Where is Micro Four Thirds headed?

pinholecam

Regular
Aug 3, 2012
It does seem that the OMD has come along and filled up the big list of 'wants'.
Personally, I've been happy enough with the G3 about 1yr before the OMD came about.

CIRCA 2012, m4/3 seems to be very strongly placed against all rivals.
The lenses are enough for most shooting needs except for some long fast telephoto applications.
AF speed is a non-issue at this point (2012) while other MILCs and some advanced pns are still wading in the mud.
DOF control is pretty fine in most cases with the fast primes avaliable (20/1.7; 25/1.4; 45/1.8; 75/1.8)


The only thing is lower than the competition is EVF resolution and only Sony is the only one offering a better EVF.
 

Ray Sachs

Legend
Sep 21, 2010
Not too far from Philly
you should be able to figure it out...
I sort of had a checklist going of improvements / features I'd like to see for the past couple of years and they'd show up in various cameras along the way, but the OMD is the first time they ALL showed up together in one body. If I'd designed it, I might have done it without the hump, but the hump really doesnt bother me and I wouldn't buy a different body just to be rid of it. The body does everything I'd ever want and the lenses are all I'd ever want - way more of them than I'm even interested in. For me, the system is complete and the IQ is all way more than adequate.

-Ray
 

Kustom48

Regular
Aug 12, 2012
Wimbotsham, Norfolk, UK.
ian drury
Yes,
The OMD does seem to have many desireable features, and it to is on my 'wish list' but the price puts it out of the question for me.

I'd love to try one out for a few days to see how I got on with it and then decide if it was really the best for my personal style and use.

Pity Olympus, and other camera makers don't offer a 'Test Fleet' loan scheme for potential users/ owners to try over a longer time.
 

Pelao

All-Pro
Jul 11, 2010
Ontario, Canada
Stephen
I like the OMD on paper. It has the features needed to be a very versatile body. I feel that it shows Olympus put a great deal of thought in to what really matters. I don't like it in person, but it's a good camera.

Overall, M43 is doing fine and evolving nicely. I am not as convinced as some regarding the IQ, but then my output is primarily (large) prints, and I like landscapes and other subjects with challenging shadow areas. This doesn't mean the IQ is poor, just not optimal for some of what I do.
 

Archiver

Top Veteran
Jul 11, 2010
Melbourne, Australia
The OM-D is my first m43 camera and I'm enjoying it a lot. It needed to have fast and accurate AF to make the usability factor outweigh any possible IQ downsides of the smaller sensor. Currently, I have three lenses including the Pana 14/2.5, and Sigma 19 and 30, and I'm impressed with their performance. The corner sharpness of the 14/2.5 isn't the best, but I bought it for street and snapshot work, not landscape or other work where edge-to-edge sharpness is critical.

I'm still understanding how the files react to LR4 processing, so images in my flickr stream won't be around for a little while, although I'm very impressed with how well the high ISO files handle processing. I have Auto ISO capped at 2000 and there is very little, if any, colour loss or change. When funds become available I will get the Pana 12-35mm and use that as my general purpose lens, just like in the old days when I used a Canon 30D and 17-55 f2.8 every day.

Something that has impressed me a lot is the combination of full HD video and Oly's IBIS. It's almost like having a steadicam, and I would know as we use a Steadicam Merlin at work. This Friday I will use it as a B-camera for a live music event alongside the Canon 5D Mark II and XF100, and I think it will work out pretty well. M43 is finally at a point where I'm happy to use it.
 

wt21

Hall of Famer
Aug 15, 2010
Yes,
The OMD does seem to have many desireable features, and it to is on my 'wish list' but the price puts it out of the question for me.

I'd love to try one out for a few days to see how I got on with it and then decide if it was really the best for my personal style and use.

Pity Olympus, and other camera makers don't offer a 'Test Fleet' loan scheme for potential users/ owners to try over a longer time.
I rented one from a place in the US called "LensRentals" 4 days for I think $82 shipped and insured. Not sure if the UK has something similar.
 

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