Why is an OM-D better than a Pentax K-5?

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Promit
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Why is an OM-D better than a Pentax K-5?
May 9, 2012

Honest question, I am not trying to troll. I've never shot Pentax, though a good friend is very happy with them. I've just got a lot of money wrapped up in m43, an OM-D order, and I'm starting to wonder if maybe I've gone crazy. By the spec sheets, they seem like awfully similar cameras with the hard numbers tipped in favor of the K-5.

Is it just down to (good) live view and size?

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In reply to Promit, May 9, 2012

Serious question. Instead of starting a new thread, can you reply directly to the person who allegedly said that the OM-D is better? It would help keep down thread clutter on the forum.

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CDAF is usually more accurate
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I owned Canons for years, but the PDAF focusing always had issues. I sent my T2i in to get "adjusted" 3 times.

With CDAF you do not have to adjust the camera for every lens. This is why so many people claim they get a higher "hit-rate" of focused shots.

I am sure that if you properly adjust you camera for every lens, it should be just as accurate...but does your camera support that?

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Re: Why is an OM-D better than a Pentax K-5?
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Here is why...The K-5 is just a little bit smaller than my E-5.

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In reply to Promit, May 9, 2012

I know that he currently shoots with a K-5 and is considering the E-M5 as an alternative.

For myself, it would be live view, m4/3rds lens selection and focus accuracy in favor of the E-M5... Plus a near silent shutter.

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Nice picture of two brothers.

The E-5 really is a intimidating camera. But i think the E-5 and E-M5 share some of the same forms. Like 'the hump'. I wonder if Olympus will make a new E-7/E-50 that will also look like the old OM series.

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The K-5 is a dog..........
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....a PEN-dachs........
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Promit wrote:

Honest question, I am not trying to troll. I've never shot Pentax, though a good friend is very happy with them. I've just got a lot of money wrapped up in m43, an OM-D order, and I'm starting to wonder if maybe I've gone crazy. By the spec sheets, they seem like awfully similar cameras with the hard numbers tipped in favor of the K-5.

Is it just down to (good) live view and size?

K5 is the better IMO, but seeing as most people seem to change cameras every five minutes might as well get one of the retro cams now, and flog it before it becomes cringe worthy.

You'll always be able to buy a k5 equivelant, but there is only this year an possibly next to satisfy your retro craving before it becomes passe. Fill your boots while you can.

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Tim F 101 wrote:

Serious question. Instead of starting a new thread, can you reply directly to the person who allegedly said that the OM-D is better? It would help keep down thread clutter on the forum.

Because that thread was about weight, nearly finished, I'd get ignored, and that guy was a douche. This thread is, I hope, a productive discussion.

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Wait, I'm not sure we're talking about the same thread. I saw this one:
http://forums.dpreview.com/forums/readflat.asp?forum=1041&message=41460497

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fair point
In reply to Promit, May 9, 2012

Can't disagree with any of that. I don't think that one has to be better than the other in any absolute sense. They both do what they do quite well. Making it a dichotamous issue just invites partisans to keep sniping at each other.

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Honestly, I was interested in the OM-D until I saw that thread. It got me interested in the K5 and I started doing research about it.

The K5 is indeed small and lightweight (compared to other DSLR), the pancake lenses are crazily small and sharp. Great high ISO and DR beats FF cameras. For under $2000 I can get a body with 3 very nice pancakes. I dont know why it's not more popular.

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Tim F 101 wrote:

Serious question. Instead of starting a new thread, can you reply directly to the person who allegedly said that the OM-D is better? It would help keep down thread clutter on the forum.

Because that thread was about weight, nearly finished, I'd get ignored, and that guy was a douche. This thread is, I hope, a productive discussion.

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Don't talk about the E-7! I don't need another camera! I have to sell the E-5. It will be sad to see it go.
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I think it's because of the same reason 4/3's like the E-5 (or E-30, E-620) is not popular. A to small user base so it's overshadowed by Canon and Nikon. A to small users base is also a risk for people who do boy in to the system.

The K5 is a very nice camera but I would go for the m4/3's because it's the future and it's much, much smaller.

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Honestly, I was interested in the OM-D until I saw that thread. It got me interested in the K5 and I started doing research about it.

The K5 is indeed small and lightweight (compared to other DSLR), the pancake lenses are crazily small and sharp. Great high ISO and DR beats FF cameras. For under $2000 I can get a body with 3 very nice pancakes. I dont know why it's not more popular.

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Plus, within the same system, you can get an EPM1 or GF5
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Using the same excellent pancake lenses, you can also get a 2nd, really small body. Hard to do that with the K5.

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I think it's because of the same reason 4/3's like the E-5 (or E-30, E-620) is not popular. A to small user base so it's overshadowed by Canon and Nikon. A to small users base is also a risk for people who do boy in to the system.

The K5 is a very nice camera but I would go for the m4/3's because it's the future and it's much, much smaller.

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Honestly, I was interested in the OM-D until I saw that thread. It got me interested in the K5 and I started doing research about it.

The K5 is indeed small and lightweight (compared to other DSLR), the pancake lenses are crazily small and sharp. Great high ISO and DR beats FF cameras. For under $2000 I can get a body with 3 very nice pancakes. I dont know why it's not more popular.

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Good point. I have a DLSR for C-AF in PDAF, but while it's quicker, I swear it's not as accurate as my m43 CDAF

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I owned Canons for years, but the PDAF focusing always had issues. I sent my T2i in to get "adjusted" 3 times.

With CDAF you do not have to adjust the camera for every lens. This is why so many people claim they get a higher "hit-rate" of focused shots.

I am sure that if you properly adjust you camera for every lens, it should be just as accurate...but does your camera support that?

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Using the same excellent pancake lenses, you can also get a 2nd, really small body. Hard to do that with the K5.

Good point, actually. I can coat-pocket a PEN, or wield a "big" angry OM-D, all with a single glass investment. Especially since LensRentals has confirmed that the 20mm is one bad mother

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That's not really fair IMO. You should put the DA limited primes on that K5. For example the 1cm thick 40mm 2.8 or 70mm 2.4. It will be a lot thinner than the OMD + 45mm.

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I think it's because of the same reason 4/3's like the E-5 (or E-30, E-620) is not popular. A to small user base so it's overshadowed by Canon and Nikon. A to small users base is also a risk for people who do boy in to the system.

The K5 is a very nice camera but I would go for the m4/3's because it's the future and it's much, much smaller.

hellocrowley wrote:

Honestly, I was interested in the OM-D until I saw that thread. It got me interested in the K5 and I started doing research about it.

The K5 is indeed small and lightweight (compared to other DSLR), the pancake lenses are crazily small and sharp. Great high ISO and DR beats FF cameras. For under $2000 I can get a body with 3 very nice pancakes. I dont know why it's not more popular.

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hellocrowley wrote:

That's not really fair IMO. You should put the DA limited primes on that K5. For example the 1cm thick 40mm 2.8 or 70mm 2.4. It will be a lot thinner than the OMD + 45mm.

And put a grip on the Oly.

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I think it's because of the same reason 4/3's like the E-5 (or E-30, E-620) is not popular. A to small user base so it's overshadowed by Canon and Nikon. A to small users base is also a risk for people who do boy in to the system.

The K5 is a very nice camera but I would go for the m4/3's because it's the future and it's much, much smaller.

hellocrowley wrote:

Honestly, I was interested in the OM-D until I saw that thread. It got me interested in the K5 and I started doing research about it.

The K5 is indeed small and lightweight (compared to other DSLR), the pancake lenses are crazily small and sharp. Great high ISO and DR beats FF cameras. For under $2000 I can get a body with 3 very nice pancakes. I dont know why it's not more popular.

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Many cameras are better than the OM-D.
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Of course the K-5 is better. So is the E-5, D800, 1Ds IV, XZ1, LX1, E-1, LX1, 645D, Elph 300HS, TG1, E-PL3, GH2,.... depending on your priorities, budget, interests, personality, past experience, current gear, self-image, perspective....

If the K5 does it for you, then go for it. It's a DSLR compared with a CSC. There are pros and cons for each and it's very subjective. Personally, I want the OM-D but am not willing flog my DSLRs and 4/3rds Zuiko lenses to get one. That said, every spec sheet is only part of the equation.

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