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Olympus Imaging Division sold

Discussion in 'Olympus Chat' started by AndyTake2, Jun 24, 2020.

  1. Andrew Flannigan

    Andrew Flannigan Well-Known Member

    I bought one of those in 2011, with the 17mm and optical finder. I just didn't get on with it though I tried my best.
  2. RovingMike

    RovingMike Crucifixion's a doddle...

    Not used one, but what was the problem?
  3. GeoffR

    GeoffR Well-Known Member

    I wanted to like the ON-D I had but the viewfinder didn't do what I needed. With an optical finder the image sort of "pops" into focus the EVF didn't do that and I was left wondering whether the subject was in focus or not. Now it wasn't the latest EVF then, and that was two years ago, so they may have improved quite a lot since then. I am pretty sure they will get there but until then I will stick with SLRs. My other problem with Olympus is their history, they dropped the accessories I needed for my OM System and I don't want to be in a similar position again. There is no doubting the quality of cameras or lenses.
  4. Andrew Flannigan

    Andrew Flannigan Well-Known Member

    Nothing in particular. I thought I'd be able to use it as an alternative to a digital rangefinder but neither the optical finder nor the rear screen really jelled for me.
    Last edited: Jul 17, 2020
  5. Benchista

    Benchista Which Tyler

    I've still got one. I tend to agree with you. A lot to like about it, but not that likeable to use. Somehow, it's not quite as much as the sum of its parts.
  6. ChrisNewman

    ChrisNewman Well-Known Member

    Dead right!

    I was very satisfied with my manual focus Pentax SLR outfit, but the time came when I wanted to get the benefit of digital and autofocus. If Pentax had then offered a full-frame DSLR in their compact, lightweight, good-value tradition that had enticed me to the brand, I’d probably have bought it with an autofocus mid-range zoom, with the intention of replacing my other manual focus lenses gradually. But Pentax didn’t then offer a full-frame DSLR (and while their current K-1 Mark II seems great value, it’s far from compact and lightweight.) I decided that, as autofocus lenses seemed much heavier than my Pentax kit, and a complete full frame outfit would have needed a very large initial investment, I’d need to switch to APS-C. But most of my full-frame manual lenses would have been unattractive on APS-C, so I had little to lose by making a fresh start. Pentax’s DSLRs and lenses seemed to have shortcomings compared to Canon’s or Nikon’s, if I should want anything advanced in future they offered little choice, and the brand itself seemed to be at risk. So I went to a camera store to choose between outfits based on the Canon 550D or Nikon D90. (Fortunately I chose the Nikon, which has allowed me to upgrade to a D800 while still carrying some lightweight APS-C lenses. As it happens, Pentax is still going, but the range has fallen still further behind its competitors, and at some stage I’ll probably replace the D800 with the mirrorless Z7 or its successor - again something not available from Pentax. The adapter for ‘F’ mount lenses both avoids the need for another fresh start, and discourages me from abandoning Nikon.)


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