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Old 17th February 2010
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Re: What is on the horizon for Olympus

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Thanks Richard, as you know I always keep a very close eye on developments from Olympus.
If this new camera does happen to be a successor to the E-3 and if it ticks more boxes than my current Pentax K-7 I would very seriously consider a move back. If I'm honest I really do miss my 12-60, 50-200 and 50 f/2 lenses
Having said that it would have to be killer body to prise the K-7 from my grip
Lets see what they come up with
Well one thing it will be is faster AF than the Pentax, the new Oly’s are blindingly fast, better than the Canon 7D I had.
Mind that was a letdown in more ways than one (Canon 7D) the image quality was not a patch one my old 1D mk11n.
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Well one thing it will be is faster AF than the Pentax, the new Oly’s are blindingly fast, better than the Canon 7D I had.
Mind that was a let down in more ways than one (Canon 7D) the image quality was not a patch one my old 1D mk11n.
Well that's a given, certainly much faster AF than my Pentax DA* 16-50 and 60-250 SDM zooms. Funny thing is the screw drive primes (and the kit WR zooms) that I have are all pretty quick with the K-7.
It's really other areas that my focus of interest will lie though (as listed in my original post)...we'll see, it may not even be an E-3 successor but I am hoping
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Re: What is on the horizon for Olympus

Surely if it was a new pancake they would have announced it yesterday....... Boom Boom!
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Re: What is on the horizon for Olympus

So fact or fiction?
Many appear to be sceptical with the apparent count down to a product launch
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Well that's a given, certainly much faster AF than my Pentax DA* 16-50 and 60-250 SDM zooms. Funny thing is the screw drive primes (and the kit WR zooms) that I have are all pretty quick with the K-7.
It's really other areas that my focus of interest will lie though (as listed in my original post)...we'll see, it may not even be an E-3 successor but I am hoping
There is one way for you Huw, to get back to an Oly, buy a water proof divers casing, or if you want to do it on the cheap a Tesco’s carrier bag with a hole for the lens to poke through.
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Re: What is on the horizon for Olympus

One thing that hasn't been mentioned is a battery charge indicator.
I've had several occasions in the Highlands recently when it goes from battery on to dead.
It must be simple these days to have a charge meter and possibly in line with that an inbuilt thermometer to indicate how cold it is. And following on from that, or instead of, a chart in the instruction manual giving an indication of battery life in the field.
Its all very well saying you get 500 or so shots from your battery but if it goes dead just as your ready to shoot, you'll miss the shot of a lifetime.
I notice Snaarman in his 'village in winter' series mentions a battery going flat.
Currently I uses 2 in the power pack & carry four spares.
Talking to Keith Partridge recently
http://www.adventurecamera.co.uk/
he will take up to 30 batteries on an assignment but no charger as in there is nowhere on an icecap, in a cave or the jungle to plug in.
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The battery indicator turns red and starts flashing long before the battery actually goes flat, I always find I get adequate warning to change batteries without missing a shot.

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Re: What is on the horizon for Olympus

I know what you mean but stuck in a frozen bog between blizzards I just concentrate on getting the picture and rarely look at the illumination inside the viewfinder. Its a wonder I get a picture at all.

I believe the Nikons do give a better statement of power. (%?)

It is nice to see what batteries do these days compared with only 20 years ago.
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Re: What is on the horizon for Olympus

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The battery indicator turns red and starts flashing long before the battery actually goes flat, I always find I get adequate warning to change batteries without missing a shot.

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No, not always. My Hahnel battery goes red then dies in a matter of 5 shots.



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No, not always. My Hahnel battery goes red then dies in a matter of 5 shots.



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I agree - once the indicator goes red I'm lucky to get another two shots even with my Olympus batteries. I've been caught out a few times now so I always carry at least two spares.
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Re: What is on the horizon for Olympus

As far as I'm concerned, once it's red it's dead. I change batteries when it drops to one green bar. I use a mixture of Olympus and Uniross batteries, all the same.
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Weathersealed normal would be nice actually.
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Re: What is on the horizon for Olympus

So I'm not alone in batteries giving up smartish.
I notice that it does seem to be the hahnel ones.
And Olympus would recommend their own batteries rather than competitors.
I would like to see a little more than 3-2-1 out.
There is a definite correlation with cold temperatures.
I stick spare batteries in an inside pocket and occasionally use a charcoal hand warmer to provide extra warmth.
And it keeps me warm too.
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Looks like this countdown link is for the E-PL1 follow the link now and at the bottom RH corner there is copyright text with E-PL1 now added, shame just hope an E-5 gets announced at PMA or just after, don't hold your breath though.

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Re: What is on the horizon for Olympus

One thing I do not understand about Camera manufacturers is why do they not use the onboard chipset of the camera, to give users better shooting experiences, Olympus Cameras are now unique enough surely to give the user better control of the camera through a firmware update, any cameras that are launched like this must be on a good little earner, then charge the user for each firmware update to give the camera more applications.

Please note this is just a personal thought and could be a rubbish idea lol.
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