[I] was one of the ones that preordered the OMD, I sold it for a NEX7, here's why.
Now before we get into any details let me first say that these are MY, let me say again MY point of view and does not reflect those of other folks. If you are leaning towards any camera, do your research.
Why I let go of the OMD
For the same reasons outlined in this post. I tried to love that camera but just couldn't, it actually got to the point where I considers the OMD my “work” camera, and my others as my “personal” cameras. Needless to say I did not like that compartmentalisation, but I just didn't enjoy the camera enough to go shoot with it for myself. This is against a whole lot of people whom I know use it for their street photography. Don't get me wrong, the OMD is a stellar, great camera, but just not for me. It's the old “It's not you, it's me” thing. And after all that time I still didn't trust it for some reason, I still do not know why.
But beyond the original reasons, the biggest factor for separating with my OMD is the lack of focus peaking. I got spoiled with the GXR with this and I can't live without it. But more than an annoyance it actually prevented me from buying great legacy glass to use with it. You can find great high aperture telephotos at around 200$ but without focus peaking you would be gambling with your focus more than anything.
As a freelance photographer I needed the double battery, one of the biggest reasons I bought the OMD in the first place, but now many other mirrorless cameras have third party double battery grips in the 100$ range, when I saw the NEX7 had one it was an offer I could not refuse.
The OMD is my second micro43 camera, I had the original PEN, bought it as soon as it came out. I don't know what it is about the m43 format it's just not for me, even though they both are great cameras. It's not you, it's me, now move on.
Why I got the NEX7
The camera market seems so polarized to me. Nikon and Canon are seen as camera manufacturers while Sony is seen as an electronics company and therefore gets a bad rap. It is true that Sony does not have much invested into cameras then the others but here are the reasons why I got the NEX7. Oh by the way the OMD has a Sony sensor in it, so does many Pentax and Nikon cameras, just sayin'
You can get a Sony NEX7 used around $850. A steal for this kind of camera. I sold my OMD kit with grip and 45mm 1.8, I bought the NEX7, NEX3 (backup body), 28mm 2.8, 135mm 2.8, bothe legacy glass with adapter, Ownuser grip and still had a Benji left.
Before getting into details, the sad fact is that the Sony E mount is very poor on lenses. There is some tempting glass (Zeiss 24 is very nice) but not an overall large choice of focal lenghts at different price points. But if you are looking for an ultra wide angle, Sony offers the cheapest glass you can get. You can get the 16mm+12mm adapter for around 200$. I was looking at the Voigtlander 12mm and this is $500 cheaper and overall good quality glass.
The Nex having focus peaking means you can put legacy lenses on it and shoot pretty fast with it. I have my Voightlander 40mm mounted on my NEX7 and I do not miss the focus one bit. For a freelance event photographer like me that means I can get great leacy lenses at a fraction of the price of their newer equivalent.
Double battery grip
A chine company made this Ownuser double battery grip which you can get for $100. I will review it shortly and while it's not up to part with the NEX build quality, it does the job, all that I needed to do.
The NEX7 has none of the looks and none of the charms of a Leica (I would argue it's downright ugly…) but it rivals it in Image Quality, where it truly matters. I wanted a Leica for one reason only: The top notch image quality. I don't care about the name but what the camera can produce. The famous Luminous Landscape article settled it in my mind for the quality. I then checked DXOmark and the Nex7 actually beats the M9 in the Dynamic Range department! Kodak made the sensor in the M9.
Half Medium format pixel power
I dig digital medium format, and I salivate on the Pentax 645D for the same reason I do the M9: Image Quality. The 645D is 40mp and the Nex7 is 24…halfway the resolution of MF. Of course, megapixels are not everything and there are other factors but I believe (don't take my word for it!) that stitching 4 well exposed 24mpx files will rival the digital medium format cameras. ). Unlike others who make it a sacrilege to crop, I love to do so. I try to get eveything within the camera but sometimes a little croppin is needed, 24mpx gives you good wiggle room to crop.
Besides the image quality of the NEX7, there are other good stuff about it like the high FPS, the superb screen and viewfinder, the rangefinder viewfinder placement.
Overall I love my NEX7 more than the OMD when I got it. Again this is my OPINION based on my PURPOSES. Others swear on their OMD and I am glad for them. As for myself I found my camera, I use it for pro and personal reasons. Due to my philosophy of gear minimalism, I will also part with my RD1, as I don't want to have too much gear.
I think the fact that people are salivating on the Xpro or XE1, OMD, the NEX is getting lesss attention, a good opportunity to get great deals on this great camera. Do it now because I am sure that when Sony releases it's fullframe NEX the prices will be jacked up again.
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