Build quality of cameras

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Jan Steinman
Jan Steinman Regular Member • Posts: 224
Re: Olympus is as good as it ever was!

I was impressed with the build quality of my Olympus OM-2 from day one, through upgrades to the OM-4T, including most of the "fast wides," their outstanding macro kit (including the one-of-a-kind Telescoping Extension Tube with automatic diaphragm).

In particular, the OM "great whites" had superb build quality. You can focus them with the touch of one finger, yet they stay put unless you touch them. It is rumoured that the three "great white" Olympus OM lenses were assembled by a single master craftsman.

Olympus always had better build quality for its premium pro line of cameras and lenses, but I think they sagged a bit between then and now. The E-Series was good, but plasticy-feeling. The single-digit E bodies were weather sealed, as were the E System pro lenses. Again, the Super High Grade pro lenses were built second to none. I still buy the SHG lenses for use with µ4/3rds bodies, via adaptors. But the bodies were big, heavy, clunky, and plasticy; not the jewel-like quality of their film days.

Now with the OM-D series — especially the high end — I think Olympus has regained its reputation for outstanding build quality.

I don't know much about Canikony and their build quality, but the high-end Olympus stuff has never disappointed me!

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