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Old 28th October 2018
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Birdies in my front yard.

Late yesterday afternoon (Saturday) I heard this mad cacophony of bird noises (I hesitate to call them songs) coming from outside. I rushed outside with camera (full frame Canon) and long lens (100-400mm zoom) to see that some rainbow lorikeets and noisy miners were having a fine old feast on the banksia blooms on the tree in my front yard. I took a few photos, before running back inside to get my OM-D E-M1 Mk II with Panasonic LUMIX G Leica DG Vario-Elmar 100-400mm F4.0-6.3 ASPH (Pana/Leica 100-400mm) lens because it has about double the reach and the photos would require less cropping.

As it was, it made no difference as there were "keepers" out of both cameras, but the micro 4/3 combination was far easier to wield, weighing about half as much as the Canon.

Here are some out of the Olympus:

Firstly the rainbow lorikeets:

And then the noisy miner:

For comparative purposes, here are two heavily cropped photo from the Canon:

All photos were post processed using Capture One Pro 11.3 and, as expected, I needed to crop the Canon photos far more than those from the Olympus.

What am I trying to prove? - I am not getting any younger and am trying to determine whether the advantages of the full frame camera are sufficient to outweigh their bulkiness and substantial weight disadvantages.

Two years ago, on a trip to the WWI battlefields of northern France and Belgium (and a few other places too), I was easily able to carry the Canon EOS 6D with 24-70mm F2.8 II around, saving the Olympus OM-D E-M1 with either 12-40mm F2.8 PRO or 14-150mm for those occasions when I knew the light would not be challenging.

The Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mk II with 12-100mm F4 IS PRO attached has proven to be a total game changer. Also, for wild game or bird photography, the Canon 100-400mm f4.5-5.6 L IS lens is excellent quality, but BIIIIG (in terms of weight) when compared to the Pana/Leica 100-400mm f4-6.3, which has twice the reach.

I guess I have now answered the question for myself. As the saying goes: "The best camera in the world is the one you have with you." As I get older, I am less able to lug the Canon and its big, bulky and heavy lenses around and find myself preferring to take my Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mk II because:

1. I can!
2. It's easier and more fun to use.
3. Although the sensor is not quite as good in challenging lighting conditions, it is good enough for me.

If Olympus were ever to go full-frame, I think that I can safely say I wouldn't get one.

Enough of a ramble from me.


Cameras: Olympus OM-D E-M1 II, Olympus OM-D E-M1, Olympus XZ-2 | Flash: Olympus FL-50R
Lenses: Olympus M.ZUIKO DIGITAL 12-40mm f/2.8 PRO, Olympus M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 12-100mm f/4.0 IS PRO, Olympus MMF-3 adaptor, Olympus Zuiko Digital ED 12-60mm f2.8-4.0 SWD, Olympus Zuiko Digital 14-45mm 1:3.5-5.6, Olympus Zuiko Digital 40-150mm 1:3.5-4.5, Olympus Zuiko Digital 70-300mm 1:4-5.6, Panasonic Leica DG Vario-Elmar 100-400mm f4.0-6.3 ASPH
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