I’m still waiting for the right m43 camera

Started Jun 8, 2013 | Discussions thread
Jim Laurel
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Re: I’m still waiting for the right m43 camera
In reply to Grobb, Jun 8, 2013

I have been very pleased with the OMD. Shutter shock? Never noticed it.

Panasonic 12-35 f/2.8 is $1139. Canon 24-70 f/2.8 is $2099.

Panasonic 35-100 f/2.8 is 1399. Canon 70-200 f/2.8 is $2199.

These prices seem very much in line to me. The high grade Zuiko primes, such as the 75 f/1.8 are downright cheap.

Ergonomics on the OMD could be improved, but by and large Oly got things right. Built-in flash? Name a high end DSLR with built-in flash. And why use flash anyway when you have really fast lenses that perform well wide open like the 12mm f2, 17mm f1.8, 45mm f/1.8, not to mention the Voigtlander Noktons? The clip-on for the Oly is great because it leaves room for other more useful technology.

Focus tracking will improve as processor speeds increase. Remember that people took plenty of great sports shots with manual focus cameras.

IBIS is a proprietary Olympus technology. Don't expect to see it on Panasonics any time soon.

OMD and GH3 are weatherproofed.

Tampak Sering Water Temple, Bali - Olympus OMD with Panasonic 20mm f/1.7

tron555 wrote:

These are the things I am looking for in a m43 camera to make me interested in purchasing one:

  • There is too much talk about shutter shock one certain cameras/lenses, they need to resolve this issue. Maybe go to electronic shutter?
  • The high quality zooms are still WAY too expensive like the 12-35, 35-100 for example. These are the two lenses that interest me, but are cost prohibitive at this time.
  • Ergonomics, button layout, built in EVF/flash, etc… are not the norm yet. I need all of them. I know ergonomics and button layout are very subjective, but I have not seen one yet that meet my requirements. Panasonic is getting a lot closer than Oly and almost there.
  • Focus tracking for sports/action shots have not evolved yet. Phase detection vs Contrast detection should be along within a year, or should be I hope!
  • 5 axis IBIS on all high end cameras is not standard yet and should be.
  • Weather proofing should be standard on all high end cameras and lenses.

Hopefully, Panasonic/Olympus will come out with an all in one camera someday that meets these requirements. The GX2 or EM6 may bring things closer, but until all these issues are addressed, there are too many compromises, for me anyway. I know some will say “all cameras are compromises”, but for me, those listed are just too many for me to accept at this time.

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