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Fancied a DSLR back-up for the OM-D.

Discussion in 'Olympus Cameras' started by Dave in Wales, Aug 11, 2012.

  1. Dave in Wales

    Dave in Wales Mu-43 All-Pro

    Nov 5, 2011
    West Wales
    Well to be honest, I just fancied a DSLR, no intention of deserting :43:.

    So I settled on a D300s plus a Nikkor 16-85mm.....it's going back. :rolleyes: 

    Why, 1.5 lb that's why.

    It's a beautiful camera, but soooooooo HEAVY.

    D300s (no grip) + 16-85 = 3.5 lb.

    OM-D + grip + 14-45 = 2 lb.

    I have to say that the finish/build quality of the D300s was excellent as one would expect, but I much prefered the OM-D.

    Chalk and cheese you may say, it's just IMVHO.

    The black OM-D is a class act, difficult to follow.
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  2. Ned

    Ned Mu-43 Legend

    Jul 18, 2010
    Alberta, Canada
    The grass is not greener on the other side, is it? :) 
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  3. nianys

    nianys Mu-43 Regular

    If u go for a heavier/bulkier camera, u have to chose one that actually gives u definite improvement over your lighter gear, or else it's a lost battle. U should have tried a D700. Exact same external as D300 but amazing FF sensor with unmatched DOF goodness, lol. U might have kept this one ;)  (and yes, I'm aware someone will step to the plate and say they ditched their D700 for an E-M5, I'm just not convinced yet).
  4. jnewell

    jnewell Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jun 23, 2011
    Boston, MA
    There are some things a D300S does better than an OOM-D but if the extra weight and bulk are an issue, then the choice is clear.
  5. Bhupinder2002

    Bhupinder2002 Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Hi Dave
    If someone asks me to pick a DLSR at gunpoint then I will happily pick up Pentax K30 as back up camera .Its beautiful, same sensor as K5 and weather sealed.Pentax offers very good primes as well.
  6. Jonathan F/2

    Jonathan F/2 Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Aug 10, 2011
    Los Angeles, USA
    A full frame DSLR and M43 compliment each other nicely.
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  7. newbert

    newbert Mu-43 Veteran

    Jul 22, 2012
    Glens Falls, NY
    Interesting - I started with a D300 (similar to 300s) and went to the OM-D for what I thought would be a back-up and lightweight kit. It's turned out that, since I got the OM-D, I've hardly used the D300 at all. Everything you say about the D300(s) is correct - great IQ, great build - but suddenly it feels heavy to me. :redface:

    For what I shoot (landscapes, nature and static images) the OM-D does just as well as the D300. I'm not ready to sell off all my Nikon gear (although I did just sell a lens), but it's definitely starting to collect some dust. :smile:
  8. WT21

    WT21 Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Feb 19, 2010
    Would anyone consider the rumored d600? I know it's got my attention.
  9. Bokeaji

    Bokeaji Gonzo's Dad O.*

    Aug 6, 2011
    Austin, TX
    If it were m43 size... :)  lol the body, that is...
    I'm spoiled by all day carry around ability

    - Eliot@Austin, TX
  10. Bokeaji

    Bokeaji Gonzo's Dad O.*

    Aug 6, 2011
    Austin, TX
    Is it that fake razor blade grass from the aeon flux movie?!

    - Eliot@Austin, TX
  11. Fmrvette

    Fmrvette This Space For Rent

    May 26, 2012
    Detroit, Michigan
    My D300 with battery grip (loaded with 8 aa cells) and the 70-200mm 2.8 weighed right around what loaded M1 Garand rifle weighs.

    I figured if I'm too old to schlep an M1 around all day anymore, I'm too old to schlep the D300.

    The OM-D and grip feels like nothing :thumbup:.

    But that D300 is a very capable camera.

  12. GaryAyala

    GaryAyala Mu-43 Legend

    Jan 2, 2011
    I am still thinking of the 1D-X for action/sports stuff.
  13. dre_tech

    dre_tech Mu-43 Veteran

    Jan 31, 2012
    I would have considered the Canon equivalent since I have a 580EXII & 430EX; plus the Canon TTL cables also work with mFT gear. Unfortunately I don't have noteworthy Canon glass, and now I have all the mFT glass I need.

    No crossing back to the bulky side for me.
  14. chrism_scotland

    chrism_scotland Mu-43 Veteran

    Jun 1, 2011
    Edinburgh, Scotland
    I think for me now that I've tried the D7000 and missed the EVF my only option for a DSLR would be a Sony, which wouldn't bother me as I had an A300 and 2x A700's before but not sure I would.
  15. WT21

    WT21 Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Feb 19, 2010
    I've been thinking about that, too, with the Nikon and Canon rumors of the FF smaller DSRLs. Could I really got back to a staight up OVF. One thing's certain -- I'm never again getting a PDAF camera without micro adjust. Now that I have accurate focusing in CDAF, I couldn't settle again for "good enough" PDAF (though it is good at tracking).
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