Advanced legacy lens user: What to choose Olympus OM-D E-M5 or Sony NEX-6?

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Advanced legacy lens user: What to choose Olympus OM-D E-M5 or Sony NEX-6?
Jan 10, 2013

Hello everybody!

Iā€™m enthusiastic photographer (for about 25 years - not professional). Currently I use Olympus E-PL1, my favorite activity ā€“ take landscape pictures with Fisheye and, along with my wife, shot art portraitures with legacy manual lenses (especially Minoltas 50mm and 85mm).

We decided to upgrade our gear and inputs for our decision are:

  1. Body for $800-$1000.
  2. Mirrorless system to adapt legacy lenses.
  3. Tilt LCD screen, EVF preferable.
  4. As large as possible physical sensor size (not M-pixels).
  5. MF assistance for legacy lenses and Friendly buttons customization / menu.

Two candidates (Olympus OM-D E-M5 and Sony NEX-6) are perfectly fit to me. Besides lens availability (not so important to me ā€“ I use legacy and adapters are cheap) there are several major differences:

1. In body stabilization - Olympus OM-D E-M5 win

2. Larger sensor - Sony NEX-6 win

3. About 30% (in Europe) price difference. - Sony NEX-6 win

4. ISO 100 availability - Sony NEX-6 win

Does Larger sensor for less money worth more than In body stabilization? Is Sony NEX-6 preferable?  Or maybe I am missing some other points? Do you have other suggestions?

I have posted same question at MTF forum and received several feedbacks.

So I would appreciate your feedbacks as well.

 YuriS's gear list:YuriS's gear list
Olympus PEN E-PL1 Sony Alpha NEX-6 Panasonic Lumix G 20mm F1.7 ASPH Olympus Zuiko Digital ED 40-150mm 1:4.0-5.6 Samyang 7.5mm F3.5 UMC Fisheye MFT +1 more
Olympus OM-D E-M5 Olympus PEN E-PL1 Sony Alpha NEX-6
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