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Summerbubbles
10th September 2013, 09:22 AM
The E-M1 marks a new start and an end: Four Four Thirds is past. NO E-7 CAMERA! No more new Four Thirds lenses. (http://www.43rumors.com/the-e-m1-marks-a-new-start-and-an-end-no-more-four-thirds-cameras-and-lenses/)


According to 43 Rumors today 10 September:

"For a short moment Ming Thein created some buzz by writing: “I’ve been assured this isn’t dead, and an E-7 is in the works“. But after checking with journalists and Olympus insiders I can now confirm with a 100% certainty that today’s launch of the new [URL="http://www.amazon.com/Olympus-Compact-System-Camera-3-Inch/dp/B00EQ07PG2"]Olympus E-M1 marks the end of the Four Thirds line. [URL="http://dc.watch.impress.co.jp/docs/news/20130910_614658.html"]DC.watch unveiled that Olympus did indeed create an E-7 prototype but then decided that the E-m1 was good enough and the E-7 no more needed. They also write that Olympus officially said that Micro Four Thirds and Four Thirds now merged into one system. This means:
1) There will be no new Four Thirds camera or lens anymore. The Olympus E-5 was the last FT product ever launched by Olympus
2) FT Lenses and the Olympus E-5 will remain into production until demand drops.
It’s a somewhat sad day knowing that Four Thirds died. But this is it. The [URL="http://www.amazon.com/Olympus-Compact-System-Camera-3-Inch/dp/B00EQ07PG2"]E-M1 sets a new future for Olympus. Only Time will tell if that is the right path for Olympus!"

Zuiko
10th September 2013, 01:00 PM
Four Thirds hasn't died, it's been successfully merged with Micro Four Thirds with the most compatible change of lens mount ever, by any manuufacturer. *chr

yorky
10th September 2013, 02:20 PM
Four Thirds hasn't died, it's been successfully merged with Micro Four Thirds with the most compatible change of lens mount ever, by any manuufacturer. *chr

I had a feeling that it would go that way a while since, I don't think it will be a disaster though. Just a way of keeping in with the modern trens of things.

timmypreston
10th September 2013, 02:56 PM
Hence the free adaptor

Ianf
10th September 2013, 03:08 PM
suddenly lost interest, oh well, oly keeping up with trends i suppose, E5`s will no doubt drop in price now ??? !!!.

Bikie John
10th September 2013, 03:16 PM
Four Thirds hasn't died, it's been successfully merged with Micro Four Thirds with the most compatible change of lens mount ever, by any manuufacturer. *chr

<NITPICK> Leica's change from screw thread to bayonet for their rangefinder lenses when they introduced the M series bodies was also pretty damned compatible. To the extent that with a simple mechanical adapter you can mount lenses from the 1920s - and some pretty freaky accessories - on the latest M body. </NITPICK>

Ciao ... John

Zuiko
10th September 2013, 04:30 PM
<NITPICK> Leica's change from screw thread to bayonet for their rangefinder lenses when they introduced the M series bodies was also pretty damned compatible. To the extent that with a simple mechanical adapter you can mount lenses from the 1920s - and some pretty freaky accessories - on the latest M body. </NITPICK>

Ciao ... John

Haha, point taken, John. However, they didn't need the level of electronic compatibility then as is required now. :)