Panasonic LX100 II vs Olympus O-MD E-M1 MK2

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Tatouzou Senior Member • Posts: 1,833
Re: Panasonic LX100 II vs Olympus O-MD E-M1 MK2

I quite understand the dilemn between a high end compact loke LX100/200 or buying into M43.

I am the happy owner of a bunch of Panasonic M43 gear:

  • 3 bodies: GX8 + GM5 + G7
  •  4 f3.5(4) - 5.6 zooms: 12-32, 35-100, 12-60 and 14-140
  • 3 f1.7 primes, 20, 25 and 42.5
  • Plus the Olympus 9mm f8 bodycap fish eye

I also own:

  • a Pentax K3 DSLR, with too many lenses, (see my gear list for details ), including the very nice Pentax DA limited primes. But this heavy and cumbersome set doesnt get much use since I have the M43 gear.
  • And two fully pocketable compacts,  an Olympus XZ 10 and a Panasonic LF1.

I often wonder what would be the most enjoyable way to extend my shooting envelope in the transtandard zoom range:

  1. Adding the Panasonic  12-35 f2.8 to my M43 gear. Pro: will mount on all my M43 bodies, the excellent GX8 as Well as the tiny GM5; is said to offer excellent IQ. Con: bigger than I would like, and expensive
  2. Replacing the 12-60 f3.5-5.6 by the Pana-Leica 12-60 f2.8-4. Pro: I like the focal range. Con: only f4 across most of its range; expensive, though cheaper than the 12-35 f2.8. Bigger and heavier than the 12-60 f3.5-5.6.
  3. Buying the Olympus 12-100 f4. Pro: the focal range would cover almost all my needs in a single high quality pro grade lens; the IQ seems highly praised. Con: huge, heavy and very expensive; I have no clue about how its in- lens OIS works on Panasonic bodies; though more expensive, a two f2.8 zooms kit 12-35 + 35-100 could better suit my expectations, each lens being noticeably smaller and lighter,  and 1 stop faster.
  4. Buying a Panasonic LX100 or LX200. Pro: will offer the same shooting envelope and roughly the same sensor size as the 12-35 f2.8, with an excellent ergonomy; not much bigger than the 12-35 f2.8 alone; can be used standalone and is about same size and weight than my GM5 + 12-32, but with a much brighter lens. Con: seems prone to dust on sensor, which needs professional servicing to clean it.
  5. Buying a Sony RX100-3 or 4. Pro: roughly the same shooting envelope as the LX100/200, in a pocketable body. Con: I dont like the ergonomy and the folding viewfinder doesnt seem very rugged.
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