- Feb 8, 2011
- Pacific Northwest, USA
- Real Name
This post got me thinking. My first question is why someone would buy a FF camera and then throw away 3/4 of the sensor in order to use m43 sized lenses.I think that even in pure telephoto reach terms, FF has some potential ways of evening the field a little including simply using APSC lenses (since some of these FF mounts have both) in crop mode for smaller size and more reach, if they wanted to they could even make a m43 crop from the sensor with a button push and sell m43 sized lenses…if demand is there they will likely go down that path…what if Sony makes such a lens, what will Olympus do, how will they respond…hopefully they are pondering these questions.
But say such a market develops. Why wouldn't/ couldn't OMDS jump in and simply adapt their existing m43 lens designs to Canon or Sony mirrorless bodies. That would certainly be cheaper than designing new optics from scratch, right? In this scenario OMDS would survive by essentially turning itself into Sigma.
As it is, OMDS doesn't control their sensor development, having outsourced that to Sony or Panasonic, two competitors who have little incentive to build cutting edge sensors for a competitor. And Olympus's historical strength has been lens design.
I could imagine a future path that sees them focusing only on lens development. As a m43 user and Olympus fan I'd be sad to see that happen, but it does have some logic to it.