E-P5 + 45/1.8 vs A6000 + 60/2.8

Discussion in 'Open Discussion' started by demiro, Jan 29, 2015.

  1. demiro

    demiro Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Nov 7, 2010
    OK, please help. Make a case for one of the two options in the title.

    The LX100 is my primary camera these days, with a DP3M for when I want to get creative, and a Nikon P510 superzoom for when I want to shoot non-keeper nature shots. I want (don't really need) a short tele/portrait option. I've used the 45/1.8 with a variety of bodies and I like it, and I have used the Sigma 60 with an NEX-6 and liked it as well. I have not yet used an A6000, but I am intrigued by it. Price is not significantly different; neither is size. So it really comes down to performance. My shooting priorities would be portraits in semi-controlled light, some sports/action in gyms, and casual low light shots.

    Thanks in advance for any opinions. I don't mind some m4/3s bias, as I have it as well. :)
  2. ean10775

    ean10775 Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jan 31, 2011
    Cleveland, Ohio
    Hmmm - Interesting question. I would think the ~1 stop advantage the m43 setup gives is negated by the ~1 stop ISO advantage the Sony would theoretically give. I love me the Sigma 60mm on the m43 system and certainly prefer its rendering over the Oly 45mm, so for me it would come down to how that lens performs on the sensor of the A6000 and quickly it focuses both generally and in the lower light situations you're contemplating.
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  3. ManofKent

    ManofKent Hopefully still learning

    Dec 26, 2014
    Faversham, Kent, UK
    E-P5 and Sigma 60 :smile:
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  4. Jonathan F/2

    Jonathan F/2 Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Aug 10, 2011
    Los Angeles, USA
    M43 native vs Sony E native glass, I'll go with M43. I just can't see that big a difference between M43 and APS-C. I'll take the smaller M43 lenses any day.
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  5. ean10775

    ean10775 Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jan 31, 2011
    Cleveland, Ohio
    I've never seen the Sigma 60mm for Sony mount in person - is it bigger than the m43 version? I, perhaps mistakenly, was under the impression that one of the reasons the 60mm performs so well on the m43 system is that the lens is really designed to cover the APS-C sensor of the Sony cameras.
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  6. pdk42

    pdk42 One of the "Eh?" team

    Jan 11, 2013
    Leamington Spa, UK
    You're asking this question on a u43 site? Do you really expect to get an unbiased opinion!
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  7. demiro

    demiro Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Nov 7, 2010
    I know my first post was arduously long, but did you fail to read the final sentence?
  8. Ulfric M Douglas

    Ulfric M Douglas Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Mar 6, 2010
    e-P5 + 45mm looks and feels like a gorgeous piece of retro but modern technology, and that 45mm takes very nice portraits.
    The A6000 is more ... Sony. The Sigma lens is reputed to be a bit sharper than the 45 but they are both good : everyone loves them.
    Me? I'd have the Olympus combination because in adittion to enjoying using the stuff there are two further advantages over the Sony ;
    1. Excellent stabilisation for low-light slow shutter stuff.
    2. VF-4 is available.
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  9. fireblade

    fireblade Mu-43 Regular

    Jun 19, 2012
    Sony tend to give "orange" skintones, go the EP5/45.
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  10. mattia

    mattia Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    May 3, 2012
    The Netherlands
    Maybe the older cams, but the A6000 and A7 series don't really have this issue. At least, I haven't noticed.
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  11. Klorenzo

    Klorenzo Mu-43 All-Pro

    Mar 10, 2014
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  12. demiro

    demiro Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Nov 7, 2010
    The Sigma is a great m4/3s lens. I've had one in the past. I'd say it is close enough to the 45 in overall quality as to not matter, but in this case the focal length is much better for me with the 45.
  13. ijm5012

    ijm5012 Mu-43 Legend

    Oct 2, 2013
    Pittsburgh, PA
    I personally would say go with the a6000/60mm f2.8 if you're going to be doing a lot of shooting in good light. As many have said, the ~1 stop aperture advantage of the 45mm is negated by the ~1 stop ISO advantage of the a6000. However the 24mp sensor in the a6000 is simply fantastic.

    If you're going to be doing a lot of shooting indoors in lower light, then get the E-P5/45mm. It will focus MUCH faster in poor light than the Sony will, and it has 5-axis IBIS to give you some really great image stabilization.
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  14. jeffryscott

    jeffryscott Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Jul 2, 2010
    The Sigma is a fantastic lens, but, it does not take advantage of the A6000's super fast AF. For the A6000 you would be better with the Sony 50 1.8.

    I've gone Sony, then Fuji and have returned to m43. I just prefer the system, even though I felt the Fuji had the best IQ. The A6000 is technologically brilliant, but not endearing in any way to me.
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  15. demiro

    demiro Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Nov 7, 2010
    What I bolded is pretty important for me. Leaning hard toward the E-P5.
  16. demiro

    demiro Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Nov 7, 2010
    I've traveled those same roads with similar experiences. Your last sentence rings very true.
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