olympus are an optics company first

Discussion in 'Olympus Cameras' started by kevinparis, Feb 26, 2014.

  1. kevinparis

    kevinparis Cantankerous Scotsman

    Feb 12, 2010
    Gent, Belgium
  2. T N Args

    T N Args Agent Photocateur

    Dec 3, 2013
    Adelaide, Australia
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    The zuiko range certainly deserves its high reputation.

    As a company I would see them more aligned with Minolta. And Nikon.
  3. OzRay

    OzRay Mu-43 Legend

    Jan 29, 2010
    South Gippsland, Australia
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    Ray, not Oz
    They did start as a microscope company and that and related products (such as endoscopes) are still their mainstay.
  4. darosk

    darosk Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Apr 17, 2013
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    Zuiko 90 f/2 macro is pretty legendary lens, I knew about it even though I started off in the Canon camp. Just get on flickr for samples and you'll soon see why (if you're not familiar with it). I think we may even have our own thread here. It's a lens I've always wanted. Though I don't have much experience with them personally, I've always heard the Zuikos well spoken of.
  5. Matero

    Matero Mu-43 Veteran

    Jun 22, 2013
    Quite interesting when thinking these rumours/legends:
    - mZuiko 75mm 1.8 designed and produced by Sigma
    - mZuiko 45mm 1.8 designed and produced by Konica Minolta

    But yes, world is changing and you can see yourself as an optics manufacturer even if you use strong network of design and manufacturing partners for parts of your portfolio.
  6. drd1135

    drd1135 Zen Snapshooter

    Mar 17, 2011
    Southwest Virginia
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    Wouldn't it make sense for them to align themselves with an electronics company to complement what they perceive as their strengths? Seriously, these days it's all so outsourced that it's hard to know who actually does anything.
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  7. fortwodriver

    fortwodriver Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Nov 15, 2013
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    ...except I don't think they make their own endoscopy optics anymore. I believe they outsource a lot of optics and fibre-optics to KM. Olympus to my knowledge doesn't have a glass foundry either.
  8. T N Args

    T N Args Agent Photocateur

    Dec 3, 2013
    Adelaide, Australia
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    Vertical integration is not a prerequisite for taking the credit for one's products.

    However, re-badging another company's products would rather disqualify one IMHO.
  9. Clint

    Clint Mu-43 All-Pro

    Apr 22, 2013
    San Diego area, CA
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    Olympus is lot more than cameras and cameras lenses. Zuiko was the name established for their camera lenses, I don’t think their other optics carry the Zuiko name. Olympus makes hundreds of products from finical products to microscopes, including a lot of electronic products.

    The Olympus companies are a lot more similar to Nikon than Zeiss, Leica, Panasonic, or Sony.
  10. letsgofishing

    letsgofishing Mu-43 Veteran

    Nov 21, 2012
    South Africa
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    Mike Kaplan
    Well , will they please make a rectilinear 8mm f3.5 then.....