Fast lenses and camera sanity etc

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I'd say this is good news:

- Olympus will keep the three lines of OMD cameras
- release cycle between cameras will become longer
- Olympus recognize the need of very fast aperture lenses
- 4K will not come on the E-m1. But maybe on future cameras
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http://www.43rumors.com/terada-interview-says-fast-aperture-prime-lenses-are-in-the-works/
 
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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.
 

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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.
 

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When one's lens dreams are satisfied, I hope that there are no complaints about the prices.
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.
 

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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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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)
 

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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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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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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.
I realize all that. Still...you'd think they'd think a little bit outside the bun.
 

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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!
 
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