Olympus has issued a press release, confirming that it is working on a camera body for use with its range of 'Top Pro' lenses. According to the press release Akira Watanabe, manager of Olympus's Imaging SLR Planning Department acknowledges that while Olympus has 'pushed the boundaries of performance' with the Micro Four Thirds OM-D E-M5, 'it did not deliver with the legacy high end lenses from the E-system'. Although the statement is vague and very brief, it is the most formal confirmation yet of the company's plans to continue to support its Four Thirds lenses. Released in 2010, the 'pro-grade' E-5 is a camera that many commentors and Four Thirds users had assumed would be the last in the line.

Although Olympus's recent Micro Four Thirds cameras like the OM-D E-M5 offer competitive performance (usurping what was once the E-5's claim of 'world's fastest autofocus'), they cannot match the E-5's speed when used with Four Thirds lenses.

The 'pro-grade' E-5, released in 2010, is Olympus's flagship E-system DSLR, and offered what Olympus claimed was the 'world's fastest' autofocus system.

Press Release:

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 90-250mm 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 wasn't 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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