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Re: A Monochrom(e) Oly?

Smartphones mean a specialised lower cost compact camera doesn't really make sense, certainly not in the numbers to make it a commercial success.

Premium compacts continue to flourish because of improved image quality and advantages over smartphones like better handling and big zoom ranges, or tough-camera attributes.

When Ilford was kicking the bucket the smartphone revolution hadn't yet been invented.

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Originally Posted by Bikie John View Post
Going back to Ian's original thoughts again, what would Oly get from selling a B&W-only body? I suspect that for the system cameras it would be a very niche market, possibly even more limited than IR-converted bodies. Those of us who are into it deeply enough have probably developed our own B&W workflows by now anyway.

But what about a lower-budget compact? In the dying days of film, Ilford sold disposable 35mm cameras loaded with HP5. I think they were quite popular - I remember going to weddings where there was at least one on every table. Lomo, Holga etc. have tapped into a retro market which uses a lot of B&W film. With some smart design and marketing a B&W compact that can deliver very high quality but with a bunch of software filters to get the Lomo look might find some takers.

My preference would be for a fast fixed focal length lens, angle of view roughly equivalent to 40mm on 35mm film and f/1.8 or so, and bulletproof like a Tough. Persuading the likes of Adobe to process the raw files might be interesting!

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