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| p.1 #1 · p.1 #1 · Fujifilm X-pro 1 vs m43 (well actually, include the X-e1 and X-e2 as well) |
Yup I know and I apologize, it's the never ending question and it may just be another GAS period but I still need to ask some questions.
I currently own an Olympus Em-5 and for the most part I am happy with it, I sold my Nikon D700 in favor for it. Sometimes I regret it but most times I don't, the size and weight difference is huge and that alone makes it worth it.
I recently looked at one of my D700 RAW files again and compared it to one from the Em-5 and I must say the difference is huge at 100% viewing, the D700 files are buttery smooth (I'm not talking about bokeh here but the file itself). The Em-5 has got some noticeable noise even at base ISO and that sometimes annoy me. However, I've also come to realize that what doesn't show in print really doesn't matter and so far I haven't seen any of the noise in any prints (only printed as big as european A4 (30x21 cm or about 11,6x8,3 inches) so no real big prints yet.
I think my biggest gripe with the Em-5 is that I don't really connect to the camera, it feels too digital, I loved the buttons and knobs on the D700. I love my Nikon Fm2 and Nikon F3, I think all I really want and require is aperture, shutter speed and ISO settings easily available, I rarely use all the bells and whistles. I mainly shoot in aperture priority mode (95% of the time) or full manual (usually when using off camera flash).
I was very excited about the Nikon DF but came to the conclusion that while it looks beautiful it is still nothing more then a D610 in a prettier package (not saying it is more ergonomic, but prettier). I do believe that mirror less is the future in most ways, for size if nothing else.
I have been considering the Sony A7/A7r but again, I feel those will be too digital not to mention I don't feel Sony have been very fast as far as putting out glass goes.
So, after a lot of reading and looking I am considering buying in to the Fuji X-system, not to replace my Olympus Em-5 but rather to use them together, I feel the Em-5 would most defiantly be the camera for when I shoot sailing/sailing competition photos (haven't done it much yet) as well as adventure sports, mostly thanks to it's weather sealing.
The image quality of the Fujis seem to be second to non as far as I've seen so far, the files look clean, the high ISO looks great and I absolutely love the control layout, exposure compensation dial, aperture ring around the lens and shutter speed settings on a wheel (although I'd be as happy choosing that as I do on most other digital cameras with a rear dial).
I was thinking about going for an Xe-2 (only about $150 more in Sweden where I live) but recently saw some amazing rebates on the X-Pro 1. Basically I can get the X-Pro 1 with the 18mm and 35mm lens for $400 more then the two lens alone, if I were to buy those two lenses and the X-E2 the prize would be about $700 more (remember, everything is about 25% more expensive here then in the US so don't be put of by the actual prizes). If I were to buy the X-Pro 1 stand alone it cost almost the same as the package with the two lenses. (about $250 less but then I'd have no lenses for it).
Another reason I am considering the Fuji and the biggest reason I wanted to go back to Nikon is that I have a bunch of manual Nikon Ai-s lenses that I want to use again and have the same perspective as the lenses were designed for. I understand that a Fuji and speed booster would make this possible (more or less at least).
Long post, hope some of you have the patience to read it and help me THINK. Of course, staying pure m43 would allow me to spend the money on nothing but lenses but even now after more then a year I still don't feel 100% comfortable with the Em-5 and haven't really felt the "I am never gonna leave this system" feeling. (I did feel that with Nikon but then size/weight had a say about it )