Any current/former EM5 or EM1 owners considering a switch to XT-1?

Started Feb 19, 2014 | Discussions thread
felixhsieh Regular Member • Posts: 268
Re: Any current/former EM5 or EM1 owners considering a switch to XT-1?

dadaoftwo wrote:

I am a current EM5 owner, but have been reluctant to pay the premium for an EM1 as I don't consider it to be much of an upgrade - specifically, the lack of AF-C.

As my nickname suggests, I am a father of two, and have been really frustrated at not being able to take those photos of my kids running towards me with the delirious smile plastered all over their faces as only kids can when they're running. I've had to be content with taking running shots from the side as then I have more time to focus and manually track their lateral runs. But these shots are often disappointing as the smiles just aren't captured - any attempt at using AF-C (or C-AF) has been a disaster on my EM5!

But now comes the XT-1, and it's weather-sealed, and although lacking in stabilisation, Fuji has lenses which have OIS. But the biggest plus, a (seemingly) working AF-C function!

Is there anyone here who has switched camps from EM5 to any of the X-Series cameras? What other factors do I need to consider? The price points between the EM1 and XT-1 are quite similar too!

My E-M5 has served me extremely well, and Olympus really knows how to make some fantastic glass. IBIS might not seem so different from OIS, but it does mean no IS elements in the lens, which helps keep lens weight/cost down.

That said, as good as MFT lenses are, the sensors aren't really doing them justice. My Ricoh GR beats the E-M5 in IQ consistently -- and it's just a tiny P&S-style camera. So I've parted ways with my E-M5 (after two very happy years) and will be making room for the X-T1.

For kids, I don't think IS is a factor. IBIS/OIS is helpful when you dont have a tripod, not when your subjects are running around. Faster glass and better high-ISO will help you more.

Aside from the X-T1, I will also second the recommendation for the Sony A6000, possibly paired with the 24/1.8 Zeiss for a comparable price. Subject tracking on the A6000 looks to be very good, the 35mm-equiv will give you a good amount of DOF to keep subjects in focus, and the 24mp sensor will give you significantly more resolution to crop down the FOV. (If you need a zoom, don't bother with the 16-50 kit, just go straight for the 16-70 Zeiss.)

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