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Why MicroFourThird (Olympus, Panasonic etc.) at all?


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Is it wise to continue to us Olympus SLR?
I've been using Olympus SLRs for many years. I really love the cameras. But in recent years I sometimes ask myself if it is wise to use SLR any more. Because it seems Olympus and Zuiko have abandoned research and production of SLRs, and have turned their attention to digital cameras. Though I use "digital darkroom", I don't like digital cameras at all. They are only toies with plastics and IC boards, which start to lose their value right after your purchase. But, I doubt I could continue to get new SLR bodies and new lenses. Pity, really.
> Yes, it is very wise to continue to use your OM and Zuiko equipment! Wise, that is, if you enjoy it and like the results. As for myself, I am very happy shooting with my OM-1 and OM-2, and the Zuikos are fantastic. Why stop? The photos are great, the process a joy, I'll keep using my OM's, than you.

- marc
So let's see if I understand this - you chose your cameras based on their resale value? Gee, I chose mine based on whether they are the best tools to help me produce the images I want to produce. The reality is that we are unarguably at the end of what might be termed the Age of Film - which followed the Age of Glass Plates. Whether it will take five, 10, or 15 years for photography to go fully-digital, it WILL happen, and in terms of professional photography - pure "art" photography aside - we are just about there. So worrying about whether a camera is filled with chips and diodes is a bit silly at this point. The question is whether those chips and diodes will give YOU the image YOU require - and whether the body itself is tough enough to withstand the abuse you will give it. From my brief handling of the E-1 I'd say it's as tough as anything out there, and tougher than most.

B. D. Colen http://www.a-day-in-out-life.com
Well, I combine the best of both worlds (as of course do lots of others)by continuing to use my OM system for image capture and then scanning the resulting negatives or transparencies and outputting digitally . Of course, the benefits of this method are that you still have the original film from which to produce chemical prints if you wish or, in the case of slides, to project.
No worries about possible future obselescence of storage media either. Film will always be readable.
As far as the lack of new OM system components goes - well I don't think that I have ever bought any major items new, apart from my first OM-1 (in 1973).Anyway, once you have a system that fills your needs it's not like you are out buying new items every day, is it?
Thanks for all advices. OK, I'll keep using my old SLRs. As matter of the fact, I'm loosing my eyesight and it is very difficult for me to use those digital cameras. When you use digital cameras you have to fumble small buttons, trying to make out what mode you use, and I can't see LCD cleraly. With old OM, I don't have to see which button I use.
Hi Songura,

You are not alone in this - I hate having to scroll through menus just to do something simple like change shutter speed or aperture. It sounds like you already have (in my opinion) the best of both the analogue and digital worlds. I hardly produce any "chemical"prints now - digital output does offer me real advantages.Really sorry to hear of your deteriorating eyesight though.
Best wishes,

I just thought that maybe I should answer the question "why Olympus?" Well, when I was twenty years old I saw the press reports from Photokina of the release of the M-1, and thought that this had to be the camera to own. As compact as a Leica rangefinder but with the advantages (to me) of being an SLR. As it was my 21st birthday the next year I dropped heavy hints to my parents.
Next year , I did get my camera - by then of course it was the OM-1, which I still have and use to this day. I didn't manage to get my M-1 until a couple of years ago. If only I'd been a year older I might have been in the position of owning one from new though!


Did Olympus actually sell an M-1? I got the impression that, as soon as they showed it at Photokina, Leica pressured them to change the name and that only OM-1,OM-2, etc. ever reached the market. And if that's the case, what is the "M-1" you got a couple of years ago?
> They made a small run of M-1 cameras, though I am not sure of the exact number. They are available from time to time at second-hand and collector stores. Typically, they are quite expensive my Olympus standards. The last one I saw was in mediocre condition for $900, thought I have seen them in MINT for around $1000 USD

- marc