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Fast lenses and camera sanity etc

Discussion in 'Olympus Cameras' started by OzRay, Sep 22, 2014.

  1. OzRay

    OzRay Mu-43 Legend

    Jan 29, 2010
    South Gippsland, Australia
    Ray, not Oz
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  2. nuclearboy

    nuclearboy Mu-43 Top Veteran

    850
    Jan 28, 2011
    USA
    I have always assumed (from a purely business point of view) that Olympus would fill out the lens lineup with f1.8 primes and then start on something faster down the road. Maybe after selling a range of f2.8 zooms they will hint at some f2 zooms as well.
     
  3. drd1135

    drd1135 Zen Snapshooter

    Mar 17, 2011
    Southwest Virginia
    Steve
    I read a suggestion that the next version of the EM5 might be a good body to try out improved video. It makes a weird kind of sense.
     
  4. LowriderS10

    LowriderS10 Monkey with a camera.

    May 19, 2013
    Canada
    FINALLY someone making some sense. I'm so sick of seeing very little progress in lenses, but 15 new bodies on the market every year (for many manufacturers). There was a time when Fuji had about as many bodies as lenses for the X-mount. Ridiculous. Same with Canon...the improvements were generally incremental and skipping a generation or two between upgrades was the most sensible thing to do.
     
  5. Clint

    Clint Mu-43 All-Pro

    Apr 22, 2013
    San Diego area, CA
    Clint
    I'd take either one of those lenses today!
     
  6. gravijaflare

    gravijaflare Mu-43 Veteran

    218
    Aug 28, 2014
    A planet called Gaia
    i wish they'd make a 25mm or 30mm, f1.4 or f1.2, with weather sealing and snap focus mechanism.. ;)
     
  7. tosvus

    tosvus Mu-43 Top Veteran

    632
    Jan 4, 2014
    12mm f1 sounds pretty good to me. Maybe a 7mm f2 would be doable too??
     
  8. OzRay

    OzRay Mu-43 Legend

    Jan 29, 2010
    South Gippsland, Australia
    Ray, not Oz
    When one's lens dreams are satisfied, I hope that there are no complaints about the prices.
     
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  9. tosvus

    tosvus Mu-43 Top Veteran

    632
    Jan 4, 2014
    I have resigned to the fact that I spend a sickening amount of money on my hobby at this point. Can't complain about the results either. Some lenses are practically a work of art.
     
  10. OzRay

    OzRay Mu-43 Legend

    Jan 29, 2010
    South Gippsland, Australia
    Ray, not Oz
    Your spending is not complete until you buy a large format printer and start printing out your shots. It too becomes addictive. ;)

    Bugger, I spoke too soon! I have just had to order a $130 ink cartridge because my printer is out of blue. And when you have 12 of those cartridges, you hate for them to start running out at the same time. :(
     
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  11. AlanU

    AlanU Mu-43 Veteran

    484
    May 2, 2012
    f/1 lenses would require substantial glass. The cost of the lens would surpass most of the the m43 bodies product lines.

    f/1.4 seems more logical since most manufacturers go that route. The price point would have a higher sell rate to hobbyists (I speculate majority of m43 owners)
     
  12. LowriderS10

    LowriderS10 Monkey with a camera.

    May 19, 2013
    Canada
    Oh yeah...lenses...sure, they're good ideas...but let's say HYPOTHETICALLY that these are real ideas. Really, Olympus? Two lenses 2mm apart, and nothing outside of that? I would have been much more excited to see the plans for a 7mm f1.4 and a 100mm f1.4 or something.
     
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  13. OzRay

    OzRay Mu-43 Legend

    Jan 29, 2010
    South Gippsland, Australia
    Ray, not Oz
    Patent applications often never see the light of day in terms of actual products, but Olympus has formally stated that they realise there is a demand for faster lenses and they are working on this shortfall. An f1 lens would probably sell few copies due to cost (and size for those who are forever seeking wee things), but then producing some niche lenses etc could still be profitable. This is an area that Olympus possibly needs to consider, or is already considering, in a world where differentiation is vital. It doesn't hurt the likes of Leica, Zeiss etc. But if Olympus did build such lenses, you would be guaranteed that they would be stellar performers.
     
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  14. AussiePhil

    AussiePhil Mu-43 Top Veteran

    775
    Jun 1, 2014
    Canberra, ACT, Aust
    Phil
    .... and it looks like I have to order 2 new heads for mine :( as well as a full set of ink!
    My bank balance is poor enough now...
     
  15. OzRay

    OzRay Mu-43 Legend

    Jan 29, 2010
    South Gippsland, Australia
    Ray, not Oz
    Ouch! It's around $500 for a new print head for mine.
     
  16. AussiePhil

    AussiePhil Mu-43 Top Veteran

    775
    Jun 1, 2014
    Canberra, ACT, Aust
    Phil
    Yep got an iPF5000 - hence the comment, I could get around the blocked nozzles till I foolishly put the last firmware on, oh well it's still cheaper here in Oz to replace the heads than buy something new...
     
  17. OzRay

    OzRay Mu-43 Legend

    Jan 29, 2010
    South Gippsland, Australia
    Ray, not Oz
  18. LowriderS10

    LowriderS10 Monkey with a camera.

    May 19, 2013
    Canada
    I realize all that. Still...you'd think they'd think a little bit outside the bun.
     
  19. OzRay

    OzRay Mu-43 Legend

    Jan 29, 2010
    South Gippsland, Australia
    Ray, not Oz
    And more interesting news:

    http://www.43rumors.com/olympus-confirms-the-e-m5-successor-is-coming-soon/
     
  20. LowriderS10

    LowriderS10 Monkey with a camera.

    May 19, 2013
    Canada
    I hope they keep the design/layout/size/etc of the E-M5...I'm still not convinced I'll upgrade, but curious to see what they're coming out with next!