m43 v APS-C weight and cost

Started Apr 8, 2012 | Discussions thread
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richarddd Senior Member • Posts: 2,982
m43 v APS-C weight and cost

I'm looking for a relatively small and lightweight camera and lens kit that includes:

  • viewfinder built-in

  • manual controls

  • UWA lens

  • approx 24-200 (35mm equivalent), likely in two lenses

  • image stabilization above 50mm (35mm equivalent)

  • no need for fast glass (I usually shoot things that don't move quickly, I often want lots of DOF and faster glass is heavier)

I came up with these comparisons:

1) m43
O 12-50 3.5-6.3
O 9-18 4-5.6
O 40-150

986g; $2,300 (B&H pricing)

I choose the E-M5 because:

  • built-in viewfinder

  • Oly lenses seemed more suited for my needs and Oly lenses need in body IS

  • the Pany 12-35 would be better than the Oly 12-50, but it doesn't currently exist and will be much more expensive (and likely much heavier) when it does. If the 12-35 existed and were lighter and less expensive, a Pany outfit could be better for me.

2) Canon
C 10-22 3.5-4.5
C 15-85 3.5-5.6
C 55-250 4-5.6

1,867g; $2,540

3) Nikon
N 10-24 3.5-4.5
N 16-85 3.5-5.6
N 55-200 4-5.6

1,789g; $2,330

4) Compact or bridge (for completeness)
Fuji X-S1, but it doesn't go below 24mm (EFL) and has other issues
920g; $800

m43 is about half of the weight and pricing is about the same as APS-C. There are advantages and disadvantages to each outfit, but they seemed in the general ballpark

What did I get wrong?

 richarddd's gear list:richarddd's gear list
Olympus OM-D E-M5 Panasonic Lumix G Vario 7-14mm F4 ASPH Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 40-150mm 1:4-5.6 R Olympus M.Zuiko Digital 45mm F1.8 Samyang 7.5mm F3.5 UMC Fisheye MFT +3 more
Canon EOS 600D (EOS Rebel T3i / EOS Kiss X5) Fujifilm X-S1
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