December 1, 2006
The Olympus OM-D E-M1 is the flagship camera in Olympus' Micro Four Thirds mirrorless lineup. When you pick up the camera, it certainly feels like a flagship model. The tough, magnesium alloy body is immediately apparent, as are the plentiful controls available via external buttons, dials and switches.
The controls are well-positioned,…
Paulus- aside from the fact that it's "the most ugly camera I've ever seen," what do you know about the MFT system? It has been said that the naysayers have never used MFT's. The reason I ask is that The OMD 1 is one of the cameras I'm interested in. I'm looking for CONSTRUCTIVE criticism to aid in my search. Other cameras I haven't ruled out are other MILC's. I would think about a smaller- but capable- DSLR like the Pentax K-3. Great weather sealing, Mag Alloy body etc.
PS- I have had a lifetime love of photography but not of taking great pictures. My last camera was the Canon EOS Elan 35mm- the 'last' camera I was ever going to need. Very sketchy results- lots of rolls of film taken with few 'keepers.' With the costs involved I have been on a hiatus. I was not impressed with early digital but now... I would like to have an easily carried, very capable versatile camera as 'the (NEW) last camera I'll ever need! Something with a large learning curve is OK. I like the idea of a camera to take on day trips, street fairs/ celebrations but I also want to get into landscape, wildlife (I enjoy hunting and have seen many things that I just want to capture- not kill). I know this is getting wordy and you might not even be looking to respond but you made the comment for a reason... Thanks for any input.
Micro four thirds is not for everyone. I had a EM-5 for 6 months and sold it. It does take great pictures if you are proficient at photography. But I cannot stand an EVF it's like putting your eye against a small television screen. I find it tiresome for the eyes after a day of street shooting and at night forget it use the screen. In the end before I sold it I was using mostly the LCD screen for composition. Like a really expensive point and shoot.
DSLR is the best whether it's DX or FX, the optical viewfinder is way better.
If you want small then get a small dslr....if can't take great photos with a small camera you sure won't with a big one.
The camera is only a tool, the photographer is the operator who knows composition, depth of field., shutter, aperture, ISO and the rest. Learning and practice is the key to great photos.
If you are unsure about M 4/3's or dslr, just rent a camera with television optical finder for a day or two and then make up your mind.
Back in the day, most people did not drive Pinto's but I knew a guy who loved them and drove it like Richard Petty....go figure.
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