What Olympus actually promised:

Started May 27, 2013 | Discussions thread
erichK
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Re: High Angst always precedes the typical 3-4 year upgrade.
In reply to Forgottenbutnotgone, May 30, 2013

Forgottenbutnotgone wrote:

alfredbomping wrote:

it's because the E-X series is already a bit behind the curve specs wise ( compared to other semi pro DSLR like D300, 7D ) at the time of announcement.

Not only that, but for nearly the entire time that the Olympus 4/3's system has been in existence, the sensor, in my opinion, has been the shot in the foot of a host of innovations that potentially could have put Olympus on top of the market. What good is all the telecentricity in the world if it's recorded on an inferior medium? Back in the days before digital, there was so much emphasis put on the film. Any optical improvements must be made in addition to, and not in lieu of good film. Instead, for the entire time I've been an Olympus DSLR user, we've had to work around the sensor. Now we have one, and of all people, the "pro" camera buyers and users are the last to see it in a body WE can use.

Also 3-4 year upgrade cycle is already an eternity in today's tech hungry world. They should offer a incremental upgrade model in between major upgrade similar to what Apple is doing with the iPhone 4 to 4s to 5. Just my 2 cents.

The upgrade cycle would not be quite as critical if, as in your point above, the current offering at least started out at the cutting edge of the technology at the time.

For me, the mFT cameras have more or less represented the "incremental upgrades".  Even the PL1, the first mFT camera I owned, seemed to offer some sensor/pipeline improvements, and I was gobsmacked to find that a bird shot almost blindly taken on a bright sunny day, with it mounting my 70-300 among my most successful and salable large prints.  Largely dumb luck, of course, but also testimony to  pretty capable sensor/processing engine (as well a a good copy of that lens).  And I'm just beginning to really explore what the OM-D is capable of, again often behind FT lenses.

Nevertheless, as Olympus keeps telling us they know, we DO need that new larger "pro" body - and even a sidekick for it.  For all the reasons they have admitted and given above, and also because either of these mFT cameras looks so silly behing my 150f2 that I can only imagine the looks it woulf get behind the 90-250 or 300 f2.8!

We're serious photographers, after all.  What the Duck ;-).

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