Olympus has certainly taken a first bold step in creating a 100% digital SLR ground up with the Four-Thirds standard. Promising a lightweight solution by being able to radically decrease the size and weight of the body and lens, we await with bated breath whether it will catch on, or not. Although we are primarily reviewing the Olympus E-1’s body, much consideration has to be given to the availability of its range of lenses and accessories as well. The Zuiko DIGITAL 300mm (35mm equivalent of 600mm) F2.8 prime lens is a proven testament in Olympus’ claim to achieving lightweight lenses at half the size of its 35mm counterpart. Though there is a limited selection of lenses compatible with the four-thirds system, they do cover a good overall focal range.
So the question is, would veteran SLR photographers be willing to forgo their existing collection of tried and proven lenses to make the switch to the Four Thirds system with its present limited lens range? Would Olympus’ promises for the feasibility of the Four Third standard, such as lens mount standardization, manage to seduce a new breed of virgin digital SLR photographers currently looking for a system to stick with? Only time will tell, for so far, only Fuji Film has agreed to participate in adopting the same standards.
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