lacikuss: I used to own Olympus in the film era. It was great to have a Japanese manufacturer caring about size and IQ at the same time.
Nowadays, I think of IQ and I ask myself why should we trade camera size for IQ? Why is Olympus is not pushing for FF and smaller size? Is Sony the old Olympus?
By the way, I don't own neither but do use FF.
That is a stuipid and completely misleading remark,as the forty year old OM-1 Istill use demonstrates. The OM-1 was a very well-made camera for its price class, and the later OM3 and OM4Ti still sell for premium prices because they were superb cameras for their significantly higher price category.
erichK: What a boring group of Japanese corporate patriarchs! Even more excruciating than the Sigma, Fujifilm and Sony mughshots of aging male corporate types that have recently appeared here. And we saw a similar bunch of old boys scrambling to cover up the idiocies of their corporate hierarchy at Olympus a couple of years ago. ( A couple even had to give up their corporate sinecures!)
Guess that Japanese corporate leadership is closed to any real innovators, and of course absolutely to women. No wonder their economy remains on the skids: they shut out more than half the people who could really find a way forward!
Mostly agree. And it seems to especially be a problem of Japanese corporations (and society), though I don't know if Korea is any better. Apparently Maitani, the designer of the Olympus Pen, then the OM series, was overjoyed to note women using his Pen. Had not expected it, but included in his design objectives for later cameras. There are some very talented women photographers out there, and they are not looking for pink cameras. There are also talented women in business. As already mentioned, they do bring some special things to companies prepared to enlist and listen to them, (And, at the risk of causing offence all around, I can't resist mentioning that they do tend to look a little better than that Nikon quartet ;-)
erichK: Innovation indeed, when they essentially copy not only the Olympus EM-1, but even the Olympus lens in a lensecap. But then I guess that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery!
(It is true that Fuji has come up with some really interesting new technologies in very attractive cameras, but the provenance of the design parameters for their new flagship is painfully obvious!)
I should not have said "copy" (apart from the damn lensecap).
But my second paragraph about "design parameters" does state what I meant: the size and shape, the magnesium chassis, weatherproofing, the controls layout, tilt LCD, dials, etc are all very similar, and aimed at exactly the same market segment.
The elite commission (supreme court judges, etc) that investigated wrongdoing Olympus made recommendations that would likely help Nikon, etc too: a flatter corporate structure that allows some real feedback and participation back up the corporate food chain. The larger economic problems of our whole economic system, based on eternal - and unsustainable economic expansion as it is will not be solved by such reorgani- zation but the companies that engage in it will at least be more able to recognize problems and adapt and innovate.
The participation of women and on the BOD is no panacea either, but it has been shown to reduce the kind of reckless gambling on projects and mergers an acquisitions that nearly sank Olympus.
Building cameras that *men* think appeal to women - pretty pink ones and other such idiiotic trash - is not the same as recruiting and effectively inspiring the participation of women engineers and managers and directors
Innovation indeed, when they essentially copy not only the Olympus EM-1, but even the Olympus lens in a lensecap. But then I guess that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery!
What a boring group of Japanese corporate patriarchs! Even more excruciating than the Sigma, Fujifilm and Sony mughshots of aging male corporate types that have recently appeared here. And we saw a similar bunch of old boys scrambling to cover up the idiocies of their corporate hierarchy at Olympus a couple of years ago. ( A couple even had to give up their corporate sinecures!)
Already owning an OM-D, I somewhat reluctantly decided to buy the EM-1 after getting a chance to try Calgary's The Camera Store review copy with half a dozen Four Thirds lenses when I passed through there a month ago, and finding that it worked much better with them than anticipated.
It was only after they were finally able to send me one that I was really able to really examine and try both cameras side by side, and fully comprehend just how much of a further refinement and improvement the EM-1 represents over the already very capable OM-D. Close examination and exploration of all the (many) features and functions shows that a great deal of thought and careful design engineering has gone into a superbly usable camera. The "feel' of the camera, that is the functional ergonomics are so good that they remind me of the E-1. They have even greatly impressed a "pro" friend who almost sleeps with his Nikon D3 and D4. It is a camera any that serious photographer should have a look at.
Nikon is finally follo, to the crwing the retro lead of Olympus and Fuji, but taking it absurd lengths further, to the chunky, skin-gouging bodies of yesteryear. The backward compatibility for Nikon lenses is nice, but because of the flange distance, can never escape the almost universal adaptability of mirrorless systems like mFT. Along with the recent Nikonos stepchild, it suggests that this,the central dslr-maker, may indeed be seeing approaching trouble for "normal" DSLRs.
Yet another scheme to part the gullible from their money with the illusion of effortless recording of great images of great moments. There was the Brownie box camera, there was 110, and Polaroid and countless cheap plastic cameras. While with concentrated effort a skilled photographer could produce worthwhile images even from these, the main result was hundreds of millions of fading, worthless snapshots. This new toy promises to increase that by an order of magnitude...or two.
The making of images worth a second look almost always requires effort and concentration and disciplined skill. This new toy promises the opposite. But it may well sell.
For me, the obvious big change-in-direction for Panasonic here is that they have finally added in-body-image-stabiliztion. This finally makes it possible to fully use such little gems as the Olympus 12f2, and 17, 45 and 75 f1.8 lenses as well as the Oly 60 f2.3 1:1 macro with a Panasonic body which offers such features as the "silent mode". Better still, one that turns of other distractions like the focus-assist light and audible function signals at the same time.
I often shoot at classical music performances where even the very quiet shutter of the OM-D has to be timed carefully. so the comprehensively quiet would be wonderful. The spoiler is the fact that they did not include a mic input. We do also use a separate Sound Design digital recorder with a pair of good quality Schoepps mics, but in the past synchronizing separate audio with video has proved a real chore. It would be much simpler to simply be able to use the decent little Olympus hot-shoe mics, or use Rhode ones.
Where are the other eight? I'm bracing myself for them. If the rest are like these two, most especially the first, then it shows that, sadly, that the pretentious world of art speculators is the last place to look for meaningful feedback.
BTW, the Rhine is likely the most important river in Germany and runs through most of it. It has inspired some of ther greatest literature and music ever written. I grew up on its shores, and can assure anyone interested that it is much more attractive and interesting than this pompous monstrosity of an image and artifact would suggest.
UPDATE: Have found the other eight, following the link, and whiler noting that a couple of them are esthetically more pleasing, still cannot fathom why they should command the prices they to do, orders of magnitude higher than what some incomparably better images from the like of Sebastiao Salgado, W. Eugene Smith, Ansel Adams etc. have sold for.
We live in a world that commodifies everything and values nothing.
Can supply a proper translation if DP will provide space for it. Here's the caption:
Ali is 83, lives in Cologne, and has an extraordinary sense of fashion. In her blog photographer Zoe Spawton celebrates the diverse outfits of thus father of 18 who owna nearly a hundred suits. A conversation about coincidences and new friends.
Kalin,Your assessment of Woodford shows a more objective analysis of what he actually did and its effects than most.
Please do the same for the convicted three. Liars they certainly were. Crooks they were not. There is no proof, and at this point no credible allegation (this has been investigated pretty thoroughly) that they ever lined their own pockets.They kept hiding embarrassing losses that they hoped they could recuperate, but the hole just got bigger and bigger.
I do agree that no one involved looks good, and thought the worst of all of them, until I actualy researched K's career. Brilliant engineer and visionary, especially in imaging, and came in as a reformer. Could likely have got a top job anywhere. Continued, or at least approved the accounting fraud. Will likely be lucky to get an engineering job. Sad story indeed, especially for those of us who really enjoy Olympus cameras (and look forward to further miniaturization and streamlining of their end-o-scopes!)
I certainly agree with the general sentiments expressed here, and have personally had to experience the inequities of the justice system and the victimization of workers. Canada's "own" Conrad Black is among the worst examples.
But working as an advocate and counsellor for people wronged by employers and the Unemployment Insurance system has also taught me to really look at the facts. These are, as the Japanese Investigative Commission documents in great detail, rather different from such cases as Black's or Stewart's or the Enron filth's attempts to essentially line their own pockets.
They did something wrong and stupid and essentially got caught up in their own web of lies and deceit (to paraphrase Shakespeare). But while I initially believed W., a closer look at his background, as well as his repeated, painfully obvious attempts to manipulate public credulity and shareholder insecurity spurred me to investigate further.
The truth is always more complicated than simple fables.
Sad to see people simply join an angry mob based on headlines. A few simple facts.
1. There is no evidence that these 3 stole anything, or personally benefited from continuing the hiding of losses.
2. The huge damage to Olympus' share value resulted from W's sensational accusations of theft of huge sums and even of his life being in danger, none of which were ever substantiated.
3. K has an outstanding background as an innovative engineer (Wikki), W as a ruthless corporate cost-cutter, including the slashing of US support infrastructure (Reuters)
4. When share value partly recovered as the nature of the "missingmillions"became clearer W did his best to reignite the panic, and enlisted aid in his takeover bid.
5. The 3 are completely disgraced in a country where "face" and reputation are paramount. W. got a very substantial settlement from a company that is struggling to survive.
W is the real winner here, unlike some real whistleblowers crouching in airports and embassies.
International carry-on weight limit: 10KG or 22 pounds.
Weight of this bag: 12 pounds.
Enough said: increasingly, airlines do weigh carry-ons.
Bags like this drive me crazy because they:- weigh much of one's carry-on allowance before anything is put in them, - exceed allowable dimensions - are so purely designed as bags that they are awkward for dive computers, clothing, books, magazines, etc- are geared for cameras/lenses much larger than my FT /mFT's stuff - they scream "expensive photo stuff"- they are too big/heavy for other than fixed-location shooting.I'd never use such a bag for my upcoming trip to Argentina and Brazil. In addition to being a thief magnet, it would make it hard to pack the extra changes of clothes, pair of shoes, rain gear and other essential items I've learned to carry on, after numerous occasions when checked luggage arrived days later, because of the great deal of weight and space consumed by its elaborate dividers, partitions, etc.
Such bags are just great for the jet-setting super-pro traveling be secure means from one secure location to another. An increasingly rare breed!
I already find Adobe's monopolistic and innovation-killing ways of doing business reprehensible. I buy software to do, and continue to do, a job for me. I want to be free to move on and choose another application and vendor when appropriate.
The degree to which corporate behemoths like Adobe and Apple have been able dominate the applications market stifles competition and new ideas and already ties the computer user into endless upgrade treadmills.
Having to continually pay "rent" to feed such bloated megacorporations will only make things worse.
I will be looking hard for alternatives, and urge others to do so.
If I were Epson, I'd actually feature your concise and informative article. I now use a 3880 and was seriously considering a 4900 or 7900 until I came upon the many complains about clogging. You make it clear that it may be a manageable problem in a printer that delivers gorgeous output.
Paul Storm: love the 'jesus' shot - puts a smile in my heart.
keep on pushing the envelope & innovating!
There is nothing innovative here...anyone with most of $100k to spend on the truck and other gear could easily do the same, If this creep actually had some guts - or talent - then he wouldn't have to hide in a truck and behind blasting lights!