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Date: 06/26/20 13:13
Olympus to Exit Camera Business
Author: milepost20

After 84 years in the camera business Olympus is leaving that market.  Their digital
camera division is being acquired by Japan Industrial Partners, a private equity firm.
No word yet on how the buyer will deploy those assets.

For those of us who regard owning a camera as a given the rest of the world doesn't
quite think that way.  The increasing quality of cell phone cameras has resulted in an
87% drop in digital camera sales over the last decade.

Olympus will now concentrate on their core business of manufacturing surgical eqipment
and medical devices. From Digital Camera World:
https://www.digitalcameraworld.com/news/breaking-olympus-sells-camera-division



Date: 06/26/20 20:59
Re: Olympus to Exit Camera Business
Author: radar

It's not easy to sell cameras when everyone has one in their phone.



Date: 06/27/20 09:53
Re: Olympus to Exit Camera Business
Author: Lurch_in_ABQ

In another decade most digital cameras will be found on dusty shelves next to slide rules and typewriters.



Date: 06/27/20 10:04
Re: Olympus to Exit Camera Business
Author: Rmosele

Lurch_in_ABQ Wrote:
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> In another decade most digital cameras will be
> found on dusty shelves next to slide rules and
> typewriters.
Not mine.



Date: 07/02/20 08:18
Re: Olympus to Exit Camera Business
Author: Rathole

Nope.  Your cell phone may shoot decently for your needs, but they don't produce anywhere near the level of photos of cameras and lenses used by professionals or even most average railfans.  There's a reason the Nikon, Canon, Sigma, and Tamron lenses are as big and costly as they are.  It's called QUALITY.   

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Lurch_in_ABQ Wrote:
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> In another decade most digital cameras will be
> found on dusty shelves next to slide rules and
> typewriters.



Date: 07/03/20 18:45
Re: Olympus to Exit Camera Business
Author: cchan006

Rathole Wrote:
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> There's a reason the Nikon, Canon, Sigma, and
> Tamron lenses are as big and costly as they are. 
> It's called QUALITY.   

And that quality comes from laws of physics, bigger lens, better optical resolution.

My first 2 digital cameras were made by Olympus. Bought my first one more than 20 years ago. I still have them, and they should still work. 



Date: 07/04/20 16:15
Re: Olympus to Exit Camera Business
Author: wabash2800

But eventually your software or firmware will go haywire with no fix without big $$$. That happened with a digital Nikon I had.

Incidentally, one of the best 35mm SLRS I owned was an Olympus OM-1. I loved that camera.

Victor A. Baird
http://www.erstwhilepublications.com

Rmosele Wrote:
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> Not mine.



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 07/04/20 16:16 by wabash2800.



Date: 07/10/20 05:31
Re: Olympus to Exit Camera Business
Author: moonliter

wabash2800 Wrote:
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> Incidentally, one of the best 35mm SLRS I owned
> was an Olympus OM-1. I loved that camera.

I agree, loved my OM-1 and OM-1n.  I was hoping to buy an OM-4 but but lost my all my Olympus gear in a theft. There was a great sale on Nikon equipment when I received the insurance cheque so I switched.

Gerry Gaugl
Ottawa ON
 



Date: 07/12/20 12:03
Re: Olympus to Exit Camera Business
Author: wabash2800

Sorry to hear that Gerry. I've been the victim of theft too many times, though I'm very protective of my possesions. I sold my Olympus equipment to a coworker's daughter when I went digital. She was taking photography classes and needed something old school. Reference my previous comment to the other poster, when my Nikon digital (bought new) went on the fritz only after a few years I was told it would be minimum of $500 if I sent it in and had it repaired. I bought another used one Ebay and eventually the firmwate on it went on the fritz too. I now own a Canon Digital I bought used and I really like it. 

Victor A. Baird
http://www.erstwhilepublications.com



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 07/12/20 12:04 by wabash2800.



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