Traveling: E-M5 or X-E2. Which would you bring?

Started Dec 10, 2013 | Questions
camrnw
camrnw Regular Member • Posts: 176
Traveling: E-M5 or X-E2. Which would you bring?
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I have two kits at home, and am debating which one to bring while traveling:

Olympus OM-D E-M5

  • 14mm f/2.5
  • 25mm f/1.4
  • 45mm f/1.8

Fuji X-E2

  • Voigtlander Nokton Classic 35mm f/1.4

I can definitely see the pros/cons of bringing either. For the Olympus, it's the full range of lens choices, fast AF, and great EVF. It's the camera I trust to get the right shots. For the Fuji, though limited to one (manual) lens, that limitation can in a way be freeing - no need to change lenses. The EVF still doesn't quite compare to the Olympus though, and having to manually focus I will likely miss many shots. There is also one important point: the Fuji makes me want to go out and take pictures, whereas the Olympus feels like a tool.

Which would you pick?

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Fujifilm X-E2 Olympus OM-D E-M5
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JdKen Regular Member • Posts: 113
Re: Traveling: E-M5 or X-E2. Which would you bring?
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Easy. I'd pick the one that makes me want to take pictures. That overrides everything else for me.

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johnbandry Senior Member • Posts: 1,978
Simple
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I would sell the Olympus kit, which you clearly don't enjoy using, and buy a decent set of Fuji lenses. Then take the XE2.

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John Bandry

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BillyInya
BillyInya Senior Member • Posts: 1,453
Re: Simple
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johnbandry wrote:

I would sell the Olympus kit, which you clearly don't enjoy using, and buy a decent set of Fuji lenses. Then take the XE2.

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John Bandry

Absolutely second John's answer. It's a no brainer.

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camrnw
OP camrnw Regular Member • Posts: 176
Re: Simple

Ha. It's not that simple. The likelihood of me buying an APSC (or FF) camera system is going to be low until they can produce glass that's small enough.

I enjoy using my OMD enough to not sell it.

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MikeyLNG Forum Member • Posts: 62
Re: Traveling: E-M5 or X-E2. Which would you bring?

Very surprised to read the comment about the EM-5 viewfinder being better than the X-E2's. The latter is double the resolution and should have similar, if not not better refresh rate, and I think I remember reading that the magnification is similar too.

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jgoldstein2000 Regular Member • Posts: 181
Re: Simple
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Buy a GM1 and put your 12mm on it and put it in your pocket and take the XE-2 with the 35mm voigtlander.

In all seriousness this is what I will be doing my next trip.

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kewlguy
kewlguy Senior Member • Posts: 1,925
Re: Traveling: E-M5 or X-E2. Which would you bring?
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Should have been X-E2 + 18-55. Simple

But looking at what you have - take the Oly.

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FrankB2 Regular Member • Posts: 424
Re: Simple

camrnw wrote:

Ha. It's not that simple. The likelihood of me buying an APSC (or FF) camera system is going to be low until they can produce glass that's small enough.

Pentax did that a while back (made small but very good glass for APS-C) with their DA Limited line of pancake lenses.  However, as with most things, there is a trade-off, in this case a bigger and heavier body, and slower lenses.  I've traveled quite a bit with a Pentax K-5 and the 15/4, 21/3.2, 40/2,8 and 70/2.4. The whole kit will fit easily in a Domke F5-XB.  But, as you can see, the lenses are a lot slower than the more or less comparable Fuji line up.  Very nice lenses though.

As much as I like the Pentax, and I still have the kit, I prefer the Fuji for the lighter weight and faster lenses with a comparable sensor to the K-5.  I do miss the weather sealing and overall robustness of the Pentax at times though, as well as what I think is the best dSLR ergonomics around.

Limburger
Limburger Veteran Member • Posts: 7,812
Re: Traveling: E-M5 or X-E2. Which would you bring?
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Bring the gear that is most fun.

Missed a shot, bad luck. You sleep 7 hours a day, that is a missed photo opportunity as well.

Last summer lugged a 7D around Paris 15 hours a day,next year it will be a small little X100

I'll bring the Funi.

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camrnw
OP camrnw Regular Member • Posts: 176
Re: Traveling: E-M5 or X-E2. Which would you bring?

MikeyLNG wrote:

Very surprised to read the comment about the EM-5 viewfinder being better than the X-E2's. The latter is double the resolution and should have similar, if not not better refresh rate, and I think I remember reading that the magnification is similar too.

On paper the specs might be better, but in reality the difference is pretty stark. The smaller, lower resolution E-M5 viewfinder still beats the X-E2 in refresh rate (and not even with high frame rate mode enabled), which in my opinion, is where it counts the most.

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ryan2007 Forum Pro • Posts: 12,001
Re: Traveling: E-M5 or X-E2. Which would you bring?

Did you ask the same question on the Micro Four Thirds forum?  I already know the answer.

adventure_photo
adventure_photo Contributing Member • Posts: 725
I think you need a Fuji zoom 18-55

I would recommend adding the 18-55 XF lens to your X-E2 setup since it's such a great, high-quality lens that is the perfect setup for street and travel photography. The OIS works great and seems better than on any of my FF Nikon lenses. Even if you were not traveling I would recommend this lens just to have in your quiver.

However, if you do not want to invest in other Fuji lenses then I'd take the Olympus. One lens is too limiting and you'll kick yourself for not having other focal lengths.

Also as someone else mentioned it is important to feel inspired and excited to go out and shoot. I think you'll end up with better photos bringing a camera that inspires you and makes it fun to go photograph.

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rockygag Senior Member • Posts: 1,209
Re: Traveling: E-M5 or X-E2. Which would you bring?

It's simple .... my Kids surf.

OM-D EM-5 + 100-300 for that,

When I'm in Paris w/Wife and kids @ beach with Grandparents, the X Pro-1 + 18mm for street.

Sweet to have both!

Dave

AustinB Regular Member • Posts: 380
Re: Traveling: E-M5 or X-E2. Which would you bring?

I've had both, my .02$... X-E2 for better IQ, OMD for better AF, smaller lenses, weather proofing.

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