Long term viability

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Glen Barrington
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Long term viability
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I know that as much as I love my 4/3s and m43s gear, I believe m43s is no longer viable as a system, long term. m43s was really a response to an economic situation that has largely been solved.  That situation being the high manufacturing costs of image sensors.

I believe that eventually, Olympus will be forced to come out with a larger format system to stay competitive.  I believe It won't be "Full Frame" but instead will be a near full frame size with the familiar 4:3 aspect ratio.

The reason I say this is that I believe Olympus already has a line of quality 4/3s Aspect ratio lens designs capable of projecting a near FF image that wouldn't take all that much 'tweaking' to work for such a camera.  Those are the original "Tele-centric"  4/3s lenses.

It is my understanding, that the term "tele-centric" was marketing speak for, "we hedged our bets, in case 4/3s doesn't take off!".  In other words, Tele-Centric means those lenses can project a much larger image than needed by the 4/3s sensor.

Now I'm old enough that I don't see myself seriously moving to a new system any time in the short or mid term, and well, LONG term, certainly really long term . . . doesn't seem worth planning for!  But I do believe this will be a move Olympus will be forced to make eventually.

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