Selling my OM-D and returning to 60D

Started Feb 14, 2013 | Discussions thread
OP retro76 Regular Member • Posts: 215
Re: Selling my OM-D and returning to 60D

JohnBGood wrote:

retro76 wrote:

have had the OM-D for a couple of months, and as much as I love the size and look of the camera, I really can't seem to make that leap and sell my 60D. Here is what I have noticed after a few months:

1) the 60D has better dynamic range. I know that DXO says otherwise, but I get blown highlights with the OMD. I take portraits outdoors and the 60D nails exposure and delivers a good balance of shadow and highlight whereas the OM-D will blow out detail in faces quite often like a P&S. I can save this at times with lightroom.

2) White balance and color are more accurate on the 60D. Canon nails WB and skin tones. OMD white balance is all over the place even under the same lighting. I think Olympus had a better color response with their former 12 megapixel sensor: my EPL1 always delivered lovely color and skin. It also seems as though the 60D has a wider color palette, maybe the 14 bit processing is part of it (even though many discount it), but there is something about the tonality and color that seems more realistic and wider with the 60D.

3) DOF. Even with my 45 1.8 wide-open or my 25 1.4 wide-open I just can't get those lovely dreamy pictures that I get with my Canon 50 1.4. Even with the 50 stopped down, the Olympus/Panny lenses can't match the look. Yes you can play around with subject and background distance, but at the end of the day my pictures with the OMD have lost that 3D 'feeling' and 'emotional response' I get with my Canon.

Obviously the 60D isn't as small (but nicer to handle and use) or as attractive. There is love for the OMD as it is a sexy machine, but I really think the IQ isn't quite there (at least for me) in comparison to larger sensors. I was stoked when I got the OM-D, but once the honeymoon wore off reality started to creep in. It's a shame too because my biggest draw to m4/3rds are the fantastic primes.

Can't give an honest opinion on the 60D never used one, and as I've lugged those big cameras for quite a long time I'm not inclined to renew this experience anymore.

Reading your post one wonder if you adjusted the camera settings at all...

I shoot RAW and MANUAL all the time can't speak about jpgs and auto mode

1) Blown highlights!!! The only time I experience that is when shooting straight into the sun! Any other circumstances it's so easy to adjust aperture and/or shutter that you have to do it on purpose to blow those highlights...

2)Again can't give an opinion the the 60D perhaps it's has an accurate WB, the OMD, never have any problems with WB, again shooting RAW, as for the color accuracy if you adjust the basic settings of the camera you'll have it to your liking in no time.

3)Your experience (hard to give an honest opinion lacking examples to support your claim), is contrary to practically ALL examples we see on those forums, the 45 1.8 an the 25 1.4 are both great lenses and gives excellent results be it sharpness, bokeh and "presence", as for the perceptions of "dreamy", "feeling" and "emotional response" I sincerely believe you, because those perceptions come from the results you get when using your camera, and if you don't like it (for whatever reason(s) may be) the result CAN NOT and will not EVER be to your liking. Hence your good decision to stick with the one you already love to use and that's perfectly OK. I believe a good analogy would be a guitarist that cannot perform his best on a guitar he don't like, even if it IS a good guitar...

As for your comment about the OMD IQ, sorry to say that it is your personal perception and not the reality according to the majority of users and almost ALL independent testers all over the Internet. Proven many times technically AND by examples that we can SEE on many sites (Flickr, 500px, DPR forums and galleries etc...

This being said It's obvious that you're taking the right decision, stick with the camera you like and be happy.

Trust me I want to love this camera.  I love the design and love the primes.  Primes + IS = Love.

Yes, the camera has great reviews, but I also see tons of them for sale on forums which makes me wonder...

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