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Ian
25th March 2011, 05:10 PM
I can certainly say that we all had a good time with Mark Thackara last night at Barking Photographic Society - well done to Graham for netting Mark for the evening!

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/511/P3255224.JPG (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/31777)

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http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/511/P3255233.JPG (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/31781)

An interesting slide?!

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http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/511/P3255236.JPG (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/31782)

And well done John Perriment (me on the left and John on the right) for making the journey down from Dunmow!

Ian

Seonnaidh
25th March 2011, 05:22 PM
So then, what was said? What's the future for Oly especially for the 'pro' market?

Tell all leave no detail untold. You have an attentive audience.

Ian
25th March 2011, 05:39 PM
So then, what was said? What's the future for Oly especially for the 'pro' market?

Tell all leave no detail untold. You have an attentive audience.

To be fair, there was nothing new revealed - but I don't think anyone was really expecting this were they?

Olympus is interested in ideas for a bigger camera based on Pen technology - hence the slide about what to do with the extra space that a larger camera will have. Bigger battery, maybe, etc. I suggested that a modular body might be good, using an analogy with the old Olympus XA capsule film camera that had a flash module.

Mark did say that Pens coming out later this year will continue to be small and light, but we should expect the kind of camera a lot of people want here, bigger and with more 'pro' functionality next year.

He did remind the audience that high quality fast primes for the Micro Four Thirds mount are coming soon, like the wide angle previewed at CP+ earlier this year. A short telephoto prime can be expected too.

Ian

Bikie John
25th March 2011, 08:08 PM
Olympus is interested in ideas for a bigger camera based on Pen technology - hence the slide about what to do with the extra space that a larger camera will have.

How about a top-notch EVF, integrated into the body rather than sticking out of the top and mechanically awkward and vulnerable as the auxiliary ones are?

Ciao ... John

Zuiko
25th March 2011, 09:31 PM
Chatting to Mark after the presentation I did make the point that the major concern amongst the Olympus faithful was not so much the concept of going mirrorless but the fear of not having a substantial body suitable for the existing fast SHG lenses. As Ian has said, during his presentation Mark also indicated that Olympus are already looking for positive ways to utilize the space created by discarding the mirror in a larger body. He was also honest about the fact that there is still work to be done on things like AF performance before we can expect a truly pro mirrorless camera.

Whilst I appreciate that many will see this as not specific enough to allay fears about the future of the 4/3 format I take the opposite view. It shows that Olympus are taking these issues very seriously and are not going to introduce the new technology into the pro range until it is sufficiently developed. I find that very reassuring.

Meanwhile, in the not too distant future we can expect more MFT lenses followed by a new top end Pen body. Personally I can't wait to see what this is like, although those hoping for more pixels will probably be disappointed - Mark indicated that Olympus feel that 12mp is sufficient and have no plans to exceed that. My own view is that 12mp is more than enough and I'm glad they will be concentrating on other improvements instead.

One thing that I found very encouraging was the positive reaction of the club members towards mirrorless cameras, bearing in mind that many (most?) will currently be using brands other than Olympus. It seems the message that "the future is mirrorless" is getting out to the wider photographic community and is being well received. Ultimately that can only be good for Olympus, and us as Olympus users. :)

Bill Gordon
27th March 2011, 06:11 PM
I enjoyed this thread and find it interesting that you can get a group of about 12 people or more to meet with reps and discussed the matter that interests you the most. It is too bad that I live so far away, I would have enjoyed a session like that. In my younger days I was involved in getting a group to gether and we formed the Queen City Camera Club.....all men, young like I was and old like I now am. It has long since disappeared probably like a lot of camera clubs have. We used to have great outings, just like you people do and it is a great way to meet other people with the same interests. I met John through this site he graciously agreed to meet me at the Epping Tube station and we spend the best part of a half day when I had to return because old age is catching up to me and I can't get around as I once did, but again John, thanks for being such a great guy and coming to the end of the line to meet me.

I have enjoyed the Olympus line ever since their first digital camera and of course collected with the E-1 several lenses but I found that I no could cart all of that weight let alone lifting the camera to my eye and so I ditched it all and am enjoying the mu-4/34ds Pen...such a delight. I must add that of all the forums that I open yours is probably the best and mu4/3rds second and the rest are in my mind garbage...as they say in the computer world...garbage in.garbage out.

Cheers from across the pond.

Zuiko
27th March 2011, 07:02 PM
Hi Bill,

Yes, it was a very interesting and enjoyable evening - I'm sure you would have enjojed it. I was pleased to meet you at Epping last year and we had a really good day, one to remember. I always enjoy meeting people from the forum and it's especially nice when they live so far away, as you do.

I must say Graham's camera club were an enthusiastic and welcoming group, and they have a superb venue in a grand old manor house owned by the National Trust. I'd be sure to go more often if it was a little more local.

It was also a pleasure to meet Mark Thackara who is very much the face of Olympus UK and very enthusiastic and knowledgeable about the brand. :)

Bill Gordon
27th March 2011, 08:28 PM
Hi Bill,

Yes, it was a very interesting and enjoyable evening - I'm sure you would have enjojed it. I was pleased to meet you at Epping last year and we had a really good day, one to remember. I always enjoy meeting people from the forum and it's especially nice when they live so far away, as you do.

I must say Graham's camera club were an enthusiastic and welcoming group, and they have a superb venue in a grand old manor house owned by the National Trust. I'd be sure to go more often if it was a little more local.

It was also a pleasure to meet Mark Thackara who is very much the face of Olympus UK and very enthusiastic and knowledgeable about the brand. :)

Hi John, nice to again...I think that the popularity of Olympus in the UK is because the geography is such that allows for travel much easier than in North America and the Canikons dominate the scene in such a large way that it is very costly for a smaller company to get to all of the people.