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I saw the announcment on BBC news and was a little saddened. In the 1980s and 90s I was an Olympus OM2 user. I worked for the Nature Conservation agencies and did a lot of insect photography. Olympus was the clear leader in macro gear at the time with a bigger range of macro lenses, their excellent twin macro flash and accessoris like the helicord extension tube. It came as a big diapointment when digital came along and Olympus just ditched their existing user base and produced entirely incompatible gear. I could understand this for the lenses since the geometry of the new bodies was different, but why make the flash gear incomparible? It seemed they were following the Apple model of force your customer base to rebuy new gear every so often. The nail in the cofin for me was when they stuck to the Micro 4/3 format and did not seek to compete in the high end DSLR market. So I moved to Canon, the decision being almost enntriely driven by the MP-E65 macro lens - no other mannefacturer offers anything even close for insect photography. I am not surprised they have bailed out. The financial scandal in 2016 must have cost them an awful lot and they haven't managed to get back into profit since. There must come a point where that cannoy be sustained.