An Interesting Article

Started Jan 8, 2013 | Discussions thread
dave gaines
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Interesting Article drawing Eternal Optimists to 1022
In reply to Doctor Lecter, Jan 9, 2013

I'm not sure where to put this conversation? Entertaining as it may be for many of you to speculate on a new m4/3 camera, it doesn't have much value here on Olympus DSLR Talk. I don't hear lot of love here for Olympus 4/3 DSLR. I hear the grumblings of Eternal Pessimists about the future of DSLRs.

An upgrade to the E-5 with some improvements in AF and a new sensor with wider DR and higher ISO capabilities would be very competitive in the DSLR market. Olympus has the advantage in lens IQ, lens speed and telephoto lens size.

If the cheapest mmf2 adapter costs $160 then how much would a mmf adapter that provides a flipping mirror or translucent mirror and PDAF and C-AF cost? Picture an adapter that works like the Olympus E-330. Who knows what a mirror and the 11 point autofocus sensor costs? If a new adapter cost $360 then the price of the current OM-D EM-5, a grip and the new adapter would be $1660. That's too close to the cost of the E-5, a new E-7 or any APS camera that offers weather sealing. A device like this sounds cumbersome, expensive and over-engineered when that's already available in a DSLR. It might be appealing for someone who already has the OMD but not to a newbie looking to upgrade from a P&S or switch from a DSLR to a MILC.

There's no reason to make a larger OM-D just to offer better balance and grip with a SHG lens. The advantage of the Pen and OM-D lines has always been promoted as the small, inconspicuous, carry-it-everywhere cameras. Remember Olympus launched the Pen line with Kevin Spacey dropping it into his coat pocket. If I wanted a large camera I'd buy a DSLR Pro body with all the advantages of ergonomcis, large quick access buttons, AF features and an OVF.

It would be a mistake to offer another OMD that would compete with the EM-5 while it's still a top seller. Maybe in 2 to 3 years from now?

I could see Olympus offering a new grip that attaches to a HG or SHG lens like a lens collar. The basic shutter and camera controls of a Pen or OM-D could be pushed to the center of the lens where better balance would be achieved. It could be an integral part of this new mmf adapter that m4/3 owners are dreaming about.

The GH-3 looks great for video but there is no IBIS possible with it. It's best use is with Panasonic lenses. And BTW, Panasonic has no plans to develop a m4/3 to 4/3 lens adapter.

A new Olympus DSLR doesn't need to compete with entry level APS cameras. Only with APS cameras that offer weather proofing, a rugged mag-alloy body and the available constant f/2.8 lenses which are probably equivalent to Olympus HG and SHG lenses. Olympus is still a good value compared to the equivalent camera system in APS, . Compared to full frame and the lenses required to get the most out of that FF sensor, Olympus is a bargain. Especially in longer focal lengths.

I don't see any signs of Canon and Nikon abandoning their APS cameras and compatible lenses. They've slowed down in their release of new Rebels and D7000s but they do have new APS cameras in 2012. They've been hurt by the same global economic downturn and natural disasters that all Asian manufacturers have faced. The SE Asia monsoons that hit soon after Japan's 2011 tsunami affected Nikon more than Olympus. CaNikon isn't abandoning FF DSLRs either. They have a lot invested in the Pro DSLR lines and more now with the newer entry level FF DSLRs. What would they do with that 600 mm f/4 birding lens if they went to a shorter flange distance?

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