Brian, I regret that my post may have suggested I was engaged in brand bashing. Had that been my intention I would certainly not have referred to the "proud Olympus heritage". Having purchased (and been consistently delighted with) six Pen F lenses in the last five months, I would hardly describe myself as an Olympus basher. Ironically, I owe a debt of gratitude to you (and also Godfrey, Vivek, and Cindy) for alerting me to the stellar quality of the Pen F lenses.
Originally Posted by Brian Mosley
If it is a 12mm lens, Olympus deserve credit for offering an alternative (rather than a duplicate) of the already announced Panasonic 14mm offering.
My disappointment with the Olympus m4/3rds system is primarily with the lenses. I'd love to have an m4/3rds camera with body IS but find neither the EP-1 nor the EP-2 appealing. Should Olympus offer a camera with better build quality and an integrated EVF, I'd buy one in an instant (to use with my Panasonic, Pen F, Hexanon, Contax G, and Rokkor lenses).
Basically, it's my contention that conferring the "Pen" brand on the current Olympus m4/3rds system was cynical, manipulative, and an insult to the achievements and memory of Mr Maitani, whom I regard as not only a gifted designer and engineer but also a truly great artist.
Had the results shown an overwhelming preference for the Olympus lenses (particularly the 17/2.8), would the poll then be regarded as "skewed and unreliable"?
Originally Posted by Vivek
I'll take the 14mm Pana over the 12mm Oly but that's because 28mm-e is as wide as I care to go. Olympus also deserve praise for their 9-18mm zoom. Unfortunately, that and the 12mm prime that Brian mentioned are the only glimmers of originality in the Olympus m4/3rds lens road map for 2010:
Olympus 8mm fisheye (duplicate of previously announced Panasonic 8mm fisheye)So, out of six lenses on the Olympus road map, four are either near or exact duplicates of lenses that Panasonic currently offer or had already promised.
Olympus 9-18mm (useful alternative to current Panasonic 7-14mm)
Olympus 12mm (useful alternative to previously announced Panasonic 14mm)
Olympus 14-150mm (near duplicate of current Panasonic 14-140mm)
Olympus 50mm macro (near duplicate of current Panasonic 45mm macro)
Olympus 70-300mm (near duplicate of previously announced Panasonic 100-300mm)
Perhaps I'm being unfair. After all, Nikon and Canon essentially duplicate each other's lens ranges. But, then again, perhaps not. Pentax -- alone amongst DSLR vendors -- offer a number of original, high quality prime lenses (31mm, 35mm macro, 40mm, 43mm, 70mm, 77mm, for example).
I guess I'm saying that I wish Olympus would zig to (rather than merely replicate) Panasonic's zag. And that they'd produce m4/3rds cameras and lenses that are genuine descendants (rather than hollow imitations) of the Pen F heritage.