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Re: [OM] E-M5 iii + lens

Subject: Re: [OM] E-M5 iii + lens
From: Moose <olymoose@xxxxxxxxx>
Date: Mon, 22 Jun 2020 17:02:08 -0700
On 6/22/2020 3:25 PM, Ken Norton wrote:
I'm leaning toward the smaller camera for me to be the E-M5 iii. One big 
attraction for me is the good (27mm) eyepoint relief viewfinder.
I think I can weigh in on this as I've recently researched and tried
the various cameras looking for something, uh, modern, and serious.

The E-M5 III is actually a very nice camera, but the viewfinder just
wasn't quite there. You KNOW you're giving up something with this
camera. It's strange, because the camera is extremely competent, but
it's "off" somehow. I harken back to the film OM days and it's
definitely a two-digit model as compared to the single-digit models.
It's very hard to quantify the tangible differences because the specs
are so close, but the intangible differences are real and significant.

Panasonic's DfD focus system is very good -- when using Panasonic
lenses. For all but the pickiest of us, the focus system is quite
adequate. With legacy or other brand lenses, it's not going to be
nearly as fast and might frustrate. However, the G9's viewfinder is
worth the price of admission. In the entire world of m43, I maintain
that the G9 is the best overall camera.

I can see why you and others would feel that way. In practice, I don't care about EVF differences and the G9 is a lot bigger and heavier. I also object in principle to the top panel LCD. All it does is add size, weight and cramp the functional things on the top plate. Everything I need to know is in the VF and on the back screen. I would never, ever use it.

When one carries two cameras around the neck, size and weight matter.

Honestly, it feels a lot like
the E-3 in that you know this thing was designed for serious use and
not to be fiddled with.

OH, Pshaw! The GX9s are perfectly well made. Like the other digicams I've had, they will be obsoleted before failing. I'm not a war zone PJ.

There is a blogger I follow once in a while who had a "complete"
system in three different formats. He had a medium-format digital, a
FF digital, and a crop-sensor digital system. He ended up selling off
all but one lens for the medium format, and minimized the crop-sensor
system to just two "general purpose" lenses. His primary system is the
FF. What he discovered was that by building up a complete crop-sensor
system with gobs of top-end glass, he had a system that was
effectively as large and heavy as the FF system. And his take on that
was is if he's going to drag that much weight around, it's going to be
the FF system. He uses the crop-sensor camera when he wants to travel
light, not when he wants to just shoot with a POTENTIALLY lighter
system.

Yeah, Wayne mentioned that the E-M1 III isn't much smaller/lighter than an A7. That's my experience, too. It's the lenses that make the difference. An A7 II with 24-240/3.5-6.3 lens is way bigger and heavier than a GX9 with 14-140/3.5-5.6 or E-M5 III with 12-200/3.5-6.3.

There is nothing FF to touch the PLeica 100-400.

In that regard, this is pretty much where I'm at right now. The
Pansonic GX85 with the 12-32, 50-150, and 25/1.7 make a very nice
"grab-n-go" kit that fits anywhere and weighs almost nothing.
Alternatively, the E-400 with 14-42 and 40-150 is also a fantastic
little grab-n-go kit. While I would love to flesh out the m43 kit with
tons of fancy lenses and bodies, it really doesn't fit because if I'm
going to be serious about my photography, I'm carring serious cameras
and lenses.

And again I say Pshaw.

I've been doing lots of conversion and editing of 1" (Panny & Sony), 4/3" (16 MP Oly and 20 MP Panny) and FF Sony image files lately. There just isn't a difference between 4/3 and FF in quality. And the higher end, lenses for µ4/3 are every bit serious.

Defined as taking serious quality photos, I'm carrying serious cameras and lenses, and they are µ4/3. It's not as though I'm in a corner, holding my hands over my ears, yelling "nyah, nyah, nyah", so I can't hear about FF. I have, and have been using, an A7 II.

Moose D'Opinion

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