Dilemma: A99 vs new Olympus E-M1

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rbattsall
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Re: Not so easy
In reply to jackgreen, 7 months ago

jackgreen wrote:

I dont argue about portability of Olympus. But it's just pretty much useless in bad light.

I think you need to update your thinking.

I often shoot low light events and after investing in m43 gear I still kept my 5Dii and a range of lenses for the low light work. However, I had a better hit rate with the E-M5 vs the 5Dii in terms of both focus accuracy and noise. The AF was far better in S-AF than the 5Dii in any mode and the shadows especially were far better on the E-M5.

Now, I know the 5Dii hasn't the best FF sensor or the best AF but two years ago it was used by a lot of people for low light work so my E-M5 which was previously used for travel and street is now used for low light eventing too.

As someone else has said, to get enough DOF at a fast enough aperture is easier with a smaller sensor and the low light performance benefits from the faster aperture so it's a win win.

On top of that, I don't really see the point of a FF that throws away one third of the light available to it, especially when newer cameras such as the E-M1 have on sensor PDAF which as it matures will very soon make SLT's redundant.

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