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photobeans Regular Member • Posts: 165
Re: Not confident, I think OMD is the replacement for E-P3

Laszlo13 wrote:

Blackdog68 wrote:

Losing the EVF bump, adding the thumb wheel and more customizable buttons, OMD-sized screen, OMD weather sealing and IBIS, and a built in flash with off-camera wireless control capabilities would be the main things that would tempt me,

I second the motion!

By the way - what % of the time do people use the EVF vs. the rear LCD on the OM-D? I suspect there are 2 camps:

1: People who are coming from DSLRs or GH cameras with built in EVF. I suspect the usage of EVF is high.

2: People that shot with non EVF cameras only, for an extended period of time.

When I finally got an E-P1 a while back, I immediately sold my much loved E-30. I loved the handling of the E-30, but was convinced that mirrorless was the future - and decided to commit fully. I've used the E-P1 as my only camera for 18 months. After much awkwardness initially, I came to love shooting with just the LCD. On shooting outings with friends, my camera was the subject of many jokes, but I was laughing equally when observing my friends "shooting" every subject: the repetitive motion of raising their camera to their eye, taking pictures (usually always from the single stand up angle of view), then checking the results.

I was excited to get the OM-D with the built in view finder, but over time I'm surprised to find that I shoot about 80% of the time with the LCD. I find it lot more fluid, quick, liberating, and I always explore different angles of view. I really only use the viewfinder in very harsh lighting, and for sports / telephoto shots.

So now I'm thinking that a non EVF OMD - or basically weather sealed E-P successor, would be pretty neat. And yes, I hope it has in built flash: I dislike carrying and mounting the extra flash just to enable remote flash. With the E-30, I used to mount / dismount the flash, going back and forth between on camera and remote flash during events, as needed.

I agree with you on every point. Having shot SLRs with optical viewfinders since the 90s, the act of shutting down the left eye down and cringing the right eye to peer into the viewfinder is sort of "unnatural" and tiring to me.  Using the LCD to compose and shoot is really the way it should be. Yes, LCDs can be difficult to deal with in sunlight but there's only a few times in the last decade I felt it was problematic.

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