Olympus OM-D E-M10 or Sony A6000?

Started Mar 5, 2014 | Discussions thread
Bart Hickman Veteran Member • Posts: 7,256
I chose NEX for the wide angle

One thing I was looking for was a 10mm linear zoom that takes filters and no mirrorless system had such a thing until Sony announced the 10-18, so that decided it for me.

m43 has a 9-18 which isn't wide enough for me and a 7-14 which can't take a filter rendering it useless AFAIC (and I'm suspicious of bulbous WA lens designs anyway because the protruding primary tends to pick up flare and glare.) Compounding the m43 wide-angle situation is the very unaesthetic 4:3 aspect ratio which always needs cropping to something more rectangular for decent landscape compositions--in so doing you lose even more WA.

The 16-50 kit was another draw--great range for a carry-anywhere lens and compact. Again, m43 nearest compact lens is 19mm at the wide end--not nearly wide enough for that type of zoom IMO.

One advantage the m43 system has is in telephoto. There are two 300mm zooms and I'm not holding my breath for Sony to make a 300mm zoom. So if you want to do birding or wildlife with a telephoto, I think m43 is a better choice as long as you're not too demanding about shooting action towards or away from the camera.

Another advantage of m43 is there are some nice compact wirelessly controllable system hotshoe flashes. The wireless system hotshoe flashes for the NEX are mostly fairly large (although there are plenty of inexpensive non-system options out there.)


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