Is Olympus really going full-frame?

Discussion in 'Micro 4/3 News and Rumors' started by mesmerized, May 9, 2016.

  1. mesmerized

    mesmerized Mu-43 Veteran

    Jun 18, 2012
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  2. eteless

    eteless Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jun 20, 2014
    Yes it's true, rumor websites make up rumors to increase traffic and thus ad revenue.

    I believe that was the real question being asked...
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  3. piggsy

    piggsy Mu-43 All-Pro

    Whenever speculation about some new toy becomes overheated I like to amuse myself by going back and looking at previous rumors - olympus patent brings up some real gems, my favorite this session is:
    back when cpm was presumably higher you would at least read

    at the bottom of such stories.
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  4. pellicle

    pellicle Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Feb 10, 2010
    Southport, OzTrailEYa
    @piggsy@piggsy every time I read your sig I'm reminded of my wife posting glitter in birthday cards with spring loaded "throwers" which would do just that on opening ...

    pure evil ... I love that woman
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  5. mcasan

    mcasan Mu-43 All-Pro

    Feb 26, 2014
    I thought they were moving to medium format and just skipping over the overdone 35mm market.
  6. Phocal

    Phocal Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Jan 3, 2014
    My cousin's husband's sister's daughter's aunt's brother's Uncle's son's grandchild is a senior engineer for Olympus told me last night (when I asked and bribed with a 1/5 of Patrón) that Olympus will introduce a Full Frame OMD with a complete line of Pro zooms in time for Christmas.
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  7. pdk42

    pdk42 One of the "Eh?" team

    Jan 11, 2013
    Leamington Spa, UK
    I'd just be happy with a bit lower noise at high ISO and improved C-AF on the OMDs.
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  8. fishone0

    fishone0 Mu-43 Regular

    Jan 15, 2016
    I love my M4/3 Olympus--Have full frame cameras --I wanted the lighter weight-- at my age lugging around a heavy DSLR-FF can be a challenge when hiking if Olympus goes this route I guess I will have to go to Panasonic M4/3rds
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  9. rezatravilla

    rezatravilla Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Aug 7, 2013
    Reza Travilla
    well if it's right, we will have more discounts then! :biggrin: especially the lenses hehehehe
    and the second hand market will be flooded with m43 lenses too since maybe old users moving to FF or new user buy the FF Olympus system
  10. drd1135

    drd1135 Zen Snapshooter

    Mar 17, 2011
    Southwest Virginia
    Well, that's it then. Time to sell all my mu43 stuff.
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  11. PakkyT

    PakkyT Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jun 20, 2015
    New England
  12. MetilHed

    MetilHed Mu-43 Regular

    Aug 30, 2015
    Because of course they can't so both, and all of your current gear will stop working the day after they announce it. Is will also gain a brick's worth of weight overnight.

    Sent from my SM-G930P using Mu-43 app
  13. ijm5012

    ijm5012 Mu-43 Legend

    Oct 2, 2013
    Pittsburgh, PA
    You're right, they can't do both. Look at a company like Sony, who has many more resources at their disposal, and even they focus solely on the FF market (yes yes, they launched the a6300, but look at the lens line-up (when was the last APS-C designed lens released?)). If Sony can't do it, there's no way that Olympus would be able to do it either.

    While this is all pure speculation, the recent patent filing for the 3 (?) FF lenses from Olympus certainly is interesting. The initial thought was maybe they were doing it for Sony, but given the overlap in specs, that seems unlikely. Another thought was that Olympus was doing a camera similar to the RX1, but I remember one reader saying something to the extent of based on how the lenses were designed, they were for an interchangeable-lens camera and not a fixed-lens camera.

    It's very interesting to see what Olympus is up to (if they even do anything at all).
  14. pdk42

    pdk42 One of the "Eh?" team

    Jan 11, 2013
    Leamington Spa, UK
    It's long been the case that there are many more lens patents than lenses in production. I don't think we should read too much into it. Hitting the E-M1ii out of the park is, I'm sure, a much, much bigger focus for Oly than building a complete new FF system from the ground up.
  15. mcasan

    mcasan Mu-43 All-Pro

    Feb 26, 2014
    Which Christmas?
  16. Phocal

    Phocal Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Jan 3, 2014
  17. TNcasual

    TNcasual Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Dec 2, 2014
    Knoxville, TN
    Funny thing is is that my Olympus cameras are full frame they are the largest digital sensor I own. They only aren't full fame when I use a lens that doesn't cover the sensor.

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  18. eteless

    eteless Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jun 20, 2014
    IIRC out of the last dozen lenses Olympus has patented only two or three are for a ILC, lately they've been busy designing lenses for camera phones and projectors... As for actual cameras the most interesting thing that's come up lately is a rangefinder where the mechanism is moved electronically rather than mechanically (theoretically they could make a m4/3 with a manual focus rangefinder window, however it seems more likely this is just so someone else can't patent it).

    Some of the camera phone stuff is interesting though and I'm intrigued if there's a client or if it's patenting for patents sake, they've made some really compact large sensor designs (1 inch IIRC, large for a phone).
  19. Turbofrog

    Turbofrog Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Mar 21, 2014
    Honestly, while I know that it would be an absolutely terrible business decision for Olympus or Panasonic to make a full-frame mirrorless camera, I've become so frustrated with the inability for any of the non-M4/3 mirrorless manufacturers to incorporate basic features like touchscreens and/or fully-articulated monitors that I'd actually be interested in one solely as a digital back for legacy lenses to get a smaller crop factor. It's hard to go back to anything else after using touchpad-AF for focus point selection. On my cameras that don't have touchscreens I just focus-and-recompose, and hope that I have sufficient DoF to cover the focal plane error, because direct focus point selection is so tedious otherwise...
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  20. It ain't over till the fat lady singing is photographed with a digital OM mount camera.
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