Contituation of the Versatility thread

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Re: Versatile != only 'small'
In reply to FoolyCooly, Apr 5, 2013

FoolyCooly wrote:

moving_comfort wrote:

FoolyCooly wrote:

moving_comfort wrote:

I have some real tangible undeniable gear-lust for a small kit like the OM-D.

However every time I shoot one, while reviewing the images later (and after patting myself on the back for taking advantage of the smallness,) I'm left with a feeling of dissatisfaction, a feeling of going backwards.

I personally just can't do it...  yet.  I need better AF, for one thing, maybe a better VF, maybe more DOF control, but mostly I just need better high-ISO performance so my shutter speeds can be where I want them in low-light, my subjects sharp, crisp, and as noise-free as possible.  Occasionally I need more dynamic range.

The fun gets drained and the 'versatility' dissipates when I look at the images later.  The D800 has completely spoiled me when it comes to IQ, I guess.

want to love the OM-D and its peers.  Maybe the next iteration.

DSLRs are too big to go everywhere. The best camera is the one you have with you.

The only camera I always have with me is my iphone 4s.  An OM-D, NEX, etc is too big to 'have with me' at all times anyway, especially with certain lenses attached.

A DSLR + small prime can be very 'versatile' in terms of portability + IQ + AF capability + speed/low light.  There are many ways to measure 'versatile', it's a big mistake to think it maps only to small.

My E-PL5 is the perfect balance of size, cost and power. Small enough to go anywhere like my iphone 4. Cheap enough to leave on the beach as I swim. Powerful enough not to miss my DSLRs when I am using it.


Sure -  for you.  The whole point of my post was that I love the small size, the reduced cost, etc, etc as well, but I get let down when I review the images later.  This reduces the effectiveness of the small-versatility I enjoyed while taking the shots and puts a damper on the experience.

As it stands, my two main cameras are the D800 and the iphone4.  Absolutely no mirrorless/m43 camera can match the iphone's ubiquitous nature, and no mirrorless/m43 camera can match the D800's IQ and performance power.  Trying to have a little of both with something like an OM-D has been an exercise in disappointment for me.

That said, there's no accounting for simple gear lust.  I may end up with a kit anyway and think of the use cases later.

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