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Tough Call

Discussion in 'Open Gear Talk' started by Biro, Oct 24, 2012.

  1. Biro

    Biro SC All-Pro

    Aug 7, 2011
    Jersey Shore
    Steve
    Right now in the U.S. the Sony NEX6 with new, compact 16-50mm kit zoom is going for the list price of $998. I noticed tonight that Amazon.com itself is selling the Fuji X100 for $999. And B&H Photo is letting the Ricoh GXR with A16 24-85mm module go for $799. I probably can't swing any of these until Christmas. But it's fun to think about. Which would you pick given my kit below (and Pentax K-5). I would add that the X100 would probably be an addition to my kit. But if the Sony or Ricoh worked out they would probably replace my micro four-thirds gear.
     
  2. wt21

    wt21 SC Hall of Famer

    Aug 15, 2010
    It completely depends on what you shoot, rather than what the kit you have now is. NEX can't replace the lenses you have now, and neither can the GXR. The GXR, IMO, also looks like it could be on a dead-end. The Ricoh/Pentax merger has left it in doubt.

    I guess what I'm saying is that if you use all those m43 lenses, you can't replace them with any of these options. If you are only using one or two lenses, and the rest get no use, then which are you using? That might drive the decision.
     
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  3. Adam Quek

    Adam Quek SC Regular

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    Oct 5, 2012
    Why would you want to replace the micro four-thirds anyway?
     
  4. Biro

    Biro SC All-Pro

    Aug 7, 2011
    Jersey Shore
    Steve
    What I'm actually doing is pursuing my desire for a camera with a rangefinder form and built-in EVF. My GX1 and E-PM1 come close but the viewfinders must be carried separately and mounted atop the camera when needed. The NEX6 would solve that and even give me a bump in sensor size. Maybe not 100% essential but still useful. Ditto the X100 but it wouldn't require any additional lens purchases. The GXR still lacks a built-in EVF but if Ricoh ever brings out a K-mount module, I could use all of my DA Limited primes on it. For that matter, I could do that with the NEX6 now.
     
  5. Kin Lau

    Kin Lau SC Regular

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    Oct 23, 2012
    I'm very interested in the NEX6 and X-100/X-E1 for the same reasons, a digital RF.

    I am however willing to wait and see what Panasonic will do with the GX2, as I'd rather not deal with yet another system.
     
  6. Biro

    Biro SC All-Pro

    Aug 7, 2011
    Jersey Shore
    Steve
    Yes, I agree with your thinking. The only hitch for me is both the GX2 and Olympus's replacement for the E-P3 are still only rumors.
     
  7. KianO

    KianO SC Top Veteran

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    Jun 27, 2012
    Geneva
    With your impressive m43 lens lineup why not go for the OMD?
     
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  8. Biro

    Biro SC All-Pro

    Aug 7, 2011
    Jersey Shore
    Steve
    Intellectually you're right. It's an obvious choice. But the EP-5 just doesn't appeal to me. Maybe it's too much like my Pentax K-5, which is pretty compact for a DSLR.
     
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  9. Luke

    Luke Super Moderator

    Nov 11, 2011
    Milwaukee, WI USA
    Luke
    the hump may be throwing off your judgment on the sizes. If you don't like it, that's OK, but it's a compact compared to the small-ish K5
    Compare camera dimensions side by side

    (I wish I could figure out how to paste the image in here.)
     
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