EM1 better than Sony A7(as a System)?

Started Nov 11, 2013 | Discussions thread
CharlesB58 Veteran Member • Posts: 8,656
Re: EM1 better than Sony A7(as a System)?

ianbrown wrote:

Like many I have a real dilemma about which one to buy?

I had an EM1 for a week and when I found out the A7 was about to be launched I sold the EM1, however after thinking long and hard about the two cameras I am starting to think that the lens options on the EM1 are swaying my decision, but can I resist the FF.

I mainly do Landscape and travel and I have been used to FF cameras in the past but really want to reduce the size where I can but without reducing IQ too much?

The upside of the A7 is purely IQ because DOF is not a priority for me but ISO does also give me about 2 stops advantage?

The lens options (for me) are limited, as I would only have the 28-70 which is not really wide enough and 3.5 - 5.6 is pretty slow. I know there is a 24-70 f4 available in about 3 months but even so it's not that fast and starting to get heavier! The Telephoto is also another issue, only a 70-200 which will be quit heavy and not available until May 2014.

I know you can use other lenses but that involves adaptor sand loss of AF etc

The EM1 does have some advantages, mainly lens selection. But just how much IQ does it sacrifice?

I already have a Panasonic 35-100 f 2.8 which is a pretty good lens

Anyone else have this dilemma ?


I think you are stressing too much about IQ differences. Consider: what good is having a camera with IQ that may only be better if pixel peeped or extreme enlargement if you don't enjoy using the entire kit? Because I do mostly concert photography, the Sony has been tempting due to the Sensor performance for the size of the camera. Then I saw how big the 70-200F4 lens was compared to Panny 35-100. Even though the upcoming Zeiss 24-70 isn't much larger than the Oly 12-40, the difference on the teles is enough to dissuade me. Then there is the absence of IBIS, bad news for me if I want to use a legacy lens. The final straw was reading about how loud the shutter is: a little more DR and less noise at a given high ISO noise isn't an advantage if I have to limit when I make a capture in order to avoid disturbing audience members in a quiet concert (my main niggle about the EM1 is lack of a silent electronic shutter).

So you do have to ask yourself whether whatever differences in IQ exist are truly enough to go with a camera with fewer features, heavier lenses, less choice in lenses and, when it comes to Zeiss glass, a premium price. (est. are the 24-70 is going to cost twice as much as the 12-40)

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