How much longer will 4/3 lenses be sellable? (second hand)

Started Jan 18, 2013 | Discussions thread
Forgottenbutnotgone Contributing Member • Posts: 819
Re: More doom and gloom, buy an E-620 or E-30

dave gaines wrote:

Boy, you got that right. We're sick of this kind of doom and gloom. Especially since no one has any way of knowing what's coming next.

It may be doom and gloom, but the fault is Olympus'. Look at the age of some of the threads on the front page, look at how many staunch Olympus users have migrated to other brands. You can't really be upset at a forum that reflects reality. That's what it SHOULD do.

Olympus has said there will be a new camera that utilizes 4/3 lenses by the end of 2013. That would be 3 years after releasing the E-5. That's the normal release cycle for Olympus E-x cameras.

Whatever is "normal" for Olympus is precisely what has gotten them in this present state. There are normal procedures for operating a water vessel, and then there other procedures that fall into play in the event that said craft is in imminent danger of sinking.

A good option for you is to pick up an E-620 or E-30 at ridiculously low prices on eBay. That should keep you in good camera bodies until you see what Olympus releases next.
Take two and call us in the morning if you're not feeling better.

Only good to a point. For instance, you gain small with the 620 but you lose fast focus in low light. Basically, you are forced to go back to something you may not have been satisfied with the first time.

We've had more than enough of that here on Olympus DSLR Talk. Read threads from the last few weeks to find lots of it. After Olympus said there would be a new Olympus camera that fully utilizes the 4/3 lenses, 3 blogs followed up with boundless speculation, guessing and wishfull thinking. Lots of people here confused that speculation with the simple statement from Olympus.

Once again, what you had is what reflected the sentiments of a majority of people here. Why should it be any different? Nobody was confused by it that didn't choose to be.

Most reasonable, loyal Olympus DSLR owners expect the next camera will be an upgrade to the E-5 with a new Sony sensor similar to or better than the one in the EM-5. We're expecting another weather-proof, rugged, mag-alloy body with a big bright OVF, a mirror, PDAF using a typical DSLR AF sensor and all of the Pro access buttons and large dials - an E-7.

Most reasonable, loyal Olympus DSLR owners? In whose eyes? Reasonableness and loyalty work both ways. In the opinion of a large number of people, Olympus has been neither. An occasional cryptic hinting of better things to come does not constitute being reasonable.

The E-5 may have been a demonstration of good faith but even it was shrouded in uncertainty for quite a while. The E-7 that the so called reasonable and loyal owners are expecting may indeed prove to follow the E-5 as being again, too little too late. And contrary to the opinions of those such as yourself, (and me for that matter) it's the dollars of the majority that end up having the final say. It's high time for Olympus to resort to emergency procedures, and high time for the reasonable and loyal Olympus DSLR owners to complain until they do!

...or consider moving on to a cheap small plastic body from another brand.

Yep, that hull is definitely leaking!


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