Cancelled my E-M1 order

Started Sep 26, 2013 | Discussions thread
erichK Veteran Member • Posts: 5,849
Re: Cancelled my E-M1 order

light_bulb wrote:

dahod wrote:

I got caught up in the hype around the E-M1 - what wasn't to like? - generally favourable reviews, new lenses on the horizon, ability to use my old 4/3 lenses, commitment to m4/3 by Olympus as its future etc etc. At last - Olympus breaks their silence and the world is good.

I read the interview with Mr. Terada ( however, and it left me with a less than warm and fuzzy feeling. I could be reading it wrong and I apologize if I am but my take from it was




Hi Dave,

Seems to be that you have difficulties in getting your facts right before placing and cancelling orders.

Have you had a look at the latest weather report to see how that might affect your decision?

Honestly, people are growing older on average not only in Japan but also in other parts of the world. Most photograhy enthusiasts are much less enthusiastic in schlepping a full load of full frame gear. While I currently use a Nikon D800 for the most of it, I pretty well know what I am talking about.

This was one of the reasons I kept all my FT lenses with the E-5: To have a full-fledged set of gear available that will not break my back.

The E-M1 seems to be a perfect solution for this:

- AF-issues with FT glas resolved in the way I expected it.

- Less weight than the E-5.

- On-eye-AF feature for low DOF-shots that you will not find with the competition (and I have used the D800 AFS 85 1.8 G and the E-M5 45 1.8 side by side to see the difference this makes).

- Fantastic IBIS system most of the competition does not offer that benefits all lenses regardless how old they are.

- No more difference in image quality at least compared to APS-C DSLR.

- etc.

The German magazine Fotomagazin just concluded giving it a "Super" verdict it hardly ever does for cameras.

So, what about your order?

While the EM-1 is not perfect:

- needs a second capable-of-parallel/back-up card slot

- needs a larger/longer-lasting battery, at least for the grip

- needs focus-confirmation with non-electronically-linked lenses


It likely offers more, in a weatherproof, tough, small, but ergonomically-optimized (grip, button and dial spacing package), than many of us - especially those with many FT lenses- dared to hope for at a price that is higher than hoped, but lower than feared.

Whatever Terada may have said or thought of mispoken - and most of what he said was refreshingly candid - Olympus made some very sensible decisions with this camera. For example, had they chosen to produce the E-7 many wanted instead, how would those of us who love the 12/2 and 75 and 45 1.8 felt about not being able to use those terrific lenses, even if they'd used the E-1 style body so many of us crave.

In the real world, all cameras are a compromise.  At least all those I care to buy or carry out of a studio or a fixed shoot. The EM-1 seems to be the best such to date.

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