So after yet another relatively frustrating outing with my X and bird AF, I’ve come to the following conclusion (which I find applicable to me, not necessarily you), and that is- bird AF is just unreliable enough to make me never want to use it. So given that, why have an X? Why not “upgrade” to a mark 3 and gain starry sky AF? I seemingly loose nothing else, right?
With the price I paid for the X, and what I can get a mark 3 for, I will loose nothing on the X that I’ve owned for a year and a half, and be able to get a mark 3 and have about $500 laying around I could put towards a 7-14 or 75mm. So why wouldn’t or shouldn’t I? I ask seriously, as I want to make sure I’m not overlooking something else I’d loose by ditching the X, but by my count, I only loose one feature that doesn’t work, and gain one I’d actually like to have. Should I be patient for a fine tuned software release? I’m sure the longer I hold onto it, the less I’ll come out ahead, and I worry if the X will ever see another update.
Im not sure how I feel about the front/rear dial situation on the mark 3, but I doubt any concerns about ergonomics are warranted; I’m sure it’s great knowing Olympus. And I imagine they make a battery grip if I find myself missing that.
I agree - there's plenty of proof that the E-M1X can do a fantastic job, but birds, sports, motorsports - anything long lens is going to take some education, training & practice to do well. I would love to see a comparison between the X, 1.3 and a few other cameras done by a pro to see what their relative capabilities really are. I think there are some comparisons out there...?If you are otherwise satisfied with the E-M1X, you might want to read Thomas Stirr's article at https://smallsensorphotography.com/bird-detection-ai-tips#more-27991. He seems to get remarkably good bird results with his E-M1X.
I thought I read somewhere that AF+TR does not work with single focus spot. I can't seem too find the reference post but maybe someone here can confirm this? I did copy this from somewhere.Also, I’ve changed the focus points to a single one. It’s helped, but still disappointing. What’s the point of 121 AF points of only 1 of them actually works, and only some of the time?
Good call. Hadn’t thought of that one. I don’t think that’s a deal breaker at all, but I forgot they’re essentially using the grip for the M2 which never had the joystick. Thanks!Another thing that you would miss from X to the iii is the ability to have the joystick in the vertical position. The grip for the iii won't have it.