A housing compatible 4/3 and Micro 4/3 to the end of 2013

Started Jan 10, 2013 | Discussions thread
CharlesB58
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Re: A housing compatible 4/3 and Micro 4/3 to the end of 2013
In reply to Howard11, Jan 11, 2013

Howard11 wrote:

I 'll keep my 4/3 stuff for a while i think. The 4/3 future is not entirely dark after all.

I don't think the 4/3 future has been entirely dark, except as interpreted by certain people. Those who prefer an OVF and solid AF with their existing glass certainly have had reasons to doubt. But the doubt has grown into a much bigger beast than Olympus's announcements have warranted-probably because of what the announcements ´╗┐didn't´╗┐ reveal.

Now we see further confirmation of something Olympus said some time ago, that a body or some other solution would be developed that would allow 4/3 glass to perform satisfactorily on an m4/3 body. That solution is only partial at least as far as OVF fans are concerned.

Unfortunately, I don't see OVF cameras remaining in the Olympus line up. I think they had m4/3 in mind since the adoption of the 4/3 sensor format, and consequently the fading away of OVF/DSLRs is a matter of following their (modified) plan. I say modified because I do believe that if the Ex and Exxx lines had proven more successful, Olympus would have found a way to maintain at least one DSLR in each line. However, a company facing the financial issues Olympus has cannot afford to pursue several projects at once, and must focus resources on what they think will be most successful.

What we have is, unfortunately, those people who want to see updated versions of Olympus dslrs, resolutely preferring OVFs, facing the near inevitability that such a thing will not happen. The issue those people need to face up to is they represent a pretty small percentage of the customer base as to mean that meeting their request may not be financially viable for Olympus.

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