historianx: In 30+ years of shooting in all sorts of conditions with Olympus/Zuiko OM and HG/SHG digital lenses never once have I had a failure. Then the digitals do not have that IS bugaboo built into them, to create even more problems. Maybe Canikon should take a lesson from one the world's eminent lensmakers.
I shoot both Nikon and Olympus. Never had a single issue with my Olympus gear. Can't say the same about my Nikon gear. My 85mm F1.4G came with a decentering defect (repaired under warranty.) My 70-200mm VRII's zoom ring stuck after about a year of use (repaired under warranty.) Had a 50 F1.4D that ground louder and louder over time (repair refused because it was supposed to grind that loud according to Nikon. sold.) Had two SB-900s that just died one after another (both repaired under warranty and sold.) My D600 also suffered from the well known oil on sensor issue (sensor cleaned for free by Nikon, subsequent cleaning done by myself.)
Glen Barrington: The REAL question is when are they going to produce cameras people want to buy?
Hi happypoppeye, I would expect more F1.4 or faster primes and F2.0 or faster zooms from Olympus and Panasonic.
Ken Aisin: I would buy two OM-D bodies if Olympus offered more high end m3/4 zoom lenses. Say, 7-12mm F4.0, 12-35mm F2.0, 35-100mm F2.0, all splash proofed.
By the way, the prime lenses at F1.8 are just not fast enough. Cosina already proved that F0.95 lenses don't have to be huge in size.
True, but it is technically possible. I wouldn't mind the increase in size and weight either for the speed though.
Unfortunately the 9-18mm is not sealed either.
The panasonic 7-14mm is not splash proof.
SirSeth: Well well well. Release an amazing OMD-Pro to replace the E-5 and we'll see if I can help you recover your losses further. ;)
Such OMD Pro should be fully compatible with old 4/3 lenses to begin with.
If Olympus has no plans to update the E-5 with a new sensor, at least give 4/3 users a new m4/3 camera that would function with all their 4/3 lenses.
They did with the OMD EM5. Just not enough fast lenses for that fabulous body.
I would buy two OM-D bodies if Olympus offered more high end m3/4 zoom lenses. Say, 7-12mm F4.0, 12-35mm F2.0, 35-100mm F2.0, all splash proofed.
Sad to see the most innovative manufacturer (imho) doing so poorly.
Love that tiltable evf.
I don't really care about the look of cameras but this one is really good looking. Maybe Leica will add a red dot and sell it for $3500. Lol.
Ken Aisin: Great value!!! Makes me believe that there is a God afterall. I sort of lost my faith in God recently after reading about Adobe Cloud, Flickr Pro, and Leica X Vario.
Anyhow, let's stick to photography. Religions and politics shouldn't be discussed here :)
Well, I don't know about your God. My God tends to let people down 99% of the time. If it were up to me, I rather have him leave business too.
panos_m: I thought it would be much more expensive. I was wrong. It make a lot more sense now against a FF with a 24-70 f/2.8. It gives APS-C a big boost.
ADDED: At this price exposes other lens manufactures on their pricing policy.
Nikon and Canon, since you guys are no longer innovative with lens design, may I suggest selling D7100 and 7D with this lens as a kit. LOL.
Sigma, if you are reading, please give APS-C another big boost by announcing the 50-135 f/1.8 OS. And sell it for $899 USD or under.
Great value!!! Makes me believe that there is a God afterall. I sort of lost my faith in God recently after reading about Adobe Cloud, Flickr Pro, and Leica X Vario.
RobertSigmund: All points apply to me - except the last!
@pbolli, I have similar concerns about the purchased version of LR becoming featureless, forcing people to lease PS in order to make it featureful.
Regarding PS, I'll just stick with CS6 and ignore anything about cloud PS. Will never spend another dime on PS until they make it purchasable again. I'll continue to use LR for raw conversion until they decide to cloud LR too.
Meanwhile, I'll spend my free time on learning GIMP, which is completely free of charge.
Hope Adobe will go downhill from here, and its greedy shareholders losing all their money invested on Adobe.
By the way, I just ordered this book from Amazon - "The Book of GIMP: A Complete Guide to Nearly Everything".
Josh152: One thing is for sure Sigma, Tamron, and Tokina are finally starting to step up and offer real competition and alternatives to Nikon/Canon in the lens department. With lenses like the Tamron 24-70mm f/2.8 VC Which is is so close to the Nikon/Canon versions optically that the differnce doesn't really matter unless your hobby/business is pixel peeping instead of photography and is the only stabilized lens of it's type including the new ridiculously priced canon 24-70. Not to mention it also seems to be built just as well as the Nikon/Canon versions and is fully weather sealed. Then there is the amazing sigma 35mm f/1.4 which many reviews are saying is the best 35mm available from any brand.
With more and more lenses this good being released by 3rd party manufactures at more reasonable prices it will be interesting to see how it plays out and if Nikon and Canon can keep their lens prices so high.
I'm all for more innovative designs and cheaper lenses from the 3rd party manufacturers. But they really need to step up on QA and QC. Especially Sigma. All the Sigma lenses that I have purchased require AF fine tune. I also had to return one copy of 35mm F1.4 because it de-centred severely. It's much cheaper than the Nikon version, but it is still not a cheap lens. Tokina seems to be the least problematic one with quality. But Tokina lenses need to be updated asap with ultrasonic motor and image stabilisation.
Hey Zeiss, while you are at it, could you please get Cosina to make E-Mount and X-Mount Voigtlander 50mm F1.1.
Nappe1: OM-D EM-5 Definetely. making weather proof, Image Stabilized, such high quality digital camera in such small size is a big achievment.
If Olympus is not the most innovative camera manufacturer, then none of them is innovative. By the way, I shoot with Nikon gears. Not an Olympus fanboy.