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Old Aug 17, 2012, 1:42 PM   #1
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Apparently Olympus wasn't happy with the focusing performance on the OM-D M5 with it's pro level lenses so it's redesigning the focus system.

http://fourthirds-user.com/2012/08/olympus_confirms_new_camera_body_for_four_thirds_l enses.php
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Apparently Olympus wasn't happy with the focusing performance on the OM-D M5 with it's pro level lenses so it's redesigning the focus system.

http://fourthirds-user.com/2012/08/olympus_confirms_new_camera_body_for_four_thirds_l enses.php
Ooo, maybe it will mean a big price drop for the OM-D for decidedly NON-prolevel people like me.
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well this is awkward....

the Olympus 4/3's group believes this to be a reference to the much hoped for E-7 Olympus 4/3 DSLR which would replace the E-5 DSLR

However since the OMD was mentioned in the same breath it could also be taken to mean that Olympus plans a PDAF capable/compatible mirrorless camera

I tend to think the former is the case here, but I could be wrong
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well this is awkward....

the Olympus 4/3's group believes this to be a reference to the much hoped for E-7 Olympus 4/3 DSLR which would replace the E-5 DSLR

However since the OMD was mentioned in the same breath it could also be taken to mean that Olympus plans a PDAF capable/compatible mirrorless camera

I tend to think the former is the case here, but I could be wrong
Since Olympus never does what you think it should do, my thinking is that they
are, in fact, going to release another m43 body but with the capability to accept and better control SHG 43 lenses with quicker AF.

If they do release a 43 body E-7, if you will, it will be a hybrid taking the best features of the OM-D5 then packing them into a E-series body. I fully expect the same sensor found in the OM-D5 to be in this body.

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Even if they fixed the AF issues with the four-thirds lenses, my opinion, they're too darn big for the micro bodies anyway. I sold the better ones I had, and I won't be buying any for use on future bodies, no matter how well they do or do not autofocus.

Good for current four-thirds users if they do though.
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IMO, the 4/3 format is absolutely dead.
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IMO, the 4/3 format is absolutely dead.
I'm not so sure of that Tullio. A Canon T3i (4/3) is much cheaper than an Oly OMD M5 and I believe most people wouldn't be able to tell the difference in picture quality. I like the M43 mainly because of its weight and size. There are also people with big hands that would prefer a larger body.
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I don't mean to speak for Tullio as he does a great job on his own. But, I think I know what he means by that. And, honestly, I agree.
While, there is a very loyal base of FourThirds users that continue to appreciate the quality of the Four Thirds lenses, the color output that the sensor renders, as well as the Auto focus being perfectly adequate for their type and style of photography. The reality is that any new four thirds camera release will only be of interest to the existing user base.

It will not have any impact on increasing marketshare or attracting new users to the four thirds system IMHO.

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I'm not so sure of that Tullio. A Canon T3i (4/3) is much cheaper than an Oly OMD M5 and I believe most people wouldn't be able to tell the difference in picture quality. I like the M43 mainly because of its weight and size. There are also people with big hands that would prefer a larger body.
James, Tullio is talking about the DSLR four-thirds system being the dead system, not micro four-thirds.

The four-thirds lenses are top notch, but too big and heavy in my opinion for any micro body, even an E-M5 with a grip attached. A few of the lenses, like the 35/3.5 and 50mm f2 prime macros, are certainly usable and small enough, but I've already tried lenses like the 12-60 and 50-200 SWD Zuikos and won't be using lenses that size or bigger, ever again, on a micro body.

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Thanks Zig and Greg for clarifying my short comment. As Zig well mentioned, a new 4/3 body will only serve existing 4/3 Oly users. I too doubt that it would attract new users so investing on the format would be a mistake. Besides, except for the larger size, which may indeed be more preferable to some people, there's nothing a new 4/3 camera will be able to do that the existing m4/3 bodies won't.
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