Re: [OM] Need new camera? G3 or ?

Subject: Re: [OM] Need new camera? G3 or ?
From: WayneS <olympus@xxxxxxxx>
Date: Sun, 06 Nov 2011 12:12:09 -0500
Thanks for the great points. I do find 12mp to be adequate, and my main desires 
at this time is a small system, good low light noise performance, and some sort 
of useable viewfinder.

Actually, looking at the attachable OLED viewfinder for the 5n reminds me of 
the OM varimagnifinder: 

On the downside for the NEX is no in camera IS, but then it is a small camera. 
The lens selection is limited, as you point out. However, the 18-55 and the 
55-210, if decent, would fill most of my needs.

The E-P3 is also worthy contender. Seems the AF speed was improved.


At 11/6/2011 10:35 AM, you wrote:
>Hmm.. plenty of nex7 fanboys here ;-)
>I'd like to advocate micro 43. Nice native lenses, decent image quality. 12
>Mp is enough, as the original 5D demonstrated ;-). I'm not surpised to find
>many people drooling on 24 mp on this forum though, crowded as it is with
>gearheads (including myself of course).
>I don't see a bigger advantage of the nex7 besides the integrated
>viewfinder. I'm quite sure micro four thirds will have a comparable body
>before long (bet they are working on it). I don't feel the urge to change
>systems, because the sony lens collection is still very limited.
>So the list of cons is bigger I think:
>- 24 mp: that means you'll need a *fast* computer for post processing. If
>you don't have one already, it guess it would set you back some 900 Euro's
>or Dollars. And they choose this sensor over the 5n sensor, which tests
>better. You are buying a camera from a company that prefers pixels over
>quality! (Well at least they don't donate to the Kaymans, but that is
>another story ;-)
>- limited lens selection, and some not really well tested. Mounting ancient
>glass is something all mirror less systems do. Mounting alpha lenses is not
>really practical, and I wouldn't call the use of 43 lenses on m43 an
>advantage either. If you're looking for portability, which for me is one of
>the main usp's of m43, you'd be wise to stick with the native lenses.
>- sony means a quite expensive closed eco system
>- panasonic/ olympus are really pushing interesting lenses. The recent 12mm
>and 45mm Olympus lenses qualify, and the announced Panasonic 12-35mm and
>35-100 look very promising too (they are expected to be 2.8 lenses).
>If you prefer Panasonic, consider (and wait for) the GX-1, an E-P3
>equivalent camera. With a decent viewfinder like Olympus if you need it. It
>will be bundeld with a very compact 14-42mm X type lens. Quite an
>achievement, Sony felt instantly the need to declare that they were
>designing more compact lenses too... (message understood I guess)
>It might be good to point out that the Panasonic 7-14mm, 14mm and 20mm have
>no IS (that is why they are quite compact), so only coupling with an
>Olympus body gives you IS. The regular Panasonic 14-42mm is the lower cost
>current kitlens, the 14-45mm the original kitlens (G1). It has a better
>I just got my 45mm 1.8 portrait lens, looks and feels good ;-). With the
>14mm and the 20mm it gives me a very light, versatile kit. My main camera
>so far was an e-p1, recently updated to an e-p2 with evf (which is quite
>nice). The AF is quite slow, not as fast as the current line (where af
>speed actually stopped to be an issue), but I'm quite slow myself ;-). I
>can still live with that. My next camera will be a cheap e-pm1 (preferably
>purple), or the m43 with integrated viewfinder. My wife has an e-pl2 with
>14-150mm and is quite happy with it too. The AF improved on that model, and
>the long zoom performs surprisingly good.
>Whatever you choose, enjoy the portability of mirror less! If you want some
>more specific experience of m43 ask off line.
>Best, Frank.
>2011/11/6 WayneS
>> I'm at the point where I need a new camera system.
>> I feel so out of touch and welcome any suggestions. I really need a small
>> system. But it has been quite a while since I looked at cameras.

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