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Savas K wrote:
This allows you do a lot more with the EM-5 under more conditions: Shoot in inclement weather. Add a horizontal and vertical grip that positions additional controls. Use long lenses capably vis-à-vis the grip. Use EVF and shoe mount flash at once.
I find that unless I'm actually on a paid assignment (and as such using weather sealed DSLR's) I really have no interest in shooting in inclement weather. I mean, yeah, its a nice feature to have (though I did hate the spongy feel to my EM-5 buttons) but I never once took that camera in the rain, because while the camera is up to, the photographer wasn't lol
Same goes for the grip and long lenses, it was a nice option to have, and I bought one when I had the EM-5, but, it all and all makes the camera just a bit too big for casual carry, same goes for the likes of longer glass. 100-300 is a "small" lens as far as lenses go, but its hardly something that is for casual walk around shooting. Again, if I want to be shooting long lenses, such as at a football game, then I'll prefer a DSLR and long glass like a Nikon 200-400 f4. Better AF, better high ISO, better subject isolation etc.
If your needs for a casual type camera are simply being able to put a small prime on and carry maybe a second in your pocket, something like a 12/2 and 45/1.8 combo, there just is no real need for vertical grip, or weather sealing etc.
Maybe as an only camera solution the EP-5 would come up short, but for us "well to do social shooters" which frankly I think most members of this forum are, EP-5 seems to present some cool feature in a reasonably priced and quite stylist package.
For me, its mainly about getting the great IBIS, so I can take some handheld cityscapes at night, using the 12/2 wide open and moderate ISO's. Not having to deal with tripods etc when out for a walk is pretty awesome IMHO, and being able to shoot at 1/10th a second or so handheld and get sharp results is a gamechanger as far as IS is concerned.
Bit of a premium price for sure, and it would be "better" at $799, but, while far from wealthy, I'm at least well enough off that spending a few hundred extra dollars on a camera purchase, which I try to limit to a few times a year (try, being key word) isn't going to make or break me in the long run.
As such, I'm on the preorder list