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An anti-EM1 Thread - Here's why

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jim stirling
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Re: An anti-EM1 Thread - Here's why
In reply to Corpy2, Sep 17, 2013

Corpy2 wrote:

1) The image quality, despite a few hyperventilating reviews, is a little bit better. You hear that? A little bit better. It's not a lot better. It seems to be better anywhere from 1/3 to almost 1 stop. There. You can stop pixel peeping ISO 12,000. One splotch looks like another. The em-5 was very usable at ISO 1600. So's the EM1. So big deal. One's a little better. NOT WORTH $1400.

I don't think the difference is anywhere near a full stop based on the available RAW files using Olympus viewer. However there is more than image quality to consider, many cameras share the same basic image quality with models further up the price scale due to various factors including build quality and feature set. Examples include the D5200 vs the D7100 pretty much all Canon APS models .

2) It's obvious that this camera was aimed to try to salvage 43. It's not optimized for m43. Reviews conflict on just how much better it will focus, if at all better, for older m43 lenses. If I have 6 m43 lenses (and I have more than that, actually, including the 20mm 1.7, 25mm, 45mm, 75mm, 75-300, etc.) and I think to buy a new m43 camera, I DO NOT REALLY CARE if it works nicely with older 43 lenses (and a few reviews even said that it did not focus 43 lenses as fast as that last generation of 43 (What was that? E5? I dunno--before my time). I want it to focus my older m43 lenses faster, hopefully a lot faster. I have not really seen an excess of reviews telling me this. So, WTF?

I imagine that for C-AF the advance in AF and processing power will be useful even for mFT lenses.I only have the 50-200mm SWD , however there are a wonderful selection of HG and especially SHG lenses that are at the moment unmatched by mFT. You assume because you are not interested in this { neither am I beyond the 50-200 :-)} that no one will be. While there is little doubt that many will consider these lenses too large and heavy for some they offer a extra option.

3) It's bigger. Oh yes. Oh yes it is. It's not a lot bigger (I mean, it's not a joke like the pigging out that the GH2 went when it turned into a GH3 [for what? Did the reviews say that the GH3 IQ was much better than that of the GH2? I don't remember seeing that]). First Panasonic didn't realize the value of the superb GH2 video, then they paid attention to only that in making the GH3. And the GH3 is much, much bigger than the GH2. Epic fail, folks.
Ok, back to the EM1. It's bigger. Why? If I want a camera approaching a Canon APC camera, I'll buy a Canon APC camera. Or maybe that cute little $800 Canon that takes regular Canon lenses (oh yes, I remember the 70-200f4 IS-- very few m43 lenses approach the IQ of that lens). Fail.

To be blunt the Canon APS sensors are no better than the best mFT options especially with regard to DR and shadow noise.As for the 70-200mm F4 IS that is a good lens though I think that the 35-100 Panasonic F2.8 would be a good match for it. As for the GH3 size compared to the GH2 it of course larger but the differences between the two have been hugely exaggerated



4) Finally, in summation, to paraphrase the Goldwater campaign (Goldwater? Who's that? Bring your grandfather some daisies and ask him) In your heart you know that this is the classical example of an in-between camera. If you own an em-5, hang on to your money for the next iteration of the *small* em6 or whatever. If you own a bunch of 43 lenses, and had given up hope, now's the time not to buy the EM1, but to unload those 43 lenses on the next sucker. This is the prototypical example of the "Pump and dump" so often done in the stock market with tiny companies.

The E-M5 was a very good camera which I found to have terrible ergonomics mainly down to its diminutive size. So despite having only one FT lens the feature set of the E-M1 is very attractive. Hence why my order is in. When I have sold off some mFT gear I hope to be left with an E-M1 and a GX7. It is nice to have the option between what body size and style you want .


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