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Any Comparison? Nikon D3200 vs Oly OMD-EM5 vI

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Anyone have any thoughts as to which system they would prefer to use. Obviously neither is 'cutting edge' tech but they're both more than decent for IQ at the sizes I would be printing/publishing. I've got a used EM5 body in hand and am working on getting at least a kit 14-42 vII (/R) to either keep it or sell as a bundle. I also have a D3200 coming in used as a gift with an 18-55 kit lens (non-VR). I currently shoot a D40 dryland but aside from kit lenses I only have a 35mm f/1.8 and an old micro-Nikkor 105 (manual everything). Basically, both bodies would be shot with a kit lens for now and the foreseeable future. Cost is a slight issue at the moment, but it doesn't seem like there's much supply of used housings for either so I think that's fairly balanced. I'm mostly just entering U/W photo (very comfortable diving in general) and would be ideally using the same body for shooting on land. I really like the small size of the Olympus and since there's the built-in EVF I think it would work just fine (I really dislike liveview for everyday shooting). Any thoughts on pros/cons for each would be great and thanks for your time. Cheers!

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My 2c. The EM5 is a proven peformer UW and housings can be picked up cheap as it is already old tech.

Can't comment on your lens selection for it. Do a search and read the pages of threads about this camera.

 

D3200 has a good sensor and is compact but it has no AF motor. If you want AF you are limited to only lens

with internal AF motors. I think that housing a DSLR to just use a kit lens is counter intuitive and uneconimical

as well.

 

Cheers,

Jim.

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I have to say, having used the EM-5 with the 14-42 lens for a while then moved on, that I love the camera but don't like the lens very much either above or beneath the surface. It seems like a good focal range at first but is neither wide enough nor long enough and lacks close focus ability. The 12-50 is superior in all respects, has decent macro ability, and is not much more expensive if at all.

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I'm using the e-m5 and an e-m1 for all my photography.

 

My uw setup is the e-m5, a 12-50 zoom and the panasonic 8mm fisheye. I originally bought the e-m5 specifically for uw as I didn't want to carry a full size housing and ports that my Nikon gear would require.

 

As it turns out, I ended up selling all my Nikon gear once I found out how good the m43 system performs. And I shoot professionally (photojournalist/portrait) for my career. It's that good. The only problem has been auto focus while on c-af, which I would say is not very good in the e-m5, but is almost the equal of the pro Nikon cameras in the e-m1.

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