MatijaK: I did not buy my E-3 because it was compact - I bought it because it was just the right size and had many useful buttons available without being able to press any of them by accident.
Then I added a grip and realized I was sorely mistaken, because only with the grip is the E-3 the right size.
I don't want a compact DSLR. I want a big E-7 that can use my existing grip (or has one built-in), I want it to be heavy, sturdy, reliable and a confidence-inspiring workhorse that I can beat a wild bear with if it attacks me. I can buy an E-720 or an E-M5 if I want more compact.
I've been happily and patiently hanging onto 4/3 and my many lenses, and the only thing that can push me away is a small camera body. If they screw up by making the E-7 small, I'll have to switch systems, despite considering a 3:2 aspect ratio with a 1.5x crop factor to be the spawn of Satan (135 "full frame" being Satan itself).
After my initial E400 a couple years ago, I tried a Canon 600D and a few EFS lenses. Later on I invested on a E30 to bring fairness to the dispute. After a year or so, I sold all my Canon/EFS gear and invested in a few more new and used gear for FT and MFT (E500, E620, E5 and EM-5 & a substantial set of HG lens). IMHO, each body/lens suits for different occasions and motivation, but these two complementary systems offer an unique and unbeatable combination of cost, build quality, picture quality and weight. This no to mention what I consider the diamond of their crown: Zuiko and (why not) Panny (Leica branded) lens. I still believe FT/MFT users will leave many Canikon FF users very jealous as soon as Oly launches their E-5 or E-30 sucessor... But don't worry! Although you'll still need to pay more for good quality lens, you'll benefit from having both vendors forced to accelerate their 'enthusiast DSLRs' roadmap with more cheaper FF bodies like the D600 and 6D...
rhlpetrus: FF wins the day at DPR. Together, the 3 FF cameras get 45% of the vote, at the moment (6854 votes).
Interesting to note the 3 FFs probably are also the most expensive bodies among all 14 cameras listed. That's another important perspective to consider for those who are questioning how valid (or silly) is this survey. In other words, my theory is that people over here just don't 'vote for cameras and brands they own or love'. Here and there you see some passionate or bizarre comments, but in the end, this is a nice community and I'm not that snob (or rich) to ignore the results.
marike6: It's interesting that someone started a thread on the m43 calling for all to "do their duty by voting for the EM-5". No such request of questionable ethics on the Nikon forum, so you might view the current D800 votes as more organic and spontaneous. Just saying.
IMHO, one way or another and for different reasons, the two best launches of the year are comfortably on the top two positions. It's true that some did it more outstanding than others, but all vendors made huge improvements in all classes reinforcing that 2012 was a fantastic year for photo gear! For sure you can get dazzling photos with any of 14 cameras listed. Is it realistic to expect the same pace for next year?
As many already highlighted, the core (and the money) of this partnership are medical devices, but it also brings a fantastic dynamic to the camera business. Assuming they can do so, why Sony would be so stupid to drop a powerful weapon like FT/MFT when they can use it so effectively to attack/block its arch-rival Panasonic in their own backyard? Besides that, Sony get what they need! Decent Zuiko rebranded glass! What mount would not love to benefit from it?
IMHO, LUMIX users will still buy Zuiko like the fantastic new 60mm macro, but like everybody else, they're definitely jealous for not counting on Sony's sensors in their future bodies, unless they switch to... Sorry Panny, it's too late to regret being such a greedy and bad partner..
Time will tell, but I feel more confident than ever I'll soon have new company to my OMD and my FT HG/SHG glass. Maybe an E-7 or E-50, but surely with the best available sensors, IBIS, SLT, High-Res EVFs/LCDs, etc..
Long live OLYMPUS! Nice move!
RoAlmeida: Back in 2009 I got a E-420 and one year later a Canon 600D+few EFS lens. Right after I got a E30+14-54MkII in a very good deal, so I could compare both systems fairly well. Well, a couple months ago I sold all my Canon gear and I got a EM5 and I think it tells everything. When I was in Tokyo a couple weeks ago, I spoke to Oly's sales rep from a famous camera store. Seems more likely the next steps are upgraded PENs with IBIS+EM5's sensor next month - including a nice rangefinder/EVF surprise. The 43s line should continue with 'high-end' bodies arriving in Q3/2013 only. But it should bring a competitive tech package - including a new high-res Sony sensor that should make many FF users very jealous. For me it makes a lot of sense as only those who tested EM5's Sony sensor can really understand the huge potential of the 43s system limited by Panasonic sensors for so many long years... Olympus wants to go beyond as very few will pay for a E7 if it's just another make-up of the EM5...
Similar to any other mount, a new body announcement should bring excitement among its users. It doesn't seem logic so many comments 'attacking it' or defending other systems right here. CaNikon are market leaders thanks to their own merit and they offer great products and solutions (including FFs). But I panic to imagine less competition and I love to see the different approaches from other remarkable players like Olympus, Pentax, Sony, Panasonic, etc. It's not about size or weight only. It's preference! Go shooting and enjoy whatever the gear you have, but it's stupid to think you get better pictures just because of that. I guess the 'real pro' also have different preferences as they also believe this kind of discussion is absurdly pointless...
Back in 2009 I got a E-420 and one year later a Canon 600D+few EFS lens. Right after I got a E30+14-54MkII in a very good deal, so I could compare both systems fairly well. Well, a couple months ago I sold all my Canon gear and I got a EM5 and I think it tells everything. When I was in Tokyo a couple weeks ago, I spoke to Oly's sales rep from a famous camera store. Seems more likely the next steps are upgraded PENs with IBIS+EM5's sensor next month - including a nice rangefinder/EVF surprise. The 43s line should continue with 'high-end' bodies arriving in Q3/2013 only. But it should bring a competitive tech package - including a new high-res Sony sensor that should make many FF users very jealous. For me it makes a lot of sense as only those who tested EM5's Sony sensor can really understand the huge potential of the 43s system limited by Panasonic sensors for so many long years... Olympus wants to go beyond as very few will pay for a E7 if it's just another make-up of the EM5...
Surely looks very promising and it's always good news to see Olympus getting their mojo back again. I can't wait to test (and possibly buy) one as they're my favorite brand (love my E420 and E30). I just concern on AF performance with my FT glass (I guess the new adapter still allows standard CDAF only). Anyway, the pictures & filters are great and the retro design is superb. They did it all great this time, not to mention the model is gorgeous as well. I believe Canikon surely will turnaround and drop their boxy or 'spaceship' design in their future DSLRs bodies to offer similar retro design from their famous film SLRs series. And hopefully bring back part of the glamour we've lost in the digital era... Well done Olympus!
Jmmg: O.K. lets see...without Olympus, there are Canon, Casio, Contax, Epson, Fujifilm, GE, hp, Leica, Nikon, Panasonic, Pentax, Ricoh, Samsung, Sanyo, Sigma, Sony, Toshiba, Hasselblad, Phase one, etc. So, you are saying there are not enough competition and R & D???
How many more manufactures and brands do we need???
I think when you did Ctrl-C + Ctrl-V you forgot to exclude some brands that recently didn't bring anything new or interesting in the photography world... This is not the case of Olympus. Along with Panny, they created the ILC segment back in 2008... And so far, they didn't seem to be that wrong..
There are people that really don't know what to think.. Don't know what to do.. And don't know what to say.. How come someone support less competition in such a high technology and glamourous business? Maybe only those who like to see boring scenarios like we had in computing for many many years (Windows)... Or maybe those who really have no clue what's the beauty in photography... Maybe one of the last resorts where we still have plenty options to choose according to our needs, preferences, traditions, etc.. Canikon systems suck... They simply bring more from the same year after year... Long live Olympus and all innovators! I hate mamma & pappa every day! For sure I'll get one E-M5 ASAP!
ILCs are just another good, convenient and now mature option for consumers. IMHO, in the short term they'll continue to take a significant share from bridge and entry-level DSLRs. But in the long run, I see ILCs getting very sophisticated, competitive and expensive as well. For sure they'll capture the attention from enthusiasts and also as second option for professionals. Let's no forget Canikon APS systems are over a decade old and ILCs started just in 2008. Just to name a few, the NEX-7, X-Pro1, E-M5 and soon the GH3 are just the beginning of a new and promising generation.. Making an option among dSLRs, dSLTs, ILCs and high-end compacts will not be so obvious like now. Regardless of the technology, we'll buy the best experience...
A company with such admirable technology and strong reputation in the imaging business going through something like that is really disappointing.. Now we (loyal users) know why it's taking so long to get the products we've been asking for years.. Sad but true..
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