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Tuesday, March 06, 2007

The Olympus Pro Cam: The Latest Iteration

...I had linked to these pictures of the latest design mock-ups of the upcoming pro Olympus (now provisionally dubbed the P-1) at the bottom of the "Vaporware" post, but here they are on our own site, along with pictures of several of the planned new lenses. The camera shown would almost certainly feature a live view LCD and internal IS. You can click on any of these images to see them larger.




Zuiko Digital 14–35mm (28–70mm equivalent) ƒ/2 SWD (Supersonic Wave Drive)

Zuiko Digital 12–60mm (24–120mm-e) ƒ/2.8–4 SWD

Zuiko Digital 50–200mm (100–400mm-e) ƒ/2.8–3.5 SWD


2X teleconverter

(There is also a slower non-SWD 70–300mm (140–600mm-e) lens planned that is not pictured here.)


Posted by: MIKE JOHNSTON, with thanks to Eamon Hickey

9 Comments:

Blogger eolake said...

This is weird: Click for the large version of the top picture... doesn't it look like the lens has been photoshopped onto the picture? It is covering a surface which is clearly not flat, at the top.

7:14 PM  
Blogger Dr Hiding Pup said...

It looks photoshopped, eolake, but only because what you're seeing is a new lens mounting mechanism based on neodymium magnets...

Oh, I don't know -

8:20 PM  
Blogger expiring_frog said...

@eolake: If you look at the lenses below, all of them have a little step (decrease in diameter) near the lens mount. So the top part of the lens that you can see might not be really touching the underside of the prism housing -- it's offset by the step. This would explain the apparent contradiction.

Of course, it still might have been photoshopped on :).

9:04 PM  
Blogger Robert said...

Also touted is the "world's fastest-class autofocus" [with the new lenses]. Another benefit of 4/3's smaller scale? But I also appreciate this classic "feature": "mechanical manual focusing mechanism...for comfortable manual focusing with accurate response."

If the sensor isn't noisy, this could be cool.

9:56 PM  
Blogger hill bill said...

Eh... aren't these "pictures" computer animations?
On the other hand, the photo on the olympus homepage (showing the P1 together with lenses) may well be cut together, as the P1 seems to be hovering somewhere in space and doesn't shade off the lense standing nearby.
Anyway, still quite an interesting camera.

7:27 AM  
Blogger Peter said...

But I also appreciate this classic "feature": "mechanical manual focusing mechanism...for comfortable manual focusing with accurate response."

Robert, I hate to burst your bubble, but the cynic in me just interpreted that as full-time manual focus override, like Canon and Nikon have on their USM/AF-S design lenses.

In the store, I played with the manual focus on a D80 w/kit lens and a C/5D w/28-135. It's a much nicer touch/feel than MF with the AF lenses for my Minolta system, but its not a scratch on the well damped creamy MF goodness that I get with my RF lenses.

7:47 AM  
Blogger robert e said...

mmm... "well damped creamy MF goodness..." *gurgle* *drool* ...

Alas, Peter, my expectations of manual anything are now so low that what I am hoping for is merely positive mechanical linkage as opposed to "by wire".

[he he -- I originally had the less-than/greater-than symbols around gurgle and drool, and blogger objected that they were HTML tags. If only!]

12:59 PM  
Blogger KevWilkins said...

ok, great pics, if only i could reason having one when its released.

the lenses seem great news.

also checking the so called 'photoshopped image' check the shadow the lens should cast with the shadows on the body, i couldnt see a match. if any at all

6:43 PM  
Blogger FatEd said...

Even if Olympus someday produces a "professional" grade camera, their market will always be vapor. Why? Because back in the '80s Olympus got a lot of pros invested in their equipment and then bowed out of the professional market. A lot of us feel very burned by them and always will. Sure, the young guys don't remember, but they know who has a good reputation and who does not. Olympus had a good reputation at one time and they just flushed it down the toilet.

I bought an E-510 because it had live view. I have not purchased nor have any intent to purchase any of their nicer lenses other than the 50/2 macro because I've been waiting for Nikon to come out with a good camera with live view. I understand that the D300 might have it, so next time I'm looking to replace my Nikon, that's what I'll be getting. And you'll see my Olympus equipment on eBay.

6:30 PM  

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