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Lightbulb Interview with Akira Watanabe at PMA 09

I'm delighted to say that on 4th March in Las Vegas, I will have half an hour or so out of the very busy PMA 09 schedule of Akira Watanabe to discuss the future of Four Thirds and the E-System in particular. Mr.Watanabe is one of the most senior managers in the Olympus E-System business.

If you have any suggestions for questions to put to him - about Four Thirds, Micro Four Thirds, lenses, strategy, etc., you can post them here or send me a forum mail message.

There is no guarantee that I can include all the questions posed, but I will do my best.

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Old 21st February 2009
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Re: Interview with Akira Watanabe at PMA 09

Thanks Ian,

- Will all 4/3 lenses be upgraded to work with contrast detection AF?

- Will my non-CD AF lenses in which I have invested a lot of money still work reliably on 4/3 DSLR cameras ten years from now?

- What is Olympus' vision on development of Studio?

- I can still make nice prints of photo's on 35mm film made by my grandfather.
Will my grandchildren be able to make nice prints of my digital negatives (orf) thirty years from now?

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Re: Interview with Akira Watanabe at PMA 09

Any chance of a near-silent interchangeable lens "Leica like" mFT classic camera???

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Re: Interview with Akira Watanabe at PMA 09

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Any chance of a near-silent interchangeable lens "Leica like" mFT classic camera???

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Re: Interview with Akira Watanabe at PMA 09

You could ask if Olympus, from a digital photography point of view, are content with their position in the market compared to CaNikon or if they have plans to break that stranglehold ?

With mFT is there an Olympus compact with a 4/3rds chip and raw in development?

With Braun releasing a very basic film SLR is it likely that Olympus may do similar with a DSLR?

good luck and hope you get at least one scoop from the interview
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Re: Interview with Akira Watanabe at PMA 09

Can you ask if they have any plans for a xxx-400mm SWD lens with similar quality to the 50-200mm SWD?

And, can they please swap the XD slot for a SD or another CF card slot.

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Re: Interview with Akira Watanabe at PMA 09

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Can you ask if they have any plans for a xxx-400mm SWD lens with similar quality to the 50-200mm SWD?

And, can they please swap the XD slot for a SD or another CF card slot.

With simultaneous writing to both cards!
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Re: Interview with Akira Watanabe at PMA 09

Are there any palns to satisfy the growing demands for reasonably fast but compact primes in either E-System or MFT lenses?

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10mm (20mm equiv.) f3.5

20mm (40mm equiv.) f2

40mm (80mm equiv.) f2
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Re: Interview with Akira Watanabe at PMA 09

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You could ask if Olympus, from a digital photography point of view, are content with their position in the market compared to CaNikon or if they have plans to break that stranglehold ?
I think that's got to be the big question, because it's only with that that 3rd party manufacturers will adopt Olympus sooner and therefore the whole add-on market place changes and brings loads more opportunities

The other question which has to relate has got to be on continued noise reduction at High ISO. I'm not a pixel peeper, but it's constantly thrown as a reason for not buying into Olympus and they should be looking to develop from the E-30

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Re: Interview with Akira Watanabe at PMA 09

Could the concept of the art filters be taken further? for example could you have a graduated ND filter that when viewed in live view you could adjust the split line to suit the scene (I know it would probably require different iso from different part of the chip but its an idea) Hmm maybe I should start a thread what art filter would you like

Have WiFi adaptors (or built in) been looked at? this would be great for event photographers.

The muti angle screen is great for live view but could it be taken further with a removeable screen or additional remote screen with shutter button?

Last I have always thought that an IR sensor for the remote could be duplicated on the rear of the camera, this would make use on tripod or for macro work easier surely that would be easy to impliment?

Cheers have fun at the PMA

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Re: Interview with Akira Watanabe at PMA 09

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Can you ask if they have any plans for a xxx-400mm SWD lens with similar quality to the 50-200mm SWD?


I'll add my call to that one - with the e-3 weathersealed and the format giving an advantage in 'equivalent' focal length, it is an excellent birding/wildlife camera - but lacking the long/reasonably fast lens to make the most of its competitive advantage. I'd suspect a long weathersealed lens would (if properly marketed) drag e-3 sales along behind it.

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Re: Interview with Akira Watanabe at PMA 09

Ian,

I would like Olympus to expand the production of their prime lenses to their splash proof standard. In particular a 70mm f2.0 and a 25 mm f1.4. (I am aware that Panasonic/Leica have produced the latter but would prefer Olympus to use their undoubted lens design skills to produce a high quality 25mm also). The 70mm f2.0 would give those of us who like portraiture more scope than the 50mm f2.0 Macro does despite its excellent quality. (When using film, I found a 140mm fast lens invaluable). Shooting with a 50mm f2.0 Macro with 1.4mm teleconverter attached is not quite good enough particularly as the minimum aperture is increased to 2.8.

We look forward to your comments on the forthcoming PMA.

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Re: Interview with Akira Watanabe at PMA 09

Ian,

Please ask Watanabe-san to confirm that Olympus intend to continue the long-term development of the original 4/3 format range of lenses and high-end DSLR bodies.

I would welcome reassurance that my investment in Olympus glass etc. will not be wasted and become obsolete as soon as product support is withdrawn for the E3.

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Re: Interview with Akira Watanabe at PMA 09

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Have WiFi adaptors (or built in) been looked at? this would be great for event photographers.
The muti angle screen is great for live view but could it be taken further with a removeable screen or additional remote screen with shutter button?
Cheers have fun at the PMA
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Re: Interview with Akira Watanabe at PMA 09

Please ask Mr Watanabe if he can rule out the possibility of a future flagship 4/3rds dslr having 3 sensors and a beam splitter, to provide better than FF sensor quality which would make the current range of FF cams look like dinosaurs.

Or are there any other approaches which offer similar hope for the 4/3rds sensor to outperform FF sensor cams, with 4/3rds standard ZD lenses?

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