Looks like the Spammers have got in here.
I cleaned them out......for now.
I had reason to visit the Olympus Homepage recently and was astonished to find that it appears only three Four Thirds bodies are listed as in current manufacture. From the top the E5, E30 and E620. All the other models are listed as "archived". Every Olympus site I visited told the same story. Surely I must be missing something? Seems a little scary if this is true. I guess that lineup does give us a barely adequate range but I would have expected at least another two bodies to choose from, as was the case not so long ago. Or perhaps I am expecting too much from a small manufacturer?
It has come to my attention that the rubber grips on Olympus cameras can come off as the cameras age. There is a supplier in the UK (Luton Cameras at http://www.lutoncameras.co.uk/Spares.html) who can supply replacement rubber kits at very reasonable prices but here is the rub: There are no more kits for the E-1 and Luton tell me that Oly gives no warning when they are going to stop supplying spares but typically they stop when a model is 5-6 years old. Oly will repair the grip but at a charge of $250 I wonder how many would bother! I think this is a little unfair of Olympus. Surely it's not too much to ask that they maintain supplies of high-wear parts such as rubber grips for at least 10 years? I suppose that is an aeon in digital terms but I expect to get many more years out of my E-1. The rubber on mine is still fine but I would like to know that I can still repair it should it deteriorate. Perhaps this might be a case of strength in numbers? If enough of us complain Oly might
Last week while in NY I think I have about 1000 emails in my fourthirsphoto mail box but it seems to be a very large week for announcements. Here are 3 that I found the most interesting:
Think Tank is going to release the Wired Up Collection
With the release of cameras such as the 5D Mark II, Nikon D90, Panasonic GH1, and now even the Little Olympus E-P1 Think Tank wants "To aid video journalists in carrying their imaging and audio gear comfortably and accessing it quickly, Think Tank Photo will be releasing an entirely new concept and an industry first in carrying equipment, The Multimedia Wired Up Collection. This new concept in integrated carrying solutions will be available through its retailers around the world and directly from Think Tank in July. "
Sample video here...
Second a product of interest, which I have picked up but not used yet, is the Honl Photo Speed system. These products really help to modify the use