What was the reasoning?

Discussion in 'Open Discussion' started by Grinch, Apr 17, 2012.

  1. Grinch

    Grinch Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Jan 9, 2011
    So today I took a second look at 4/3 glass and came up with this question...Where are the primes? The whole line up is zoom zoom zoom pretty much. Is this why 4/3 is dying a slow painful death. I may need to put on my flame suit, but seriously is this what made it hard for people to support this system. Primes are few, and really nothing great or am I missing something?
  2. Jonathan F/2

    Jonathan F/2 Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Aug 10, 2011
    Los Angeles, USA
    What are you talking about? M43 has the best prime line up of ALL mirrorless cameras. 7.5, 12, 14, 17 2.8, 17/.95, 19, 20, 25 1.4, 25/.95, 30, 45/1.8, 45/2.8, 60 (soon), 75 (soon). M43 zooms are nothing to sneeze at either especially the beautiful 7-14 f/4. If anything M43 is lacking fast zooms and fast telephoto primes, which should be addressed in the near future.
  3. duke

    duke Mu-43 Veteran

    Dec 4, 2010
    San Francisco Bay Area
    I think he meant regular 4/3, which is predominantly zooms. Interesting idea though, I guess time will tell.
  4. Grinch

    Grinch Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Jan 9, 2011
    I'm talking about 4/3 not m4/3. I guess I should have been clearer.
  5. songs2001

    songs2001 Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Jul 8, 2011
    I don't think so. Pentax released plenty of primes and they weren't that successful. Canon hasn't released any EF-S primes and they were the most successful.

    The problem with Four Thirds was that the bodies weren't necessarily small, lenses weren't necessarily small, the bodies weren't that much less expensive and most importantly there wasn't a back catalog of lenses (fast zooms) available to fill in the gaps like a Nikon or Canon.

    If you are going to sell to a wedding or photojournalist, you need the fast zooms, the 35-100 2.0 was as big, if not bigger than the 70-200 2.8 Nikon or Canon versions costing hundreds more.
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