OMD vs NEX 5N

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tsammyc Regular Member • Posts: 405
OMD vs NEX 5N

Here's a comparison of the OMD & 45 1.8 with the NEX 5N & 50 1.8 This would be the native portrait setup for both cameras. Taken with an iPhone.

GingerBread Regular Member • Posts: 384
Re: OMD vs NEX 5N

Interesting comparison. Thanks for posting.

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You have to love the 45mm
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Those Sonys are crazy cameras, like outerspace cameras. The OM-D, that's a real camera. I couldn't never shoot with something that said SONY or SAMSUNG, sorry. Yea! Olympus, keep it goin' baby! The comeback kid.

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Bjorn S Regular Member • Posts: 165
Re: OMD vs NEX 5N

Thanks! Interesting - the OMD really IS small.

IMHO the big lenses really ruins the NEX-system. Smaller lenses and better lens selection and Sony would have hit a home run.

axlotl Senior Member • Posts: 1,566
Re: OMD vs NEX 5N

Good comparison, thank you for posting. Lenses really are the key to the system.

frelwa Senior Member • Posts: 1,090
Re: OMD vs NEX 5N

The NEX 7 would make for a closer comparison, but it appears that the OP doesn't have one. The 7 has a built-in EVF, but it doesn't have IBIS, so you pay extra for IS in each lens -- both in the price and in lens size and weight.

Nice photos though, tsammyc. Thanks.
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coroander Regular Member • Posts: 237
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This is the problem with all APS-C compact cameras. It is not realistically possible to create fast, small lenses for APS-C sensor cameras. A major problem with camera reviews is they make scant mention of the size of a system with several lenses or gloss over the issue of lens quality or aperture. You'd think from all the reviews of cameras that the sensor was of paramount importance, but for both IQ and size, the lenses are the most important factor.

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OM-D with 75/1.8

tsammyc wrote:

The NEX's 50/1.8 looks about the same size as the Oly 75/1.8. The Oly 75/1.8 would also make a killer portrait lens.

BayAreaWZ Senior Member • Posts: 1,222
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Here's the big question, are you keeping both?

I have the E-M5 on order and a Nex-7 in hand. I'm not quite sure what will happen once the E-M5 arrives. Ive budgeted so I could keep both if I wanted, but that would mean no more glass. Whenever the Panny 12-35/2.8 or Oly 75/1.8 become available, that would certainly force my hand.

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The Fuji 18 f2 and 35 f1.4 for the X-pro1 could hardly be called large lenses.

Fuji 35 f1.4
Weight 187 g (0.41 lb)
Diameter 65 mm (2.56")
Length 55 mm (2.17")

Panny 25 f1.4
Weight 200 g (0.44 lb)
Diameter 63 mm (2.48")
Length 55 mm (2.15")

Fuji 18 f2
Weight 116 g (0.26 lb)
Diameter 65 mm (2.56")
Length 41 mm (1.61")

Oly 12 f2
Weight 130 g (0.29 lb)
Diameter 56 mm (2.20")
Length 43 mm (1.69")

coroander wrote:

This is the problem with all APS-C compact cameras. It is not realistically possible to create fast, small lenses for APS-C sensor cameras. A major problem with camera reviews is they make scant mention of the size of a system with several lenses or gloss over the issue of lens quality or aperture. You'd think from all the reviews of cameras that the sensor was of paramount importance, but for both IQ and size, the lenses are the most important factor.

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Brian Mosley Forum Pro • Posts: 20,704
Yes, comparison speaks volumes.

Sony really have to make something outstanding to overcome my resistance to the brand (customer service stinks)... They failed with NEX lenses. I look at leica lenses for film and the tiny 23mm f2 lens on my X100 and wonder, why can't high grade lenses be made this small for APS?

Thanks for the comparison

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Yes, there are small APS lenses
tsammyc OP Regular Member • Posts: 405
Re: OMD vs NEX 5N

BayAreaWZ wrote:

Here's the big question, are you keeping both?

I have the E-M5 on order and a Nex-7 in hand. I'm not quite sure what will happen once the E-M5 arrives. Ive budgeted so I could keep both if I wanted, but that would mean no more glass. Whenever the Panny 12-35/2.8 or Oly 75/1.8 become available, that would certainly force my hand.

Yes. The NEX's 1.5X crop factor and focus peaking makes it more suitable for my manual focus rangefinder glass - Zeiss, Contax & Voightlander. But more importantly, the 5N is relatively cheap compared to the E-M5 or NEX 7 so the depreciation is more tolerable. Given the issues with the NEX 7 sensor on wide rangefinder glass, I expect the NEX 9 to be announced any time. I owned the NEX 7 and sold it at cost after a month because I didn't think I wanted to keep an expensive imperfect design given that prices would plummet once the NEX 9 is announced.

The E-M5 is also slightly imperfect to me. The issues with playback in the viewfinder should be fixed in firmware, but there are some ergonomic issues - small buttons, feel etc which need simple hardware improvements so I would expect and E-M6 in the not too distant future. So I'll keep the E-M5 for a little while, but like the NEX 7, I will sell it the moment there is a whiff of a new model. Overall its an excellent camera, but it needs a few minor improvements before it becomes a keeper for me.

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Gees, both are small

Heck, both cameras are too small. So with a legacy 50mm and adaptor on, the OMD would be much larger than the NEX 5N ??. Even the NEX 7 is a bit smaller than I would like.

I'll wait for the GH3 and then decide on if I should get that or the OMD with the grips. The G2 needs an upgrade, but I like the handling of it. As it is, both of those are too small for me.

Thanks for the comparison, appreciated.

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tsammyc OP Regular Member • Posts: 405
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coroander wrote:

This is the problem with all APS-C compact cameras. It is not realistically possible to create fast, small lenses for APS-C sensor cameras. A major problem with camera reviews is they make scant mention of the size of a system with several lenses or gloss over the issue of lens quality or aperture. You'd think from all the reviews of cameras that the sensor was of paramount importance, but for both IQ and size, the lenses are the most important factor.

I wouldn't get carried away with this. Sigma produces two small autofocus lenses for the NEX. They are very sharp and cost just $199, do everything a Sony lens does, and look good on the NEX (especially since they are black!). So it IS possible to produce small sharp relatively fast lenses for the NEX. It's just that Sony hasn't figured out how.

Here is the Sigma 30mm on the same NEX 5N

arielelf Regular Member • Posts: 318
Re: Gees, both are small

Would you mind taking some sample images from both cameras of the same scene with those lenses mounted in jpegs? I would love to see how they compare.

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axlotl wrote:

Good comparison, thank you for posting. Lenses really are the key to the system.

Lenses really are the key to the system.
Lenses really are the key to the system.
Lenses really are the key to the system.

I 'm so amazed Sony and the like don't understand this obvious truth..

I mean, look how the tiny 5n body looks huge and awkward next to the chunky EM-5, BECAUSE of their lens size difference. It's the LENS that determines the overall bulk and size perception of the combo... What did they drink/smoked the night they designed the Nex system ?!?

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Bjorn S Regular Member • Posts: 165
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The Sigma lens does make sense when you see it in this context on the NEX, but it's still only f2.8. If it had been 2.0 and about the same size it would have been a valid comparison to the M43 fast primes.

tsammyc wrote:

I wouldn't get carried away with this. Sigma produces two small autofocus lenses for the NEX. They are very sharp and cost just $199, do everything a Sony lens does, and look good on the NEX (especially since they are black!). So it IS possible to produce small sharp relatively fast lenses for the NEX. It's just that Sony hasn't figured out how.

Here is the Sigma 30mm on the same NEX 5N

coroander Regular Member • Posts: 237
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Fuji's done a good job on the standard and wide angle primes, but won't be able to defy the size issue with longer lenses and standard zooms whenever these lenses are available.

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