View Poll Results: Which of these possible solutions for users of Four Thirds lenses appeals the most?

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  • Conventional DSLR - an update to an existing model like the E-5.

    22 36.07%
  • A Four Thirds mount camera body with an electronic viewfinder.

    6 9.84%
  • A Sony NEX-style smart adapter providing Phase Detect AF for Micro Four Thirds bodies.

    8 13.11%
  • A Micro Four Thirds body with a built-in solution for optimal FT lens AF using adapter.

    22 36.07%
  • None of the above.

    3 4.92%
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    Four Thirds lens compatibility - what's your preference?

    As we all know, although it is perfectly feasible to use Four Thirds lenses via an MMF adapter on a Micro Four Thirds camera, most Four Thirds lenses are designed to autofocus with phase-detection focus sensors that are central to contemporary DSLR cameras. This means autofocus is not ideal when Four Thirds lenses are used with Micro Four Thirds cameras, which employ contrast detection to gauge focus automatically.

    Olympus has publicly stated that before the end of this year a solution for Four Thirds lens users will be revealed. Apart from that there are no firm details, but several realistic possibilities.

    So this is a poll to find out which possible solution you prefer. You can only select one choice.

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    Re: Four Thirds lens compatibility - what's your preference?

    I would choose DSLR with optional built-in EVF, that can use both 4/3s and m4/3s lenses. It can be done, but the contruction would be quite complex and thus expensive. If I can't have that, I am going for a (large) m4/3 body with good ergonomy and C-AF at least on E-1 level, or even better with full scene tracking.
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    Re: Four Thirds lens compatibility - what's your preference?

    Having fairly recently bought into MFT (via OM-D) I chose option 3. I have the Olympus 12-60 and 50-200 SWD lenses which I'd like to use with the OM-D but the focus performance is less than ideal, certainly compared to my E-620. An adaptor which improves that functionality on my OM-D would be of much more interest to me than a new MFT body. Something like an MMF-4 with PDAF built in.
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    Re: Four Thirds lens compatibility - what's your preference?

    It's hard to pick a good answer here, because as always the devil is in the detail. having both "big" and micro-4/3rds bodies I'm not too fused about which format it is. A good optical viewfinder is nice but the electronic ones are quite good (E-M5) and still improving (E-P5 and VF-4 allegedly) and offer extra functionality.

    I think what I'm after is a way to use those wonderful big fast 4/3rds lenses without compromising key aspects of their function - specifically image quality, speed (in light-gathering terms - so don't throw any of the light away in a focussing subsystem), weatherproofing - and hopefully improved AF performance. It would be nice if it could be crammed into an adapter for existing m43 bodies but I suspect that is a tall order.

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    Re: Four Thirds lens compatibility - what's your preference?

    Personally having no m4/3 I would like a new body similar to the E-5 as I think the balance with lens such as 90-250 will be better.

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    Re: Four Thirds lens compatibility - what's your preference?

    I would like to see a DSLR with an optical mirror for the high end (E-3/E-5 size is okay with me), and a 43 mirrorless camera that is about the size of a E-5XX for the lower end. I think that these two options for 43 users would be reasonable, given that there have been so many variations on the Pen line.
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    Re: Four Thirds lens compatibility - what's your preference?

    The NEX style adaptor would be the best solution for me, having already got the E-M5 and being on a budget. However, I voted for option four, "A Micro Four Thirds body with a built-in solution for optimal FT lens AF using adapter" because I feel this is the best solution for the system in the long run and would be a very strong selling point for future cameras. Maybe Olympus could eventually do both, so that existing MFT cameras benefit from
    compatability of 4/3 lenses too. Now THAT would be the best solution!
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    Re: Four Thirds lens compatibility - what's your preference?

    Quote Originally Posted by DNC13 View Post
    Personally having no m4/3 I would like a new body similar to the E-5 as I think the balance with lens such as 90-250 will be better.
    I think that the balance would be better with an E-7(?), but how many people have these SHG beasts?
    I can't see it happening.
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    Re: Four Thirds lens compatibility - what's your preference?

    Quote Originally Posted by John Perriment View Post
    The NEX style adaptor would be the best solution for me, having already got the E-M5 and being on a budget. However, I voted for option four, "A Micro Four Thirds body with a built-in solution for optimal FT lens AF using adapter" because I feel this is the best solution for the system in the long run and would be a very strong selling point for future cameras. Maybe Olympus could eventually do both, so that existing MFT cameras benefit from
    compatability of 4/3 lenses too. Now THAT would be the best solution!
    I cannot see how Oly could implement Option 4 given the two mounts are different.
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    Re: Four Thirds lens compatibility - what's your preference?

    Quote Originally Posted by benvendetta View Post
    I cannot see how Oly could implement Option 4 given the two mounts are different.
    The key in the text is 'using adapters' - like the existing MMF series of adapters that allow Four Thirds lenses to be fitted to Micro Four Thirds camera bodies.

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