X-E1 and OMD

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JimLong
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X-E1 and OMD
Jan 17, 2013

For the past year or so, I have been using a Panasonic GH-2 and the Panasonic 12-35 lens.  I moved to this from a Canon 5D and the 24-105L lens.  The only reason for making this move was that I was tired of carrying around that heavy camera and lens (look, I'm 72, I have a right).

I had been planning to get either the GH3 or the OMD and have sort of been waiting for more reviews and more availability of the GH3 to make a decision.  Then I learned about the X-E1 and started reading about it and thinking more and more that it was a better way to go.  Shortly after Christmas, I order the X-E1, knowing that it had various issues that I might be concerned about.  After using it for a while, I learned that yes, it is sometimes slow to focus.  I also learned that it is not real speedy between snaps.  Much slower than my GH2.  These are not things that I couldn't live with, but I began to wonder if I had made the right decision.  I had heard so much about the outstanding IQ of the OMD and the GH3.  Anyway, a couple of days ago, I ordered an OMD just so I could try them both side by side, which I have now done.

Here's what I concluded (YMMV).

The OMD does focus much faster

The OMD does respond much faster - not only a faster burst rate, but the shutter button will respond much quicker between shots.

The IBIS is very good.  I only did a few short tests, but I found it to be better than the lens stabilization in either the Panasonic 12-35 or the Fuji 18-55.

I personally like the viewfinder on the OMD better than the X-E1 - at least outside in bright light.

The XE-1 kills the OMD on high ISO shots.

The XE-1 seems to do a much better job of auto white balance under bad lighting conditions.

The XE-1 seems to me to be easier to use (in all fairness, I have used the X-E1 quite a bit more than the OMD, so I could probably get used to either one).

So at this point, the OMD seems to have more advantages for me than the XE-1.  The only thing to do is to actually use them to take pictures and see how they compare, and this is what I spent the day doing.  I walked around for an hour or so taking the same shot with each camera and then I processed them both through photoshop as closely as possible the same way.

What I saw was, typically, the Fuji images had smoother transistions through its dynamic range - sometimes the OMD look a little harsh by comparison.  The Fuji also seemed to have more dynamic range. If I applied sharpening in ACR, the OMD would start to exhibit sharpening artifacts much sooner than the Fuji - particularly in the sky areas.  I would notice that the sky was starting to look grainy.  BTW, I was using iso200 for all the shots.  Sometimes, not always I found better detail with the Fuji.  Sometimes I saw things in the OMD shots that looked like sort of bad bokeh.  The panasonic lens is supposed to be good in that respect, so I'm not quite sure what I was seeing - in any case, I didn't like it.

So, the bottom line is that the OMD goes back tomorrow.  None of the differences I saw were night and day; I'm not sure how much, if any, impact they would have on a normal size print.  But they were there (yes, I was pixel-peeping) and I would always know they were there.

It was a long slog, but now I will sleep better, convinced I chose the right camera.

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I have a  g5 collecting dust since I got the xe1. You just can't beat the image quality and handling of the Fuji cameras. Do yourself a favor and try out the 35 its a masterpiece.

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Great post!   Thanks for the comparison.  It's also nice to know other people suffer from the annoying second guessing of gear selection.

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I plan to do that.  I just need to sell some unused gear first.

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JimLong wrote:

I walked around for an hour or so taking the same shot with each camera and then I processed them both through photoshop as closely as possible the same way.

Thanks for the post. Always interesting to read someone's journey of comparison between cameras. Especially when Fuji wins.    Were you shooting jpg or raw? If raw, how did you account for the fact that Adobe hasn't yet nailed down proper processing of raw X-Trans files?

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For me the OMD's IBIS is a total deal breaker, it is simpy brilliant. Also, we should remember that OMD is designed to do Video very well, while XE-1 seems to be more directed towards still photography only.

I would switch to XE-1 if it had some stabilization system. I'll wait to see what Fuji develops in the upcoming years.

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El Chubasco wrote:

For me the OMD's IBIS is a total deal breaker, it is simpy brilliant. Also, we should remember that OMD is designed to do Video very well, while XE-1 seems to be more directed towards still photography only.

I would switch to XE-1 if it had some stabilization system. I'll wait to see what Fuji develops in the upcoming years.

I own both cameras and have been using and comparing them both daily for almost 2 months now and indeed the OM's IBIS is incredible and one of several factors why if I could only keep one of them the XE-1 would NOT be the one I'd keep. Keep in mind I love my XE-1 but there are too many things important to my style of shooting that are totally lacking in the Fuji product right now. Hopefully that changes in the next version of either the XPro1 or XE-1.  As I said in a similar thread the Olympus EM-5 didn't win camera of the year for no reason.

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JimLong wrote:

For the past year or so, I have been using a Panasonic GH-2 and the Panasonic 12-35 lens. I moved to this from a Canon 5D and the 24-105L lens. The only reason for making this move was that I was tired of carrying around that heavy camera and lens (look, I'm 72, I have a right).

I had been planning to get either the GH3 or the OMD and have sort of been waiting for more reviews and more availability of the GH3 to make a decision. Then I learned about the X-E1 and started reading about it and thinking more and more that it was a better way to go. Shortly after Christmas, I order the X-E1, knowing that it had various issues that I might be concerned about. After using it for a while, I learned that yes, it is sometimes slow to focus. I also learned that it is not real speedy between snaps. Much slower than my GH2. These are not things that I couldn't live with, but I began to wonder if I had made the right decision. I had heard so much about the outstanding IQ of the OMD and the GH3. Anyway, a couple of days ago, I ordered an OMD just so I could try them both side by side, which I have now done.

Here's what I concluded (YMMV).

The OMD does focus much faster

The OMD does respond much faster - not only a faster burst rate, but the shutter button will respond much quicker between shots.

The IBIS is very good. I only did a few short tests, but I found it to be better than the lens stabilization in either the Panasonic 12-35 or the Fuji 18-55.

I personally like the viewfinder on the OMD better than the X-E1 - at least outside in bright light.

The XE-1 kills the OMD on high ISO shots.

The XE-1 seems to do a much better job of auto white balance under bad lighting conditions.

The XE-1 seems to me to be easier to use (in all fairness, I have used the X-E1 quite a bit more than the OMD, so I could probably get used to either one).

So at this point, the OMD seems to have more advantages for me than the XE-1. The only thing to do is to actually use them to take pictures and see how they compare, and this is what I spent the day doing. I walked around for an hour or so taking the same shot with each camera and then I processed them both through photoshop as closely as possible the same way.

What I saw was, typically, the Fuji images had smoother transistions through its dynamic range - sometimes the OMD look a little harsh by comparison. The Fuji also seemed to have more dynamic range. If I applied sharpening in ACR, the OMD would start to exhibit sharpening artifacts much sooner than the Fuji - particularly in the sky areas. I would notice that the sky was starting to look grainy. BTW, I was using iso200 for all the shots. Sometimes, not always I found better detail with the Fuji. Sometimes I saw things in the OMD shots that looked like sort of bad bokeh. The panasonic lens is supposed to be good in that respect, so I'm not quite sure what I was seeing - in any case, I didn't like it.

So, the bottom line is that the OMD goes back tomorrow. None of the differences I saw were night and day; I'm not sure how much, if any, impact they would have on a normal size print. But they were there (yes, I was pixel-peeping) and I would always know they were there.

It was a long slog, but now I will sleep better, convinced I chose the right camera.

If you like that Panasonic 12-35, then go with the GH3 over the OMD. The OMD will not handle the sftware corrections that a Panasonic will on a Panasonic lens. That lens is better on a Panny body.

Between the OMD and the XE1? I can't help you on that. They are both great. I would go with the XE1, but my needs and likes will differ. What did I end up with? X Pro 1.

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I would go the X-E1 any day. Although the OMD delivers great images the image quality out of the X-Trans sensor is another level again, not to mention insane ISO performance ....



And here ....

Just from looking at the above I get the impression the Sony Nex7 is just not even in the race.

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I was shooting raw.  There were a few instances where some color bleeding showed up, but not too many.  I processed those Fuji files through Capture One and verified that the problem didn't persist.  The reason I used acr was primarily speed.  I wanted to look at a lot of images quickly and I am much more familiar with acr.  Interestingly, I did come across one example oj moire (present on the Fuji, but not on the omd).  The moire sliders in capture one eliminated it.

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It seems just about everyone goes through this XE1/Xpro 1 versus OMD EM5 comparison. They both are excellent cameras and so close overall.

I think it comes down to personal preference about what you consider important in your camera.

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I had a similar dilemma and came up with the opposite conclusion. Different priorities I suppose. I loved the X-E1 out of camera jpeg's, and I loved the Fuji 35mm prime and 18-55mm kit zoom. The autofocus, particularly in low light, was unbearable. I learned some little tips and tricks that helped, but it just isn't top of the line autofocus. Moving the autofocus point was an ergonomic challenge, and of course shooting a short burst was painfully slow. Lack of scene modes, even face recognition, was another negative.

My local camera guy really had to talk me into trying the OMD, as I was very concerned about the relatively small sensor size. In lieu of the kit zoom I bought the Olympus 14-150mm which I have found to be very good and highly underrated. I found the OMD ergonomics to be quite good, especially with the optional hand grip, although a couple of the buttons are too tiny or misplaced. Then I added the PanLeica 25mm. Game over. I admit to being a bit of a pixel peeper, so this lens has totally won me over to m4/3. "Sharp" doesn't even begin to describe it, and it has a "character" that I really like, just as the X-E1 jpeg's do. Now I can't wait to get my hands on the Oly 45mm and 75mm fast primes.

Bottom line is OMD has delivered a great experience. Feels great in my hands, image quality is excellent, and it has class leading image stabilization and autofocus. Perhaps best of all is that it is just a blast to use so taking pictures is more fun for me now. I've learned that every camera (or system) represents some trade offs. I prioritize as follows: 1: Am I likely to have the camera with me? No camera does me any good if it's sitting home in the bag, and that's what was happening with my DSLR's. 2: Focus - I rely on autofocus about 85% of the time. If a picture is out of focus there's probably not much I can do with it. 3: Exposure - While there's some latitude in post production, getting the exposure I'm looking for (or expecting) is a huge factor. After those 3, it comes down to features and to a large degree how the camera feels in my hands. I loved the X-E1 jpegs, but I feel a lot better about building a system around the OMD.

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jimkohn wrote:

I had a similar dilemma and came up with the opposite conclusion. Different priorities I suppose.

To be honest, I actually have owned the OMD as well, with a great lineup of lenses, so I have a bit of experience with both. I just wanted to pick up the X Pro 1 more often. If I wasn't so OCD about clutter, I would have kept the OMDs (I had 2) and the lenses, because they are superb.

I loved the X-E1 out of camera jpeg's,

As well as the Olympus jpegs. Both are fantastic. Yeah, I lean more towards the Fuji, but Olympus gets credit for great jpegs also.

and I loved the Fuji 35mm prime and 18-55mm kit zoom.

Yeah, a lot to love there.

The autofocus, particularly in low light, was unbearable. I learned some little tips and tricks that helped, but it just isn't top of the line autofocus.

True, true. This is what I keep telling everyone. Autofocus has been around a while now, and there are certain expectations that have almost become requirements. Personally, I am hoping for focus peaking to come so I don't even have to use AF in certain low light situations. While I have almost zero issues focusing the Fuji, as well as some others on this forum, that does not make the focus competitive or on par. It just means certain people are crafty and can make it work. OMD AF is clearly the winner in this regard.

Moving the autofocus point was an ergonomic challenge,

You tell it like it is. The new setup on the X100s will be a huge improvement. Lets just hope it becomes a software option on the XP1 and the XE1.

and of course shooting a short burst was painfully slow.

Haven't done much of that.

Lack of scene modes, even face recognition, was another negative.

I would NOT like to see scene modes on my Fuji. I could care as little about face recognition.

My local camera guy really had to talk me into trying the OMD, as I was very concerned about the relatively small sensor size. In lieu of the kit zoom I bought the Olympus 14-150mm which I have found to be very good and highly underrated.

I hear its a nice lens, but never tried it.

I found the OMD ergonomics to be quite good, especially with the optional hand grip, although a couple of the buttons are too tiny or misplaced.

I never cared for the ergonomics of the OMD personally, and while the hand grip improved certain aspects, I never wanted it on because I liked the camera being small.

Then I added the PanLeica 25mm. Game over. I admit to being a bit of a pixel peeper, so this lens has totally won me over to m4/3. "Sharp" doesn't even begin to describe it, and it has a "character" that I really like, just as the X-E1 jpeg's do.

That is a great lens. I like it almost as much as the Fuji 34mm.

Now I can't wait to get my hands on the Oly 45mm and 75mm fast primes.

I had those, and they were AWESOME!!! Especially the 75mm. If you shoot UWA, try the Panny 7-14. Loved that too.

Bottom line is OMD has delivered a great experience. Feels great in my hands, image quality is excellent, and it has class leading image stabilization and autofocus. Perhaps best of all is that it is just a blast to use so taking pictures is more fun for me now. I've learned that every camera (or system) represents some trade offs. I prioritize as follows: 1: Am I likely to have the camera with me? No camera does me any good if it's sitting home in the bag, and that's what was happening with my DSLR's. 2: Focus - I rely on autofocus about 85% of the time. If a picture is out of focus there's probably not much I can do with it. 3: Exposure - While there's some latitude in post production, getting the exposure I'm looking for (or expecting) is a huge factor. After those 3, it comes down to features and to a large degree how the camera feels in my hands. I loved the X-E1 jpegs, but I feel a lot better about building a system around the OMD.

I don't see the Fuji as being a complete system yet to be honest with you, so it can't compare. No real telephoto, no UWA, no 35mm equiv, less flash functionality... We'll see if Fuji is motivated to take care of all these things in time, but the lenses are in the pipeline, so that is looking in the right direction...

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I made the same move. I used the Fuji X-E1 for a total of 5 weeks. When I first used the fuji x-e1, I was blown away by its high ISO performance. However, it really lacked in the AF department. It was very frustrating to use because of the sluggish AF and I started zone focusing. Indoors, I had to start manual focusing because it just wouldn't lock focus, even on high contrast areas. I was ready to accept it for what it was, but knowing in the back of my head that I would have to upgrade the body in a year or so.

That was until I drove over to the Samys in LA to purchase a new camera/laptop bag. I was looking at the camera bags and walked over to take a look at the black Fuji x-e1 since I had never seen it in black. That was when I saw and handled the Olympus OMD for the first time. I noticed that it was noticeably smaller than the Fuji X-E1 but had much more "heft". I wouldn't say it felt heavier, but that it felt more "expensive"--I liked that.

When I started using it, what I loved was how responsive it felt. The difference between the fuji and olympus' handling were like day and night. It was crazy! Also, for street shooting, this was LIGHTYEARS ahead in useful features. Tap to capture feature (Touchscreen) and swivel screen are SO useful. I could literally walk up and stand 3 feet away from someone, looking down on the screen, take a picture of them, and act like I am just reviewing my pictures.

Also, there are so many lens options for the micro four thirds, often with redundancies as well. An example is that you have three choices of prime around the 35mm FL (Oly 17mm f1.8, Oly 17mm f2.8, Panasonic 20mm) to accomodate different budgets. I purchased the Olympus 75mm f1.8 to go with my Panasonic 25mm, and they are GOREGEOUS lenses.

I am so infatuated by this system right now. In real world use, the most I will bump up the ISO is up to ISO 5000. With the Fuji I was comfortable with up to ISO 6400. That small difference is negligible to me because it does not outweigh what I gain in usability in almost EVERY other aspect.

I will maybe add the x100s when it is 1 year into production and there is a discount of some sort. I love Fuji and they are doing good things with their system. But as of right now, I would not use the Fuji as my only system. If you DO decide to keep it as your only system, you will have to wait a year or two to get some more useful lenses on top of the 35mm and 18-5mm kit lens.

In the end, purchasing the Fuji NOW just didn't make sense. The system isn't quite there yet. The Olympus has everything now and does it extremely well. I will try the Fuji X system again in two to three years when I will want to upgrade cameras.

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Totally agree with you. That is why I am keeping my OMD and not switching over XE-1. I unerdstand the reasons behind shooting preferences and the feeling of the Fuji X system because I own a X100.  Fuji makes beautiful cameras that are a pleasure to shoot with but the OMD is simply better in many ways. That was my point.

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I have both and really like both. But I do prefer the X-E1. The IQ and handling are just better for me, and overcome the OM-D's better AF and overall system.

And the Oly IBIS is great, in fact I recently used the OM-D for a magazine cover shot for that reason (http://forums.dpreview.com/forums/thread/3365685 ), but the OIS in the 18-55 is almost as good. So it does make up a little of that ground with that lens.

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THis is my take.

Most people don't live in bigger cities like NYC or LA or SF, so it is hard for them to go to a camera store where they can test out the most up to date cameras. So naturally, they turn to reviews. And when they do, they must solely rely on the viewer's "eyes" but the problem with that is there is always some sort of bias.

It was the same way with me. The cameras are similar price, but you read that one of them has some crazy new sensor that is supposedly revolutionary, and another one that has a "much smaller sensor." Then you come to forums like this where people are raving about the revolutionary new sensor and how AF speeds have improved DRASTICALLY. But the thing with taking advice from forums like this is that you do not know WHO you are taking advice from. FOr all you know, I might be some 11 year old kid who read a couple articles online, and is now telling you to buy the OMD instead of the X-E1. Then people like you will read this and may agree, thinking I have some sort of authority, and may base your purchasing decision on that. In that sense, I guess the rest of my post is a little ironic.

Well like I said, people read reviews, and they will naturally go with the crazy revolutionary camera. So when you thumb through multiple review sites, and look at multiple sample images, you are convinced that the IQ of the Fuji is so much better.

In reality, the image quality of the Fuji and Olympus are almost undistinguishable. Go to Lindsay Dobson's site (who is a member of dpreview and a pro photographer), look up her article comparing the X-E1 and OMD, and seriously do a blind test. You will NOT be able to distinguish which picture came from which camera.

My experiences have been the same. You see great pictures posted online, on these forums, on flickr, coming from the Fuji X-E1. You automatically think that a big part of it has to do with the Fuji X-E1 that they are using. But if you are on flickr and you find a Fuji X-E1 pic that you like, look through the rest of that person's photostream. More likely than not, that person's other photos will also have some great photos with "great IQ" but taken with cameras other than the X-E1. So what I am trying to say, is that the OM-D's IQ is just as good as the Fuji's.

The GEARHEADS in all of us tell us to go with the Fuji. But in the end, Fuji's IQ is only slightly better than the OMD but the difference is not big enough to give up the great usability of the OMD and the even better lens lineup that is already available.

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In reply to JimLong, Jan 17, 2013

Cameras are very personal thing. If you take all the properties of a camera that matter and rank them in order, everyone will come out with a different ranking

None of the drawbacks of the Fuji bother me too much because they don't impact my style of shooting or subject matter. The upsides, in terms of IQ and handling, matter a lot and made the choice very easy.

I could quite understand someone coming to the opposite conclusion, but what's good for one is not always good for another.

OMD is a real all rounder, though for me it does not excel in any one area and it's fiddly to use without the grip (and too bulky with it). However once you have set everything up the way you like (which seems obsessively complicated BTW) it will do a good job of practically any type of shooting scenario.

The Fuji is much more specialised as a deliberate documentary stills camera, but if that's what you do there is nothing out there to touch it. It comprehensively outclasses the OMD in overall IQ (taken as a whole). In fact it trounces my D7000 as well. Embarrassingly so above ISO400.

And whereas there are some very nice (and expensive) lenses for MFT, there are quite a few disappointing dogs as well. All the Fuji lenses OTOH are good to excellent optically.

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And whereas there are some very nice (and expensive) lenses for MFT, there are quite a few disappointing dogs as well. All the Fuji lenses OTOH are good to excellent optically.

There are, but they are also a LOT less expensive than the Fuji lenses. These "disappointing dogs" were targeted for people with different budgets. Then you got the much better primes like the Pan 20mm f1.7, Pan 25mm f1.4, Olympus 12mm f2.0, Olympus 45mm f1.8, Olympus 60mm f2.8, Olympus 75mm f1.8. With the exception of the Oly 75mm and Oly 12mm (which are in similar price class as the Fuji lenses), the rest are all cheaper than the Fuji lenses.

I predict that the three prime lenses and the kit lens that are out now, are the cheaper lenses fuji will be releasing. I predict the future ones to be just as expensive if not much more. I bet the 56mm f1.4 will be closer to a thousand dollars with the other prime lenses hovering in the $600 to $800 territory. WIth micro four thirds you will at least have the option to choose the cheaper options if you cant afford the more expensive options. And its not like the cheaper options like the Pan 14mm, Pan 20mm, and Oly 45mm are optically poor. They are actually rated just as high as the Fuji lenses. Just saying.

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El Chubasco wrote:

Totally agree with you. That is why I am keeping my OMD and not switching over XE-1. I unerdstand the reasons behind shooting preferences and the feeling of the Fuji X system because I own a X100. Fuji makes beautiful cameras that are a pleasure to shoot with but the OMD is simply better in many ways. That was my point.

I own the X100 (since Nov 2011) and an X10.  I love the X100 and it has been my primary camera since.  Naturally, I took a serious look at the X-E1 and the X Pro 1 as well.  Since my primary camera will see the overwhelming bulk of work there are just some things that Fuji doesn't do well....yet.  Ex. video, this is a must with children IMO.

I've had no real issue capturing a 5 year old and a 2 year child with the X100, or the X10.  But, I find myself really needing some more tele options in the 100-200mm range.  I tried the X-S1 but the IQ just isn't doing it for me.  I was an Oly DSLR shooter (E-1 and E-3 with mid-grade sealed glass) for year so the OM-D was appealing.

My OM-D arrived yesterday.  It had to be exchanged (another post in m4/3 forum) and the new one arrived today.  I've noticed the following:

In good light, they are very close in terms of IQ, esp. with the 45 f/1.8 mounted. The AWB and colors are also both great OOC jpg.  Indoors, at night, under the lighting in my home, the X100 does a better job with WB and does lock focus pretty well.  The OM-D locks faster and does a decent WB job.  I find I really do like the DR options (100-400) in the Fuji line and wish the OM-D did the same. So far, I can say that I'm liking the OM-D. Especially, since I can replace my X100, X10 and X-S1 with the OM-D and 17mm, 45mm and 12-50mm.  For the tele end of the X-S1, I still need a good little option until Oly comes out with a weather sealed lens.  I don't like the >$1000 price tag of the Panasonic f/2.8 tele (and it's big and heavy).  I'd love to see Oly come out with a f/4 tele...similar to the old Canon 70-200 f/4L I used to have (sold in 2006?) the size of the 12-50 kit (dreaming...).

I got the 12-50 (24-100mm) weather sealed kit lens, although it is slow (f/3.5-6.3), it is a nice range and worth the small cost with the discounted kit.  I also HAD to have a 35mm FOV since I love the X100 and "see" in that FOV now.  I picked up the 17mm f/2.8.  Both the 17 and 45 have a $150 rebate attached to them (nice). So, I basically get the little 17mm for free with the purchase of the 45.

I LOVE my X100 and would have to part with it if I do stay with the OM-D.  I've always LOVED Oly too.  They are very similar in a lot of respects and have enough differences to cause angst for a lot of us who are torn between two systems.  Right now, I need a system and the X-E1/X Pro just don't have what I need at this time (outside of killer IQ!) and sheer beauty.

Yes, IMO, the OM-D is a slight step back in IQ (very slight) from the X100 and other X APS-C bodies. But it's strengths are starting to win me over.  Only time will tell.

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