Dilemma over upgrading camera body and or equipment
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20-07-11, 10:32 PM
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I too suspect that you'll be waiting a while before someone can speak of the merits of the E5. Not a particularly frequent choice of camera for a majority of togs. Whether that says anything in itself, you'll have to judge.
The D7000 is a very good camera and does an excellent job with handling noise at elevated ISO levels. Not as good as a full frame sensor but still, very good nonetheless. I wouldn't even consider the D300s as its Â£100 more expensive than the D7000, for an inferior sensor. Okay, it has a magnesium alloy body, better weather sealing but, for the money the D7000 is much better bang for the buck.
Likewise the D5100 is another excellent camera. Sensor performance is almost identical to the D7000. Downsides are that it doesn't have a body focus motor and so lose AF on the older D type lenses. I also think you lose the metering with AI/AI-S lenses. Max shutter speed is 1/4000 sec compared to 1/8000 on the D7000. The D7000 also has higher FPS than the D5100 but, for landscape and macro photography, neither are going to be of particular concern. No focus motor means you either stick to AF-S lenses to maintain autofocus, or use the D lenses in MF. You might also want to consider the Pentax K5 too in the APS-C range.
I'm not going to entertain a Nikon D5100 as it's not really a step up from what I already have. Afterall, it is a beginners/enthusiasts camera. I'm looking for something akin to a semi-pro calibre camera. For your information, the E5 has been rated as a Which? Best Buy, thanks in part to the excellent Zuiko lenses. It score very highly for image quality in good light and lowlight conditions, but it's achilles heel is it's noisey at high ISOs.
I have to be honest and say I am a fan of Olympus, despite them only being a niche brand and Olympus themselves it seems concentrating their efforts on their PEN system cameras. I will take more than just a little persuading to move away from this brand, saying that I always used to have Pentax cameras when I was shooting with film.
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