HOT!!! Olympus surprise: We will do the hybrid FT and MFT camera by end 2013! No classic FT E-7 camera anymore!

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Miquel Àngel Garcia, manager of Olympus Spain (Image courtesy Quesabesde).

I am really surprised to read a clear statement like that! Miquel Àngel Garcia just said in an interview at Quesabesde (translation here) that the E-5 successor will be a hybrid FT and MFT model capable of using both lens ranges with their full potential! So there will be no “Normal” Four Thirds E-7 but rather a native Micro Four Thirds cameras with a 100% compatible  FT solution. He didn’t specify if there will be a sort of integrated or external adapter or a modular approach. The camera is definitely coming in late 2013 (he said!). Miguel didn’t unveil the name and the specs. He says that this is a camera for “those who want the feel of an SLR and at the same time take advantage of a small system“.

In summary:
1) no “classic” Four Thirds E-7 coming! You should expect a hybrid high end MFT camera with full FT support.
2) That camera is coming in late 2013
3) Development started back in 2009 and the camera cannot be compared to anything Olympus released before that.

UPDATE: Also DSLRmagazine (translation here) got a confirmation from Olympus(!) that the info about a hybrid MFT and FT camera is correct!!! They also added that the project name started back in 2009 is “Kasei”. And a selcted and secret group of 13 members worked on the project!

Sounds amazing!

Now let me enlarge the discussion to some key features I think that camera should have:
1) Full compatible AF for any MFT and FT lens. This means have phase detection AF…likely on sensor like the latest Sony NEX-5r and Sony NEX-6 cameras
2) I am still one of these guys in that like to use optical viewfinders. E camera aimed for both FT and MFT users should in my dreamworld have a hybrid EVF and OVF solution like (and if possible better) the Fuji X PRO 1.
3) A pro camera has to feel like a pro camera. So it shouldn’t be too small.
4) The FT component of the cameras should be detachable. A modern version of the Leica Visoflex (here on eBay).

What are yout thoughts? Comment your posts with your suggestions and I may start a poll on this soon…


Olympus E-5 at Amazon, Olympus US store, Adorama, B&H, eBay.
Leica Visoflex auctions on Slidoo.

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  • Anonymous

    24p or mine is going in the river

  • Maciej

    It’s gonna sound quite silly but I can not resist anymore and I must say this: Miquel Àngel Garcia looks alike Jaws (from James Bond movie series): http://bond.neoseeker.com/w/i/bond/9/9b/Jaws.jpg

  • Well, IMOP, the only key question here is :

    Do you need to frame and made pictures via prisms and lenses with the “real” light coming into your eyes to judge and decide if you will shoot or not ?

    I do, at least most of the time.

    The image on an screen, what ever the quality of the screen, is not the light of reality, it is a recalculation of reality. I just cannot capture a part of the reality that I cannot evaluate as such.

    Photographers who can take pictures by judging light and pictures out of a screen are undoubtly happier and better served today.

    All the historical reference “pro” camera whatever their size (i.e. including the small ones leica M, contax G) did allow such a “real life” view thanks to quality “real life” viewers. it is obviously the case of the Leica M, refered hereunder.

    How we will be able to further use the excellent FT lenses is mainly a marketing question, not a key concern for most “pro” photographer. Indeed the FT lenses are excellent, but there are plenty of excellent lenses everywhere, including a huge choice of legacy prime lenses like the Zeiss, Leica or even Zuiko. Nor is key the question of the rapidity of the AF, it is note central for most pro protographers who still need the control of their focus and depth of field. The key question is how far we will be able to made the shooting decision looking at the real light through excellent lenses, like the FT ones.

    I am really sad to read that the chances of having a real new pro DSLR are now very thin. Olympus has been used by some for decades and was rated, for some pro users, to the same level as other “great” photographic brands like Contax, Leica, Canon or Nikon. Without this “high grade level” image even the chance of evolving as a consumer, or prosumer, brand only are just reduced.

  • When someone writes an article he/she maintains the idea of a user
    in his/her mind that how a user can know it. So that’s why this post is amazing.

    Thanks!

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