Switching from Sony to Olympus

This guy saw the light and the joys of a compact system with great in-body stabilization. He’s switching from Sony A7R ii to an E-M1 Mk ii although he’s not sure if he will get rid of the Sony yet.


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  1. 1
    Bert Armstrong

    I think you are on the right track with this change. I have a lot of friends who are pros who are using that system with great success. I guess it is now time to bring in the trolls but lets hope not.

  2. 4

    We all know that there is no “perfect” camera or system, more a matter of finding the best tools to do our job. I too am in the process of going lighter, as I sell off a full Canon pro system, because carrying around the 1Dx, 5D3, lenses, etc., has taken a toll on my body. The other reason, is that I miss the performance of the Zuiko optics and weather proof gear. I had been shooting with the original E-1 starting in 2003 when I made the decision to go digital, upgrading to the E-3 when it came out. In over a million images made, I never had to worry about dust spots or un-sharp lenses. When Olympus discontinued the OGPS program coming in to 2010, I changed over to Canon due to their CPS pro support. Now with the Olympus pro M4/3rd system coming of age with a new pro support program, I think it’s time to check it out for sure.
    I am looking forward to more of your insight and experience over the next month to see f the Olympus system ticks off all the boxes for you!

  3. 5

    it depends… i own a 5dmk3 and tryed the new em1 mk2.
    First of all: in one shot mode are similar, in tracking the 5dmk3 offers more settings, especially to continue tracking the subjet if something go between subjet and camera.
    The em1 mk2 lose the subject and refocus.

    I think is a great camera.. for the weight no doubt… and also for the stabilization, fantastic.

    For the iso it depends of picture you do. For portrait, for example if you use f/5.6 in 5dmk3, you’ll use f/2.8 in em-1 ando so you gain 2 stop of iso.
    The canon/sony are better in high iso, but in some situation with em-1 mk2 you’ll use 2 stop less of iso settings.

    It’s also true that if you need a lower pdc, with FF sensor, for example, at same focal lengt equivalent, if you use f/1.8 you’ll have 2 stop more of pdc in u4/3 sensor.
    This is a rule not only for em-1 but for u4/3 in general.

    I think is a great camera.. for the weight no doubt… and also for the stabilization, fantastic.
    But for dimensions it depends wich lens you use. in some prime lenses the oly lens are longer or have the same lengt of FF.
    If you use the 40-150 f/2.8 pro in olympus, you don’t have to compare that to 70-200 f 2.8 in FF, but with 70-200 f/4 due to the relative pdc.
    So difference of dimensions decrease..

    the af of em-1 mk2 is good and good are file it produce.. Good detail.
    Handling and menu sistem is very good.
    I think is a all round camera.

    Sorry for my english

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    Hank Gans

    I have been shooting full frame digital since 2003 because the switchover from film was so easy – all the focal lengths were the same. Plus my work was being widely published as poster in those days and my Swiss publisher wasn’t accepting digital images until he saw the quality of my full frame Canon shots. Most of my posters are 2X3 feet but there are 4X6 foot and 4X12 foot posters too so image quality is essential, particularly detail. I started shooting with the Olympus OMD E-M1 three years ago because it was so easy to travel with when teaching my workshops. I can walk around all day with a bag full of equipment with no fatigue at all. But, also the superb in-body stabilization enabled me to capture situations that eluded me with full frame unless I used a tripod. I’m just now beginning to print my M43 images the same size as my posters. The results are stunning. The slick detail I get with full frame is not there but the results are what I was getting with full frame when shooting film and that’s not bad! Print sales indicate no one is missing the extra detail. The M43 images aren’t soft, in any way; the difference is that my greatly enlarged Olympus images look like what I was getting with my 35mm film cameras and the full frame Canon images look like medium format film.

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    I just spend a day with the Olympus team in South Africa shooting wildlife with the EM1mark 2 using the 40-150 with 1.4 converter and the 300f4. I use Nikon D4s and D500. It is a fantastic system, every system has its issues and is not perfect. After a day of shooting I am impressed by the Focus system, Build quality, IQ and handling. I am not a high ISO shooters so for me it is not an issue. The stabilization is mind blowing and allow slower SS to offset the need for high ISO. What I don’t like, menu system but this is a learning process. The EVF is an adjustment but also have positives as you see the effect of your adjustment in the view finder. Almost like shooting live view all the time. At 16fps it is almost to fast but this can be adjusted. All in all it is a stunning system. I will study the IQ a lot the next few days and have some prints made to see the results. This would determine the decision

  6. 8

    Ok is a superb stabilization.. but don’t forget that exist also stabilized lens .. sure 2-3 stop vs the 4-5 stop for olympus

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