Olympus stops production of legacy Four Thirds lenses
It’s been more than 6 years since a new camera was launched for the Four Thirds Mount, and it seems Olympus has finally decided to move on: it’s pulling the plug on its Four Thirds Mount lenses, and will be moving on to focus on the Micro Four Thirds mount.
“Production of all ZUIKO DIGITAL Four Thirds Lenses has been discontinued” – these are the words on the latest 2017 Four Thirds catalog that signalled the end of a chapter in Olympus history, which used to be the largest producer of Four Thirds mount lenses.
PetaPixel gives a quick rundown of the history behind the Four Thirds ecosystem: the Four Thirds sensor standard was created in the early 2000s, through a partnership between Olympus and Eastman Kodak. Under the brand name Zuiko Digital, Olympus produced around 20 lenses for the Four Thirds system.
Several years later came another innovation: the Micro Four Thirds system, which removed the mirror box.
With the end of the production of Four Thirds mount lenses, Olympus will be beefing up its efforts on the M.Zuiko Digital brand, to produce lenses for Micro Four Thirds cameras.
Take a look back at the brief history of the Four Thirds system on DPReview.