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Olympus has just announced they are leaving the camera equipment business completely. They are selling to a Japanese investment group. No way to know what this will mean for sure, but given how investment groups destroyed G I'm sad to hear this news. My very first SLR, a gift from my dad when I was a junior in college back in the late 1970s, was an Olympus OM-1, which my daughter used when she took photography in college. In fact, I still use the collection of lenses I got for that camera on my OMD E-1 and on my Sony mirrorless. To my surprise, even after buying my Sony full frame, I still use my Oly a lot, and before Covid hit I was planning to buy a travel zoom for that wonderful light little mirrorless for a trip to Europe which we have put off indefinitely. I hope that this doesn't mean the new owners will pare down the business so much in an attempt to appeal to consumers, but if they are focusing on the OMD and Zuiko brands, perhaps those of us who love our Oly's will be lucky and it will mean that they'll focus on pros and their higher end cameras and lenses. Panasonic is now working with Leica more and seems to have turned away from micro 4/3 and while micro 4/3 may not be the highest resolution, it is a perfect compromise for those of us who want high quality super light camera equipment. Here's the link: https://www.theverge.com/2020/6/24/21301460/olympus-selling-camera-division-jip-vaio It's from an investment site, my hubby just sent it to me. I'm going to see what other info is out there and will add new links when I find additional info.
My apologies if this has previously been discussed at length already. I'm in the market for a drone and at first considered the DJI Inspire 1 Pro, with X5 Zenmuse lens. However, at €3800, it would take me a lot of sales to recover the initial outlay and I'm wondering if it's going to be worth it, as I don't plan on doing much else with it. Is anyone using a drone with a less superior camera, perhaps the X3 Zenmuse, and getting through QC with it? I would welcome any actual-experience views on what drones and lenses you are using to get through QC, please. But, perhaps not "I hear such-and-such drone/lens is good and/or should pass because of it's specs", as it's too much of a risk to take financially with the outlay. Thanks for any concrete advice. Steve
I am trying my best to add to my portfolio on this great site. Now that I am fully retired from my previous life and as a studio portrait photographer, I am finding the change over to editorial stock interesting, challenging and sometimes frustrating. In my past life I was shooting Nikon pro cameras, D3, D3s & D4, along with all the big expensive glass. I'm now down to a Nikon D500 (APS-C crop camera), 17-55mm f2.8 DX lens and a Fuji X-E2 mirrorless camera with the kit 18-55mm f2.8-4 stabilized lens. Both cameras give me quality images. The D500 is astonishingly FAST! The image quality is superb. It's also quite large and definitely sticks out in a crowd. The X-E2 is slow to respond, has frustratingly slow shutter lag and no tilting screen. It does not draw as much attention as the Nikon however. I'm learning every day, by way of lurking on this forum mostly, as to what is selling on Alamy. Good editorial content that is relevant quite often requires people in the image to convey that relevancy. I am running into a problem using my Nikon and, even to some extent my Fuji, especially when photographing people. I have been approached several times recently and challenged as to why I was there with my camera, even once in front of a local big named grocery store. I'm thinking of going smaller, and consequently less conspicuous, by purchasing a smaller mirrorless camera like the Sony RX100 MkV or perhaps an Olympus Pen etc... I'm looking for some opinions on this and would like to know if you guys & gals run into the same situations. I hate confrontation. In my past life I dealt with that on a daly basis. I would just as soon not go down that route. I would like to know what some of you are using. Maybe a longer lens to be further away from the intended subject, smaller mirrorless camera? I don't know....opinions, thoughts? Thanks in advance, Rick