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| p.1 #6 · From D7000 to a mirrorless? |
I don't like the 43 format because the sensor is too small for SDF. Plus, the image quality is far from superb.
I'm not shooting sports. I shoot alot at home so I need some fast glass. And of course portraits.
I like the image quality from my d7000. It's great. I want the same thing(WITH MANUAL CONTROL ON EVERYTHING. The Sony 5n for example, has only 1 dial...) in a small package.
If I sale my gear, I will have about 2,400$. Is it enough for a good camera and good glass?
The IQ on the latest 16MP m43 cameras (Panasonic and Olympus) are not "far from superb" unless your reference is something like a 5D3 or D800. Even then, I am very impressed with the OM-D and I own/use a pair of D800's.
As far as DOF, there are now a number of fast native primes that go a long way towards bridging that gap (Olympus 12/2, 45/1.8 and 75/1.8 and Panasonic 25/1.4 & 20/1.7). I owned a D7000 for a while and I feel the IQ from the OM-D is very, very close to the D7000. And the Oly fast primes have marvelous IQ with beautiful bokeh.
$2400 would get you an OM-D, 12/2, 45/1.8 and a FL-600R speedlight. There are also some f2.8 zooms from Panasonic that are supposed to be very good, but more expensive.
I think the trick is understanding your needs/expectations. If you are expecting a m43 kit to do everything a DSLR kit can do, you will be disappointed. DSLR's still have huge advantages in speed for things like sports, birds in flight, etc. And full frame DSLR's have more selective DOF options.
My personal take on it is that the latest cameras like the OM-D (and probably the latest 16MP Panny's) are a great solution for things that you might have previously considered a rangefinder for. It is still not a viable replacement for DSLR's for things that require robust C-AF or razor-thin DOF. On the other hand they offer distinct advantages in other areas such as macro (more DOF is a good thing and the CDAF tends to work better than PDAF in this case), street photography (more stealthy) and travel (more stealthy and more portable). The other area of weakness for m43 right now is long glass. There are no super high quality telephotos over 200mm effective FX focal length (100mm for m43), only slow zooms that are of "consumer" quality.
If you are OK with the IQ of a D300s/D7000 or a 7D, you will not give much, if anything, up with the Oly OM-D as far as IQ. And you can afford higher quality lenses that will be much smaller/lighter if you are good with primes.