Cancelled my E-M1 order

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Re: Cancelled my E-M1 order
In reply to dahod, 7 months ago

dahod wrote:

I got caught up in the hype around the E-M1 - what wasn't to like? - generally favourable reviews, new lenses on the horizon, ability to use my old 4/3 lenses, commitment to m4/3 by Olympus as its future etc etc. At last - Olympus breaks their silence and the world is good.

I read the interview with Mr. Terada (http://www.bestmirrorlesscamerareviews.com/2013/09/18/the-om-d-e-m1-new-pro-lenses-and-2014-an-interview-with-olympus-europe/) however, and it left me with a less than warm and fuzzy feeling. I could be reading it wrong and I apologize if I am but my take from it was

  1. 4/3 was a failure because it didn't result in measurably smaller camera/lens combinations - M4/3 will correct that.
  2. His target market is the "young generation with a focus on young females"
  3. He can't figure out how to attract European women buyers but he has a couple of thoughts.
  4. M4/3 can almost beat APS-C on image quality but wins on portability ("their lenses are so much bigger than ours")

Right off the bat, I'm at a disadvantage because I'm certainly neither young nor female. I'm also okay that my E-3 and 50-200 is a big piece of gear - it takes good pictures.

This new Olympus has clearly targeted the "grab your gear and go" market.

They are a business.

I'm not saying it won't take good pictures because it will as we've clearly seen. What I am saying though is that the Olympus commitment is now on small, portable and discrete - that's not necessarily my world.

Olympus is committed to both demographics... thus the OMD / PEN lines. Do you really think the OM-D is catering to the "grab and go" market? Do you really think they are committing the majority of their promotional activity at trade shows the to EM1 because they want the "grab and go market? Is that why they are demonstrating full frame vs m4/3 prints at such events?

Reality, far removed from your deranged rant and insane reaction to a mere interview, is that Olympus is getting very serious about making the 4/3's system something to be taken very seriously as a professional system. They also want to make some money on the lower end of the market and chase an emerging demographic (women) by introducing them to interchangeable lens cameras.

What they are doing is commendable, which is aiming to draw in more people into the pursuit.

You can say "so what? - the proof is in the pictures". That's true and the pictures are impressive but in order to keep the size down the lenses are all software corrected. There will be no big optically correct lens for this camera - the "Pro" line is it. According to Mr. Terada they "promise to establish the MFT lens line-up at the quality of the current PRO line-up". That's interesting since the 12-40 performance seems to be at or slightly above the 4/3 HG 12-60 level (albeit at constant aperture).

"seems to be"... says it all, that you haven't actually touched the new lens...

It's probably a good thing you cancelled your order to be honest. You seem to be irrationally emotional about equipment.

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