What will happen to Olympus now??

Started Oct 20, 2013 | Discussions thread
CFynn Veteran Member • Posts: 5,224
Re: What will happen to Olympus now??


I know what the advantages of a larger sensor are. I used to use a Hasselblad (which I still have) and a 6x9 medium format system and sometimes larger formats - as well as a 35mm Nikon SLR system. I believe in using the most suitable tool you have for the job.

I currently also use a full frame DSLR (D800E) and a smaller camera - which usually gets more use because it is more convenient and has all IQ I need for what I'm doing much of the time. I tend to use the D800E where once I would have used medium format and the smaller camera where I would have used 35mm - (and even for a some things I would have used medium format film).

In the late 1970's and early 80's there were a bunch of smaller medium format "645" cameras with SLR like features launched (Mamiya 645, Bronica 645, Pentax 645, Contax 645) - hardly bigger and or more expensive (at least for the bodies) than some top end "pro" 35mm SLRs. They had great reviews in all the photo magazines at the time, and people were predicting they would replace serious 35mm DLRs. Of course they had certain advantages particualrly in terms of IQ and ability to make larger prints etc. For a while many people bought these cameras instead of a 35mm SLR, but after a year or two many moved back because they found the 35mm systems to be much more convenient, somewhat less expensive, and decided that the 35mm IQ was sufficient for their needs.

I see a similar thing happening today with the excitement for "full frame" digital - with more affordable full frame cameras quite a lot of people are buying much more camera than they need.

Only now M4/3 or APS is like the 35mm cameras of the past and full frame digital is like the 645 medium format film cameras back then.

I expect a lot of people buying full frame digital today may decide after a year or two to go back to a smaller system - or at that they want to supplement that full frame system with a smaller one like m4/3 which is easier to carry around.

Some other advantages / disadvantages are outlined here:

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