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#1 Billy

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Posted 10 September 2013 - 01:27 PM

Just noticed that the new OM-D EM-1 is the #1 camera (as of this posting) at Amazon, including P&S, APS-C, Full Frame, etc.  Pretty impressive IMO considering the hefty price tag.  The new F2.8 zoom lenses they've announced look pretty sweet, too.

 

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Posted 10 September 2013 - 01:46 PM

This sounds like a quirk of the algorithm they use to calculate the Top 100 Lists. That's its first day on the list and it hasn't been released yet. Amazon calculates the lists hourly, so it might be that they just released it and they're extrapolating sales based on the initial rush for pre-orders.



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Posted 10 September 2013 - 02:02 PM

It definitely calculates for pre-orders.



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Posted 11 September 2013 - 10:23 PM

I pre-ordered that 12-40mm f/2.8 lens to replace my 12-50mm kit. I haven't decided if I'm going to cancel the order or not. I have until December to decide! Hopefully there will be some reviews in before then.


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Posted 12 September 2013 - 07:56 AM

I'm really lusting after the two Panasonic F2.8 zooms since my G3 doesn't have IBIS, but have neither the skill nor the ~$2500 (for both) to justify the purchases.  Good luck with the 12-40mm - I think that would cover 85% of my needs to date!



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Posted 13 September 2013 - 12:01 PM

Yeah, since I have an Olympus, I felt like I would be paying for lens IS that I wouldn't even need.

 

I'm glad to see the Olympus 12-40mm f/2.8 has a minimum focusing distance of 7.87 in. at all focal lengths compared to the Pany 9.84 in. since the macro mode of the 12-50mm kit is something I find really useful. I hope it's close enough for my needs: I photograph small artifacts at work, but usually they are no smaller than a shirt button or coin.

 

Olympus 12-40mm: 0.6x magnification

Olympus 12-50mm: 0.72x

Panasonic 12-35mm: 0.34x

 

My main concern is if f/2.8 is going to have shallow enough depth of field that I won't need a f/1.8 lens in addition. In terms of a full-frame camera the depth of field would be similar to f/5.6.



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Posted 13 September 2013 - 02:02 PM

To be honest, I'll think about the Olympus for the 12-40mm/2.8 if it's less expensive than the Panny since IS won't be as critical in that case.  For the 35-100mm I'll have to stick with the Panny (although I'm probably going to buy the 45-200mm/4-5.6 due to budget).

 

The fast primes stir a lot of lens lust in me, too.  Right now I'm only shooting the Sigma 19mm & 30mm 2.8's, and I really like shooting with them.  I thought they would be really limiting, but I think they've given me more focus in terms of what I'm shooting while on the learning curve.



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Posted 14 September 2013 - 07:25 AM

I really want this camera (in silver!). I have absolutely no way to justify buying it, however, and I can't find anyone at Olympus who will loan me one for review... grrr...

 

Relatively off-topic, but one thing that frustrates me about micro four-thirds is that they seem satisfied with the same apertures used for full frame 35mm cameras... and that's fine for low light work, but it's not sufficient for portrait work because even f1.8 isn't nearly fast enough to get a decent background blur on micro four-thirds. I think many people see the 45mm f/1.8 and do the focal length conversion, thinking it's equivalent to a 90mm f1.8 on a full frame camera, which would offer awesome background blur, but they forget to multiply the aperture. Well, I'll make a separate post on this...


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Posted 15 September 2013 - 10:57 PM

Billy, that makes sense: IS for the longer focal length zoom. Panasonic seems to be heading toward in-body IS for their future cameras too. It would be nice if both Oly and Pany were to go in that direction and perhaps lenses could be made at a lower cost since they won't need IS mechanisms built-in.

 

Tony, I am a victim of Gear Acquisition Syndrome, but oddly, I'm quite satisfied with my OM-D E-M5 and don't have the urge to sell it for the E-M1. Maybe because it looks a bit large and dSLR-ish, which I'm trying to get away from; I want smaller and lighter. I definitely like the phase detection AF capability though: the continuous AF is the E-M5's weak spot, in my opinion. Regardless, I have been able to get some great bird photos.



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Posted 09 February 2014 - 08:20 PM

Several of the sites I monitor had made the Em1 camera of the year.  However, I chose the GX7 for size, price, and probably a little better video.  Like Billy, I like the Panasonic fast zooms.  I have the shorter of the two, and I think my next purchase will be the 35-100.  The 12-35 has been great so far.  It is fast and sharp.  Some say the longer lens is even better.


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Posted 03 April 2014 - 07:55 PM

Earl, I am looking at getting the GX7, how has it been for you.



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Posted 04 April 2014 - 10:08 PM

Right now, it is my favorite camera of all that I have owned.  Still, I have only touched on many of the things it will do.



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Posted 11 September 2014 - 08:32 AM

A couple of OMD EM-1 have come up locally on eBay and currently at good prices. I have put a couple of snipes in just in case but curious as to how people are finding them now that they have been around awhile.  I am tossing up between a new OMD EM10, a second hand EM-1 or one of Tony's suggested Canon/Nikon options in a similar price range to the OMD EM10.

 

I do a bit of bicycle touring and bushwalking (hiking) so thinking a smaller/lighter package but the idea of a DSLR appeals as well ... 

 

Anyway if anyone has an update or thoughts that would be appreciated.

 

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Posted 12 September 2014 - 09:50 AM

I haven't used them but Tony's review of the EM10 indicated it was a great value compared to the EM1.  On the other hand, the EM1 is supposed to be getting a 4K video firmware update, probably due to pressure from the GH4, so a used EM1 could be a good way to back into a great camera with 4K capability.



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Posted 12 September 2014 - 09:56 AM

I haven't used them but Tony's review of the EM10 indicated it was a great value compared to the EM1.  On the other hand, the EM1 is supposed to be getting a 4K video firmware update, probably due to pressure from the GH4, so a used EM1 could be a good way to back into a great camera with 4K capability.

 

Thanks. I missed out on the first of the EM-1s on eBay today ... it has gone well and truly over my spend limit. A couple of bodies are coming much closer so maybe I might have a chance with them.

 

We have cash-back deals in place here at the moment which expire on September 30 so I have set that as my cut-off point. If I cannot get a second-hand EM-1 by then I will get the EM-10.

 

I need to put in place a decision point or this will go on and on :)

 

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Posted 12 September 2014 - 10:37 AM

I'm not sure if I'd go for an Olympus system.
Especially if I was to venture into several different styles and kinds of photography ( limited lens availability, limited accessories, etc etc ).
They've got nice prices though.



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Posted 13 September 2014 - 06:50 AM

What system would consider a better choice then Bill? I thought there was a pretty reasonable range of lenses in micro four-thirds; more so than for example the e-mount of Sony which seems to be the serious contender to the Olympus.

 

Of course the alternate is a Nikon or Canon but then that is heading back into bulky bodies etc.

 

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Posted 13 September 2014 - 10:04 AM

I'm a fan of bulky bodies :P

 

I find MFT (m4/3) rather limiting in terms of "low" available light shooting ( pre-dusk, dusk, night, pre-dawn, dawn, etc ).

 

If a full body DSLR isn't an option, I'd look into an at least APS-C mirrorless if not a Full Frame mirrorless.



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Posted 14 September 2014 - 05:01 AM

I'm a fan of bulky bodies :P

 

I find MFT (m4/3) rather limiting in terms of "low" available light shooting ( pre-dusk, dusk, night, pre-dawn, dawn, etc ).

 

If a full body DSLR isn't an option, I'd look into an at least APS-C mirrorless if not a Full Frame mirrorless.

 

I have pretty much narrowed down my choice to a Olympus OMD EM-1 if I can get a second hand one at a nice price or if not it will be a toss up between an EM-10 which Tony and Chelsea have in their favourites video or a Sony A6000 which didn't make the cut :)  This will be my travel camera.

 

I am also playing e-bay now for a bargin entry or just above entry DSLR to play with ... that is your fault :)

 

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Posted 14 September 2014 - 06:52 AM

D5200 or D3200 is your friend ;)



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