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Old 18th February 2015
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Well after much deliberation and a little umming and arring I've just gone and ordered myself a Nikon. Wildlife photography has become my passion which often involves lurking in woodlands and the Oly seems to struggle with the higher ISO and shutter speeds I strive to use.

I've thoroughly enjoyed using Olympus and I have learnt so much but to see the kit I have invested so much money in become obsolete has been sad.

I now have the dilemma of whether to keep all of my 4/3 kit or sell it now before it becomes completely worthless.

I've got 3 bodies, E400, E420 and the E3. The Bigma, 35mm, EX25, EC14, 70-300, and the two kit lenses that came with the 400.
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Get rid of it while you can Tim.
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Re: Big Step

Which the Nikon or the Only gear?
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Re: Big Step

To be honest Ed your post with regard to the traders saying no was the final nail in the coffin.

I've ordered a D7100 and the Tamron 150-600.

The prices of 4/3 appears to be in free fall and I don't want to lose out too much.
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Re: Big Step

What about the Bigma? You have become very skilled in using this lens. I would think a comparable lens for the Nikon would be very expensive indeed. Always enjoy perusing your pics. The Woodpecker was excellent. What do you think the Nikon will give you that the Oly fails to deliver on. I just want to keep you on this forum
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Which the Nikon or the Only gear?
The Oly gear.
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Re: Big Step

Thank you Hemlockwood, very kind words.

It's not a decision I've taken lightly, I want a system with a future.

I'll be getting increased focal points, higher ISO ranges, greater choice of lenses at very competitive prices. Not only new but used too. I've read numerous reviews and this combination works extremely well for what I do.

The Bigma is a great lens, in the right conditions.
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Re: Big Step

Hi there Tim!

It is a shame that you are thinking of changing system, but I can understand your feelings. One of the attractions to me of the Olympus system was the low second hand prices of the 4/3 kit - I would never have been able to afford such good quality lenses on another system. I have never been known to sell camera gear, only hoard it so it didn't matter too much to me.

The E3, bigma and EC14 should still be worth some money, the E400 and E420 and the kit lenses not so much - why not keep one of the E-400 series and the 70-300 and then you will still be able to post some images here from time to time (my 7 year old showed me just how good the E-410 still was a few months ago!)

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Re: Big Step

Good luck Tim, I hope it lives up to your expectations. You've produced some nice images with your current kit.
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Re: Big Step

Not surprised at your change of system your photos were a credit to the Olympus system. Sadly I think Olympus are going downhill and that is as a direct result of the dropping of FT lenses and a camera that can compete with the best regarding wildlife, motorsport and action photography, the market in this area is big.

What made you go for the Nikon D7100 as compared with the Canon 7D mkII?

I am also considering making a switch mainly for wildlife and at the moment that would be a 7D.
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Re: Big Step

Tim sorry to see you go I am thinking of going fully m4/3 so my 4/3 gear will propably appear on the market too. Same reason prices are in free fall at the moment and I do not see them coming back. I feel the m4/3 will do all for me I will miss the bigma etc for wildlife but due to health I am not getting out so far as I used to so garden wildlife may be all I need.
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Re: Big Step

I really admire your wildlife images Tim, and you certainly have a real talent. Like everyone has said you and your photographic contributions will be sorely missed.
However my husband shoots Nikon, having been an Olympus user, and he couldn't be happier, and takes some stunning wildlife photos.
Enjoy your new system, and if you are on Flickr I for one would love to keep viewing your images, so if it would be ok with you could you pm me your Flickr address, or perhaps post it here?
Good luck for the future
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Re: Big Step

You have to go with a system which keeps you enjoying photography. The end result is what it's about. Good luck!
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Re: Big Step

Sad to see another lost system user.

I can understand your reasons as the system does not perform in the way you need. Fortunately my requirements are met by Oly m4/3 as I do not do action/BIF etc. so avoid the pitfalls. It does not mean that the system is perfect, no system is ever going to be, but with a few enhancements, which I have posted previously, it mostly meets my needs. In deed in some areas it is truly excellent.

I hope you enjoy the new leg in your photographic journey.

On a wider note we do seem to witnessing a few users moving to other systems because m4/3 does not meet their needs as well as other systems can. The 4/3 prices coming down is one factor of course and I must admit I thought that would happen and traded all but one of my 4/3 lenses in for m4/3 several months ago keeping just my Sigma 150 macro. However on the more general front I hope the chaps at Olympus are taking it in and considering what they can do to address it before it becomes a genuine trend.

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Re: Big Step

I am now using my 70-300 which I found hopeless with my EP-2 but good on my EM-1 when I need AF and long working distance.

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