Oly...make a old school, manual control M43

Discussion in 'Open Discussion' started by lovemyoly, Jun 24, 2013.

  1. lovemyoly

    lovemyoly Mu-43 Rookie

    Oct 7, 2012
    Oly...make a old school, manual control M43. An area I hate about the M43's is the hard to adjust controls. Way too hard to adjust on the fly.

    I'd gladly pay $600 - $800 for a body with an old school shutter dial on top. Just make it user friendly with basic controls and a kick ass sensor like a 24mp.
  2. spatulaboy

    spatulaboy I'm not really here Subscribing Member

    Jul 13, 2011
    North Carolina
    That all depends on which body you're talking about, doesn't it? The cool thing about m4/3 is there are so many options.
  3. Chrisnmn

    Chrisnmn Mu-43 All-Pro

    Apr 26, 2012
    Auckland, New Zealand
    Easy, is called Fuji X-System. currently they have 3 or four cameras with all that, except for the 24mp sensor. Xpro1 - XE-1 - X100s - XM1 and they go now for around $800. have fun and dont forget to share some images with us! :2thumbs:
  4. bassman

    bassman Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Apr 22, 2013
    New Jersey
    The Bassman
    E-M5 ... Two control wheels on top, easy.
  5. Grinch

    Grinch Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Jan 9, 2011
    Which ones have you tried? I think your issue may partially be your budget...
  6. RT_Panther

    RT_Panther Mu-43 Legend

    May 4, 2011
    As soon as Sony comes out with a 50mm RX* full frame - I'm "in like flint" :biggrin:
  7. kevinparis

    kevinparis Cantankerous Scotsman Subscribing Member

    Feb 12, 2010
    Gent, Belgium
    Leica X2 nearly got it right....right controls, but fixed lens, 'wrong' sensor (its not 4/3) and an elevated price.


  8. Lawrence A.

    Lawrence A. Mu-43 All-Pro

    Mar 14, 2012
    New Mexico
    One of the things I like about the E-M5 is that manual exposure controls are so easy with the two dials on top.
  9. GaryAyala

    GaryAyala Mu-43 Legend

    Jan 2, 2011
    As Chris mentioned ... the Fuji's are old school, aperture ring on the lenses and shutter dial on top ... when you pick it up you're transported back in time to the good ol' days.

    I keep trying to load film into my Fuji's.

  10. caimi

    caimi Mu-43 All-Pro

    Apr 13, 2012
    middle US
    Caimi caimiphotography.com

    I enjoyed the basic controls on the X2 and it took superb images but the price was double what it was worth and the lack of a viewfinder eventually made me sell it.
  11. Chrisnmn

    Chrisnmn Mu-43 All-Pro

    Apr 26, 2012
    Auckland, New Zealand
    Dont forget red and yellow filters for your B&W film Gary! :thumbup:
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    One of the reasons why Leica still has a strong following... Unfortunately, the consumers that place a high value on such design still remains the minority.

    I personally think one company got it perfectly right... Epson R-D1 (even better than my Leica)

    (See first photo in link)

    Notice analog readout. Notice the Shutter dial that has both shutter and compensation integrated. Look very closely at that same shutter dial... ISO is also integrated. Notice the shutter dial hangs off the front of the camera just a tiny bit within reach of the pointy finger. Notice the on and off switch w/ its location. I could completely work the camera without the LCD even enabled. I can set everything while the camera is at waist level. I can see all the settings at one glance of the top of the unit. btw.. despite the film advance lever, its digital.

    PS> Just noticed that Leica moved the shutter dial towards the back of the camera on the X2... Why?
  13. DanSullivan

    DanSullivan Mu-43 Regular

    Jun 21, 2010
    Dan Sullivan
    Epson R-D1

    Fascinating camera, thanks for the post! More details here:

    Epson R-D1 Review

    I love the analog gauges. It would be wonderful if a modern mirrorless camera could have needle/dial displays for exposure settings and light metering, even if they were synthetically rendered on the EVF/LCD. Dials are much easier to quickly understand than digits.
  14. Yup... Made great images too. It had its quirks (battery, manual frameline selection, base length of the rangefinder) but IMO it was a well laid out control set. Still remains to be the biggest seller's regret on my part even though I got more for it than what I paid for.

    Epson R-D1 w/ 75mm Summarit f/2.5

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