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- Aug 31, 2013
That looks pretty nice. Throw in an integral dovetail to avoid needing to secure a plate on the clamping dial and Canon would have built the nicest OEM height increasing grip...
Just guess, but I don't think it will be the camera companies that survive. I think it will be the Sony's and Panasonic's that do. Why? Because they also have a strong video/TV side to their optical/imaging endeavours, as well as having vast product range in other electronics. All of which make up modern cameras. Just my 2 cents
Really pretty sad when you can say the add on grip is the best part of a new camera.
I’m often tempted to investigate other systems when I come across something that annoys me with mu43. @pdk42, I remember you mentioning that the high ISO performance was a concern when looking through family shots, and this is my main concern too. Although I know that I can get better image quality, it always comes at a cost (usually financial!).
I’ve tried Sony FF and as I was already shooting f/1.4 lenses on mu43 (thank you Sigma!), to realise the ISO improvement on FF would mean that I would also need f/1.4 lenses on FF. What would be the point in getting 2 stops of ISO performance improvement and then using a lens 2 stops slower! I wanted a 35mm lens to replace the Sigma 16, but it quickly became clear that the Sony FE lenses were either massive (1.4 G master or Sigma/Samyang) or smaller but two stops slower (Sony/Samyang f/2.8). There was also the issue of body performance when compared to Mu43, which meant looking at a £1600 A7iii to get decent AF performance. My first foray into FF resulted in a quick back track for the reasons of cost and size.
I’ve recently tried Fuji in the shape of an X-T20. I certainly noticed the resolution improvement with a 24MP sensor and the autofocus seemed more accurate than my old G9 (which forever would focus on a random thing behind the subject (usually a person) that I was aiming at). But, although the f/2 primes are nice, I’m more of an f/2.8 zoom person with a prime or two for people shots. Fuji’s strange aversion to IBIS means that their only f/2.8 standard zoom lens is only stabilised on one of their camera bodies (X-H1). There is also the issue of only having OEM AF lenses, which means that the system is pretty expensive for fast primes. So for this system cost and features (stabilisation mainly) were the reasons I back tracked on this system.
The final system that I haven’t tried is the Sony A6000 series. On the face of it, a system built upon an A6500 and the Sigma 1.4 primes would be pretty awesome. However the system doesn’t have any E mount f/2.8 lenses, so I’m left with the question of would I really notice a high ISO quality improvement if I’m stuck using f/4 Sony E series lenses when compared to f/2.8 lenses on Mu43?
So, as of now I’m back with an Olympus E-M5 Mk II (outstanding value for money) and an Olympus 12-40/2.8 (again, outstanding value for money). Will I be tempted to shop around again? Yep! Should I be? Probably not! For an amateur photographer the Mu43 system offers so much value and choice. When you factor in the size advantage, no other system matches the size + cost + versatility of mu43.
Loosing the 4 way pad is a loss if you change setting with the 4 buttons. If you use it to change AF points (as I do) the joy stick is a big plus IMHO.Curious about your thoughts on the Fuji X-T30 or the Sony a6400. I'm tempted by both of them but I see you are back from the X-T20 so I don't know. I see the a6400 has outstanding autofocus but of course no IBIS and not quite the selection of inexpensive lenses as µ4/3. And the X-T30 lost it's 4 way directional pad. Not sure I would be good without it. I guess there is always the X-T3.
Loosing the 4 way pad is a loss if you change setting with the 4 buttons. If you use it to change AF points (as I do) the joy stick is a big plus IMHO.
True, but I've gotten so use to not having those controls do anything but change the AF I rarely even think of using the 4 way swipe to access them.The XT30 inherits the swipe gestures of the X-E3 which is where the 4 way button controls used to reside. They are still there, just accessed differently.
Canon shot themselves in the foot BIG TIME IMHO. Two bodies, neither seemingly a transition for their enthusiasts or pro DSLRs, even the "R" seems more like an EOS M5 upgrade than anything resembling 6D, 7D, or even an 80D. They release 3 adapters for use with their existing glass and release/announce a bunch of high end lens. There are maybe two lenses that really make sense for their "smallest and lightest FF body". More than half of the released/announced lenses have Canon IS.
I think the R is a big mistake, but the RP has it's place. I'm starting to come around to it.Canon shot themselves in the foot BIG TIME IMHO. Two bodies, neither seemingly a transition for their enthusiasts or pro DSLRs, even the "R" seems more like an EOS M5 upgrade than anything resembling 6D, 7D, or even an 80D. They release 3 adapters for use with their existing glass and release/announce a bunch of high end lens. There are maybe two lenses that really make sense for their "smallest and lightest FF body". More than half of the released/announced lenses have Canon IS.
And then they announce IBIS is coming......sometime.
I wonder how many people that have purchased an "R" or "RP" are checking their receipts and store return policies.