Compact DSLR vs. OM-D

Started Mar 30, 2013 | Discussions thread
rrr_hhh Veteran Member • Posts: 6,023
Re: Compact DSLR vs. OM-D

forpetessake wrote:

PC Wheeler wrote:

Alumna Gorp wrote:

Lenses, once you start building up a collection, your compact dslr is no longer compact.

DSLR lenses are generally much larger and heavier than CSC lenses.

Exactly! Lenses *must* be considered. If you want quality lenses with long reach (say 200-600 mm, full-frame equivalent) DSLR lenses are large and massive.  Compare the Panasonic 100-300 lens (200-600 equivalent) to a DSLR lens reaching to 600mm.

He can get 100-300mm lens for his DSLR, which are the same size and weight and crop it. The image won't be any worse than from Panasonic. There are many great DSLR telephoto lenses, there aren't any good m43 telephoto lenses. I've been there, and that's not only my opinion, but also a professional opinion, here is Roger Cicala : "I was so unhappy with everything over 150mm in m4/3 format I sort of lost interest. I use the m4/3 cameras as SLR alternatives but when I did side-by-side comparisons there was nothing even equal to the Canon 100-400. In fact I got more detail with 5D3 at 400mm than with OM-D at 300mm (600mm equivalent)."

The main objection is that then you are nomore in compact DSLR category, to say the least : remind us how much weight the  100-400 ?  And then the 5D3 ?  This isn't what the OP is after. Further I don't think that he even need such a long lens for the kind of pictures he wants to take.

As for AF : the SAF is very good and very fast on the E-M5 whether in good light or low light. Only CAF and tracking is really better on DSLR, further don't forget thate try level DSLRs won't be as good as middle range or high end DSLRs.

When it comes to the finder on the one on the E-M5 is very good, once you get an E-VF you don't want to go back : you can see your picture in the E-VF at the time you take it, you know before taking it whether it would be blown out or not.. Etc.. You can even make your picture in camera with the new creative tools available on the Olympus camera .. Yes there is a little draw back : the E-VF will be a fraction of a second later than in real life, but you can adapt to that for action shooting..the other advantages of an E-VF weight higher for me. Ofcourse this is not the ideal camera for action photography..

You have to weight the advantages against the disadvantages depending way the respective weight of the different kind of pictures you will take..

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