Transition from DSLR to 4/11 UPDATE

March 07, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

This is a large step for me.

Since I am a travel photographer, I have always had some sort of Nikon camera, whether it was a 35mm FE2, or an N90s, or a D100, or finally a D700. That D700 with all its lenses is a pretty good size bundle...and I'm not getting any younger.

So, for that reason...that I'm not getting any younger...I decided to try a lighter outfit. Tough decision.

Here's what I came up with. After reading many reviews and talking to fellow photographers in the Memphis Digital Photography Meetup Group, I ordered an Olympus OMD E-M1. It's their latest micro Four Thirds camera. It's small. Looks like I put my D700 in the dryer. I got the 12-40mm 2.8 lens and the 75mm 1.8. I wanted to go all prime, but I felt the range of the 12-40mm was what I needed. Plus, the reviews for that lens was very good.

I haven't had much chance to play with the new camera yet, but I will post my opinions later.

Meanwhile, anyone need a good Nikon?

UPDATE 3.15.2014: I have traveled with the E-M1 and took just over 100 images. The resolution is great. It handles well. Too many buttons and levers for me. Maybe I'll figure them out as I need them.

This camera is not for action or sports photography. I tried it on my grandkids doing the snow tubing on Ober Gatlinburg. Not good results. I'm hoping it gets better with usage.

There is a lot to like about the E-M1. One of the things is the ability to digitally double the focal length of any attached lens. It's done with making one of the function buttons enable that feature.

As I use the new camera more, I'll update this page until I have reached my final decision. 

UPDATE 4.11.2014: After using the E-M1 on a recent trip to Nebraska, I can say as I become more familiar with the camera, I am liking it more. The comment about it not being a camera for action is erroneous. There is a setting for continuous fast and continuous slow that works wonderfully. Also, on the dial for A, P, M, there are adjustments for various scene effects and artistic affects. One of the scene option is "action". That setting puts the aperture at the maximum and a higher ISO so that a fast shutter speed is set. That works also. Today, I am shooting some interiors with it. That should be one of the final tests. I'll post results later.  

UPDATE 7.7.2014: Now that I completed shot several interior shoots, I have confidence that the E-M1 can satisfactorily replace my D700 FX Nikon. The only thing now that would concern me (if I shot with flash very often) is how it would perform in the unlikely (hopefully) event that I had to shoot a wedding.

UPDATE 7.26.2014: I have used my Nikon flash on my E-M1 and had to shoot A and had the best results using manual on the flash.
Not bad. The shoot was for indoor architecture.

 

 

 

 

 


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