sanveer Posted September 30, 2018 Share Posted September 30, 2018 I noticed some very interesting developments in the last few months. From 43rumors.com https://www.43rumors.com/panasonic-says-olympus-did-not-share-their-same-full-frame-vision/ "Lesnumeriques interviewed Panasonic manager Yosuke Yamane and these are some of they info: • Eight years ago Panasonic had the idea to go Full Frame but at the time there were technical and commercial challenges • Two years ago they started to look for an alliance around a Full Frame platform. At the beginning of 2018 they approached Leica and Sigma. • Why is Olympus not on board with this? Yosuke said “we do not really have the same vision. Our directions ARE DIFFERENT NOW, 'ON THIS FORMAT' (Capital added)“ • The new AI autofocus system works on the question of “where to focus”. For example we use deep learning to track flying birds or human eyes • Panasonic has abandoned the smart phone project and there will be no follow-up of the CM1 (here on Amazon). • Panasonic does not think the smart phone market is a threat for MFT" And https://www.43rumors.com/the-seven-full-frame-lenses-patented-so-far-by-olympus/#disqus_thread "I went through all the most recent Olympus patents. Here I recap the seven Full Frame lens designs patented by Olympus in 2016-2017. • 17mm f/1.4 • 20mm f/1.4 • 24mm f/1.4 • 28mm f/1.4 • 28mm f/2.0 • 35mm f/1.4 • 50mm f/.4 It might be that Olympus is just playing with the idea to go Full Frame but never actually will do the step into making a real product." There appear to be too many things wrt to what roadmap Olympus is on. From the 2 posts above, from 43rumors above, it appears that: 1. Olympus has patented 7 Full Frame lenses upto 2017, meaning these were in development atleast 2-3 years before that. So it's almost 5 years since now, that the Olympus Full Frame project has been in effect. Since Olympus doesn't make lenses for other manufactureres outside the M43 system, these lenses were, therefore for its own FF system. One of those lens patents also mentioned various technical aspects like DRAM built into the lense (WHICH I thought wad pretty interesting). 2. "OUR DIRECTIONS ARE DIFFERENT NOW, ON THIS FORMAT", means Panasonic is Aware that Olympus has a Full Frame roadmap, and that they (Olynpus) were unconvinced about the new L Mount Partnership for whatever reasons (I am guessing it may have to do with mount issues). Panasonic would obviously not have asked for licence fee, and it may not have to do with only full frame sensors being outside consideration for Olympus. 3. If Olympus is indeed on a Full Frame Roadmap, it would have obviously consisted many things including mount size, plane distance etc etc. IBIS would be huge on their list of things to do among other design considerations. If Olympus is INDEED looking to launch a FF Camera system, I hope they get a few partners on board Before they go ahead. They already make some of the best lenses around, and they are the pioneers of IBIS, High Res Image Stitching etc. They would benefit Greatly from collaborating with someone for video. Maybe Blackmagic and they could explore BRAW to outsmart other FF competitors, since neither has anything to lose and a lot to gain from such a collaboration. There are already a plethora of Sony Sensors being used by anyone and everyone (except perhaps Canon), and if Olympus can just Skip 10-bit internal recording and move to well compressed 12-bit internal recording (12:1 BRAW), maybe they could be back with a bang. It's also sad that the 10-year M43 partnership of Panasonic and Olympus has ended before they could decide on a Full Frame Camera (mount) Format. SR, Juank and IronFilm 3 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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