MNE

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4fabian: I wish that they would go the full frame route instead as features like hand-held macro in camera focus stacking just aren't available elsewhere. I wish they were. If they bring out a 40+ MB full frame with the best olympus features, it would be on my shopping list. Right now I use the dated but loveable Olympus Pen-f which I love as a fun camera with a Panasonic Leica 8-15mm lens. For serious work related photography I use full frame as I shoot mostly in low light.

Referring to 35mm as full frame is like video people talking about “footage” and “filming” 😂

Link | Posted on Sep 11, 2021 at 01:53 UTC
On article DPReview TV: Olympus M.Zuiko 8-25mm F4 Pro review (128 comments in total)
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Photofrankenstein: I don't see this lens being the only lens you carry on travel. But one thing is for sure, Olympus is certainly obsessed with making Zuiko Pro zooms, there are far more options than any other first party manufacturers. 7-14, 8-25, 12-40 12-45 12-100 plus Panasonic 7-14 8-18 10-25 12-35 12-60. If you like pro tier zoom, M43 got you truly well covered. I would pick 12-100 for the best IS and versatility, 560g is not much heavier compared to 400g in any meaningful way.

Your thoughts about the success or failure of m43, Olympus, and Panasonic are also opinions not necessarily based on facts. All camera makers are struggling.

Link | Posted on Jun 12, 2021 at 17:00 UTC
On article DPReview TV: Olympus M.Zuiko 8-25mm F4 Pro review (128 comments in total)

Now, do you REALLY believe that Chris goes out toting a m43 system with him? LOL
He would take the 8-25 and a 45 1.8 for portraits …

Link | Posted on Jun 12, 2021 at 03:43 UTC as 3rd comment
On article DPReview TV: Olympus M.Zuiko 8-25mm F4 Pro review (128 comments in total)
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Photofrankenstein: I don't see this lens being the only lens you carry on travel. But one thing is for sure, Olympus is certainly obsessed with making Zuiko Pro zooms, there are far more options than any other first party manufacturers. 7-14, 8-25, 12-40 12-45 12-100 plus Panasonic 7-14 8-18 10-25 12-35 12-60. If you like pro tier zoom, M43 got you truly well covered. I would pick 12-100 for the best IS and versatility, 560g is not much heavier compared to 400g in any meaningful way.

@Photofrankenstein. Your statement “ People in M43 just don't want to spend as much as full frame, otherwise they might as well go full frame” is backwards. You miss the point as to why people go to m43 - It is size and weight. Lower cost is the side effect. If a m43 lens costs the same as a FF version, that is irrelevant because we didn’t choose m43 based on cost.

Link | Posted on Jun 12, 2021 at 03:26 UTC
On article DPReview TV: Our favorite $1000 camera kits (286 comments in total)

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Link | Posted on Apr 26, 2021 at 13:01 UTC as 4th comment
On article DPReview TV: Our favorite $1000 camera kits (286 comments in total)

I think it was one of the more balanced and reasonable reviews. A lot of people have that arbitrary cut-off of $1000. With a few hundred more, you could get a more decent lens - skip the kit lens.

Link | Posted on Apr 26, 2021 at 12:59 UTC as 5th comment

It seems that there are far more trolls in this discussion than people that have actually owned or used m43 ...

Link | Posted on Jan 8, 2021 at 21:10 UTC as 11th comment | 1 reply
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Knock Knock Who is There: The demise of Olympus all started when the huge fraud came out in 2011. Falsifying accounts to conceal losses of up to $1.7 Billion dollars. We all know this thanks to Michael Woodford (former CEO).

The 2019 financial report stated a loss for Olympus digital imaging for over 17.1 billion Yen. The estimated capital of JIP seems to be 37 billion yen.

So JIP needs to make the business profitable within the next 2 years.
If not it will also be the end for JIP.

I wish them good luck, but making the corner is going to be extremely difficult.
The decline in 2020 has been deep and 2021 may be difficult as well as we are still full into this Covid19 crisis. Then there is the loss of faith into Olympus cameras and a segment in which they operate is extremely difficult. High volumes sales (which is falling away) but with low profit margins.

No wonder they focus upon the higher end models, but these are overpriced for what they offer.

It is going to be a challenging time ahead for JIP.

I could never afford a Canon or Nikon pro system for wildlife (400 to 600mm lenses) but I could make a case for E-M1 III or E-M1x and 100-400. I could also never carry a Canon or Nikon system on my back... I did that for years whenever the equipment was not left at home!

Look at sample images and tell me if the quality is seriously deficient

Link | Posted on Jan 8, 2021 at 21:05 UTC
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VincentMike: A phone makes pictures AND SEND them in no delay. No company has made that feature succesfully. THAT IS the sinking hole. If you cannot do that you end no using your camera. Oly must be truly advanced to survive

I can get images off my E-M10 II and onto my smartphone in seconds. Is that too long for you?

Link | Posted on Jan 8, 2021 at 21:01 UTC
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mxx: Of course DPR could also have used the heading: "The beginning of a new era." But they chose not to. Shows you their mindset towards Olympus?

DPR has always been hard on m43 and Olympus. My biggest gripe, although until recently I kept my feelings to myself.

The review of the EM-5 III got me really ticked off ... was looking for more innovation. I think the upgrades were needed and very significant.
I've had no interest in the E-M5 II as I have the E-M10 II which is pretty close in features. The M5 III is a significant upgrade for me.

Link | Posted on Jan 8, 2021 at 20:57 UTC
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toomix: photography world without Olympus is like the car industry without Wolksvagen :(

VW owns Audi, Lambo, Rolls Royce, and a couple other brands ... Are you counting those in your 8% ?

Link | Posted on Jan 8, 2021 at 20:48 UTC
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BackToNature1: Japan Industrial Partners Inc. (JIP) , so first of all, they are an Private Company from what I have gathered so it's not likely will get anywhere the type of Information moving forward that we would from a Public Company. Apparently, concerning their past VAIO(Sony) purchase, they have gone into the upscale market for Laptops. The Main Exterior parts are Made in Japan. Whatever that might mean.

Now concerning Olympus Going Upscale only in a overall Market leaning towards heavy investments in FF Cameras, I don't know if that will work. However, I will agree with the sentiments of against those definitively calling for the end which can be a "self-fulfilling prophecy" something which can happen when expectations of another individual affects the actions of that individual.

Take note YouTube folks like influencer Tony Northrup . He was one of the first to call for the end of Olympus. Sometimes all it takes is a nudge.

It's a conspiracy theory .... say it enough and people believe it

Link | Posted on Jan 8, 2021 at 20:43 UTC
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Fotoni: Adapt or die. Olympus refused to adapt.

M43 is going downhill because bigger sensors are getting cheaper, lens for them are easier to make and the overall size of the bigger sensor cameras are getting smaller. Olympus turned all this upside down by making their M43 bigger, heavier and more expensive.

In the future there will be phones cameras, superzoom cameras and bigger cameras like FF and medium format. I predict that also APS-C will eventually vanish.

I would love to see a commercial with three guys on a long nature photography hike. Nikon and Canon with 50lbs of equipment on their backs and the Olympus guy with 10lbs and smiling.

The point has always been smaller, lighter, cheaper, and exceptional image quality.

We need much better marketing ... in TV ads. Most people are looking for a compact system with exceptional quality and features that will help them get the results they want. Most people don't care about sensor size or Megapixels. Only we on DPReview do...

Link | Posted on Jan 8, 2021 at 20:40 UTC
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tetsumo: What JIP should do:
- Continue m43
- Stop launching so many models
- Get rid of the big models
- Keep just 3 models, a very basic camera, a mid range and a high end.
- Upgrade the sensor with the latest Sony tech (BSI, 24mp, fast readout times)
- Complete make over of the very old menu
- Real upgrades on all aspects of the camera, no more gimmicky upgrades

That’s a very good observation. Same for me ...

Link | Posted on Jan 7, 2021 at 04:05 UTC
On photo Lovely Sunrise in the Lovely challenge (8 comments in total)

Beautiful image! Congratulations!

But how could such an image be taken with a lowly 12Mpx camera from 2008... and a third-party lens ... LoL

Link | Posted on Jan 6, 2021 at 18:14 UTC as 6th comment | 1 reply
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tetsumo: What JIP should do:
- Continue m43
- Stop launching so many models
- Get rid of the big models
- Keep just 3 models, a very basic camera, a mid range and a high end.
- Upgrade the sensor with the latest Sony tech (BSI, 24mp, fast readout times)
- Complete make over of the very old menu
- Real upgrades on all aspects of the camera, no more gimmicky upgrades

So many models?

E-M10 IV
E-M5 III
E-M1 III
E-M1x
PEN EPL9
Tough

Just because there are older models still available shouldn’t be a negative, unless they are continuing to manufacture them in parallel

Link | Posted on Jan 6, 2021 at 17:45 UTC
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MNE: It is just sad that the whole purpose of m43 has been lost. I got rid of all my heavy Nikon gear so I could move to a smaller, lighter, and less costly option. My Nikon gear stayed home most of the time. My m43 equipment goes with me all the time. am not the only one.

I carefully reviewed Fuji and Nikon lens options and was very discouraged. Very few available and they are large, heavy, or expensive. Another major selling point of m43 which is also lost I am afraid. I hope JIP is reading our comments and changes their approach to managing brands.

Now, everyone expects vendors to grow their equipment physically - what are so many hung up on size? Lol.

“My camera has 1000 more pixels than yours ... ha ha
As they post 800x1200 images on the web ...

TheRealYeats,

Reviewers frequently compare Olympus cameras to those from other brands that are far larger. Apples to oranges in my opinion. No other compare mirrorless brands that I looked at have compact lenses to match their smaller bodies.

Link | Posted on Jan 5, 2021 at 21:41 UTC
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svein wilhelm kristiansen: I sold my PEN F together with my 45(1,8) and the 75(1,8), unfortunately maybe. But I kept my small GM/GF-line cameras, and several Panasonic lenses. GM-1/5 and GF 7, all of them small beauties. And use them alot, together with my (very old..) IPhone X in Halide mode. My favorite “birding setup” is the GM-5 paired with the 45-175 Pana-lens. But I really love the retro look of the Olympus. If the new company is going on making new cameras, and focuses much more to the size advantage of the mft-system; the possibility to make small camera’s, I’m in. And a new and much better sensor to come, paired with computational photography. Is this an unrealistic desire?

I think it all has to do with marketing. Olympus failed miserably at marketing their products. They need to present the notion of m43 and its value in a way that won’t go over the heads of photographers. There are many people out there that would love a pro quality kit that they would take in all their travels. Like hiking, tourism etc...

I have an iPhone XR and it takes great raw pics, but I can’t shoot wildlife or use it for Astro photography.

Link | Posted on Jan 5, 2021 at 19:51 UTC

It is just sad that the whole purpose of m43 has been lost. I got rid of all my heavy Nikon gear so I could move to a smaller, lighter, and less costly option. My Nikon gear stayed home most of the time. My m43 equipment goes with me all the time. am not the only one.

I carefully reviewed Fuji and Nikon lens options and was very discouraged. Very few available and they are large, heavy, or expensive. Another major selling point of m43 which is also lost I am afraid. I hope JIP is reading our comments and changes their approach to managing brands.

Now, everyone expects vendors to grow their equipment physically - what are so many hung up on size? Lol.

“My camera has 1000 more pixels than yours ... ha ha
As they post 800x1200 images on the web ...

Link | Posted on Jan 5, 2021 at 19:43 UTC as 41st comment | 6 replies
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focal yokel: I’d love to see a merger and rebranding of Olympus and Pentax. They’re both very innovative camera designers, and both offer high quality products (all they lack is AF tracking equal to that of their competitors). Maybe they could continue both the four thirds, APC, and FF formats (sharing the innovations between formats). It would be great to mount a Zuiko quality lens to a Pentax-style body.

I know that Olympus incorporated many of their (at the time), unique IBIS and other technologies from their Medical Imaging Division. Did JIP get the Olympus Medical Imaging Division, too?

So would it be Olymtax or Pentapus?

Link | Posted on Jan 5, 2021 at 19:37 UTC
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