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43rumors declares the Pen-F dead

Discussion in 'Micro 4/3 News and Rumors' started by robcee, Apr 17, 2019.

  1. robcee

    robcee Mu-43 Veteran

    434
    Jan 10, 2016
    New Brunswick, Canada
    Rob Campbell
    I think we've heard it before, but a source inside Olympus confirmed to 43rumors that the Pen-F line has been killed.

    If you've been on the fence about buying one of these, like I have, this might be the time to pull the trigger on a kick-ass, range-finder style camera with some impressive in-camera creative processing options. I'm strongly considering it.

    (FT4) The PEN-F line has been killed :( - 43 Rumors

    edit: an adverb
     
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  2. drd1135

    drd1135 Zen Snapshooter Subscribing Member

    Mar 17, 2011
    Southwest Virginia
    Steve
    If they made a cheaper and less premium model for $800 I bet it would have sold. To be fair, I had one and prefer the Fuji XE series, despite the loss of IBIS. The XE series had a much better pricing.
     
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  3. Pluttis

    Pluttis Mu-43 Veteran

    432
    Nov 14, 2016
    Sweden
    Peter
    Have Pen-F ever been a line...Thought it where a model they released to celebrating Olympus 80th anniversary? Its a great and fun camer to use, only real flaw is the bad AF-C performance.
     
  4. kingduct

    kingduct Mu-43 Veteran

    438
    Oct 12, 2013
    I was certainly a potential Pen-F buyer, but I ended up getting a GX85 because it was nearly equal to the Pen-F for stills, was better than the Pen-F for video, and was a lot cheaper.

    Today, if I wanted a retro-look body with great jpegs, I'd get an X-T30. I feel like Olympus has really ceded the small, retro, jpeg space to Fuji. If Olympus isn't going to bring out a Pen-F or E-P6, I hope that they come back with a great, reasonably priced E-M5 iii.
     
  5. kingduct

    kingduct Mu-43 Veteran

    438
    Oct 12, 2013
    In response to myself, I suppose I should acknowledge the E-M10 series. Perhaps I'm being unfair.

    Still, feels like Fuji has really made a great effort to offer cameras that are just as small as m4/3 (X-T30 is actually a bit smaller than the E-M10 iii) and has focused on releasing small and light lenses as well. Meanwhile, all recent Olympus lens releases have either been enormous f/1.2 primes (that I won't buy) or enormous zooms (that I won't buy). My memory may be failing me, but I can't remember the last small lens Olympus released, maybe the 30/3.5 macro?
     
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  6. Phocal

    Phocal Mu-43 Legend Subscribing Member

    Jan 3, 2014
    Houston
    Why do they need to release more small lenses? Just about any focal length is covered by small lenses already.
     
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  7. pdk42

    pdk42 One of the "Eh?" team Subscribing Member

    Jan 11, 2013
    Leamington Spa, UK
    Despite all the things that the Pen-F can be criticised for (no weather-sealing, divisive JPEG knob, EVF smaller than it might be, innards similar to E-M5ii but at a higher price, lousy C-AF, ...), it somehow seems to work as a camera. It's just such a nice-looking and nice-feeling camera. It lets you take photographs without getting in the way and the results from it seldom disappoint.

    Interestingly, I was reading some reviews of the Leica CL today and the Pen-F is often compared to it - which is quite astonishing considering the Leica costs 3x the price.
     
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  8. ToxicTabasco

    ToxicTabasco Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jul 2, 2018
    South West USA
    It was and still is a sexy camera. They will still work even if they stop making them.
     
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  9. kingduct

    kingduct Mu-43 Veteran

    438
    Oct 12, 2013
    Fair enough. Those small Fuji primes are weatherproof, but not the m4/3 lenses (despite many weatherproof cameras).

    But I think I've distracted enough from the conversation. I'm just searching for reasons why the Pen-F apparently has not merited a sequel, but we have no way of confirming that it won't have a successor.

    I still hope that someday there's a Pen-F II for me to consider, when it's time to replace my GX85.
     
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  10. CO_yeti

    CO_yeti Mu-43 Regular

    33
    Mar 25, 2019
    Denver, CO
    I don't know what 'killed off' means when a camera body is 3+ years post release and always was marketed as a special anniversary item.

    The Pen F is a niche camera. Either it works for you or it doesn't. No judgment either way. Most that own it are happy with their purchase. I hope Olympus continues to take chances with 'quirky' designs in between major launches. The EM1x shows they probably will.
     
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  11. Phocal

    Phocal Mu-43 Legend Subscribing Member

    Jan 3, 2014
    Houston
    Maybe you should have read the rumor, the reason why was stated by the source of the rumor.
     
  12. TNcasual

    TNcasual Mu-43 Legend Subscribing Member

    Dec 2, 2014
    Knoxville, TN
    Just because there isn't going to be a Pen-Fii, that doesn't mean there couldn't be a future Pen-FT, or Pen-FV. They could take what was learned from the Pen-F and create a different one-off model along the same lines.
     
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  13. Phocal

    Phocal Mu-43 Legend Subscribing Member

    Jan 3, 2014
    Houston
    Maybe they will make the Pen-MF (medium format)
     
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  14. kingduct

    kingduct Mu-43 Veteran

    438
    Oct 12, 2013
    "The sources told me that the PEN-F simply didn’t sell well enough and Olympus had lost hope that a new PEN-FII would sell better."

    There are reasons why sales were low. My above posts speculate on those reasons. Again, this is getting off-topic and I will now leave the thread be.
     
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  15. TNcasual

    TNcasual Mu-43 Legend Subscribing Member

    Dec 2, 2014
    Knoxville, TN
    How about a Pen-W. Panorama sensor, they have it in their history.
     
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  16. Phocal

    Phocal Mu-43 Legend Subscribing Member

    Jan 3, 2014
    Houston
    I would buy that
     
  17. TNcasual

    TNcasual Mu-43 Legend Subscribing Member

    Dec 2, 2014
    Knoxville, TN
    I was wrong. The Pen W half frame wasn't panorama. It was just really wide angle for half frame at 25mm.
     
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  18. pdk42

    pdk42 One of the "Eh?" team Subscribing Member

    Jan 11, 2013
    Leamington Spa, UK
    I think sales were low simply because it was overpriced. It's a beautifully-made camera, but at its launch price (which never really softened), it invited the wrong comparisons with the E-M5ii and the E-M10ii. The 10 did almost as much as the Pen for a lot less, and the 5 did a little more for a little less. And that's before looking at larger-sensored competitors like Fuji and Sony. Olympus thought its cute looks and quality build feel would warrant a premium price sticker - but I think they were wrong.
     
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  19. rloewy

    rloewy Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    May 5, 2014
    Ron
    So, we will get a Pen FT? ;) 
     
  20. Gidget

    Gidget Mu-43 Regular Subscribing Member

    400
    Apr 22, 2010
    Indiana
    Leah Hallett
    That's sad :(  Wonder what used prices will do?
     
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