From dpreview.com : On Lenses For Small Cameras
The year 2009 will surely be remembered by photographers as that which finally saw the long-overdue arrival of the large-sensor compact system camera. Indeed ever since compact digicams were first introduced, the obvious next step seemed to be to develop the basic concept with larger sensors and interchangeable lenses; so much so that the only real question has been, what’s taken so long?
But now that Olympus and Panasonic have blazed the trail with the likes of the E-P1 and GF1, and Samsung has shown its hand in the shape of the NX10, it seems only a matter of time before all of the major manufacturers jump on board and produce their own competitors in this potentially lucrative new market segment. But while we’ve certainly been pleased to see these new cameras, we’ve been less impressed by the lack of imagination shown by the initial lens ranges. So in a (probably futile) attempt to steer the manufacturers in what we think is the right direction, here are our suggestions for what they should be making.
I couldn’t agree more, this article expresses exactly how I feel about these marvelous new cameras from Panasonic and Olympus. The Oly Pen is a great camera but its potential is far from realized, thanks to the lack of great pancake or prime lenses. Manufacturers are obsessed with reaching out to the masses who don’t know a cheap zoom from a glass bottle, and are losing out with the real market – professionals and enthusiasts who do not blink at spending big money for great, and compact lenses.