Olympus now locked-in?

Discussion in 'Olympus' started by RichA, Jul 4, 2005.

  1. RichA

    RichA Guest

    Given they've released a few specific
    lenses for their current system and are
    about to release three more costly ED zooms,
    it seems likely that they are sticking with the
    4/3rds system and that sensor size is not
    going to go up, if at all since the lenses they are
    producing apparently will not support a larger image
    circle than can contain the current sensor dimensions.
    Which then begs the question, has Kodak come up with
    something new for them, something that has less noise
    and greater sensitivity than current small sensors?
    Given the hype that the marketers of Canon, etc, have attached
    to the idea of a "no noise" under high ISO sensors, it seems
    unlikely that someone attempting to compete with Canon's marketing
    juggernaut would put out another camera with a sensor that has
    considerably more noise than the Canon offerings. But, does Olympus
    see greater value in having lenses that offer greater effective
    focal lengths at higher speeds than their competition?
    Given the smaller sensors sizes they have (Olympus) it is likely they
    can produce (for e.g.) a 400mm (35mm film equivalent) at f2 much
    less expensively than can Canon who now have to produce lenses to
    support full-frame size, given that is what their flag-bearing sensor
    size is. Unless of course Canon decides to stratify it's lens
    offerings by camera, which would mean different lenses for the Rebel
    and 20D versus the flagship full-frame camera.
    Whatever Olympus is up to, it had better work for them. Otherwise
    they could find themselves pushed out of the DSLR market altogether.
    RichA, Jul 4, 2005
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    Chrlz Guest

    I'll happily concede that Oly needs a good, high-res, low-noise 4/3
    sensor. But they are seemingly tied to Kodak, and their record so far
    is not exactly shining..

    *IF*, and it's a big one, they can get that good sensor, then the
    system becomes very attractive - gotta love that sensor cleaning
    technology! If they can add in-camera IS, and I suspect that is up
    their sleeve, then I will be the *first* to jump headlong into it.

    I can dream.... (O;
    Chrlz, Jul 4, 2005
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    Stacey Guest

    I think they may be bailing on the kodak sensor for the next version of the
    E1. At least that's what the grapevine is saying. Have to wait and see.
    Stacey, Jul 4, 2005
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    Tony Polson Guest

    Look no further than the already announced collaboration with
    Matsushita. The wording of the joint Olympus/Matsushita announcement
    of the collaboration includes some very strong hints about what is
    involved ...

    Tony Polson, Jul 4, 2005
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    Chrlz Guest

    Look no further than the already announced collaboration

    Yep, that gives me great hope and seems to almost guarantee IS will
    also be included, given the other Panasonic IS gear (and the fact that
    none of the Oly digital lenses has any sort of stabilisation, so
    hopefully that means they plan to do it incamera - correct me if I'm

    ... but I'm trying *not* to get too excited..... (O:
    Chrlz, Jul 5, 2005
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    Basic Wedge Guest

    Apparently, Olympus has displayed experimental ZD lenses with built-in image
    stabilization. The photos I saw, several months ago, showed lenses which
    looked nowhere near being ready for production.

    I, personally, hope they opt for a built into the body style of stabilizer.
    I'd like to have the technology, but not at the expense of having to replace
    my growing collection of ZD lenses. Having said that, it's hard to imagine
    how Olympus (or Matsushita) could piggy-back the Super Sonic Wave filter
    onto an image stabilizer. The resulting unit would probably be fairly large
    and cumbersome.

    Basic Wedge, Jul 5, 2005
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    Steven Wandy Guest

    Having said that, it's hard to imagine
    But we can continue to dream - can't we????
    Steven Wandy, Jul 5, 2005
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