Are Long-time Olympus users like Leica Zealots?

Started Jan 3, 2013 | Discussions thread
Louis_Dobson Forum Pro • Posts: 27,493
Re: Are Long-time Olympus users like Leica Zealots?

Oly have been making SLRs for a long time, and plenty of people have had time to build up brand loyalty.  I bought an OM-1 in 1976, and of course, since I was a child at the time, it was a huge purchase, the equivalent of buying a house.  Used it for hours a day every day until it was stolen in the mid 80s.
By contrast Panny are new to serious cameras, and their early efforts were none too clever either.
I'm not going to let this kind of thing affect my buying choices, I use cameras as tools (and I bought a G1 and GH2 in preference to an E-P1 and E-P3).  Even so I think of Olympus with affection and Panasonic without, so if I bought cameras because I like gadgets and want to take pictures of my family, I'd only look at Olympus.
Since I'm trying to make a name for myself as a photographer without the inconvenience of doing any real work, I buy the best tool for the job.  Which, today, is an OM-D.  Next year it will be something else.

Thomas Kachadurian wrote:

Years ago I used Leica cameras for making photos and while I did I learned that about half of the people buying Leicas were more like followers of a religion than photographers. I don't personally understand it, but in many ways I can see where the craftsmanship of Leica cameras, particularly the older ones, does make them objects beyond their function.

But I'm starting to get the impression that there might be just the same level of zealotry for Olympus cameras with a certain segment. I've owned various Olympus cameras over the years (RC, Stylus Epic, E-10, and now EM5) but they've never struck me as things to love for their form or that inspire allegiance. But there are few few threads here now, and I've noticed them in the past where the posters are clearly not asking about M43 cameras or lenses, but about Olympus only.

Things like "which Zuiko lens to buy" As if there are no Panasonic lenses that are native to Olympus M43. Where which option to get is limited not by what is needed, but by what specifically Olympus offers. Or other comments to questions about the EM5 menu where the writer responds that Olympus menus have always worked this way as if the only people who might buy Olympus cameras were part of a club.

Is this just that some people don't realize the universal compatibility of M43 stuff? Is it a new thing fostered by the lovely retro look of the early Pens and now EM-5? Or, has there been this subculture of Olympuphiles for a long time and I've just swerved into their world by virtue of using M43?

Call me crazy. I happen to like photos of cats.

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