The US won't have mirrorless? (Sans Mirror)

Started Mar 5, 2013 | Discussions thread
sdw1 Regular Member • Posts: 190
Re: I wonder.........

tedolf wrote:

amalric wrote:

secretworld wrote:

DP review is also very slow with reviewing m4/3. I think that is the main cause

LOL. I think it's a chicken-egg problem. I remember a few years ago when Olympus disbanded Olympus America (marketing). This was happening even before m4/3.

OTH Americans like it big, so it might not only be poor distribution. Also, expect Asia to dictate the taste in cameras. Women, especially.

Not a macho world anymore, so perhaps American males take revenge


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I have been thinking about something related recently and this dovetails in nicely.

I wanted to start a thread about it but I am sure it would get deleted.

I think Americans are lazy....

lazy photogaphers that is. Most dSLRs sold in the U.S. are the bottom entry level models. They are essentially very high performing point n shoot cameras perfect for soccer moms to take pictures of little Johnny and Suzy playing soccer.

Micro 4/3 cameras are not really great point n shoot action cameras. No doubt they can get these shots but it takes some knowledge and patience to do that. Soccer mom's can't be bothered. In Japan, and to some degree Europe I think amatures take some pride in being "photographers" so u 4/3 works well for them. Americans just want to point and push the button and get a good shot.

I remember a recent thread where one poster stated with pride that he was not a "photographer", just a "documenter"!

Recent threads from new OM-d owners bare this out. One guy had the camera for a week and couldn't figure out how to get the focus box up off the bottom of the screen!

A lady took 1000 photo's and posted her three best-they were horrible, technically and compositionally and showed a total lack of basic photographic skills. Her last camera? Canon Rebel.

We have seen thread after thread of new OM-d owners posting just horrible photographs with no conception or effort in composition at all.

Why now?

Because the OM-d is attracting U.S. bottom level dLSR owners like no PEN has ever done.

So I think the U.S. is going to be a tough sell for u 4/3 unless they PDAF tracking AF a la Nikon 1.


Tedolph is right about some Americans being lazy photographers.

I'm one of them.

I have m43s gear and a travel zoom - but my most-used camera is on my iPhone.

Heresy I know...

But there are reasons; bicycling to work, day hikes of up to 25 miles, and long-distance light-weight backpacking... age 61.

I certainly prefer the image quality of m43s over the travel zoom and iPhone - but don't always want to carry even the weight and bulk of m43s gear.

So, you may be able to understand why I KNOW I'm lazy and by extension have zero interest in APSC and FF DSLR gear.  That would not work so well for me.

As for m43s, my wife and I are undergoing a change relative to the above.  We are moving toward fewer lenses but not necessarily a smaller body or less expense - in an effort to cut down on complexity in the Great Outdoors while maintaining an acceptable level of image quality and capability.

So, we are looking at a GH3, 12-35, and 35-100... ...even a return to a super-zoom like a successor to an FZ200, or a ZS30 depending on reviews.

Pure laziness.

So, you are right about some American males Tedolph!


And yes, I acknowledge that I have much to learn.  I'd go the route of many cheaper lenses - and think it is a great way to go for some - but just don't want that increased complexity due to my outdoor lifestyle.

BTW:  I enjoy your posts - highly informative, humorous, and entertaining.


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