Food for thought - FF vs M4/3's cost

Started Mar 25, 2013 | Discussions thread
kenw Veteran Member • Posts: 5,350
More expensive/heavy to get the advantage...

I've done this calculation about every year or so.  FF body cost does keep getting lower - which is nice.  However, for the main thing I care about - landscape - things aren't so simple.  The 17-40 is not an impressive lens at all - you'd need something more expensive to give a noticeable advantage over the 7-14.  Similar story for mid-range zoom.  Weight of telephoto becomes very significantly larger with FF.  So when I look at what it takes to go FF from 14-300 (the FLs I use in landscape) things get pricey and quite heavy.  And don't forget the tripod becomes heavier and bulkier as well as do all the bags and their additional padding to handle the heavier lenses.

My kit doubles from about 7 lbs to 14 lbs in the comparison and the volume more than doubles.  I've got comparable experience with this on the Canon side as I hauled an APS-C landscape setup of L glass around for a few years before doing m43.

I think for what you mention, some decent quality but bargain priced primes, the comparison is much more favorable in price.  The bulk difference is still very significant when you have a set of primes.  If you just want a camera over your shoulder and maybe one more prime along a FF setup is quite workable and as you point out does not break the bank at all compared to the higher end m43 stuff.

Really what my annual comparisons always illustrate to me is just what a no-man's land APS-C DSLRs are now.  I'll caveat that for a sports/bird shooter they are probably just the thing, but otherwise if you are going DSLR just go FF and otherwise go m43/NEX/Fuji depending on your taste.

Anyway, not trying to be contrary at all.  I actually agree with your post - certain FF kits are even slightly cheaper than m43.  I think that surprises people some of the time.

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