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Old 11th March 2011
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Olympus E5 - Does it have a future?

I am very seriously thinking about upgrading from my trusty E1 to an E5, but I keep hearing stories that Olympus has already ceased production, and that spares, if required, will be hard to come by. These rumours seem to be supported by opinions floating around the [admittedly biased] AP forum. Does anyone know the truth about all this, and if so, can you say anything?

(One of the most recent stories was of the HLD5 being sold for silly money because the system is already obsolete.)

I have invested quite heavily in the E system, including several pro zoom lenses, the 50 mm macro lens, ring flash, FL50, etc. Whilst I like the E-System I have not been entirely impressed by the reliability of some of the equipment, (the ring flash drives me up the wall, but is out of warranty), and so I have to make a crucial decision at some point.

I am not a great fan of the Canon system, but I do have a G11 which does everything it says on the tin without any fuss. I can also attach a flashgun without it turning off every time I move the camera. I also have a six year old Nikon film scanner which is still fully supported.

I use my cameras in my work, so I need reliability and longevity. I also need to know that my equipment will not be made obsolete for spurious reasons.

Any opinions and advice on this matter would be very welcome.
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