Future of Four-Thirds

Started Jan 21, 2013 | Questions thread
dave gaines
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In reply to ctlow, Jan 21, 2013

ctlow wrote:

Copied from a E-5 news article (newbie, didn't realize at first I wasn't in a "forum"):

Did you copy something from this article? I only see your personal experiences here.

Spec's for the next DSLR camera, slated for release later this year, is anyone's guess. It will fully utilize 4/3 lenses. We all expect it to have the latest best sensor from Sony, as good or better than what's in the EM-5 today. Most rational people expect it to be an E-7 type upgrade to the E-5.

Olympus developed the 4/3 line before the release of the E-1 in 2001 with a system they felt fully utilized the advantages of digital sensors of that day. The 4/3 term comes from the archaic 4/3" TV tube that matches the image circle surrounding their 17 mm x 13 mm sensor. It's one quarter the area of a 35 mm film plane. Olympus could have built a camera to fit all those great OM film lenses if they wanted to use a 36x24 mm "FF" sensor. The type of sensor, not the size, is what's limiting Olympus high ISO ability. Canon and Nikon supposedly have both gotten better performance out of APS size sensros, which are not much bigger than 4/3.

Since Panasonic/Leica is no longer producing the 25 mm f/1.4 DSLR lens your only choice is to buy a used copy. It's a great lens for low light shooting like night photography with available light, portraits with isolation and for a normal focal length. With the new higher ISO Sony sensor in a good DSLR this lens could be an ideal lens for events like weddings and evening parties.

Since our Olympus DSLR cameras are still going strong, your E-620, a lot of E-30, E-3 and the E-5 are fairly new, we should get plenty of use out of our cameras for more than long enough to see what Olympus offers next. By the end of 2013 we'll know what Olympus' new DSLR is going to be.

The notion that Olympus will offer micro 4/3 owners yet another upgrade to the Pen and OM-D lines defies logic. They just realeased the EM-5 less than a year ago. It wasn't available for purchase until about 8 or 9 months ago. Among MILC it's a best seller today. Releasing anything better/newer would kill sales for the EM-5. Olympus is not likely to kill sales on a camera they put a lot of R&D dollars into.

The idea of a hybrid is not possible, since the set-back flange distance is different for the 4/3 and micro 4/3 systems. An adapter is required to use a 4/3 lens on a m4/3 Pen or OM-D. You can't use a m4/3 lens on a 4/3 body no matter how much anyone wishes for a hybrid. That's not going to change. What's missing from the m4/3 line is PDAF and CAF that fully utilizes the 4/3 lenses.

Any adapter capable of making 4/3 lenses fully utilized on m4/3 bodies, that incorporates PDAF and CAF, is going to cost upwards of $650. That prices the OMD at $1950 for camera, grip and adapter, which is not competitive with any DSLR in it's league.

A lot of micro 4/3 MILC owners are hoping for more. They want the OM-D advanced to the point of equalling a DSLR in focusing those fine 4/3 lenses with PDAF and CAF. MILC may get there someday, but it's not there today. This wishfull thinking is just gear lust talking. Don't expect an upgrade to the OM-D for several years.

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