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Thread: Olympus confirms production has ceased in China and to continue in Vietnam

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    Olympus confirms production has ceased in China and to continue in Vietnam

    Interesting official Olympus announcement with a budget provided seems the camera operation is barely viable in China and has ceased though the factory in Vietnam will continue to operate.
    Gather robots are being used more in new factories with wages rising and sort of makes sense with Olympus reducing the number of camera options available now.
    I notice any Pen F cameras for sale seem to go very quickly some feel this camera may be a future collectors item with production of the Pen F ceasing.
    Not sure how long the electrics would last going on older Nikon cameras light meters eventually needing repair for instance.

    Link to announcement
    https://www.olympus-global.com/ir/da...ts/ir00003.pdf
    cheers Nick

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    I think this transfer to Vietnam happened last year and was touted as the reason for delay in announcing new cameras such as 5iii.
    The past week has seen a whole new set of rumours and denials regarding the imminent demise of Oly's camera division. I hope they're not true
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    Ross I concur, possibly some white anting by the opposition companies, lets hope Olympus can keep making cameras profitably.
    Perhaps the cameras may be more of a marketing tool presumably for their high earning scientific side of the business in future by creating a worldwide loyal customer base.

    cheers Nick
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    There does seem to be some that like to paint the Olympus Imaging Division as doomed but they seem to have an agenda to do so though, however time will tell what does happen there. I think my spending on anything more is going to be on hold for sometime regardless of any business happenings at Olympus anyhow (although I would still love the 300 f4 lens), but glad to have added the MC20 & 7-14 f2.8 lens to my kit this year.
    I forgot, I got the 45mm f1.8 lens at a bargain price this year too.
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    Seems you have a great set of Olympus lenses there Ross and imagine they are fully compatible with the Panasonic system.
    Let's hope with Sony as a major shareholder in Olympus the company can survive and grow.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nick Cliff View Post
    Seems you have a great set of Olympus lenses there Ross and imagine they are fully compatible with the Panasonic system.
    Let's hope with Sony as a major shareholder in Olympus the company can survive and grow.
    Yeah, I think I've done pretty good thanks, but as in human nature, I can't hide that small desire of 'wanting more'.
    I hate doing this (putting out more discussion on the subject), but photofocus by Bryan Esler has this blog(?) entry. "Olympus addresses rumors of sale". I take comfort in it.
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    Thanks for posting that is good to know Ross and hope you get to have and to hold that dream 300mm lens one day

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nick Cliff View Post
    Thanks for posting that is good to know Ross and hope you get to have and to hold that dream 300mm lens one day
    I have had a chance to play with one a couple of times, which just gave me GAS (gear acquisition syndrome),
    The first was a 'hands on' with the E-M1X in at Olympus in Macquarie Park (NSW) & later in Penrith Camera House with the Olympus rep for another 'hands on' where I put the lens on my E-M1 II. It would be even better now with the last FW update. Ho hum. Maybe in the future.

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    I certainly have a problem with GAS! I just picked up a 25 1.8 and a 45 1.8 for so little I couldn't refuse. Makes me realise the importance of Olympus virtually alone in this segment of the camera market — so much camera, so little bulk and weight. I really wouldn't want to go back to big DSLRs.

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    I can understand the sentiment, have you seen the Nikon 200-500mm lens it looks like an anti tank weapon.

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    https://petapixel.com/2019/11/23/oly...mera-business/

    olympus seem very keen to scotch any future rumours about their future - latest release.

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    The doom & gloom speculation & rumours gets a little tiring after awhile. Panasonic is selling their share in the sensor manufacturing (TowerJazz) to cut down on losses, but Olympus's lens road map has my interest with the 100-400mm f5.0-6.3 IS lens. https://www.olympus.com.au/Learn-Exp...ture-Is-Bright

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    Burma interesting announcement does look like Olympus is in for the long haul with their camera division.

    - - - Updated - - -

    Ross the Olympus 100-400mm lens does look very appealing lens especially if it can match the Panasonic lens at a reasonable price point.

    cheers Nick

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    Interesting report for camera sales looking like Nikon may have entered the mirror less camera market later than would have been ideal with Sony #2 now in camera sales in 2019.
    Sony have a large share holding in Olympus cameras too I understand.
    https://petapixel.com/2019/11/30/son...on-falls-to-3/
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