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Just tried the OM E-Mk1 Mark II

 
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Aug 15, 2017 13:49 |  #1

I have had many Canon DSLR and still have 1D3, 5D3 and 7D2, plus various L lenses (plus others)
IQ is what I rate my stuff on. (Except for sports shooting)

I had Fuji XE-1 and now XT-20 with the lovely 18-55 kit lens (best kit lens I have ever used). I love the cleanness of the Fuji images.

Well I had the chance to try out the below over the weekend.
Olympus OM E-M1 Mark II
Olympus 12-100mm FF 4.0 M.Zuiko Pro
Olympus 40-150mm F2.8 M.Zuiko Pro
Olympus 300mm F4.0 M.Zuiko Pro

Bloody hell. I was astounded. Is it the in-camera stabilisation or the lenses? I do not know.
Shooting indoors at ISO 6400 was a dream.
Shooting outside with the 40-150 @ F2.8 it was sharp. F4.0 was amazing.

I really am seriously considering ditching all my Canon and Fuji gear for this (or some of it as it is rather expensive). I did not get a chance to shoot any sport so will keep 7D2 and 70-220 F2.8 IS MK2 plus Sigma 15-600.

What will I miss by leaving the full frame sensor world? I only print up to A3.

Comments appreciated.


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Aug 15, 2017 16:33 |  #2

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I really am seriously considering ditching all my Canon and Fuji gear for this (or some of it as it is rather expensive). I did not get a chance to shoot any sport so will keep 7D2 and 70-220 F2.8 IS MK2 plus Sigma 15-600.

What will I miss by leaving the full frame sensor world? I only print up to A3.

Comments appreciated.


I have only played a little with FF but I will tell you that everytime I use my Oly gear I love it more. I also have a good deal of Canon kit but I rarely use it since getting into m4/3. I use it for portraits, landscape, food, just about everything without hesitation. I have used the e-m1 1 a bunch for bicycle racing and it does a pretty good job, I want to give the e-m1-2 a go at that.

You will loose a little shallow DOF control and it is a touch noisier at high ISO's but usable.


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Aug 17, 2017 09:21 |  #3

DOF. Olympus sensor is so tiny comparing to FF, it mostly makes sense for BIF and solar eclipse, the rest will looks like my 20$ Canon P&S and iPhone. While FF portrait at f8 will still looks more airy, dimensional and natural than f0.95 on tiny sensor.


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Aug 17, 2017 12:38 |  #4

A Facebook friend of mine uses the OM-D and posts regularly on my photo sharing page. Her images blow everything out ot the water, packed with detail. Worth getting. Not sure about using it for weddings though. I heard battery life is not that good.


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Aug 19, 2017 14:12 |  #5

I just moved from Canon to an Olympus E-M1 and I'm absolutely in love with it. Size alone was enough for me to switch, but the whole camera is just phenomenal. The AF is far more accurate on my Olympus as compared to my 7D, and much faster in S-AF. I haven't tried out the C-AF very much, but from the little use I've had with it, it's great. And the AF system in the Olympus E-M1 II is supposedly much better than the original, so I can't imagine how great it is. The only thing I miss is the slightly shallower depth of field I had. I'm getting a speed booster for my Nikon lenses, so soon I'll have the (equivalent) of a 70mm f2 which is going to be awesome.


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Sep 11, 2017 00:59 |  #6

I had Olympus M43 gear for a couple of years, it can take great pics and has some neat features. Just can’t get decent shallow DOF even with 2.8 lenses due to the smaller sensor. 2.8 gives an apparent 5.6, 4 gives an apparent 8. If you shoot everything stopped down or want to handle DOF via post it may not be an issue for you.

Also had issues with BIF and aircraft due to focus speed (or lack thereof).

Pitched my OMD EM-1 and “Pro” lenses and went back to DSLR with a 6D followed by 7D II and haven’t looked back.

Still wanted a small lightweight kit, now have the EOS M5 for that role and it does just as well or better to me.


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Sep 20, 2017 06:12 |  #7

i've just tried the mk2 and its a good step up from the mk1 - its familiar to hold, with considerably better C-AF and high ISO and lots of other tech that most of us won't use. I already have the 12-40 and 40-150 pro lenses but didn't see any noticeable IQ difference

I'm umming and erring about changing my system to a d500 which i also tried 2 weeks ago and it was OK. More keepers than the mk2 but not by much and the Olympus had a better battery life. The Nikon is considerably bigger and didn't feel as balanced in my hands..


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Dec 25, 2017 08:25 |  #8

i have an e-m1 mark ii and a canon 5d classic...
sell all olympus gear now...
its a beast for sure... but i am allways missing the wow effect...




  
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Jan 10, 2018 07:40 |  #9

yes, i now have the d500. I still have the e-m1.1 + Panny 12-32 but i think i'll sell it ( because that = money for a new lens )


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Jan 15, 2018 19:04 |  #10

kf095 wrote in post #18429954 (external link)
...the rest will looks like my 20$ Canon P&S and iPhone.

It won't. ;)


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Jan 15, 2018 19:31 |  #11

Been using Panasonic (and, unsuccessfully, Olympus) alongside my Canon stuff for several years now.

GH4 has been superb for video and my GM1 goes everywhere with me. I've kept hold of a 5D2 and my lenses hoping that Canon would release a more compelling all-rounder that I'd be happy using for video work. Unfortunately they continue to churn out stuff that feels a bit clumsy and archaic next to the competition. A shame 'cos Canon stuff has never failed me.

Anyway, I had a play with a G9 and that's it - the Canon stuff is finally on its way. Will keep the 50 1.2 to use with a Speedbooster but the rest is going. Superbly thought out machine with some fantastic features. AF is so far ahead of the GH4 it's not even funny.


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Jan 18, 2018 03:31 |  #12

Spacemunkie wrote in post #18541834 (external link)
Been using Panasonic (and, unsuccessfully, Olympus) alongside my Canon stuff for several years now.

GH4 has been superb for video and my GM1 goes everywhere with me. I've kept hold of a 5D2 and my lenses hoping that Canon would release a more compelling all-rounder that I'd be happy using for video work. Unfortunately they continue to churn out stuff that feels a bit clumsy and archaic next to the competition. A shame 'cos Canon stuff has never failed me.

Anyway, I had a play with a G9 and that's it - the Canon stuff is finally on its way. Will keep the 50 1.2 to use with a Speedbooster but the rest is going. Superbly thought out machine with some fantastic features. AF is so far ahead of the GH4 it's not even funny.

Took delivery of a brand new G9 yesterday. It's a sensational camera. Coupled with Olympus 45 F1.8 and 40-150 F2.8, it's hard to beat. The hi-res mode in particular is amazing. I'll still keep my 7Dii/100-400ii combo for sports because of it's immaculate focussing, but the image quality of the G9 is at least on par with the Canon.


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Jan 20, 2018 13:59 |  #13

Mine arrived on Friday. I’m even more impressed now I’ve had chance to put it through its paces.

I’ve still got a work kit with a 7D2 and various lenses but I’d be happy to use the G9 for the stuff I’ve used the Canon for I think. AF really is that impressive and highly customisable. Noise at 6400 ISO is roughly on a par - G9 shots even have a bit more detail thanks to no AA filter.

Have you tried the post focus mode? No more messing around focus stacking studio macro shots.

Just purchased an 8-18 and a 35-100. Will also invest in a 15 and maybe the 12-60. Considering flogging the GX8...


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Mar 25, 2018 18:20 |  #14

LoneRider wrote in post #18449053 (external link)
I had Olympus M43 gear for a couple of years, it can take great pics and has some neat features. Just can’t get decent shallow DOF even with 2.8 lenses due to the smaller sensor. 2.8 gives an apparent 5.6, 4 gives an apparent 8. If you shoot everything stopped down or want to handle DOF via post it may not be an issue for you.

Also had issues with BIF and aircraft due to focus speed (or lack thereof).

Pitched my OMD EM-1 and “Pro” lenses and went back to DSLR with a 6D followed by 7D II and haven’t looked back.

Still wanted a small lightweight kit, now have the EOS M5 for that role and it does just as well or better to me.


Focus on moving subjects was first issue for me with my OMDM5. I bought it when it first came out. Second issue was money lost when I traded it in 2.5 years later.

I've used a Sony a6000 since. I quite like it.

I kept my D300S. I'm glad I did, though it's backup for me


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Apr 17, 2018 19:12 |  #15

I switched from a canon 7D with "L" series glass to a Panasonic gx85 and Olympus glass and have been more then pleased with the results its produced. Not only is the gear a fraction of the size and weight but I find the autofocus to be very fast and accurate. At this point I only see myself eventual adding a Olympus 40-150 f2.8 pro and being very happy and content with a two lens kit. Once my twins get into sports would be the only time I may consider going back to a dslr but I'll see where m43 technology is by then. I will agree battery life is poor so have a lot of spares handy.


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