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New Olympus coming?


strawman 10 22.0k 16 United Kingdom
26 May 2009 10:35PM
Have you seen the Olympus Pen 50th Anniversary site? There are spaces left for more updates and did they not say there was going to be a m4/3 camera soon?

The Sigma DP range are interesting, but would the micro 4/3 system be a good basis for a simple and light compact camera, a step on from cameras like the G10/LX3 but with SLR like performance? A Modern rangefinder?

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Paul Morgan e2
13 15.7k 6 England
26 May 2009 11:09PM
I guess the space will be for there micro 4/3 body.

Would love to see a digital version of this

With a 4/3 sensor a fair bit smaller and a lens equivalent to around 40mm would be lovely.

Not interested in live view but spot metering like on the SP35 would be good Smile
Rob_Taylor 10 659 5 Wales
26 May 2009 11:14PM

Quote:The Sigma DP range are interesting, but would the micro 4/3 system be a good basis for a simple and light compact camera
Quote:
I certainly hope so.
That's where I reckon I'll be spending my money in future.
I like the DP1/2 results but wouldn't buy into a system with only a fixed lens. I'd want flexibility, a DP1 sized body with say a fixed 28mm for reasonable pocketability but the choice of a standard zoom for when you are happy to walk around with a camera hanging from your neck. A second SLR stlye body like the Panasonic G1 which will take the same lenses and a telephoto zoom for wildlife/longer range shooting.
I also want it to have a viewfinder and a flash hotshoe.

A compact and SLR (style) kit that take the same lenses ...would be ideal for me Smile


strawman 10 22.0k 16 United Kingdom
26 May 2009 11:18PM
I guess that is the problem, we all want different things. I would settle for a choice of either 3 lenses, 24mm, 40mm 90mm or a 24 to 150mm zoom.

But would a zoom make it too big?
Paul Morgan e2
13 15.7k 6 England
26 May 2009 11:25PM

Quote:I guess that is the problem, we all want different things


Very true but I would have thought a pretty decent fixed lens 4/3 sensor camera could do pretty well.

Just love these new adapters for the G1/G2
Rob_Taylor 10 659 5 Wales
26 May 2009 11:33PM
...would a zoom make it too big?
I wouldn't think so.
I may not be grasping this correctly but look at the pancake lens available for the Pentax system for instance, something on that idea but in M4/3 technology would be very small and slim. ...and then you get an array of zoom lenses that fit the same Pentax body ....again M4/3 zoom equivilents would be smaller and slimmer ....and why not have 2 different body types that take those lenses, one compact, the other DSLR (type)?

If the Olympus M4/3 camera is introduced, will Panasonic M4/3 lenses fit it?
Paul Morgan e2
13 15.7k 6 England
26 May 2009 11:58PM
The pancakes are tiny but there not zooms.

The new micro Pany zooms are small though, small enough to fit in a coat pocket.


Quote:I like the DP1/2 results but wouldn't buy into a system with only a fixed lens. I'd want flexibility


I`m kind of thinking it could have a fixed lens, its a Pen site after all Smile
Tooth 9 5.8k 227 Ireland
27 May 2009 12:06AM
I assume micro 4/3 is a standard for the very reason that all M4/3 lenses fit all the M4/3 cameras?
strawman 10 22.0k 16 United Kingdom
6 Jun 2009 5:30PM
It is getting interesting, here is a rumour . I like the idea of the kit lens 14-42 (28 to 84mm Eff) of a 17mm f2.8 prime, a lot of what I have been shooting on my compact has been at 17mm. With IS built in and a sensible decision to keep the MP down to 12 this strikes me as the most interesting 4/3 camera yet Smile

And it looks to be more like what a Sigma DP should be. A true rangefinder would be nice, but I guess as Leica have show nit would be expensive. This camera could be a nice alternative.
Paul Morgan e2
13 15.7k 6 England
6 Jun 2009 8:07PM
Like the 17 (34mm) its pretty much in keeping with the old 35mm film compacts.
Witchery 5 35
22 Jun 2009 2:58PM
That new Olympus Pen is just the prettiest camera since the original. That's my birthday present sorted. Isn't it lovely to see cameras looking good again.
conrad 10 10.9k 116
22 Jun 2009 3:12PM
Not just pretty - it combines the advantages of a compact with some of those of a DSLR without the disadvantages of a DSLR. Very attractive newcomer!
strawman 10 22.0k 16 United Kingdom
22 Jun 2009 3:38PM
Apparently if you buy it with the 17mm lens you get a viewfinder with it.
Paul Morgan e2
13 15.7k 6 England
22 Jun 2009 6:33PM

Quote:Apparently if you buy it with the 17mm lens you get a viewfinder with it


Its just part of the kit John Smile

Some think its expensive compared to the sigma DP1 or what ever.

Really its very cheap especially compared to the M8, the only other offering in its size with swappable lenses and this just offers so much more.
stevie e2
10 1.2k 2 United Kingdom
22 Jun 2009 7:10PM
Has anyone applied for the one week trial? I have to say I think it looks a really attractive design posssily because I'm old enough to remember the old PENs. Didn't they do a half size PEN at one stage that let you take 72 shots on a 36 exposure 35mm film?

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