Boring day for an E-M5 user

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Boring day for an E-M5 user
Sep 18, 2012

Yesterday had a spate of announcements:

  • GH3

  • New PENs

  • 10 lens announcements

Yet for some reason, I almost found myself bored enough to convince myself into buying a GF5. So why was I left feeling so ho-hum yesterday? Let me break it down.

GH3 announcement

For an E-M5 user that isn’t interested in video, there is nothing really to suggest that it will offer anything more for the photographer than the E-M5. I doubt that there will be anything in the sensor performance that would make it a compelling upgrade.

New PENs announcement

The new PENs don’t really offer anything for an E-M5 user, they’re not that much more portable, in fact I find it hard pressed to have an E-PM and E-PL line at the moment. They’re almost the same size and the difference in price is negligible once you’re investing in lenses.

10 lenses

  • 3 of them were for Schneider, none of those float my boat (that’s just me)

  • Panasonic 42.5 and 150, they’re road-mapped, theoretically they may never see the light of day.

  • Black Olympus 12mm, it’s not a lens I was that interested in in the first place for its price and it still isn’t even though it is now available in black

  • Olympus 60mm macro – this might be interesting if I didn’t have the PL45 already, which I rarely use.

  • Olympus 15mm pancake – not going to touch this.

  • Olympus 17mm – this IS actually note-worthy to me, except that it doesn’t have a price or availability. It will surely be better than the original in terms of quality.

  • Panasonic 35-100 – I’ve known about this for a long time, so it really has no WOW factor anymore.

I’d made a deal with myself that if there was nothing of interest, I’d get the GF5 so that I could have a more portable set up. Fortunately, I came to my senses. There is really nothing wrong with the GF5 except that it would have been a somewhat pointless purchase.

  • I already have an E-M5, it seriously isn’t that much bigger once you factor in the lenses you’ll carry. I’d rather keep the boost in performance.

  • If you’re going to go MORE portable than m43, go truly pocketable.

At the end of the day, I may have just talked myself into an RX100.

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