Tuesday, August 7, 2012

New Info On The Olympus E-7

The Olympus E-5: Never a good camera.
The rumor mill is churning about the upcoming Olympus E-7. It's not good. After the impressive design and implementation of the E-M5, people were understandably excited about the prospect of something truly innovative on Olympus' pro line. This is especially important considering that Olympus has some of the best (and in many cases the best) lenses on the market in their pro and top-pro glass. The earlier E-series cameras were never a fair match. But while early reports indicated the expected ground-breaking changes, new reports are indicating the exact opposite. The E-7 will be nothing but a warmed-over E-5.

One super-cool feature that is practically tailor-made for the 4/3 format is the 1:1 sensor. Most sensors are either 4:3 or 3:2. The 1:1 ratio is beloved by large-format and medium format photogs because it eliminates many framing considerations. You never have to hold the camera sideways. And specifically of interest to 4/3 is that it would allow them to increase the surface area of the sensor, netting image gains, without having to redesign any elements of the lenses and standard. Everything would still work.

Any format could do this, but with most full-format cameras, the camera body is already as small as possible around the sensor. The 4/3 sensor is small enough to allow a 1:1 ratio with no impact on body design.

The fact that Olympus is likely not bringing something like this to the game is very, very disappointing. I hope that this is not Olympus being Olympus... again. The release of the world-class 75mm and the E-M5 elicited hope from many long-suffering Micro 4/3 users. I hope that we don't need to start suffering again.

1 comment:

  1. Have e1,2,3,5 and several lenses. My image quality is great and I used to shoot predominately Hasselblad 6x6's. I hope Olympus continues to support the 4/3's concept for reasons already discussed. I really like the fact my camera is relatively easy to haul around even with a couple extra lenses relative to full frame sensor outfits. I am surprised when I see our newspaper people show up how big physically some of the other dslr's have become. Glad I'm getting great files to work with using less pounds of hardware!


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