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| p.2 #12 · Sony NEX vs. Olympus u4/3rds? |
The OM-D comes with a separate flash (the FL-LM2) which can be carried in a very little pouch that can be mounted on the shoulder strap with velcro....
No experience with the NEX or Fuji, though I considered both. Deal killer for me on either was the lack of really wide selection of native lenses available as of about a year ago (things are a little better in that regard now, but not great), especially in the wider areas. At the time I wasn't too keen on adapting at the time (I'm a little more open now, though really if I were adapting I would prefer swapping lenses of the same sensor size). The size of a lot of the NEX lenses is off-putting for me. The price of the Fuji and lenses is also off-putting to me, though in this case it would not be a deal-breaker. The NEX is supposed to be very programmable (and I have no doubt it's true), but the OM-D is good in that regard too (I also didn't find the menu system to hard to figure out. After I spent a few hours on it).
Anyway, I'm a happy OM-D camper and even though you've decided against it (perfectly fine decision), I'll plug it a bit. . Camera size and sensor quality is excellent (note: current generation Olympus bodies have apparently the same sensor and software. Choose body based on features). Volume taken up by my OM-D kit is 1/3-1/2 the size of my Nikon APS-C kit.
Lenses can be awesome - I have been nothing but pleased by the Olympus 60mm macro and Voightlander 25mm f.0.95. Not just sharpness or bokeh, but also by the intangibles of the lenses. Almost as happy with the 12mm Olympus, but I've found it harder to get good results out of this as on my Nikon-mount Tokina 11-16 on Nikon bodies. (maybe it's sample variation, maybe it's just because my best opportunities over the past year with wide angle shots have had me with Nikon bodies).
To hit a few things mentioned in the thread:
Each of the current generation Olys come with a tiny separate flash that's sort of the same size, extended, as a built in flash (it also has a tiny speedlight controllable with said accessory flash). I'm actually a bit surprised nothing in the line has a built in flash anymore.
All current generation Oly bodies have an ersatz focus peaking feature which works surprisingly well. It's buried as one of the art filters (key lime IIRC - I don't have the camera with me now and it's the only filter I use so when I switch to filters it automatically comes up), and as long as you set output before you move to the filter you won't lose any settings (you won't be able to view the un-filtered raw file in camera, though it's not filtered when you view it on your computer). I've been able to manually focus accurately and quickly with the Voightlander 25mm f/0.95 with not too much effort. I think it works quicker and easier than the evf magnification feature, though that feature is the one you want to use of course if you want to be sure about focus accuracy and DOF.
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