Let's be clear, the ONLY thing about E-M1 that matters is...

Started Aug 28, 2013 | Discussions thread
OP peevee1 Veteran Member • Posts: 6,247
Re: More complex than that ...

Jeff wrote:

peevee1 wrote:

... its AF tracking speed.

If it can do reliable 9+ fps tracking with 90-20/2.8, it competes with $6,700 1Dx (+ $13K 200-400/4 1.4 Extender to replace that $6,000 90-250).

If it can only do 4 fps or not reliable, it competes with $1,500 6D or even cheaper 70D/D7100 (and loses to the latter for the sports, and there are other cameras like E-M5 which are perfectly good if you don't need sports).

That would be great, but it's not the only thing that matters.

If the rumor sites are to be believed, then the E-M1 looks like a big deal for Oly. If the legacy glass does in fact focus as quickly as mFT, then in one fell swoop Oly has added a whole range of glass to their camera lineup.

All that glass can be used on existing m43. If cannot, like for sports/birds etc, then the fast subject tracking with that glass is required. And I am sorry, people would only buy $6,000 Olympus lens only if it can replace $13,000 Canon lens or $7,000 Nikon lens with teleconvertor, and if Olympus cannot do fast tracking, it cannot replace Canon/Nikon because they can.

They can make a strong case for offering a modern, forward looking system meeting a wide range of customer needs that includes working pros.

But only if they have fast tracking C-AF, because no S-AF, even as fast as Oly E-M5 with 12-50, can RELIABLY shoot moving targets.

Being widely perceived as a viable system for wedding, PJ, commercial, and event photographers would be a big win for Oly.

E-M5 is NOW viable for many of those. As well as, say, $500 Pentax k-30. They want $1,500, they have to aim higher than that. Very simple.

They don't need to replace D4's on the side lines of NFL games to have a hit on their hands.

They would do great to better 7D/D7100 on the side lines of children games. But not at $1,500.

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