Olympus is set to roll out 7,000 ‘titanium-tinted’ OM-D E-M5 Mark II cameras, in homage to the firm’s titanium-clad OM-3Ti SLR launched in 1994

The ‘titanium-tinted’ body of the OM-D E-M5 Mark II Limited Edition evokes the golden age of the original OM series, according to Olympus, which will launch the new model next month, priced £999.99 body only.

Olympus says the new camera will be launched in honour of the 21-year-old OM-3Ti SLR, which became an all-time classic, a landmark high-end camera and an SLR icon.

In a statement, Olympus added: ‘Although some 20 years have passed since the launch of the OM-3Ti, the OM-D E-M5 Mark II Limited Edition has much in common with its illustrious forebear, and not just visually.

‘Both offer serious photographers a more portable, high-grade alternative to bulkier SLRs.

‘The 1980s and ’90s cemented the OM series’ reputation for compact, lightweight, go-anywhere system cameras as well as innovations such as the air damper that muffled the shock of mirror movement or the multi-spot metering mechanism beloved of professional owners of the OM-4.’

MarkIIltd.webThe OM-D E-M5 Mark II Limited Edition will come with an owner’s card, bearing a quote from Olympus designer Yoshihisa Maitani, who launched the OM-1 in 1973.

The OM-D E-M5 Mark II Limited Edition will also be out in a kit that includes a 14-150mm f/4-5.6 II lens, (this option will be available from Jessops only) priced £1,349.99.