Olympus E-7 follow up, time to market and other choices

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Raist3d OP Forum Pro • Posts: 35,904
Re: As an outsider...

Wyville wrote:

Raist3d wrote:

And the E-7 is not a camera that will be made to sell the 4/3rds system to new comers anyway, if it comes to exist- just like the E-5- a nice perk for those of us who have 4/3rd lenses and want to continue to use that system.

I use a Canon 7D, 17-55 EF-S and 100-400L, which I find a great setup. Recently though I have had a second look at Olympus and actually think the 4/3 system might be able to compete very well if positioned right. (I'm a natural optimist.)

My point of view is that of the wildlife/bird enthusiast, and what I hear a lot is people wanting a high performance crop camera to provide reach. The 7D does that pretty well, but Canon's new tele primes are extremely expensive and fully focussed on professionals.

With the sensors being developed for high end m4/3 cameras like the E-M5, it might be possible to develop (in parallel) 4/3 cameras that offer the extra AF speed, tracking and buffer that could draw in enthusiasts who are looking for a more compact, high performance, and less expensive alternative to Canon and Nikon.

At least, I would be interested in that. Sooner than spending $10k on a 500/4, I could see myself buying a 90-250/2.8 or 300/2.8 and a high performance 4/3 camera to replace my current setup. Relatively compact, very versatile and great reach. I don't know for sure, but to me that would seem like a very nice wildlife/bird option. Olympus could even make a nice compact 300/4 lens and give their cameras AF at f/8... Now that could really hurt Canon and Nikon.

Just my two cents.

I honestly don't see Canon or Nikon hurting because Olympus has a new camera alone with a new lens that is useful for birding.

We also go back to the main issue: 4/3rds being profitable. Olympus is not in the position to throw away at a "maybe."

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