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Olympus OM-D E-M1 The first Micro Four Thirds camera that offers phase detect focusing so you can use Four Thirds DSLR lenses normally as well a Micro Four Thirds lenses.

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Looking for a lighter option

Hi everyone.

I'm a 5 year Nikon D90 user who shoots mainly garden birds and macros, although I take my Ricoh GR with me everywhere I go. I'm saving up for a D750, but unfortunately this year, I've had a recurrence of a back injury I sustained 30 years ago. Contorting myself with 2 kilo's of DSLR gear is becoming very painful and I think I'm risking making my back problem worse, which is a shame as I love photographing insects and flowers.

So, I've been researching some lightweight alternatives and it's really come down to Olympus (E-M1) or Fuji X. The whole Fuji system is quite young in comparison to Olympus and I think I'm looking for something a bit more establshed.

I don't get out and about that much, which is why I've not bought any UWA for my Nikon, although I just (today!) got the wide adapter for my Ricoh and am having great fun with that. I know UWA lenses get quite pricey on m43, or at least the realy good ones do.

For macro, the Oly 60mm seems like a bargain and I've seen some really impressive images from it. For birding, well there's the 75-300mm at the budget end. I think I saw that a new 300mm f/4 is in the works - any guesses to pricing?

I can add fast primes to taste, but there are plenty to choose from. What attracts me to the E-M1 is the IBIS (very handy for me!), 10fps, good AF and I do like the Olympus IQ from what I've seen.

I've yet to get my hands on one, but the the review videos make the handling seem very good. Also the high ISO ORF's from imaging-resource seem to clean up nicely (I was a bit worried about noise above ISO 1600).

So, do you think I've got my bases covered if I decide to move? Are there any pitfalls I should know about?

I look forward to you replies.

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Re: Looking for a lighter option

The E-M1 is a very good camera and does perform well at high ISO.

If weight is an issue, you might want to look at th E-M10 also, it's lighter in weight and on the pocket, I think it's a bargain.

I hope you continue to enjoy your hobby whichever equipment you choose.

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Re: Looking for a lighter option

I was in two minds about the E-M5 until I handled one. Then I sold my 7D and bought one, never looking back.

Only, now I wish that I hadn't fondled a Fuji... but a walkabout with the OMD is enough to release the gas again.
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Re: Looking for a lighter option

I would certainly recommend the E-M1 for your uses & with the latest firmware 2.0 in the E-M1 as well, it is even better now. Since you are coming from a D90 you would appreciate it still having a built in grip & several direct buttons (& lever) that the E-M10 doesn't have (as suggested above). The Oly 60mm macro does perform well in such a small light build & is weather proof too. The present 75-300 lens does quite well for birding & is quite light, but the (coming) 300mm f/4 lens will add some weight when it is availble later next year, however it will be a nice addition for birders together with the new 1.4 teleconverter that will match it as well (as the 40-150 f2.8 lens). While the camera does 10fps (focusing on the first frame), the focus for each frame is still 6.5fps which is still very useful when needed.

I wish you well with your purchase.

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Re: Looking for a lighter option

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..., the focus for each frame is still 6.5fps which is still very useful when needed.
only when IS=Off. With IS active the low sequential frame rate reduces to ~4fps.
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only when IS=Off. With IS active the low sequential frame rate reduces to ~4fps.
I cannot find any reference to that speed & circumstance for the E-M1. Can you please point me to a reference for that? Not all lenses can keep up with the high frame rate because it has a slower aperture blade control, like a number of 4/3's lenses, but these specs are figures for 'up to' that specified frame rate.
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Re: Looking for a lighter option

Ross,
It has been mentioned in a several reviews including, amongst others,
Camera Labs:
http://cameralabs.com/reviews/Olympus_OMD_EM1/

and Biofos: http://www.biofos.com/mft/omd_em1_settings.html
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Ross,
It has been mentioned in a several reviews including, amongst others,
Camera Labs:
http://cameralabs.com/reviews/Olympus_OMD_EM1/

and Biofos: http://www.biofos.com/mft/omd_em1_settings.html
Thanks Chris, but I thought I should check it for myself (in Manual mode, high shutter speed & Continuous with IS On etc & saving just jpegs to not allow the buffer to affect it at all) & both IS On or Off made no difference (looking at the saved files it had 6 frames within the same second) & Camera Labs seems to have come to that conclusion too.
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Interestingly I tried shooting continuously in both the Low and High modes with and without IS enabled and didn't measure a difference in speed. I also tried enabling or disabling the custom menu which switches IS off when shooting continuously, but it didn't seem to make a difference to speed either.
Biofos is pretty good with his work but I think there are some slight errors in his writings here perhaps too (the last time I read it right through).

Whatever the findings, I'm pretty happy with the performance of the E-M1.

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Re: Looking for a lighter option

Ross,
I agree. Prior to reading your comment I'd just been conducting my own experiment. I took a sequence of RAW images of the stop-watch display on my smartphone using Low Sequential set at 6.5fps.

With both IS=Off and IS=IS1 the time difference between successive images was typically 16/100 or 17/100 sec - i.e. 6fps approx. and no noticeable variation between IS settings.
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Hi and welcome Matt I lurve my Olympus kit fab ONEs and lenses most are prime - I have a love of macro detail and have been everso impressed with the 60 Macro - hundreds in my gallery ... and close ups with the 75-300 (when the latter was the only lens on the day the American Buzzard close up and claw and beak detail)

Performance in low light no flash BLOWS me away ... you can look in my gallery - catch a look at my darling Mr. Huggy Henry English Springer Spaniel, taken the other week, outdoors, in the black of night a veritable snapshot

there are quite a few new Olympus Members here who were, until ONE or the 5 or 10 Nikanonisters carrying huge weights on sore backs and arms and shoulders on tired legs


There is a Nik vs ONE comparison chart about somewhere

ah here
http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/olympus-om-d-e-m1

there are 20 parts to this review see the Menu option at the top showing 1. Introduction (click here and there are more 'Dropdown' options)

Also you can select a camera to compare against the Olympus OM-D EM-ONE or others

This lot may keep you reading a few more days ... ZZZ zzz

http://mashable.com/2013/11/02/olymp...d-e-m1-review/

http://www.pekkapotka.com/journal/20...mpus-e-m1.html

http://www.adorama.com/alc/0014299/b...-E-M1-Hands-On

Robin Wong - see the list of reviews scroll down to the OM-D EM ONE ... about 2013 Sept/Oct and lots of lens reviews too

If you look in the Olympus OM-D EM-1 section of Kit you may find a few more Reviews and comparisons ! Enjoy !
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Cheers guys. I'll be in my local camera shop tomorrow to try things out.
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Re: Looking for a lighter option

Olympus are currently offering the opportunity to borrow OM-D equipment to test for up to 3 days, details can be found here:

https://wow.olympus.eu/GB_en/index.html

It may be you have a participating dealer nearby.

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Re: Looking for a lighter option

Here is a shot at ISO 3200 with a sigma 105

Male-Scorpion-fly by alf.branch, on Flickr
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