The next 4/3 body.

Started Mar 24, 2012 | Discussions thread
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Re: Smaller is better! *usually*
In reply to CollBaxter, Mar 27, 2012

CollBaxter wrote:


Your points are valid to a point. There is this continual small must be the way to go. Not all camera users are in there later part of their life like myself and some others and require a light weight system due to fatigue in carrying a big camera . As I have said before I have specific tools for a specific job. I would not take the E-5 hiking I would take the E-620 (Which is not that much bigger and heavier than a OMD. )

The problem becomes bigger when one is flying somewhere special, likely with no chance of repeating shots. Especially if one also has other delicate-equipment- dependent pursuits (scuba in my case - the computers and some regulators). There are airlines -like TAM to the Galapagos - that do enforce the 10KG carry-on limit

However for other stuff I use the E-5/30 + Grips for balance and stability and responsiveness.

I have the E-1, E-3/5 and the E-620 grips, but seldom use them. I find that their added bulk generally makes it more awkward to quickly take them out of and put them back into carry bags, and, especially, to reach around them for lenses and other things. OTOH, they can be useful when shooting flying birds and other high frame rate objects, by both stabilizing larger lenses and extending shooting.

Correct me if I am incorrect but every time I hear the word OMD its supplemented by the word weight , travel , walk , trip , vacation etc. That is the market the OMD is addressing.

Most of my shooting is done while walking or hiking - Gina, our doggone insists that I need the exercise :-)!

The old farts like me who might kick the bucket due to camera weight over load . A lot of people refer to the OMD and the OM in the same breath and refer to using the OM . Well do the math on the date of the OM and OMD and you will see my point.

Exactly....fellow aging Boomer! Smaller, lighter cameras simply mean that I can carry more gear...especially my 2 SHG blunderbusses!

Small is not always better.

Indeed, the mania for miniturization actually hamstrung such otherwise promising products an formats, ranging from Petax's 110 system to Sonmy's DAT sound recording format (and, IMHO, Olympus' Pen F half-frame slr cameras).

Actually I often carry the E-5 + Grip + Bigma + Bag + 14-42 + 35mm + spare batteries etc for 5 to 6 km and more when shoot specific subjects, and I hand hold nearly all my stuff. ( And we used to have to get up in the morning and lick the lake clean)

You're a much better man than I Colin, obviously! Comes from living in that shoebox in the middle of the road, I guess

Seriously, though, I still think that the E-1- plus perhaps a bigger pentaprism hump- is probably as big as 4:3rds sensor cameras should ever have got, and I really welcome the idea of a second, lighter body. Got some of my best shots with that ...even in one case the lowly PL-1 hitched to the 70-300!

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