Olympus Statement About Fourthirds and Micro Fourthirds

Started Jan 31, 2013 | Discussions thread
alatchin Senior Member • Posts: 1,055
Re: Olympus Statement About Fourthirds and Micro Fourthirds

Raist3d wrote:

The system is alive and well if it continues development. Doing the later is a backward compatibility move, not 4/3rds being "alive and well." You could say the lenses are supported- which is a good thing certainly, but alive and well means a system that continues being actively developed. For example, if the telephoto macro lens that was canned is brought back to the table and put out, then to me that's more what qualifies "alive and well" because otherwise it could be just a transition to get the SHG and other lenses off stock + the support and image of the company with the remaining 4/3rd owners.

And I am not saying that's a bad thing. I think it's great Olympus is supporting 4/3rd lenses. But that doesn't necessarily equate to new R&D money spent on the system to keep it moving forward. Of course if they decided to do that now that's another thing. It could also be a marketing statement to keep the impression the train is moving, and keep the image. In either case, supporting the previous lenses is a great move indeed.

You are splitting straws here. Backwards compatibility is what Nikon does when they move away from in body motors, or using a DX lens on a FX body, or when Sony goes SLT... In fact being able to use anything new on anything old is backwards compatibility.

A system being actively developed would be any body that uses the lenses, simple as that, if they choose to go mirrorless, how is that different from sony's approach? If they keep a DSLR then that is a system being supported.

Developing a product to sell lenses would hardly constitute a death bell, if they sell the remaining SHG and HG lenses they will redevelop them into mark11 versions like every other camera company. That is what happens, imagine it, they sell the lenses and stop everything? No, that makes no sense.

Now dont get me wrong, i understand how many dont want an EVF, but if olympus transitions to a technology that means they can no longer use an OVF then so be it, but I and I would be so bold as to say the majority of 43rds users want a new body to use our lenses. Olympus has promised that, and has in fact addressed all the vocal concerns of their users: AF, VF, SIZE and LENSES.

Did we have to wait while olympus exploded into a new niche? Yes. Will we get nothing for our wait? We will get tonnes, from a new and competitive sensor, to a new IS, improved video etc.... One can only guess what they may be developing for their flagship if they can pull off the OMD for $1000... I mean, if the OVF is so expensive, and many have suggested it is, I would forgo it for the money to be spent on other functionality.

Either way, we are in agreement that this is good news no matter the final appearance.


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