Why is an OM-D better than a Pentax K-5?

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Promit Senior Member • Posts: 2,011
Why is an OM-D better than a Pentax K-5?

Honest question, I am not trying to troll. I've never shot Pentax, though a good friend is very happy with them. I've just got a lot of money wrapped up in m43, an OM-D order, and I'm starting to wonder if maybe I've gone crazy. By the spec sheets, they seem like awfully similar cameras with the hard numbers tipped in favor of the K-5.

Is it just down to (good) live view and size?

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Tim F 101 Senior Member • Posts: 1,020
Why do birds suddenly appear...

Serious question. Instead of starting a new thread, can you reply directly to the person who allegedly said that the OM-D is better? It would help keep down thread clutter on the forum.

Everdog Veteran Member • Posts: 4,837
CDAF is usually more accurate

I owned Canons for years, but the PDAF focusing always had issues. I sent my T2i in to get "adjusted" 3 times.

With CDAF you do not have to adjust the camera for every lens. This is why so many people claim they get a higher "hit-rate" of focused shots.

I am sure that if you properly adjust you camera for every lens, it should be just as accurate...but does your camera support that?

James A Rinner
James A Rinner Senior Member • Posts: 1,607
Re: Why is an OM-D better than a Pentax K-5?

Here is why...The K-5 is just a little bit smaller than my E-5.

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Brian Mosley Forum Pro • Posts: 20,709
Hopefully Ricardo will comment...

I know that he currently shoots with a K-5 and is considering the E-M5 as an alternative.

For myself, it would be live view, m4/3rds lens selection and focus accuracy in favor of the E-M5... Plus a near silent shutter.

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Thorgrem Contributing Member • Posts: 760
Re: Why is an OM-D better than a Pentax K-5?

Nice picture of two brothers.

The E-5 really is a intimidating camera. But i think the E-5 and E-M5 share some of the same forms. Like 'the hump'. I wonder if Olympus will make a new E-7/E-50 that will also look like the old OM series.

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The K-5 is a dog..........

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timedrun Contributing Member • Posts: 683
Re: Why is an OM-D better than a Pentax K-5?

Promit wrote:

Honest question, I am not trying to troll. I've never shot Pentax, though a good friend is very happy with them. I've just got a lot of money wrapped up in m43, an OM-D order, and I'm starting to wonder if maybe I've gone crazy. By the spec sheets, they seem like awfully similar cameras with the hard numbers tipped in favor of the K-5.

Is it just down to (good) live view and size?

K5 is the better IMO, but seeing as most people seem to change cameras every five minutes might as well get one of the retro cams now, and flog it before it becomes cringe worthy.

You'll always be able to buy a k5 equivelant, but there is only this year an possibly next to satisfy your retro craving before it becomes passe. Fill your boots while you can.

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OP Promit Senior Member • Posts: 2,011
Re: Why do birds suddenly appear...

Tim F 101 wrote:

Serious question. Instead of starting a new thread, can you reply directly to the person who allegedly said that the OM-D is better? It would help keep down thread clutter on the forum.

Because that thread was about weight, nearly finished, I'd get ignored, and that guy was a douche. This thread is, I hope, a productive discussion.

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OP Promit Senior Member • Posts: 2,011
Re: Why do birds suddenly appear...

Wait, I'm not sure we're talking about the same thread. I saw this one:
http://forums.dpreview.com/forums/readflat.asp?forum=1041&message=41460497

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Tim F 101 Senior Member • Posts: 1,020
fair point

Can't disagree with any of that. I don't think that one has to be better than the other in any absolute sense. They both do what they do quite well. Making it a dichotamous issue just invites partisans to keep sniping at each other.

hellocrowley Senior Member • Posts: 1,291
Re: Why do birds suddenly appear...

Honestly, I was interested in the OM-D until I saw that thread. It got me interested in the K5 and I started doing research about it.

The K5 is indeed small and lightweight (compared to other DSLR), the pancake lenses are crazily small and sharp. Great high ISO and DR beats FF cameras. For under $2000 I can get a body with 3 very nice pancakes. I dont know why it's not more popular.

Promit wrote:

Tim F 101 wrote:

Serious question. Instead of starting a new thread, can you reply directly to the person who allegedly said that the OM-D is better? It would help keep down thread clutter on the forum.

Because that thread was about weight, nearly finished, I'd get ignored, and that guy was a douche. This thread is, I hope, a productive discussion.

James A Rinner
James A Rinner Senior Member • Posts: 1,607
Re: Why is an OM-D better than a Pentax K-5?

Don't talk about the E-7! I don't need another camera! I have to sell the E-5. It will be sad to see it go.
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Thorgrem Contributing Member • Posts: 760
Re: Why do birds suddenly appear...

I think it's because of the same reason 4/3's like the E-5 (or E-30, E-620) is not popular. A to small user base so it's overshadowed by Canon and Nikon. A to small users base is also a risk for people who do boy in to the system.

The K5 is a very nice camera but I would go for the m4/3's because it's the future and it's much, much smaller.

hellocrowley wrote:

Honestly, I was interested in the OM-D until I saw that thread. It got me interested in the K5 and I started doing research about it.

The K5 is indeed small and lightweight (compared to other DSLR), the pancake lenses are crazily small and sharp. Great high ISO and DR beats FF cameras. For under $2000 I can get a body with 3 very nice pancakes. I dont know why it's not more popular.

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WT21 Veteran Member • Posts: 5,240
Plus, within the same system, you can get an EPM1 or GF5

Using the same excellent pancake lenses, you can also get a 2nd, really small body. Hard to do that with the K5.

Thorgrem wrote:

I think it's because of the same reason 4/3's like the E-5 (or E-30, E-620) is not popular. A to small user base so it's overshadowed by Canon and Nikon. A to small users base is also a risk for people who do boy in to the system.

The K5 is a very nice camera but I would go for the m4/3's because it's the future and it's much, much smaller.

hellocrowley wrote:

Honestly, I was interested in the OM-D until I saw that thread. It got me interested in the K5 and I started doing research about it.

The K5 is indeed small and lightweight (compared to other DSLR), the pancake lenses are crazily small and sharp. Great high ISO and DR beats FF cameras. For under $2000 I can get a body with 3 very nice pancakes. I dont know why it's not more popular.

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Re: CDAF is usually more accurate

Good point. I have a DLSR for C-AF in PDAF, but while it's quicker, I swear it's not as accurate as my m43 CDAF

Everdog wrote:

I owned Canons for years, but the PDAF focusing always had issues. I sent my T2i in to get "adjusted" 3 times.

With CDAF you do not have to adjust the camera for every lens. This is why so many people claim they get a higher "hit-rate" of focused shots.

I am sure that if you properly adjust you camera for every lens, it should be just as accurate...but does your camera support that?

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OP Promit Senior Member • Posts: 2,011
Re: Plus, within the same system, you can get an EPM1 or GF5

WT21 wrote:

Using the same excellent pancake lenses, you can also get a 2nd, really small body. Hard to do that with the K5.

Good point, actually. I can coat-pocket a PEN, or wield a "big" angry OM-D, all with a single glass investment. Especially since LensRentals has confirmed that the 20mm is one bad mother

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hellocrowley Senior Member • Posts: 1,291
Re: Why do birds suddenly appear...

That's not really fair IMO. You should put the DA limited primes on that K5. For example the 1cm thick 40mm 2.8 or 70mm 2.4. It will be a lot thinner than the OMD + 45mm.

Thorgrem wrote:

I think it's because of the same reason 4/3's like the E-5 (or E-30, E-620) is not popular. A to small user base so it's overshadowed by Canon and Nikon. A to small users base is also a risk for people who do boy in to the system.

The K5 is a very nice camera but I would go for the m4/3's because it's the future and it's much, much smaller.

hellocrowley wrote:

Honestly, I was interested in the OM-D until I saw that thread. It got me interested in the K5 and I started doing research about it.

The K5 is indeed small and lightweight (compared to other DSLR), the pancake lenses are crazily small and sharp. Great high ISO and DR beats FF cameras. For under $2000 I can get a body with 3 very nice pancakes. I dont know why it's not more popular.

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Re: Why do birds suddenly appear...

hellocrowley wrote:

That's not really fair IMO. You should put the DA limited primes on that K5. For example the 1cm thick 40mm 2.8 or 70mm 2.4. It will be a lot thinner than the OMD + 45mm.

And put a grip on the Oly.

Thorgrem wrote:

I think it's because of the same reason 4/3's like the E-5 (or E-30, E-620) is not popular. A to small user base so it's overshadowed by Canon and Nikon. A to small users base is also a risk for people who do boy in to the system.

The K5 is a very nice camera but I would go for the m4/3's because it's the future and it's much, much smaller.

hellocrowley wrote:

Honestly, I was interested in the OM-D until I saw that thread. It got me interested in the K5 and I started doing research about it.

The K5 is indeed small and lightweight (compared to other DSLR), the pancake lenses are crazily small and sharp. Great high ISO and DR beats FF cameras. For under $2000 I can get a body with 3 very nice pancakes. I dont know why it's not more popular.

SirSeth
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Many cameras are better than the OM-D.

Of course the K-5 is better. So is the E-5, D800, 1Ds IV, XZ1, LX1, E-1, LX1, 645D, Elph 300HS, TG1, E-PL3, GH2,.... depending on your priorities, budget, interests, personality, past experience, current gear, self-image, perspective....

If the K5 does it for you, then go for it. It's a DSLR compared with a CSC. There are pros and cons for each and it's very subjective. Personally, I want the OM-D but am not willing flog my DSLRs and 4/3rds Zuiko lenses to get one. That said, every spec sheet is only part of the equation.

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