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Olympus E7

I was at Focus in Imaging and the chat from Olympus at Focus - cos they don't know nuffin either - is that Olympus had taken the new E7 to the Olympics and were so unsatisfied that they have taken it away and are doing a full rewrite. They must have found the same difficulties I had with things moving. So here's hoping a perfect camera for the E7 - due September I believe.
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Re: Olympus E7

If true, I'm very surprised that they got so far before realizing fundemental flaws. And, of course, we still don't know if the E-7 is a conventional DSLR or some type of hybrid - if it was MFT we would expect an E-M designation. I wouldn't put too much trust in what you heard.
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Re: Olympus E7

This does not deserve to be in the "Announcements" subforum.
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Re: Olympus E7

I never look at what forum a thread's in. Is there a humour forum?
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Re: Olympus E7

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I never look at what forum a thread's in. Is there a humour forum?
I usually look in the Canon forum for that ....
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Re: Olympus E7

I have heard so many laughable explanations from company reps and so-called 'connected' outsiders about camera company plans I could write a book about them. Personally, I NEVER publish any information as fact unless I have had it confirmed by someone whose credentials are impeccable. The news that the E-M5 did not have a Panasonic sensor is a great example - beforehand I did say that I would be amazed if the E-M5 didn't have a Panasonic sensor but that wasn't the same as saying it definitely was. As soon as I heard from a very trusted source that the sensor wasn't Panasonic's, I published this - as fact (although I didn't know who actually made the sensor at the time) stating that my source was 100% reliable (in fact a senior Panasonic manager from Japan, as it happens, but I didn't want to identify him). That didn't stop me from being villified by those who thought I was barking mad

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Re: Olympus E7

I've heard a lot from company reps over the years but not enough to fill a book. One classic was from a rep for the UK Velbon importer. When Gitzo introduced the first carbon fibre tripod he told me that carbon fibre was water soluble. On a later occasion he told me carbon fibre breaks down in sunlight. I reminded him of his statements when Velbon introduced their first carbon fibre tripod.
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Re: Olympus E7

A LowePro rep once assured me that a camera bag was 100% waterproof, even though the zipped lid was totally unprotected by any type of flap or cover.
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I once had a rep from a third party lens importer try to convince me that his company's new, slow, 'macro' superzoom would replace most of my primes and macro lenses.
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Yup, Sony PR staff told me that a) video in DSLRs was completely unnecessary and so was Live View. Nikon and Canon said the same at various points.

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Re: Olympus E7

yep, and I can remember being at a trade show and being told by a Nikon sales guy from Nikon that there was absolutely no need for complex electronics in cameras as it would make them far too complex and fragile. He went on to say what was the purpose of autofocus?

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Re: Olympus E7

Now doubt beleaguered Olympus reps were extolling the virtues of manual focus over autofocus for a very long time

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Re: Olympus E7

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Now doubt beleaguered Olympus reps were extolling the virtues of manual focus over autofocus for a very long time

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A small part of me thinks that they may have had a point. The problem we have had for a while is that focussing screens are optimised for the camera to autofocus, and they are harder to focus manually by eye. When conditions are such that autofocus struggles, it becomes even more difficult to focus manually.

Of course, the playing field tilts considerably now we have electronic viewfinders. Give them a couple more iterations of development and improvement and I think they will be very nearly as good as ground glass, and offer an awful lot of collateral advantages like live histograms, magnified vew and so on.

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Re: Olympus E7

...and what ever comes along we will be amazed and disappointed by!

for example Fuji have on chip PDAF and are using the info to give a retro split screen focus...what ever we see from Olympus it is sure to be out of date within 6 months

...wasnt there are song that said 'love the one you are with'?
... enjoy the kit you have...the next iteration for Olympus will be here soon enough...
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Re: Olympus E7

John, your LowePro story reminded me of one of mine. I was looking at bags at a trade show, something I could strap on the back of a motorcycle. A rep tried to convince me a zip closed nylon bag would offer the same level of protection as a Pelican case.
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