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Old 28th September 2012
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Sony and Olympus have confirmed a $640 million deal that will see the former taking a 10% stake in the latter. We look at the ramifications of this news.

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Re: Olympus and Sony agree financial deal

Now the deal is official I can see the likelihood of a Sony-style SLT Four Thirds to Micro Four Thirds adapter coming into fruition. For those who don't know what it is, it's an adapter with a fixed semi-slivered mirror that serves a conventional Phase Detect autofocus sensor, which should make the AF performance just like a DSLR once again. In fact it could improve things as there is no mechanical flappy mirror so high speed continuous shooting will not be compromised. The one obvious drawback is a loss of light to the sensor but this is only about one third of a stop.

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Re: Olympus and Sony agree financial deal

Cracking news, this SLT systems I would like to see.

I would be concerned on the technical feasability, though, as the 4/3 to m4/3 adaptor feels quite slim to have a mirror in it? I guess Sony can do it because the difference in flange-back distance between the Nex and Minolta AF mount are quite large - is this a problem for m4/3 do you think?

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Re: Olympus and Sony agree financial deal

Rather than a 4/3 to m4/3, would we see a 4/3 to A-mount adaptor?

Sony use APS-C sensors, somewhat larger than existing 4/3.

Rather than an E-7, a re-badged OM/E-77?
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Re: Olympus and Sony agree financial deal

Something else to think about from the other side of the coin is that we know how good the OMD is with a Sony sensor so a Nex with a mtf mount is not that far a stretch.

And can you imagine the attraction of Nex and lens that does not look like a bottle mounted on a cigerette packet.
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Re: Olympus and Sony agree financial deal

I don't know if 4/3 lenses would cover an APS sensor. Maybe Sony want Olympus to design them some lenses for their NIX thingymabob.
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Re: Olympus and Sony agree financial deal

Well I was thinking how the sensor would accomodate the light from a 4/3 lens. But that might require firmware changes and the right size adapter, and probably beyond the realms of possibility. (And think of those features we've got used to from Olympus - weather proofing/no sensor cleaning, flexible lcd).

But Sony chose the A-mount knowing it didn't have a complete lens line up, and is quite open about the ability of users to fit lenses from other manufacturers. Their main market is sensors and bodies.
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It's being reported that this may well result in "Price/Product" benefits for the consumer.
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