I have to laugh at the micro four thirds weight issue

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Robertj_298 Senior Member • Posts: 1,089
I have to laugh at the micro four thirds weight issue

I have to laugh when people talk about switching to micro four thirds because of the lighter weight. The e-m5 weighs exactly 7 ounces less than the Pentax K-5. Lets say you put a K-5 and 2 or 3 lenses in your camera bag. What are you carrying? Maybe 5 lbs? You would think by listening to some you're carrying 50 or 60 lbs lol. I'm 57 years old and the day I can't carry an APS-C camera along with a few lenses is the day I will quit taking photographs. I'm not putting down the system or the camera because they seem to take great photographs but I don't see why someone would switch just because of the difference in weight

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jalywol Veteran Member • Posts: 7,979
Big time troll....

Robertj_298 wrote:

I have to laugh when people talk about switching to micro four thirds because of the lighter weight. The e-m5 weighs exactly 7 ounces less than the Pentax K-5. Lets say you put a K-5 and 2 or 3 lenses in your camera bag. What are you carrying? Maybe 5 lbs? You would think by listening to some you're carrying 50 or 60 lbs lol. I'm 57 years old and the day I can't carry an APS-C camera along with a few lenses is the day I will quit taking photographs. I'm not putting down the system or the camera because they seem to take great photographs but I don't see why someone would switch just because of the difference in weight

Why are you bothering to troll here?

Go enjoy your Pentax.

We will enjoy our M43s.

Simple.

-J

texinwien Senior Member • Posts: 3,320
I doubt anyone's switching just because of the weight

Rather, I'm pretty sure the weight is just one of many factors that fall on the plus side of using an m43 rather than a DSLR.

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Melbourne Park Senior Member • Posts: 2,682
Re: I have to laugh at the micro four thirds weight issue

Robertj_298 wrote:

I have to laugh when people talk about switching to micro four thirds because of the lighter weight. The e-m5 weighs exactly 7 ounces less than the Pentax K-5. Lets say you put a K-5 and 2 or 3 lenses in your camera bag. What are you carrying? Maybe 5 lbs? You would think by listening to some you're carrying 50 or 60 lbs lol. I'm 57 years old and the day I can't carry an APS-C camera along with a few lenses is the day I will quit taking photographs. I'm not putting down the system or the camera because they seem to take great photographs but I don't see why someone would switch just because of the difference in weight

When m43 comes out with compact weatherproof tele lenses, the weight gap to APS will become huge. And its not just about weight - its also bulk. You can take your whole m43 kit into a planes cabin easily, its not at all easy to do that with APS DSLR, unless its your plane that is.

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Ollie 2 Senior Member • Posts: 1,530
Re: I have to laugh at the micro four thirds weight issue

Erm, I’d probably find it mildly amusing if someone dumped the K-5 for the OM-D purely due to the weight difference as well.

However, I’ve never seen anyone post such a ludicrous comment. Generally the weight issues are relating to large FF Canons/Nikons and large heavy optics.

Robertj_298 wrote:

I have to laugh when people talk about switching to micro four thirds because of the lighter weight. The e-m5 weighs exactly 7 ounces less than the Pentax K-5. Lets say you put a K-5 and 2 or 3 lenses in your camera bag. What are you carrying? Maybe 5 lbs? You would think by listening to some you're carrying 50 or 60 lbs lol. I'm 57 years old and the day I can't carry an APS-C camera along with a few lenses is the day I will quit taking photographs. I'm not putting down the system or the camera because they seem to take great photographs but I don't see why someone would switch just because of the difference in weight

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GingerBread Regular Member • Posts: 384
Re: I have to laugh at the micro four thirds weight issue

Go look at any 400mm lens (my Nikkor 80-400 VR for example) for the larger sensor systems compared to the 45-200 Pany or the 100-300 Pany, and then carry that around all day attached to a matching camera body. Then come troll some more with your "laugh at the ... weight issue."

Not sure why someone feels the need to mock others over something like this.
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Melbourne Park Senior Member • Posts: 2,682
Re: I have to laugh at the micro four thirds weight issue

Ollie 2 wrote:

Erm, I’d probably find it mildly amusing if someone dumped the K-5 for the OM-D purely due to the weight difference as well.

However, I’ve never seen anyone post such a ludicrous comment. Generally the weight issues are relating to large FF Canons/Nikons and large heavy optics.

Robertj_298 wrote:

I have to laugh when people talk about switching to micro four thirds because of the lighter weight. The e-m5 weighs exactly 7 ounces less than the Pentax K-5. Lets say you put a K-5 and 2 or 3 lenses in your camera bag. What are you carrying? Maybe 5 lbs? You would think by listening to some you're carrying 50 or 60 lbs lol. I'm 57 years old and the day I can't carry an APS-C camera along with a few lenses is the day I will quit taking photographs. I'm not putting down the system or the camera because they seem to take great photographs but I don't see why someone would switch just because of the difference in weight

Perhaps the poster read about the K-5 user who has changed to m43 via OM-D? There's more than one on this site. Strange but if one believes posts, true. I also reckon that some of Pentax's compact primes on the OM-D would be sweet.

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Promit Senior Member • Posts: 1,990
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jcharding Senior Member • Posts: 2,264
Re: I have to laugh at people blowing off the weight advantages

Can people carry extra weight up and down mountains and canyons just for the heck of it? Sure. I've done it, including with Pentax limited primes. But why do it if you don't have to.

Heck, I've even seen Pentaxians making the same argument as a Pentax advantage over Canikon.
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fujitsupalm New Member • Posts: 2
Re: I have to laugh at the micro four thirds weight issue

Robertj_298 wrote:

I have to laugh when people talk about switching to micro four thirds because of the lighter weight. The e-m5 weighs exactly 7 ounces less than the Pentax K-5. Lets say you put a K-5 and 2 or 3 lenses in your camera bag. What are you carrying? Maybe 5 lbs? You would think by listening to some you're carrying 50 or 60 lbs lol. I'm 57 years old and the day I can't carry an APS-C camera along with a few lenses is the day I will quit taking photographs. I'm not putting down the system or the camera because they seem to take great photographs but I don't see why someone would switch just because of the difference in weight

I'm not sure if I can relate to what you're saying, never considered Pentax since it's not great for serious shooting and not quite as pocketable as the M 4/3 with a 20mm 1.7 pancake attached.

Compared to my Nikon D3 set up, yes, M4/3 makes casual shooting a much more pleasant occassion. I can't imagine fitting a Pentax in my coat pocket to be honest.

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Re: I have to laugh at the micro four thirds weight issue

Robertj_298 wrote:

I have to laugh when people talk about switching to micro four thirds because of the lighter weight. The e-m5 weighs exactly 7 ounces less than the Pentax K-5. Lets say you put a K-5 and 2 or 3 lenses in your camera bag. What are you carrying? Maybe 5 lbs? You would think by listening to some you're carrying 50 or 60 lbs lol. I'm 57 years old and the day I can't carry an APS-C camera along with a few lenses is the day I will quit taking photographs. I'm not putting down the system or the camera because they seem to take great photographs but I don't see why someone would switch just because of the difference in weight

I laugh with you! Those who insist on the weight only advantage of M43 do not say you truth.

The greatest advantage of any mirror less camera is absence of a mirror and OVF. Those two trick you into a deception that you see what you are shooting. Only direct image from the sensor correctly represent the capture
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OdzBodkinz Senior Member • Posts: 1,438
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fujitsupalm wrote:

I'm not sure if I can relate to what you're saying, never considered Pentax since it's not great for serious shooting

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Robertj_298 OP Senior Member • Posts: 1,089
Re: I have to laugh at the micro four thirds weight issue

Maybe you can tell me how many micro 4/3s have scored higher than the K-5 on the dpr reviews? LOL

TrapperJohn Forum Pro • Posts: 15,348
That's the difference between reading about it, and using it

It isn't just weight. In fact, I rather like the slightly heavy M43 bodies like the EP's and the EM5. They tend to be a bit steadier.

It's about bulk. Take this 45 1.8. Sharp as a razor, AF's as fast as a thief, and it's absurdly small. It fits in a common shirt pocket with room to spare. And it's not even a pancake. Compare it to, say, a typical 50 1.8, like the old Nikkor I have. It's larger, quite a bit larger. At least 50% wider, and longer. And not nearly as sharp. Let's not even get into the pancakes: 20 1.7, 14 2.5... they're even smaller.

M43 bodies are a lot flatter than an APS DSLR. They don't protrude from your side nearly as much when you carry them, even with a non pancake like the 45 1.8. When you're walking around, if your arm clears an obstacle, the camera will clear.

The bag to carry a M43 body and a couple of fast primes or even a zoom like the 9-18... well, a fanny pack will do for that. Even the EM5 without grip will fit... well, that's not fair, the EM5 without grip is about the size of a Pen. Try stuffing your APS DSLR and a couple of fast primes and a W/A zoom into a fanny pack. Won't happen, not and maintain structural integrity, anyway.

I've used both. The M43 setup may not weigh much less, but it sure takes up a lot less room, and doesn't demand nearly as much of your attention when you're not actually using it.

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Re: I have to laugh at the micro four thirds weight issue

Robertj_298 wrote:

I have to laugh when people talk about switching to micro four thirds because of the lighter weight. The e-m5 weighs exactly 7 ounces less than the Pentax K-5. Lets say you put a K-5 and 2 or 3 lenses in your camera bag. What are you carrying? Maybe 5 lbs? You would think by listening to some you're carrying 50 or 60 lbs lol. I'm 57 years old and the day I can't carry an APS-C camera along with a few lenses is the day I will quit taking photographs. I'm not putting down the system or the camera because they seem to take great photographs but I don't see why someone would switch just because of the difference in weight

When you go out for a walk with your K-5, how many lenses, and which (please be specific) do you typically carry?

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onlooker Veteran Member • Posts: 3,982
Re: I have to laugh at the micro four thirds weight issue

Robertj_298 wrote:

I have to laugh when people talk about switching to micro four thirds because of the lighter weight. The e-m5 weighs exactly 7 ounces less than the Pentax K-5.

Perhaps it's not just weight. Perhaps people just got tired of a dead-end company with no vision that gets passed around from one buyer to another like a third-rate hooker at a Secret Service party?

(unknown member) Senior Member • Posts: 1,178
You are ignorant

You have no clue what you are talking about. Why come here and be an ass?

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Robertj_298 OP Senior Member • Posts: 1,089
Re: I have to laugh at the micro four thirds weight issue

I'm sorry I didn't mean to make you mad

Robertj_298 OP Senior Member • Posts: 1,089
Re: You are ignorant

So now we resort to name calling?

hahaha New Member • Posts: 11
Well, I did ...

I sold 5D MKII, 50D, and all EF lenses, and went to m4/3 (GH2, 2 Pens). Still keep my old Canon F-1 and those nice FD lenses.

I'm asking you, have you tried m4/3 system? And what Pentax lenses do you use? The pancakes? LOL

Robertj_298 wrote:

I have to laugh when people talk about switching to micro four thirds because of the lighter weight. The e-m5 weighs exactly 7 ounces less than the Pentax K-5. Lets say you put a K-5 and 2 or 3 lenses in your camera bag. What are you carrying? Maybe 5 lbs? You would think by listening to some you're carrying 50 or 60 lbs lol. I'm 57 years old and the day I can't carry an APS-C camera along with a few lenses is the day I will quit taking photographs. I'm not putting down the system or the camera because they seem to take great photographs but I don't see why someone would switch just because of the difference in weight

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