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Post Options Post Options   Quote EarthQuake Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 08 February 2012 at 16:35
Originally posted by hanugro hanugro wrote:

the smallish micro four third sensor is a deal breaker. They should really make it four third format instead.


The only difference between 43 and M43 is the flange distance. They both use the same sensor size.

The only camera that has a 4:3 format sensor larger than M43 is Canon's new G1x, which has essentially a 4:3 cropped APS-C size sensor.

Anyway, it would be impossible to change the sensor size of 43 or M43 at this point as all 43/M43 lenses are designed around that sensor. They would need to introduce an entirely new system and lens mount to go to APS-C or FF. Which makes the "OM-D FF" rumors all the more silly. Anyone hoping for a larger sensor camera from Olympus/Panasonic is out of luck. They've invested too much into the system(which is actually quite robust and mature at this point) to drop it all in favor of a different sensor format.

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Post Options Post Options   Quote WestCoast Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 08 February 2012 at 17:08
Today's OMG is a lot more interesting to me than yesterday's OMG

Good looking camera
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Post Options Post Options   Quote CTYankee Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 08 February 2012 at 17:56
It does look very interesting. The devil is in the details and there may be some quirks despite what appears to be a very photographer-oriented control layout (Thom Hogan has already complained about IS on/off being buried in a menu, something I find annoying about Sony cameras). But by & large it looks like a thoroughly enjoyable camera.

The Achilles' heel even with the newer m43 sensor is dynamic range. And the camera is a bit bigger than I'd like in a mirrorless. But it's not like I can get small lenses with NEX, so I'd probably choose an OM-D if I were buying one tomorrow (or in March). Lens selection, IBIS for the fast primes, and a reasonably compact mirrorless body that has an EVF, tilting LCD and decent controls looks like a winner. Odd that I never found the G3 compelling even though it's similar in many ways (no IBIS).
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Photosopher Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 08 February 2012 at 18:27
ilk... I'm a big fan of the OM-1. This new OM-D is no where near it.

Would Oly not be stars of the show by simply re-releasing the original OM-1 as a film camera, and offering an interchangeable digital back, much like the Leica R8 Digital module. I'd have been all over that like a light leak on a Holga... or a roller mark on a Polaroid.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Bob J Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 08 February 2012 at 19:07
Originally posted by Photosopher Photosopher wrote:

Would Oly not be stars of the show by simply re-releasing the original OM-1 as a film camera, and offering an interchangeable digital back, much like the Leica R8 Digital module. I'd have been all over that like a light leak on a Holga... or a roller mark on a Polaroid.


You need to look at where the film plane is on our digital SLRs in comparison to the backs of the camera - with current designs a digital back for an OM1 would add about 1cm to the depth of the camera, which would make it very difficult to get your eye to a conventional viewfinder...
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Beachrider Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 08 February 2012 at 19:13
As to earlier comments about buying LA-EA2...

I just got one and I have quickly learned when to use it:
1) When contrast focus won't work fast enough (nearly all action shots)
2) When you want to use a non-Sony SSM or ANY screw-focus A-mount lens
3) When you can handle consuming 0.5 fstop of light with SLT tech
4) When you want to zoom during a Video session
5) When you can handle the increased bulk and weight of EA2 and its lens.

I understand that it gets more complex for some, but I haven't had any trouble with Sigma or Tamron lenses with my LA-EA2. It DOES weigh more than LA-EA1 (still my personal favorite, for its mirrorless function). EA1 didn't work with my non-Sony SSM lenses.

   I will still find times to use LA-EA1 with the 'plastic fantastic' lenses AND use my Nikon F-mount MF adapter on my NEX5n.

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I love my gf-1 and 20mm f1.7.. if I had money to spare I would be all over the 12mm f2, 45mm f1.8 and the new 75mm f1.8... for travel and photojournalism work it would be an awesome rig... tiny and still takes great pics... save the big pro SLR's for harsh environments and rougher work...

The new OM also looks gorgeous!

Really hope they keep this up and people are buying. Not everyone needs to compete with CaNikon.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Yakim Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 12 February 2012 at 09:48
Originally posted by gnatsum gnatsum wrote:

I love my gf-1 and 20mm f1.7.. if I had money to spare I would be all over the 12mm f2, 45mm f1.8 and the new 75mm f1.8... for travel and photojournalism work it would be an awesome rig... tiny and still takes great pics... save the big pro SLR's for harsh environments and rougher work...

The new OM also looks gorgeous!


We seem to have the same thoughts and ideas. However, I'm actually going to buy them. I am in the process of selling some of my Canon gear to finance that.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote distagon Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 12 February 2012 at 15:04
I think NEX has the better specs except the weather seals, AF system and IBIS of E-M5 but the big deciding factor is the lens selection. I think M43 offers much better native lens selection.
And I found a comparison here:

SOny NEX-7 vs Olympus OM-D E-M5 COmparison
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Post Options Post Options   Quote EarthQuake Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 12 February 2012 at 18:20
Originally posted by distagon distagon wrote:

I think NEX has the better specs except the weather seals, AF system and IBIS of E-M5 but the big deciding factor is the lens selection. I think M43 offers much better native lens selection.
And I found a comparison here:

SOny NEX-7 vs Olympus OM-D E-M5 COmparison


Its really all in the lenses to me(and IBIS is important as well).

If Sony had some lenses I was interested in, I would be all over the Nex system. There isn't a single Nex lens that interests me though. I'm also not interested in using A mount glass on the nex, might as well just use a DSLR then.

On the other hand, for M43 there are a bunch of lenses I would love to try. Olympus 12/2, Pany 14/2.5, Pany 20/1.7, Pany 25/1.4, Olympus 45/1.8 and the newly announced Olympus 75/1.8.

Its a bit funny that the Nex is listed as having "better video" in that link above, I would think just about any camera with IBIS would have "better video" than a camera that doesn't.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Yakim Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 12 February 2012 at 20:09
Originally posted by distagon distagon wrote:

I think M43 offers much better native lens selection.


+1

As I like AF this issue is important for me and is one of the main reasons for me to commit to the MFT system instead of the NEX system.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Sublimity Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 12 February 2012 at 20:15
omg

(The m4/3 format is also a deal-breaker for me. Similarly, it's unfortunate NEX doesn't have a mature native lens lineup at the moment.)
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