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(FT2) UPDATED-> New source says “not the E-P2 but the E-3 successor is coming”

I choose to post this rumor because the person seems to be really honest and not a “rumor cheater” (someone who invents rumors). It is a news source that’s why I am going to post it with “FT2” value (rumor from new unknown source). The source had a talk with a man close to Olympus and that is what this man said:

No annoucement for an ep-2 before spring 2010 […] It will have some sort of viewfinder […] One of my friend that work with me was interested to buy the e-3 and 12-60 but he told him to wait until 2010 or even sooner you will see new camera body and new lenses. But not a replacement for the 12-60, something new he said, something that is missing in the olympus lense line. But i dont know about what it could be […] So my tough is no more MFT for 2009, they are now concentrating on the Dslr market that they are loosing a bit with the new 7d from canon. They need a faster body.

I know this rumor says the exact opposit as the rumors we posted before. But we don’t know everything. My bet is that by end of October we will have 80% chance to see the next MicroFourThirds camera and 10% to see the E-3 successor, and another 10% to have both.  I know you like the latest option!!! ;)

UPDATE: Just received this from a different source “Hi, just combining some speculations.
The lens missing in the Olympus line-up could very well be the 100mm macro which have been on the roadmap for long. I have first hand knowledge from an Olympus employee who had it to play with in the end of 2008. But they obviusly decided not to release it then… Perhaps in order to enable Contrast AF or similar. Lets hope they have it finished by now.

  • ldf193

    I agree with this rumor. The E-P1 hasn’t been around long enough for an E-P2 to be economically feesable for Olympus to bring out. I think it’s about time, and likely, that Olympus will bring out a new top Olympus dslr and a few new and mark 2 lenses. The 100mm macro should come out, it’s been in the works for an extended period of time.

  • DaveLively

    The 100mm macro is long overdue.

    But the big gap I see in the Olympus lineup is a good travel zoom option. Canon and Nikon sell tons of 18-200mm lenses. The Oly 18-180 does not go wide enough and while not a bad lens it does not match the quality of Canon/Nikon/Panasonic equivalents. The Leica branded 14-150 is so expensive that for less than price of that lens (if you can find it) you can buy a Nikon D90, Canon 50D or Panasonic GH1 with that sort lens included for less money.

    When I am traveling light I prefer a P&S that can fit into a large pocket over a DSLR with one lens. But the appeal and popularity of this class of lens is undeniable and Olympus would be wise to add such a lens to their lineup.

  • Mike

    Every new Digital Zuiko lenses will be appreciated. I think E-System needs more fixed focal lenses with small aperture number (f2.0 is perfect for Zuikos and keeps it reasonable compact). Lenses are what make Olympus famous.

  • Delta-Kapa

    I would like to se a shift-tilt lens from Olympus! That would be really something new!

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