(FT4) UPDATED -> New rumor about the E-5 being the last Olympus DSLR

Yesterday I received a new message from a dutch camera reseller: “A representative of Olympus in the Netherlands came to our shop and told me that Olympus will not produce anymore Dslr camera’s. they will only produce the Olympus E-5. So pretty soon we can no longer order any Dslr except the E-5. and of the E-5 we can only order four at a time wich we have to sell first before we can order another four.
They will only concentrate on M 4/3. and by 2012 they will have renewed there whole compact line-up except for the superzoom cameras.
Are the same thing’s happening in other country’s to ?

The answer is yes! A few other dealers had small talks with Olympus reps. And they also have been told that this could be the last DSLR.

A reminder, Olympus said that they will contnue to develop Four Thirds products until Micro Four Thirds can deliver the same performance as Four Thirds cameras.

(UPDATE) Two more retailers sent me messages:

1) “Three weeks ago i was at an “open house” at a photo dealer with all of the reps there. I spoke to the Olympus rep for 15-20 minutes. Just prior to this open house he had had a meeting with one one of Olympus’ designers. He told me that Olympus will continue designing and producing a “flagship” E-X. The E-5 was not the end of the line. Olympus has not designed a system to do away with mirrors and that they were not even close. He said that all of the other series were dead. The modular E-series would not happen but he smiled when I mentioned a “pro” micro body.

2) “in my country it is the same with E5 as in others. Only a few at a time.”

Micro Four Thirds lens poll evaluation


A few weeks ago I collected your lens suggestions and put them on a poll. That poll neither pretends to be very detailed nor scientific. It should only help to give Panasonic /Olympus/Voigtländer a global idea of what 43rumors reader are looking for. I analyzed the results and those are this is my very personal (and limited) evaluation. Feel free to add your considerations to make that evaluation more detailed and correct. Thanks! (Click here if you like to see the full poll results)

1) The most requested single lens is the 25mm f/1.2. I confess that’s a bit of surprise for me. I didn’t include the 25mm f/1.4 lens option because that lens is already coming from Panasonic (and I told you that, but probably only a minority read it). 23% of you kept voting the faster option f/1.2! Very interesting indeed.

2) There is a general need for zooms that do start with a 12mm focal length. There were many 12mm zooms option and almost any of them made it into the top.

3) The most requested compact prime is the 12mm f/2.0 (18%). After that we have the 50mm f/1.8 (11%) and the first compact zoom is the 12-75mm f/2.8-4.5 (10%). Although I think such a “real” zoom lens would be likely to start with a much less brighter aperture.

4) There is a general “perception” that zoom lens should have a constant and as fast as possible aperture. Those lenses are expected to be big and heavy. Honestly I don’t know if you would really buy a big lens like that! Maybe the results are influenced by the need of video lenses (they are by far more interested in having a constant aperture).

5) Wide angle fast primes are the most requested. 12mm, 14mm and 17mm f/1.4 are on top of the list.

6) No real BIG need for normal-tele lenses. Someone told me that there were only a few normal-tele lens options inside the poll and that this is the reason why there are no tele-lenses on top. Honestly I would have expected the quite opposite! Having a less wider lens range option would have made it easier to bring the long-focal-length lenses on top of the list. That didn’t happen!

7) The exotic focal lengths (like the 42mm and 76mm lenses) didn’t get a lot of attention.

8 ) There is a need for high quality tele converters. 9% voted for the 1.4 TC and 8% for the 2.o TC.

9) There is almost no need for Tilt-shift lenses. Only 5% voted for the 10mm and 4% for the 12mm Tilt-shift lens.

POLL info:
– We had 4,322 unique voters (IP-address and browser type have been stored). 27% of the voters are coming from North America, 30% from Europe, 22% from Japan.
– The percentage explanation: Every voter had a maximum of 10 votes so when you read “23%” than it means that 23% of you voted that lens.
– The lens options have been submitted by our readers.

(UPDATED) POLL started! What new MFT lenses do you need?

UPDATE: Last chance to vote your preferred leses. Tomorrow I will close the poll.

Almost 250 43rumors readers sent me a wishlist of future Micro Four Thirds lenses. I grouped them and now you can vote the lens you like!

A few rules:
1) You can vote a maximum of 10 lenses. You can vote one time only (your IP-address will be stored).
2) Don’t be worried if you can’t find the exact lens you were looking for. This is a pure indicative poll.
3) OIS = Image stabilization
4) I didn’t add the 25mm f/1.4 lens because it is already coming from Panasonic
5) Feel free to contact me at any time if you want me to remove or change your vote.

IMPORTANT: I will send the poll results to Panasonic and Olympus. So your vote matters!

Select your favorite future Micro Four Thirds lenses (choose a maximum of 10 lenses!)

  • 25mm f/1.2 (23%, 973 Votes)
  • 12mm f/2.0 (Compact) (18%, 772 Votes)
  • 12-50mm, f/2.0 (Video optimized, OIS) (16%, 691 Votes)
  • 12-60mm f/2.8-4.0 (like the Four Thirds Zuiko) (15%, 663 Votes)
  • 12mm f/1.4 (14%, 605 Votes)
  • 14mm f/1.4 (12%, 517 Votes)
  • 17mm f/1.4 (12%, 509 Votes)
  • 50mm f/1.4 (with OIS and Macro) (12%, 503 Votes)
  • 12-75mm f/2.8 (Video optimized, OIS, for $1.000-$1.500) (12%, 500 Votes)
  • 50mm f/1.8 (Pancake) (11%, 477 Votes)
  • 50mm f/2.0 (Macro) (10%, 445 Votes)
  • 50-200mm f/2.8 (Video optimized, OIS) (10%, 439 Votes)
  • 14-50mm f/2.0 (Weather sealed pro lens optimized for video with OIS) (10%, 430 Votes)
  • 12-75mm f/2.8-4.5 (Compact version) (10%, 416 Votes)
  • 50mm f/1.2 (10%, 416 Votes)
  • 40mm f/2.0 (Pancake, Cheap) (9%, 388 Votes)
  • 100-300mm f/2.8 (Video optimized, OIS) (9%, 384 Votes)
  • high quality 1.4x tele-converter (9%, 371 Votes)
  • 20mm f/1.2 (9%, 368 Votes)
  • 7-12mm f/2.5 (8%, 367 Votes)
  • high quality 2x tele-converter (8%, 358 Votes)
  • 90mm f/2.5 (Macro) (8%, 357 Votes)
  • 7mm f/3.5 (Compact, 400$) (8%, 328 Votes)
  • 12-45mm f/2.8 (OIS) (8%, 327 Votes)
  • 300mm f/2.8 (600$) (7%, 321 Votes)
  • 10mm f/2.0 (7%, 319 Votes)
  • 17mm f/2.0 (Pancake) (7%, 312 Votes)
  • 35mm f/1.2 (7%, 308 Votes)
  • 11-44mm f/2.0 (OIS) (7%, 293 Votes)
  • 9mm f/4.0 (Super wide-non fisheye, compact, $400) (7%, 291 Votes)
  • 35-100mm f/2 (Video optimized, OIS) (6%, 279 Votes)
  • 7mm f/2.0 (6%, 274 Votes)
  • 35-100mm f/2.8 (Compact) (6%, 273 Votes)
  • 12-60mm f/4.0 (Compact) (6%, 259 Votes)
  • 14-100mm f/2.8-4.0 (OIS) (6%, 250 Votes)
  • 45mm f/1.2 (6%, 250 Votes)
  • 10-20mm f/2.8 (Video optimized, OIS) (6%, 246 Votes)
  • 40mm f/1.2 (6%, 240 Votes)
  • 150mm f/2.0 (5%, 233 Votes)
  • 100mm f/2.0 (5%, 226 Votes)
  • 12-35mm f/2.8-3.5 (Compact) (5%, 225 Votes)
  • 70mm f/1.4 (OIS) (5%, 221 Votes)
  • 30mm f/1.7 (Pancake) (5%, 211 Votes)
  • 42mm f/1.4 (5%, 210 Votes)
  • 200-600mm (pro lens for sport and wildlife $3.500-$4.500) (5%, 206 Votes)
  • 35mm f/2.0 (Macro) (5%, 205 Votes)
  • 85mm f/2.8 (Pancake) (5%, 204 Votes)
  • 10mm f/4.0 (Tilt/shift) (5%, 203 Votes)
  • 14-45mm f/2.8 ($500) (5%, 200 Votes)
  • 14-35mm f/2 (Video optimized, OIS) (5%, 197 Votes)
  • 30mm f/0.95 (with AF, 1400$) (5%, 196 Votes)
  • 10mm f/4.0 (Compact) (4%, 188 Votes)
  • 45mm f/1.8 (4%, 186 Votes)
  • 12mm f/4.0 (Tilt/shift) (4%, 184 Votes)
  • 85mm f/1.8 (4%, 183 Votes)
  • 14-85mm f/2.8-3.5 (4%, 183 Votes)
  • 100mm f/2.8 (Compact) (4%, 180 Votes)
  • 25mm f/2.0 (leaf shutter to give flash synchronisation to 1/500 or 1/1000 sec) (4%, 178 Votes)
  • 42mm f/1.2 (4%, 168 Votes)
  • 14-75mm (Compact all-around lens) (4%, 162 Votes)
  • 15mm f/1.4 (4%, 160 Votes)
  • 10-20mm f/4 (Compact and cheap) (4%, 159 Votes)
  • 5.5mm (Super Fisheye) (4%, 155 Votes)
  • 70-300mm (with tripod mount) (3%, 149 Votes)
  • 11-22/2.8-3.5 (Compact) (3%, 144 Votes)
  • 9mm f/2.8 (3%, 142 Votes)
  • 400mm f/5.6 (under $1.500) (3%, 139 Votes)
  • 45-100mm f/2.8 (Video optimized, OIS) (3%, 136 Votes)
  • 200mm f/2.8 (3%, 133 Votes)
  • 180mm f/2.8 (Compact) (3%, 131 Votes)
  • 135mm f/2.8 (Compact) (3%, 115 Votes)
  • 18-60mm f/2.5 (Video optimized, OIS) (3%, 113 Votes)
  • 14-35mm f/2.8-3.5 (Compact) (3%, 112 Votes)
  • 58mm f/1.2 (2%, 103 Votes)
  • 1000mm f/5.6 (mirror lens) (2%, 101 Votes)
  • 10-30mm f/2.8 (2%, 100 Votes)
  • 100-400mm f/5.6 ($1.500-$2.000) (2%, 97 Votes)
  • 10-25mm f/2.8 (2%, 90 Votes)
  • 14mm f/2.8 (Zuiko version of the Panasonic lens) (2%, 86 Votes)
  • 15-200mm f/4.5-6.0 (collapsible MSC) (2%, 81 Votes)
  • 20mm f/2.8 (pancake) (2%, 77 Votes)
  • 35-75mm f/2 (Video optimized, OIS) (2%, 73 Votes)
  • 20-60mm f/2.8 (Video optimized, OIS) (2%, 72 Votes)
  • 55mm f/1.4 (2%, 68 Votes)
  • 67mm f/1.8 (2%, 67 Votes)
  • 150mm f/3.5 (1%, 36 Votes)

Total Voters: 4,322

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