03/01/2016 /

Olympus OMD E-M1,or Sony a7ii, or another Canon DSLR


For a few months I’ve been wanting to add to my equipment list. Don’t get me wrong, I love my Canon 5d mk3. However there have been some recent developments in technology recently, and I want a smaller camera that will enable me to get in amongst it a bit more. The canon with a big pro lense on can be a bit intimidating when you amongst the guests at a wedding. 

So today I made a mistake of walking into a local camera shop chain to see what the sales were offering. I didn’t come out with any kit, but I have a short list. 

Olympus OMD E-M1 – something really intrigues me about the micro four thirds format, and I love the retro feel and styling of this camera. If feels really fun to hold and shoot with. And gives a different type of image, brings more of the background into play. 

Sony a7ii – this is a real piece of kit packed into a small housing. Lots of bells and whistles and probably does more than the 5d3 from a technology point of view. And I can run my current lenses with an adapter. 

Canon 6d – really capable. It’s like the ronseal ad, it does exactly what it says on the tin. 

All really capable cameras. Each strong in their own right, and each has its own unique weakness. Even the 5d3 has weaknesses, you learn to live with and work around them. 

The “business” choice says go Canon. As my wife said to me today, you and your style have a relationship with canon. And she’s right. But it feels very grown up. The geeky nerd in me says get the Sony a7ii, I add a something slightly different to the creative arsenal and I can be a bit grown up and justify if from a business point of view. 

But there is something really appealing about that Olympus. Sometimes taking photographs for a living can suck some of the fun out of photography. I’ve never not enjoyed it, ever, but I pick the camera up less for fun these days. And there is something about the Olympus that makes me want to play again. One of my first cameras was an Olympus mui point and shoot film camera. I’ve still got it, somewhere.  

I’ll sleep on it…..

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