Olympus Says Goodbye to the Four Thirds System

March 11, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

It had to happen...

According to their 2017 Lens catalogue, the Four Thirds (4/3) system that gave rise to the modern mirrorless camera is no more..discontinued. No big shock since they moved on from those old style DSLR-like bodies years ago. I can't recall the last time I saw anyone using one. My last kick at that can was the E-500 mounted to the Zuiko 14-45mm lens.

Depending on your perspective this is either a write-off or an opportunity.

I've always wanted to get my hands on the Zuiko ED 300mm F2.8 but at close to $7K USD that never happened. The few people I know personally who possess one won't part with it for anything less than they paid, some are even asking for amounts in excess of the listed prices...wishful thinkers.

If you are an adapted lens aficionado or a Micro Four Thirds (M4/3) user i'll bet you can pick up one of the better lenses at decent prices between now and the Summer. When I first read the news we did a quick search to see what I could find in my area...

  • 50-200mm F2.8-3.5 ($450 CAD)
  • 40-150mm F3.5-4.5 ($85 CAD)
  • 14-45mm  F3.5-5.6 ($75 CAD)
  • 70-300mm F4-5.6 ($400 CAD)

For reference (and wishful thinking) that ED 300mm F2.8 is seeing wild fluctuations between $4,000-7,000 on Ebay.


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