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Aug 17, 2013 02:43 |  #1

I have a fairly good canon setup as it stands. I usually carry this when I am away but I am now on holidays and have decided its to much to carry.

I have been looking at reviews of the olympus pen lite 5 and it seems to tick a lot of buttons for me. I photograph everything but my favourite is wildlife and people with occasional bif but not loads of bif.

Anyone using the olympus and whats your experience please?


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Aug 17, 2013 04:17 |  #2

I dunno... get a pancake 40mm instead the real weight and bulk is in lenses.


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Aug 17, 2013 04:46 |  #3

Mornnb wrote in post #16215347 (external link)
I dunno... get a pancake 40mm instead the real weight and bulk is in lenses.

No disrespect inteneded but "I dunno"- why comment. Pancake 40mm for wildlife???


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Aug 17, 2013 08:04 |  #4

jaomul wrote in post #16215374 (external link)
Pancake 40mm for wildlife???

Yeah, seems like a strange comment.

Why do you want to get olympus? If size / weight is an issue, why not a smaller / lighter canon body that can still use your lens outfits if desired? Don't know too much about the new M, but that might be an option. Otherwise any rebel you'll find to be much smaller and lighter than the 6/7D. And really, with good glass the Rebels are quite capable cameras.


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Aug 17, 2013 10:00 |  #5

I missed that slight detail about wildlife... but the point is the pancake is a better way of achieving a compact camera, in terms of image quality and expense.


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Aug 17, 2013 12:39 |  #6

I have a Panasonic GX1 that I absolutely love as second camera (for a while it was almost first, changed instantly when I got a 6D). Paired with the PZ14-42 it is a very small take-anywhere kit. That zoom is perhaps not the very best but it's small size makes up for a lot. The GX1 is quite cheap at the moment and a great camera IMO, the EVF however isn't that cheap, but you will find that you want it, in bright sunlight the LCD is almost useless. I have never tried any of Olympus m4/3s but I can't think there would be much difference. On the downside you would need to invest in some new lenses. I brought my GX1 and the Panasonic 100-300 to Paris Air Show this summer and got some pictures I am very happy with.


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Aug 17, 2013 12:57 |  #7

Thanks all. I will look at the panasonic. The EOS M is not really in the running. It somehow never appealed, and coupled wiyh its small range of lenses. The reason for olympus is this OMD seems to be a fine well respected camera with good image quality, the pen lite shares sensor. I prefer the thought of micro 4/3rds due the smaller lenses due the smaller sensor. I am only testing the waters at the moment


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Aug 17, 2013 22:45 |  #8

jaomul wrote in post #16216183 (external link)
The EOS M is not really in the running. It somehow never appealed, and coupled wiyh its small range of lenses.

It takes all ef and ef-s lenses. How many options do you need? :shock:


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Aug 17, 2013 23:10 |  #9

mjHession wrote in post #16217391 (external link)
It takes all ef and ef-s lenses. How many options do you need? :shock:

But what's the point of a small camera if you're still going to need a big honkin' lens? If I'm going to still have a big overall package, I'd stick with the superior ergonomics of a DSLR.




  
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Aug 18, 2013 02:11 |  #10

mjHession wrote in post #16217391 (external link)
It takes all ef and ef-s lenses. How many options do you need? :shock:

It takes them with an additional adapter (adding size and cost). I like canon but there are better mirrorless options that are smaller I think. The whole videa of a second system is portability for me without to much image quality compromise. Taking my same kit with just a smaller body is not really what I want. I will keep looking and reading. Thanks


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Aug 18, 2013 04:10 |  #11

jaomul wrote in post #16217707 (external link)
zthe whole videa of a second system is portability for me without to much image quality compromise.

This is why I suggested the 40mm 2.8, as you can retain your existing image quality and achieve much more portability. As the real bulk of a DSLR comes not from the body, but from the big lenses.


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Aug 18, 2013 04:34 |  #12

Mornnb wrote in post #16217794 (external link)
This is why I suggested the 40mm 2.8, as you can retain your existing image quality and achieve much more portability. As the real bulk of a DSLR comes not from the body, but from the big lenses.

But going for a camera with a smaller sensor means he can get smaller lenses that still covers a wide range of focal length. The f/40 is small but does only cover a very limited type of photography since it isn't possible to get wider without lots and lots of photo stitching. And it isn't possible to get longer, without lots and lots of cropping.

The thread title is "Second system" - and a DSLR that is only allowed to use a f/40 isn't really a system anymore, since it represents a concept where he is locked to a fixed lens.


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Aug 18, 2013 08:42 |  #13

emas wrote in post #16216146 (external link)
I have a Panasonic GX1 that I absolutely love as second camera (for a while it was almost first, changed instantly when I got a 6D). Paired with the PZ14-42 it is a very small take-anywhere kit. That zoom is perhaps not the very best but it's small size makes up for a lot. The GX1 is quite cheap at the moment and a great camera IMO, the EVF however isn't that cheap, but you will find that you want it, in bright sunlight the LCD is almost useless. I have never tried any of Olympus m4/3s but I can't think there would be much difference. On the downside you would need to invest in some new lenses. I brought my GX1 and the Panasonic 100-300 to Paris Air Show this summer and got some pictures I am very happy with.

I agree 100%. The GX1 is a great backup to my 6D. I can carry the GX1 and several lenses in a really small case. It is a cheap camera to buy right now because everyone is anticipating the GX7. You can get away without the EVF but it is really nice to have on a sunny day.


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Aug 18, 2013 10:02 |  #14

jaomul wrote in post #16215236 (external link)
I have a fairly good canon setup as it stands. I usually carry this when I am away but I am now on holidays and have decided its to much to carry.

I have been looking at reviews of the olympus pen lite 5 and it seems to tick a lot of buttons for me. I photograph everything but my favourite is wildlife and people with occasional bif but not loads of bif.

Anyone using the olympus and whats your experience please?

The wildlife and bif would be my biggest concern with a mirrorless system. Will you get the responsiveness with auto focus and shutter delay that you need for active wildlife?

I still recall with a shudder my attempt at using a Canon Powershot G3 while whale watching many years ago. The whales had surfaced and gone back under before the camera could take one frame. After years of shooting with a film SLR, I was really frustrated and soon thereafter entered the world of digital SLRs.

I am sure current mirrorless cameras are much better now, but it is something to consider for that subject matter.


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Aug 18, 2013 10:11 |  #15

jaomul wrote in post #16215374 (external link)
No disrespect inteneded but "I dunno"- why comment. Pancake 40mm for wildlife???

It certainly would not be my choice. 400mm would be better, but for BIF even that's on the small side.


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