Anyone been following this article/thread on Oly?

Started Feb 15, 2011 | Discussions thread
pseudothomasmerton Forum Member • Posts: 61
Re: Olympus imaging is hardly a failure

Ricoh, Konica, Yashica, Contax, Kodak, Minolta and other smaller brands did, indeed, give up. Olympus coninues to put up a pretty impressive fight to retain a place in serious photography.

RICOH -- Still making cameras the last time I checked, and doing very well for themselves.

YASHICA -- also still making cameras....

CONTAX -- A tiny player who perished when people stopped buying their wares. Cameras are huge capitol investment, you need lots of buyers to get ROI, or you end up like Olympus. But the parent company, Kyocera, is still going strong and doing well without having to worry about cameras any longer. Carl Zeiss is also doing quite well for themselves.

KODAK -- Still making cameras and high-end sensors for Leica & Hasselblad. But for how much longer who knows...they are having problems finding buyers for their wares, but not for a lack of trying. They'll probably declare bankruptcy in a couple of years.

MINOLTA -- Making more money with office equipment than they did with cameras, so they sold it off to Sony, who is doing a very nice job in regards to innovation, and are now the #3 player behind Nikon and Canon.

OLYMPUS -- Put all their eggs in the micro 4/3 basket and in the process, completely alienated 95% of their customers in a single stroke. The imaging division is hemorrhaging cash, having invested tons of capitol in a camera system that is losing what popularity it had to rival Sony, and will need extensive restructuring just to stay alive, if it's not just shut down or sold off.

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