promise that all (sensible!) comments will be relayed. Some questions will no doubt be answered and I will post these back here on the forum, but others may be too sensitive to be answered immediately (or even at all). However - I will do my best to get responses!

    I will give you an update on what is happening in due course - but just to give you a hint, I will talking to these camera VIPs in person, during a forthcoming trip to Japan.

    Ian
    Founder/editor
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    Re: Questions for Four Thirds and Micro Four Thirds camera industry

    The obvious one for an Olympus 4/3 user, do I sell my E5 and lenses and switch completely to another format or will there be an update for the E5

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    • #3
      Re: Questions for Four Thirds and Micro Four Thirds camera industry

      Without a doubt, this is absolutely the most important point that Olympus needs to address.
      Dan Lang

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      • #4
        Re: Questions for Four Thirds and Micro Four Thirds camera industry

        In general, Olympus really needs to improve their communication regarding the future of their interchangeable lens systems. Remember way back when Olympus actually put out road maps? They need to do that again, and it is important that they provide their users with reliable information rather that leaving it to the rumors sites and forum trolls.

        I would like to thank Ian for providing us with this opportunity. By the way, I consider Fourthirds-user.com and E-group.uk.net to be the most reliable websites in the West.
        Dan Lang

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        • #5
          Re: Questions for Four Thirds and Micro Four Thirds camera industry

          As above do we have a 4/3 development or is it time to move? M4/3 Olympus does not work for me I have already moved to Paasonic for a small sized camera. G3 with a better price . I like a view finder so do not like pens with the added cost of an eyepiece and the OMD is too expensive compared to other companies DSLRs. I have over 9000 tied up in Olympus kit which is losing value quickly so an answer soon would be a great help.
          Regular reliable honest imformation on Olympus developments would go a long way to keep Olympus users on board.

          Wee man
          Ed.

          The early bird gets the worm , but the second mouse gets the cheese!

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          • #6
            Re: Questions for Four Thirds and Micro Four Thirds camera industry

            Just like the others, I would like to know more about future of 4/3s, new body with design going back to E-1 ergonomy (and possibly compatible accessory like grip, etc.) would be great.
            I don't expect them to make any new 4/3 lenses (fast ultra-wide prime would be nice, telemacro as well), so I would like to know, if they are planning to make new m4/3 lenses that does not rely on software corrections.
            Regards, Pavel.

            E-1(x2) | ZD 14-45 | ZD 14-54 | ZD 40-150 Mk.1 | ZD 70-300 | FL-50 | Velbon Sherpa 750R
            M42(Pancolar 50/1.8, Pentacon 200/4)+ M42->4/3 reduction

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            • #7
              Re: Questions for Four Thirds and Micro Four Thirds camera industry

              Originally posted by sponner View Post
              The obvious one for an Olympus 4/3 user, do I sell my E5 and lenses and switch completely to another format or will there be an update for the E5
              OK, this is one of those questions that Olympus will only unequivocally respond to in its own time. We have had plenty of hints that there will be action on this this autumn. Pure speculation could be that's why I'm going to Japan - but beyond that there is nothing that can be said officially until Olympus chooses to make an official announcement. I have no privileged information about new product.

              But let's look at this logically and realistically - Olympus will certainly be interested in what you think so any particular points I will be able present to them directly. Your comments will be read!

              Of course you can make a grand assumption that an E-5 successor is in the pipeline. I will try to get answers to your questions about this; I expect the best case scenario is that I will get answers under a time restriction so they can't be published until Olympus makes an official announcement. Worst-case, no answers at all.

              Ian
              Founder/editor
              Four Thirds User (http://fourthirds-user.com)
              Digital Photography Now (http://dpnow.com)
              Olympus UK E-System User Group (http://e-group.uk.net)
              Olympus camera, lens, and accessory hire (http://e-group.uk.net/hire)
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              • #8
                Re: Questions for Four Thirds and Micro Four Thirds camera industry

                Its good that you are going to Japan, you may find out a bit more on this burning question.
                Olympus are and I'm sure have been running a big risk in not giving a clearer indication of what might come for the 4/3 users. Many people have jumped ship to other brands and of course over to m4/3 because Olympus have not handled this very well at all, but then whats new.
                Surely Olympus realised that they could lose even staunch supporters with this wait and see attitude. Although I have hung on to my E-450 just in case its worth keeping for who knows what, I have moved over to another very well established brand.

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                • #9
                  Re: Questions for Four Thirds and Micro Four Thirds camera industry

                  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.
                  Dan Lang

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                  • #10
                    Re: Questions for Four Thirds and Micro Four Thirds camera industry

                    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.

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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(!)?
                      Stephen - www.flickr.com/photos/argyllphotos
                      Olympus OM-D E-M1, E-M5, Zenza Bronica, and an ever-changing nest of lenses

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

                        Originally posted by Dan in NC View Post
                        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...

                        Ian
                        Founder/editor
                        Four Thirds User (http://fourthirds-user.com)
                        Digital Photography Now (http://dpnow.com)
                        Olympus UK E-System User Group (http://e-group.uk.net)
                        Olympus camera, lens, and accessory hire (http://e-group.uk.net/hire)
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                          Re: Questions for Four Thirds and Micro Four Thirds camera industry

                          Originally posted by whatapicture View Post
                          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.

                          Ian
                          Founder/editor
                          Four Thirds User (http://fourthirds-user.com)
                          Digital Photography Now (http://dpnow.com)
                          Olympus UK E-System User Group (http://e-group.uk.net)
                          Olympus camera, lens, and accessory hire (http://e-group.uk.net/hire)
                          Twitter: www.twitter.com/ian_burley
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                          • #14
                            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.
                            Dan Lang

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

                              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...

                              Safe journey
                              Graham

                              Keep smiling, it gets folk wondering what you've been up to

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