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Old 12-23-2012   #41
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Neither. I have been toying with the idea of getting out of digital altogether in favor of b&w with my IIIf (see recent thread). As it is 75% of my time is spent with film. Still a small digital camera with decent resolving power is useful for indoor shots and for general color photography. I don't take digital too seriously and I don't want to invest any additional serious funds into it. I still have the E-P1 with two Panasonic lenses, 14/2.5 and 20/1.7 and I use a ocular viewfinder. Sometimes I shoot with the cheap and surprisingly good Olympus 40-150 tele-zoom or use an OM 50/1.8 mf for indoor portraits. I may get around to replacing the E-P1 with a new mini-Pen with the same new sensor as the OMD. I voted "something else."
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Interesting, my experience is similar to traveler_101.

I have sold my (personal) digital gear, including an OM-D system, to go back to film rangefinders (although I'm keeping my X100 so I have something convenient and quick should I need/want it.) The OM-D's smaller sensor/lower IQ thing didn't bother me too much but occasionally I missed, or at least felt I missed, the quality I got from my M9. The real reason for me switching back was I missed the fluidity that an RF gives me and that is very important to me.

I may return to mirrorless digitals in the future, but am for the moment quite happy with the decision I've made.
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Old 02-09-2013   #43
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Neither, I still can't get used to EVFs, looking through my M8 optical finder is a pleasure...
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My first digital was the Panny G1, my second the EP1. Still have and like the first, esp with the 20 1.7; the Oly went to my son. I tried the OM-D, but as some others have felt and written, OM digital menus are not to my ease or liking.

Now my main digitals are the GXR and XE-1. I'm used to EVF. Because of what the XE-1 can do in low light/high ISO, it spends the most time on my wrist right now. Were I to radically consolidate gear tomorrow, the XE-1 and GXR would keep their places; the main film bodies would be medium format (RF 645, Rolleiflex 2.8D, GW690, Ikonta folder); and I'd keep at my M5 and OM4 for 135.
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Use the M9 and GF1 for digital but have been shooting film about 80% of the time over the past 18 months.

If I had to choose between the OMD or XE1, it would be the OMD from the reviews I have read and a recommendations from a friend that is using it.

Its all good, lots of choices and they all can create a great photograph.
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Old 02-27-2013   #46
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OMD or Fuji X-E1 is what has been taking my sleep recently.
I have the E-P1 and two of the best m43 lenses so the natural step would be the OMD and that is what I would buy but... I have almost 30 vintage lenses from Contax G, m42 and Minolta systems and I guess the Fuji is the best choice for using them.
Also and still, no 21mm equivalent for the m43 system, what a lack!

Some complain here about the oly menu system, really? Have you tried the super menu layout?
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GAS aside (is it ever for us?) if you had to buy your CSC, EVIL, mirrorless, or whatever you want to call it all over again with what we have today what would you do? ..
Because I have two entertaining adapted lenses that can only be used on Micro-FourThirds bodies, and I have the Olympus EVF which I use on the Leica X2, I just picked up a used Oly E-PL1 body (with Holga toy lens included). Cost me $114. Might play with it a little bit then sell the whole kit. Don't know yet.

I have no interest in the Fujis. The Oly E-M5 is nice but I'm not thinking of expanding into more or higher end Micro-FourThirds stuff. I just wanted to be able to use my specialty lenses again.

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Om Pen....

Don't get me as a Fuji Hater.

I shoot Fuji 645 film and 690 film (G690bl). Love those BIG negatives and transparencies.
I shoot and have shot S2, S3 and S5 Pros. Would have had an S4, and would jump right on an S6 Pro, if they had not abandoned the Professional DSLR market. Loved the Super CCD sensor, with its rendering of skin and whites, and the wide dynamic range options.

Since then Fuji has shown me nothing but marketing hype, often misleading and super high pricing. Probably will never have my hand wrapped around their overpriced pseudo "range finders"

Because.....

Started shooting Olympus in 1972, and digital with the intro of the Evolt E300 and the Pro E-1 (Kodak sensors). Bought a number of those, and got the PEN E-PL1. (the first digital camera that relieved me of the agony and frustration of RAW and Post Processing because of the sharp, high quality images straight OOC)

I hear comments about all those legacy lenses to be used on the new Fuji's, but I don't see a legacy lens on that list that Olympus digital 4/3 and micro 4/3 was not shooting long before the Fuji "rangepretenders" came on the scene.

Doesn't it just kill you that Fujica/Fujifilm has been making camera's for decades with very accurate and bright mechanical rangefinders on them, up to and including the BESSA III, and yet won't put a real rangefinder on a digital offering!!??

Would love an OM-D, but can get the same new sensor and process engine in the new E-PL5 and E-PM2 for a fraction of the cost NEW compared to the Fuji new list prices.

Money is a big decider for me, and so long as Olympus PENS are kicking Fuji's A$$E$ on Image Quality, for a lot less money, it will continue to be my decisive factor.

Oh. Yes, did y'all read where OM-D EM-5 captured Camera Of The Year for 2012 over at DPreview. You can try, but cannot ignore that trophy.
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As someone with an M9 and an X100, I found the OM-D to be the perfect compliment to those two cameras, especially since I can use my old Nikkor AiS lenses from the 1980s on the OM-D.
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I didn't choose either camera. They are priced in the UK at just above or just below £1000 for the camera and a zoom lens. For £380 I bought a Nikon V1 with 10-30mm and 30-110mm lenses. I have enlarged the V1 files to 18"x12" and the quality is fantastic and could definitely stand further enlargement, so the Nikon outfit is good enough for my needs at a fraction of the cost.

I don't know why so many folk seem to obsess about being able to produce massive prints. If you actually do have a need for huge enlargements on a regular basis, fair enough, but I suspect most folk rarely or never have a need for this. The Nikon V1 is a fantastic walk around camera - it is compact and lightweight and I spend less time post processing the files than with any digital camera I have owned. Nikon is now expanding the lens range and they are comparatively cheap so I have absolutely no regrets.

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Well I have the Xpro not I can't vote but I prefer the images from the Fuji Xpro and also the lens quality over the Olympus so I would stay put. But the OMD whips it good in performance.
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I have never had either, but wouldn't mind the Olympus OM-D EM-5 to test drive...

I would "take it easy on the sharp curves" ... (Maybe...) LOL -

I like the body style of the OM-D EM-5...

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OMD seems like a nice system, but I had an x100 and then bought a xp1 (so I say xe1) and don't regret it a bit and would buy another if this one fell in the ocean today.

Fuji seems to really get it - photographer's needs in digital. They have been great with firmware upgrades and a pretty extensive line of lenses now and in the next year.

They are the firm to beat in my book.
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The EP1 is really showing its age though, the image quality compared to what's out there now...sucks. I never want to look at images at 100% because I always feel disappointed.
STOP PIXEL PEEPING.

Make some PRINTS and see what that camera is really capable of.
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Old 03-20-2013   #55
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...in answer to the original question:

When my X-Pro1 was stolen I reassessed. I tried the OM-D and also shot the NEX-7 pretty extensively with the Zeiss 24mm lens. I bought an X-E1.

Current rankings (IMO):
1. X-E1
2. NEX-7 (CLOSE second to X-E1 -- almost a tie)
3. X-Pro1
4. OM-D.
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I will continue to shoot 35mm film. But I'm seriously considering ditching my dslr and picking up a x100, just for the size considerations. I'm not giving up on film though. I love the process.

If I had the money I'd get the XE1
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What sold you on the Fuji's?

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...in answer to the original question:

When my X-Pro1 was stolen I reassessed. I tried the OM-D and also shot the NEX-7 pretty extensively with the Zeiss 24mm lens. I bought an X-E1.

Current rankings (IMO):
1. X-E1
2. NEX-7 (CLOSE second to X-E1 -- almost a tie)
3. X-Pro1
4. OM-D.
What sold you on the xe1 over the others?
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What sold you on the xe1 over the others?
1. I prefer the "classic" dial setup of the body.
2. I rather like the 28/2 as a near-pancake walk-around lens.
3. At higher ISOs, I like the noise characteristics of the XTRANS sensor a bit more than the Sony Beyer filter CMOS sensors. Chroma noise is extraordinarily low and the remaining luminance noise is exceptionally film-like.
4. I usually shoot RAW+ JPEG. The JPEGs out of the Fujis are about equal to those out of the OM-D and superior to those out of the Sony.
5. The size of the X-E1 hits a sweet spot between my CLE and my M6.

But as I said above all of these cameras are terrific and I am certain that I could be happy with any of them.
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I have both the OMD and the XE-1. I got into the M4/3 system as a compliment to my digital Ms. I was looking for something lighter to approach the quality of and eventually replace my 5Dll for the corporate events that I shoot. The XE-1 has phenomenal IQ, but the OMD is no slouch either. I just wish the Fuji came close to the fast AF of the Olympus.
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I have both the OMD and the XE-1. I got into the M4/3 system as a compliment to my digital Ms. I was looking for something lighter to approach the quality of and eventually replace my 5Dll for the corporate events that I shoot. The XE-1 has phenomenal IQ, but the OMD is no slouch either. I just wish the Fuji came close to the fast AF of the Olympus.
I tend to shoot in manual focus mode anyway, so it's less of an issue.
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Having had mFT cameras already (Panasonic Lumix G1), an Olympus E-PL1 found its way here. It was cheap. It produces wonderful results. I like the form factor. I'm waiting for the E-P5 and VF-4 to become available now. Then I'll decide between that and a Sony NEX 6 body. Decision points:
  • The E-P5 will give me access to the Voigtländer 17/0.95, Oly 12/2, Summilux 25/1.4, Oly or Voigtländer 45mm, and Oly 60/2.8 macro lenses. Excellent IBIS system and automatic sensor cleaning. I don't know how well it works with my M-mount lenses.
  • The NEX 6 works wonderfully with my M-mount lenses, and then there are the new Zeiss lenses available for it. The EVF is built in. No image stabilization, tho.

I've not had any interest in the Fuji X cameras. Still don't, they just don't appeal to me.

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Old 06-16-2013   #62
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after all this talk here and all the reading I did online, and now that my ep1 no longer has a light meter (it died somehow) I decided after all this time.....that I still dont know what I would buy damnit.

I think eventually I will get an OMD just for the hell of it because I have access to the lenses to back up the system. I hear there is an OMD replacement coming in September, I will probably hold off for that to see what comes of it, and by then I should have recouped enough of my savings spent on my daughter and her first 9 months of keeping us awake all night.

But then again I was in the shop the other day and played with a Nex 6, that was pretty sweet too......but I have zero lens support for it...same with that fuji.....

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Since I responded (above), I've had the pleasure of handling the E-P5 and 17/1.8 (or is it 18mm ... I forget) with the VF-4 viewfinder. 'Tis indeed a very nice piece, between it and the NEX 6 is going to be a tough call. I have lenses that will work fine for both, so it's particularly tough for me.

If I had a range of lenses only for mFT, it would be easy: E-M5 or E-P5. Either camera does a very fine job. :-)

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I don't have either, so (funds permitting), I'd be free to choose. And, up to very recently, I'd have gone for the XE1 out of these two, with an XPro1 as the ideal.

But the Pen EP5 has made me rethink...
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If you want 'small, pocketable', check out the E-PM2. It has the same (or newer?) sensor as the OMD; its tiny in comparison. I use it with the Olympus body cap lens (15mm f8 triplet) for a wonderful carry everywhere camera. Olympus even packages a nice little flash unit with the camera.
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As soon as my G1 breaks, I'm thinking of an OM-D. But it won't break! I just like holding a camera body, with my legacy lenses some of the other tiny cameras would feel like I stuck a credit card to the back of the lens.
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M9 doesn't provide weather sealing which alone makes the Oly appealing. The image stabilization is the cherry on top.
I use the M9 exclusively, and it sucks when I can't take it out because of questionable weather. I've been seriously considering adding the Oly. I probably will when the next model comes out and this one can be had at a much lower price. I have my primary camera, so I can afford to wait. If I was in the market for a new body today, the Oly would be at the top of my short list.
Remember that most µ4/3 lenses are not weather sealed.
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I rented the OMD/XP1 before I bought my x100. a year later and have not looked back besides adding the M6 although the week with the OMD gave me some nice images but did not feel right in my hands. But here is a OMD user shots on Steve Huff: http://www.stevehuffphoto.com/2013/0...steve-gosling/
slightly off subject question- what is anyones insight on Fuji announcing a X-Pro II?…. thanks
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I've been using the OMD for the past year. It's fast and capable - but the UI is needlessly complex. Irritating! I've 'held' the XE1 and the Xpro - they both fit really well in the hand; well made, and the lenses from Fuji are great. I bought the OMD mainly for speed; in rethinking this, it really isn't all about speed (unless you need it for sports or combat(!)), it's about vision and engagement.
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Come on man, you really think this? Perhaps some just like that the Fuji has dedicated shutter speed dials and aperture rings and doesn't feel like a TV remote control?
interesting, very interesting.......this could push me on Fuji...
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I had the X-E1, but sold it after a couple months.

If I had to do it all over again, I'd definitely get the E-M5 over the X-E1. And the only reason for that is the Oly 12mm f/2 + 17mm f/1.8.

Good walk around FL's for me, are relatively small compact lenses, and they have fairly useable distance scales (at least the 12mm does, not so sure on the 17mm - the distance markings seem to be too close to each other) and a better EVF.

The X-E1 had some things going for it - it's a pretty small and verrry very light body, especially considering the sensor size and that it has a built-in VF, and the dials are definitely nice to work with. Where it disappoints for me is in the EVF and the lenses (I realized I liked having distance scales, or at the very least something like Ricoh's snap focus - the Fuji on-screen scale just didn't work for me). The 14mm would be my kind of lens - except for the size. If I had to stick a lens that big on the X-E1, I might as well get a Pentax K5 + the excellent 15mm f/4 Limited.

But as it is, I have neither. After getting rid of the X-E1, I thought long and hard about the OMD, but decided to get a GXR M, but I couldn't get one at a decent price here, so I ended up with a GR, haha.
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They are both excelent cameras. My old X100 blew me away in image quality dept. But i have it sold because slow AF and quirks. On the same week i bought OMD for very specific reasons. I need great macro for horology + fast AF to keep up with my very active 3yo son + and great travel cam in and out dense and humid Southeast Asian rainforest.

One day when Fuji X line up reach a certain maturity in AF dept, i definitely going to try it all over again.
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