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E-5 vs E-M1 size comparison image by Paniko (Thanks!).
So, now we know it for sure. There is no new “Pure” Four Thirds camera. The E-M1 is going to replace the Olympus E-5 too. This opens a couple of questions:
1) Was the E-5 the last Four Thirds camera?
2) Is Olympus going to officially announce the end of the pure Four Thirds camera system or will they follow Panasonic route and simply silently abandon the FT camera development?
I hope Olympus can answer these questions in September when they will announce the E-M1.
Meantime this is the question of the day:
P.S.: An E-M1 vs OMD vs E-P5 size comaprison can be seen at Dicahub.
There are five new Olympus E-P5 reviews to read: At Petapixel and Pixelmania (dutch) and Der Spiegel (German) and CameraLabs and TheOnlinePhotographer and Admiringlight and JJsemple. More or less they all say the same. It is a very good camera but the price and the competition are the main problems Olympus has to face. As you read on the New York Times (Click here) Olympus said that its sales of its signature mirrorless model, the PEN, had fallen 12 percent in the first quarter (below its expectations).
I hope Olympus learns the lesson and will be more courageous next time. Too many different and very similar PEN’s out there. And most of the time to pricey when they come out (and very cheap after 1-2 years). I hope the new E-M1 will not share the same fate of the E-P5 :(
Egami spotted a new Konica-Minolta patent describing a 8-17mm f/2.8 zoom patent. It’s a lens designed for the Micro Four Thirds system. This is the third MFT lens patent after the 43mm f/1.4 and 12-42mm f/3.5-5.6 design patent (Source: Egami). It really looks like Konica-Minolta could soon join the MFT system! And it makes sense because Konica-Minolta has a long history of rangefinder camera and lens design. I owned the Minolta CLE for a while (here on eBay). Konica designed the Hexanon M-mount Lens series (here on eBay). Minolta made the famous Rokkor M-mount lens series (here on eBay)
Really great stuff! If the new MFT lenses are as good as them I will certainly consider to buy them! And now answer…