If you have Canon lenses already this one takes both EF-S and EF lenses, So if you have any old S- mid frame lenses, you can trade in both full frame and mid frame bodies. That's what I did. You just have to get an inexpensive adapter to use both EF and EF-S lenses. Also uses Tamron lenses. In the long run the lenses cost more.In Finland that camera costs 2900 €. Personally I think that is expensive for a camera. My opinion is that 1500-2000 € for a professional level camera is "not that expensive", but this is much more.
But I guess that is totally subjective depending on one's wealth, so anything goes.
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I found the S-AF of my GX7, let alone my GX9 or G9, to be perfectly fine for street photography. Although if I were going to use an S5 for street, I'd also have a manual focus lens for it.
I thought I would mention Dennis Mook's article discussing his three cameras, Olympus, Fuji, and Nikon. All three have their pros and cons. None are perfect for everything, but the differences are minor. They all take great photos.There's such a high variety of customers that it's near impossible to make a product that fits even most of the consumers' needs, less so a perfect camera for everyone.
It makes no sense for them to quit altogether in my opinion. GH-series has been great and popular from what I know. The smaller sensor has some benefits.
On the contrary, I don't think M4/3 would survive on only one manufacturer. Certainly it's the lenses, not the sensors or anything else I can think of, keeping it going right now, and the stable wouldn't be nearly as full without the competition and compatibility across manufacturers.
The problem is the severe loss of market. ILC sales have crashed to only 5 million units per year. Panasonic and JIP have to make a go of it on only 5% of that total combined, supporting all body, lens, and software development, sales, warranty. If this industry didn't have so much sunk cost tech (mech. shutters, optics) and standalone history it would be concatenated and absorbed into 1 or 2 entities, one of which being Canon. m43 as a format is fine because its a popular and versatile video aspect ratio, but for stills camera and consumer grade product lines, that's the challenge in a market that has cratered. It doesn't surprise me that there are rumours about large scale slowdowns, which is what we can expect from JIP as well. These markets have become so small with no growth potential they are on a knife edge of viability.It makes no sense for them to quit altogether in my opinion. GH-series has been great and popular from what I know. The smaller sensor has some benefits.
They have mostly everything needed done already, so just need to update some cameras once in a while. They can get new tech from the FF development too.
This would be true if there is a fixed size Micro 4/3 camera market which does not face any competition from other mount systems.
Secondhand market of 4/3 products would of course exist forever *) but M4/3 as a "new camera" ecosystem would still be dead as a dodo the very moment both remaining backers decide to discontinue their MFT product lines. 3rd party lens manufacturers would likely keep their existing m4/3 models in production as long as there's still demand even if panny and OMDS shut down their kilns.m4/3 will last for a while yet, even if all the manufacturers go bust. There are hundreds of thousands of active, working m4/3 cameras out there (perhaps millions) and a slew of glass to go with them.
Exactly why I have just bought a spare M5 mkii body. A very fine camera indeed.m4/3 will last for a while yet, even if all the manufacturers go bust. There are hundreds of thousands of active, working m4/3 cameras out there (perhaps millions) and a slew of glass to go with them. The bodies are not all going to stop working immediately, some may go on for years, decades even. Likewise the glass - unless a lens breaks it's good for ever. Batteries will be made by third party manufacturers for as long as there is demand, and the second-hand market will be active for yonks. I doubt if anyone on this board will still be alive when the last m4/3 body fails - the system will outlast us all for longitivtiy. We just need to buy backups of what we like...
Any time I consider a different format, I see the size and weight of the long lenses and I go no further. It’s not that I couldn’t carry it, it’s that, as just a hobbyest, I don’t really want to. What would something like the G9+PL100-400 weigh in APS-C or FF, and then I can worry about how much would something like that cost?Given the similarities in the Gh5 and G9, I would bet as an old business owner that the COG for the G9, especially the software, is almost nothing. You produce your Gh camera for the video folks and the G series is produced at a significantly less R&D cost. Without Olympus (I Don't know if JIP will actually be in the game) and Panasonic able to sell the G9 at or near the $1K level (I think they were only priced higher in the beginning due to the OM1 pricing) versus the $2K level of the pro level Gh hybrid video cameras and you have a very good mix of products that use your lens lineup. If JIP just sells the inventory and/or reduces markets, Pany is in a good position in the crop sensor business. IMHO if someone bails on M43 it will be JIP and not Panasonic.
Something like the Gx9/Gx85 say priced at the $700/800 dollar level, a G9 around a $1k, and the Gh6 (probably at least $2K) to take advantage of the current lens system seems like a good strategy IMHO to take advantage of what ever Olympus business they get as well as keeping the market share or grow it that they currently have in the M43 market.
As people age size (especially of lenses) is important. Older folks tend to have more disposable income. Video in the field benefits from the smaller system. I think Panasonic is in good shape for now (very large company). JIP, don't know. If Olympus couldn't pull it off, I don't see JIP doing it. The reason M43 works in the video world is because producers/videographers know the quality of the Panasonic video products and the Gh line is a proven and mature product line. If I were betting I would say M43 due to its video benefits and the fact that G9 has proven they can make a great stills camera is clearly in a much better market position than JIP not even considering the problems involved in trying to make an acquisition work given the current market and health issues today.
Surely time to go small again? Differentiate yourself truly from the FF newbies....Digital photography has matured. It's all incremental improvements from now on. I think that's really what has been driving the full frame fad. But what's next? Medium format? Then large format? Extra-large format? Eventually people will have to accept that their current camera is good enough.