Wide angle (to normal) magic. Long lenses, not so much.

Started Apr 21, 2013 | Discussions thread
JohnNewman Contributing Member • Posts: 618
Re: Wide angle (to normal) magic. Long lenses, not so much.

Al Downie wrote:

Rod McD wrote:

you'll also see quite a few people just aren't worried about the size of their kit at all.  I don't quite 'get' this - surely the advantage of mirror-less is the reduction in kit size from a DSLR?

Hi Rod,

For me, the greatest advantage is nothing to do with size or weight (but they're great side-benefits for sure) - it's more to do with the ergonomics of the cameras - a proper shutter speed dial, a proper aperture ring, and all the other knobs and whistles hidden away in menus somewhere - it's the closest thing I've found yet to the experience of using an FM3, my favourite camera ever. If there was such a thing as a digital SLR with only basic, manual controls, I'd have one in in INSTANT, but the manufacturers seem hell bent on competing with each other to squeeze even MORE modes, MORE functions, MORE buttons, MORE stuff that just gets in the way of the process (for me at any rate).

So the size and length of the zoom doesn't really bother me. Having said that, I think I'd definitely prefer a 200mm prime than the zoom...

Totally agree. My X-E1 body is what I've been waiting for since the advent of digital. I wouldn't mind if it had a "normal" Bayer sensor or even a mirror, so long as it's a reasonable size and has "analogue" controls for shutter speed and compensation. It's a huge plus that it has such great jpegs and excellent high ISO performance.

I take the point though that the 55-200 seems a bit big for the body but you can't alter the laws of physics! I'm on the fence about the new zoom at the moment and will wait for real world reviews from users before deciding. I may stick to MFT for longer zooms b.ut will see.


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