John Motts: Irrespective of brand, I actually believe that the days of the DSLR as a mainstream concept are beginning to look numbered.
M1963: Trollmeister yabokkie says Olympus learned to make lenses in 2007. I'm sure he knows a lot about Olympus' history. Now I'll have to go tell my OM lenses they suck. They won't take it easily, especially the 50mm-f/1.4, but if yabokkie says so they'd better accept it.
Yep, Troll or not, that's your opinion.But everybody who claims Olympus is a newcomer in lens-manufacturing OR not of any importance in this branch, should not be taken seriously. I happen to have a 50/1.4 and a 24/2.8 from a time when we wrote 19xx and still use them. No lens can beat the 50 mm - surely no Canon of that price!
Swarbs: I owned the Olympus E-300 and E-3 and a number of lenses, flash unit, ect. The store where I purchased all of my equipment, Henry's, the major photographic retailer in Canada, stopped carrying any Olympus supplies, such as batteries or anything else. I felt betrayed by Olympus, so I brought back all of my equipment and traded them in for Canon (7D).This is a shame as I really liked Olympus, but due to their lack of interest in the DSLR formate, I didn't want to wait till I couldn't have parts replaced or upgrade the equipment when new technologies are developed. I can't understand why a company would throw it's customers under a truck like that!
Well, it's people who sell such fantastic equipment because they think a Canon or Nikon will make them better photographers, who make me happy:I bought an E-3 (with only 6000 shots done) and a 14-54, plus a 50-200 for the price of a body... thanks!This equipment gives me not only joy, to me it is a dream... go for it, you megapixel-junks. I love the quality and speed of this gear - even if it is 'out of date', it still delivers (who makes wallsized posters, You?)
SheikYerbouti: Excellent camera! Still, looks-wise I find the original OM and cameras like the 35 RC way more attractive than today's retro-styled designs. With the exception of Fuji's X100 there seems to be nothing that comes even close to 60s/70s/80s gems from Contax, Fuji, Nikon, Rollei etc. But, since I like to think of myself as a sane, sober, secular, rational and enlightened person, I accept that form should never come before function. Image quality, responsiveness, handling, reliability and longevity are far more important criteria than mere looks, and the OM-D seems to shine in all of these disciplines. So, a big thumbs-up for the OM-D!
Now, if I could only get rid of that still small voice telling me, how much better things were, when I first went out with my brand-new Nikon FM, when I had a b/w lab in the cellar and all that ... I'm getting old, it seems :-)
I remember holding my Yashica TL-Electro X for the first time. Yashinon 50mm F/1.7 on it... Still the pictures look great indeed, but that was 1976. What my E-420 does is better.
Ed Gaillard: Couple of questions:
Does AEL/AFL remain locked until you hit the button again, or does it unlock if you press the play button, or (worse yet) does it unlock when an exposure is made?
Does the single-shot autofocus have the usual CDAF failure mode of grabbing the background instead of a smallish subject like a bird? (And then "sticking" to the background when you try to refocus.)
I gather from the AEL/AFL mode table that you can't assign AFL to one button and AEL to a different one?
When using AF on insects, birds ect. you can override with manual while focused, use manual focus instead or 'refocus' on the bird using manual and then AF again. The camera recognises that the focus is closer (works with macro too) and does not anymore focus to infinity. Done that for years now... using a very small focuspoint indeed.
djec: "'5-axis' image stabilization system"?!
ffs i hope the rest of the science behind the camera is slightly more intelligent.
axis 1: left to right movements (vertical axis)axis 2: up and down movements (horizontal axis)axis 3: circular movements over the vertical axisaxis 4: circular movements over the horizontal axisaxis 5: circular movements (around the lens-axis)... it also works when filming in HD... no need for a SteadyCam, no extra weight to carry.
Jokica: Canon, wake up!
Just Ed: Stunningly beautiful camera design, very sexy. Too bad it seems to need work in the focus and stability arena. Still, those are problems that hopefully can be corrected by Oly. Still, I keep my D90 for now....
I'm not sure you have had a E-M5 in your hands...And I'm very sure that the E-M5 beats the D90 in many ways.
Deleted-pending: WOW it looks like a computer from the 80's !!! :)
@FTH: you mean the Tandy TRS-series?
Joesiv: Seems strange why would someone spending 10's if not 100's of thousands of dollars on a camera (from what I gather these are priced in the market of arri and such) for a camera body just to put consumer grade lens' on it? Seems strange. C-mount, PL-mount, even EOS seem more in relavant.
While I welcome them to the fold, it just seems odd.
Oh well, hopefully panasonic's new x series lens' offer something worthy of thier cameras.
@Joesiv: I cannot agree to your comment as this is all about the camera, based on a micro 4/3 system. As many know, you can - now these days - mount a wide variety of lenses to that system, not only the 'focus-by-wire' lenses in the consumer-category.The Zuiko's in the pro-series focus mechanically and so do the C-mount lenses of loads of manufacturers (cfr the fabulous Schneider-Kreuznach jewels).
Edmond Leung: I think the movie industry will start move to use Sony's 8K (not 4K) camera F65; The real professional cameras like Arri's Alexa and Panavision may also adopt Sony's 8K technology too. Since both Arri and Panavision are not using 4/3 format (they have their own formats and technologies); 4/3 is still not in the professional field.
It is also known that professional video makers tend to use higher speeds than the common 24/25/30 fps... to maintain a high frame quality these individual frames cannot be 24x36mm. That is not needed. Four Thirds resolution at 10 mp is by far enough for professionals to even use cropping by times and yield highest quality. The trend is to use RAW film quality as every pro knows that the possibilities are hugely extended. The time is not yet to use full frame. The time is not any more to use the 1/3". Those who speak of the actual professional cameras are running behind the crowd.