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Offline IntoxicatedPuma

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I got another non-Canon camera...and a bit of a rant about MFT
« on: February 12, 2015, 11:14:58 AM »
I sold my 100D and Sigma 18-35 f1.8 awhile back and got an Olympus E-M1 + 12-40mm f/2.8

The Olympus camera I have not regretted one bit, but I couldn't help but feel disappointed by the PRO lens from Olympus.  Yes, it felt amazing, wasn't really that large, and was very sharp.  However, it was very expensive (same price as the Sigma) and not nearly as good of performance (24-80mm f/5.6 vs 27-52mm f/2.7 - if you take crop factor into effect).  I ended up not using the 12-40 very much because on the long end it didnt give me the Bokeh I wanted for portraits and while the wide end was nice, if I was going to have to change out lens everytime I wanted a portrait, it made no sense to keep it.  So I sold it and got the Oly 17mm and 45mm f/1.8 primes (35 and 90mm).  They worked out great, but sometimes I realize I need a zoom lens.  So I thought about it a bit and had looked at some bridge cameras before.  I did the math on the RX-10, it's a 24-200mm f/7.56 FF equivalent......so I lose a little under a stop of light on the RX-10 vs E-M1 and slightly less Bokeh (but not that noticeable) and gain a ton of extra range on it plus lots of video features the E-M1 doesn't have.

So that's made me realize the weakness of the MFT system.  Zoom lenses pretty much suck.  If I wanted 24-200mm f/2.8 (or anything below 5.6) I would have to get two lenses.  If I go panasonic 12-35/35-100mm, I get that 3/4 of a stop more light but have to carry two lenses and pay about $1800 for them, and if I go Oly I get 100mm extra range but pay about $2,300 and those lenses are both pretty heavy.  The RX10 and FZ1000 are both under $1,000 and I get one lens to do all of it with very little loss in IQ or ISO performance.

That said, having the f/1.8 primes that are cheap is nice.  I wish they had more f/1.4 lenses, I guess rumor is Olympus will be doing that soon.  The Panasonic 25mm f/1.4 is a good start, but an intermediary between the Panasonic 42.5mm f/1.2 and Oly f/1.8 would be nice.  While the MFT system is getting close to Canon in terms of lens choices, it still is missing quite a few.  I think it also hurts that companies like Sigma don't make MFT lenses and don't plan to.  The adapters and speed boosters are a nice idea but you lose the quick autofocus that cameras like the E-M1 have as well as aperture controls.  Unless you're shooting professional video they don't really make a lot of sense.

But in any case, the RX-10 is a great camera, all around it's extremely solid and I think those that are buying just a kit lens DSLR should really look at these instead. 
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