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Olympus OM-D E-M1 The first Micro Four Thirds camera that offers phase detect focusing so you can use Four Thirds DSLR lenses normally as well a Micro Four Thirds lenses.

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Old 27th December 2012
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New Top Specification OMD coming?

This looks promising!

http://www.43rumors.com/more-info-ab...-it-is-an-omd/

I wonder when.....April do you think?
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Re: New Top Specification OMD coming?

Definitely promising yes all but the price
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Re: New Top Specification OMD coming?

Steve,
Maybe you need a full frame camera but the penalty is a bigger body and much bigger heavier lenses unless you take the Leica rangefinder route at great cost. Surely the sector of the market Olympus is aiming at is the smaller lighter but fully featured camera with matching high quality but compact lenses.

The recent advances in sensor technology have reduced the gap between FF and MFT. Of course the FF sensors are getting better too but the high end FF market aimed at professionals and advanced well heeled amateurs is pretty well served by Canon and Nikon. Olympus would struggle to compete whereas the success of the OM-D E-M5 shows that they can compete very effectively in the MFT market.
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Re: New Top Specification OMD coming?

Olympus will never make a 35mm frame sensor. If they still have the tooling to build OM lenses they could start making some of those in EOS mount so Canon users don't have to adapt them.
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Re: New Top Specification OMD coming?

If it's bigger than the E-M5 I'm not interested.

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This looks promising!

http://www.43rumors.com/more-info-ab...-it-is-an-omd/

I wonder when.....April do you think?
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Re: New Top Specification OMD coming?

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If it's bigger than the E-M5 I'm not interested.

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Since the E-M5 is actually quite small but larger with the grip, if it is to be able to take the larger 4/3's lenses & be a 'Professional' model, then it needs to be bigger to accomodate the professionally sized buttons & controls & not be fiddly in getting to each of the buttons. Small is great for convenience & weight but some would want it a little bigger for that 'professional' use & it needs to be suitably large & robust enough to stand up to the full rigours of 'professional' use (but not as big as the E5) with such things as double memory cards etc. & larger battery for longer shooting times. The E-M5 is a little fragile in its design & is not meant to be at 'professional' level of robustness but great for those that want small (enough) & great features (including its retro styling) & output. Some may poo poo the GH3, but at least it is now more of a 'professional' model & rugged & usefull enough with all its offerings, but not for me, because I prefer Olympus's jpeg output & most of all, the 5 axis stabilisation.

Well, that's my opinion anyhow.
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Re: New Top Specification OMD coming?

As a lover of the E-M5, size and all, I still agree that any model designed to work with regular 4/3 lenses, especially the larger ones, does need to be of a size to balance them. Horses for courses, and all that!
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Re: New Top Specification OMD coming?

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As a lover of the E-M5, size and all, I still agree that any model designed to work with regular 4/3 lenses, especially the larger ones, does need to be of a size to balance them. Horses for courses, and all that!
A perfectly valid point of view, of course, as is Stephen's.

I'm looking at the OMD from a different point of view, however. With the kit 12-50 I can just get it in a Barbour jacket pocket, with the 9-18 I've just acquired I can do so easily (and I mostly like to use wide angle).

But I've given up on the idea of one camera to do everything. I still have my Nikon D700 plus decent lenses which I take out for the occasional shoots I'm asked to do (usually for free). I also use it for photographing the instruments I make; I find D700 images in some way special. So for the nearest I get to 'professional' use, I have the D700, for taking with me everywhere I have the E-M5.

Incidentally, it's most unlikely I'd have bought the D700 if I'd had the E-M5 first, I could never have justified the expense. In which case I'm pretty sure I'd have been happy with the E-M5 as my only camera. But since I've already spent the money some time ago and sort of written off the expense, I'm keeping the D700.

Hence my lack of interest in a larger OMD.

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Re: New Top Specification OMD coming?

Some want it large, others want it small, some want it to replicate full frame performance, others want it to compliment full frame performance. Olympus will never and cannot ever please everyone!

The thing on which we are all agreed, however (I think!) is for the need to improve focus tracking of moving subjects and to achieve this with regular Four Thirds lenses, too, would be highly desirable.
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Re: New Top Specification OMD coming?

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The thing on which we are all agreed, however (I think!) is for the need to improve focus tracking of moving subjects and to achieve this with regular Four Thirds lenses, too, would be highly desirable.
Hear, hear!!

But I don't believe it will happen, even if it is up to the E5 standard that is a long way off other market offerings.

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Hear, hear!!

But I don't believe it will happen, even if it is up to the E5 standard that is a long way off other market offerings.

David
Personally, for what I do, I'd be more than happy with E-5 focus tracking, but I appreciate why you need better for your type of photography, David.
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Re: New Top Specification OMD coming?

I've been thinking about this subject while out walking (with E-M5 and dog), and I'm wondering if there is in fact a place for a bigger OMD with bigger lenses. In my view the IQ of the E-M5 is good, some Oly magic there for me. But overall, not better than APS-C sensors, as in my previous Nikon D5100, and not as good as the D700 (I don't know about other FF cameras as I haven't used them).
It's virtues, along with good IQ, are it's neat size, good LV operation, and being a pleasure to use.

I haven't used an Oly E5, but I've had an E3. I ended up deciding it was neither really small and neat like my wife's Pany G1, nor had the IQ of a D700, so that it sort of fell between two stools.

If a new OMD is a mirrorless E5 with full size FT lenses, I fear it could fall into the same category, and wonder how big a market there would be for it. But an E-M5 size body that can accept both MFT and FT lenses would be much more interesting, though I can't see how they could do this.

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Re: New Top Specification OMD coming?

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Some want it large, others want it small...
But didn't Oly actually have that in their E-x, E-xx, E-xxx lineup? The E-5 was too big for me; the E-620 was much more the size I wanted. This 3 model grouping seemed to cater for everyone its just that they stopped it.

When I decided to go "digital" the choice was between the E-620 and the E-M5. The E-620 had the better lenses (12-60mm and 50-200mm; anything better out of my price range and too heavy), the E-M5 had the better body (sensor, IBIS, rear screen, SD card, etc). With no prospect of a new E-xxx but the potential fo new MFT lenses I went for the E-M5. Still waiting for that killer zoom lens from Olympus though.
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Re: New Top Specification OMD coming?

There is a lot of internet traffic concerning the new "high end" cameras from Olympus due to be launched this coming September. The 15th seems to be the preferred date, although Olympus Uk are running several local days throughout that week.

Both an E-5 and E-M1 are reputed to be launched but the specs of the E-M1 are looking good, if they are right!!
http://www.dpreview.com/forums/post/51742527
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Re: New Top Specification OMD coming?

More info coming in all the time now:
http://m43blog.com/is-this-olympus-om-d-e-m1/

Also:http://m43blog.com/this-is-how-olymp...ed-iq-of-e-m5/

The PDAF (Phase detect AF off sensor) feature could even solve our BIF problems!! Apparently Sony have collaborated with Oly on a completely new sensor with improved resolution over the E-M5.

Exciting stuff if it's good as the words say! I also like the separate WB feature.
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