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Re: Big Step

Welcome to my world Tim. I decided to sell most of my 4/3 gear at the start of the year and move to Nikon. I've kept an EM-1 several primes and my old 50-200mm MK I.

Having had a D7100 for 2 weeks now my 1st impressions are that it's nowhere near intuitive or user friendly as my old E-3 (but I had been using that for 6 years). Little things that are irritating, you can't get a histogram in live view, you can't use the command dials for zooming in and out during playback. JPGs are also a little flat (I shoot raw anyway) Raw files are enormous!

I moved for the same reasons as yourself, wildlife, mainly my disappointment with the EM-1 & 50-200mm with action. I'm not after anything with a long reach, I've settled on a 70-200mm F4 and was hoping to get one of the new 300mm F4 PF primes (but they are as rare as hens teeth at the moment so I'm searching for an alternative).

I shall continue to use Olympus as my primary kit, Nikon will be dedicated to wildlife.
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Re: Big Step

Sorry to hear this Tim, I've too have always admired your skill behind the OVF
I wonder if the forthcoming 300 f/2.8 in combination with the MC-14 and either a E-M1 or E-M5 MKII might help your quest for better wildlife performance?
If the 40-140 f/2.8 is anything to go by I would have thought so
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I wonder if the forthcoming 300 f/2.8 in combination with the MC-14 and either a E-M1 or E-M5 MKII might help your quest for better wildlife performance?
If the 40-140 f/2.8 is anything to go by I would have thought so
Dream on Huw, it's 300mm f/4. Smaller, slower, and cheaper than f/2.8 (but still not that cheap, I'll bet )

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Dream on Huw, it's 300mm f/4. Smaller, slower, and cheaper than f/2.8 (but still not that cheap, I'll bet )

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Ah yes of course it is
Still I'm sure it will give great reach and stellar performance with or without the TC.
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I certainly hope so. I'm looking forward to it as a 2-camera combo for sport.

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Re: Big Step

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Hope it works for you. I think you will take good pictures regardless of the maker. But a new tool sometimes helps.

It is helpful to get a balanced reality check from other Olympus users about the good and the bad bits of the competition and I have never used Nikon, so I hope you will keep us informed. If that is possible.

I have looked at the Canon 70D and 7D mk 2 but comments in the shops have slowed me down and made me look at the reality of what I wanted. I was impressed with Jessops who were very pro Olympus and made suggestions about technique and training courses - rather than sell me a canon. They were probably right.

I have a lot of 4/3 stuff too and it still works, as well as it ever did. I don't value it the way that the market does, and selling it would be deeply upsetting. Besides I enjoy using it and occasional failures are soon forgotten. I would have them whatever I used.

Good luck and enjoy the new beast (600mm should be fun).

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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.
Thanks very much for your comments. I'm overwhelmed by the overall response.

The D7100 has a greater dynamic range, longer battery life, higher res screen for "chimping". It allegedly has better image quality and colour depth and the Nikon is also significantly cheaper. I think, from memory though the 7D could shoot at a much higher fps but I don't really shoot in burst so it wouldn't make a huge difference to me.
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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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My Flickr photostream can be found here;

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I also use Youpic, not sure if any other users are on there. My user is timpreston

And I also have a Facebook page

Tim Preston photography

I'm not going to leave the forum. I've learnt my craft from these hallowed pages and the extremely talented photographers who post here, I've no intentions of throwing that away.
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Re: Big Step

Timmy did you ever stick one of the newer-sensored m4/3rds bodies behind your lenses to see if they were useable?
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Re: Big Step

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I can certainly understand your move. Last year I used the D750 ona Nikon course and was impressed. Then I tried to pick up the trainers bag. I am only just out of hospital. Seriously though, I don't do wildlife therefore do not have the problems some have expressed here (BIF etc.). Hope you keep taking great pics and keep in touch with us.
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Re: Big Step

A shame, but understandable if you do a lot of wildlife (and perhaps less travel and street, and don't have a bad back ). I do very little wildlife, but lots of the rest...

...so, for some years as well as Oly 4/3-m4/3 kit I had a Nikon D300 with the 70-200 f2.8 VRII and the TC1.4, and the combination was just fantastic for motorsports (which I also do a lot of). The D300 was a 2007 release, but the autofocus is amazing in comparison with anything Oly now produces, so goodness knows what the latest Nikons are like in this regard.

However, my vertebral column complained more and more, and Olympus bodies' continuous autofocus improved a bit, so I sold the Nikon a couple of years ago. I'm now reasonably happy with the E-M1 and various teles for motorsports, and use a variety of tricks to optimize performance - e.g. prefocussing and the like. It also must be said the Oly IQ for anything that isn't moving quickly remains fully competitive.

Make sure you join Nikonians - a very good community, and I've kept up my Silver membership. I particularly recommend going back to listen to The Image Doctor podcasts on the Nikonians site (not their successors, though).
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Re: Big Step

I wasn't being very clear there - I mean that I find the image quality of my current Olympus kit fully competitive (i.e. considering the swings and roundabouts) with similarly priced and consumer targeted Nikon kit for all image subjects that aren't moving rapidly.

If it doesn't focus on it then the IQ's not much good by definition...
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I wasn't being very clear there - I mean that I find the image quality of my current Olympus kit fully competitive (i.e. considering the swings and roundabouts) with similarly priced and consumer targeted Nikon kit for all image subjects that aren't moving rapidly.

If it doesn't focus on it then the IQ's not much good by definition...
A question of predictive focus, I presume.

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Re: Big Step

Well today was the first day I got out to use my new kit in anger. The F mount 150-600 Tamron fell on to back order.

First thoughts, terrifying!

Nothing is the same, but after a short period of time fiddling most of the fundamental basic controls are easy to fathom. The D7100 and Tamron is much lighter than the E3 and Sigma 50-500. It is also so much quieter and quicker when focusing it is scary! Even the shutter just gives a quiet little click when operated.

I headed off to Aqualate Mere which I had discovered a few weeks ago.

The results? Delighted.


Great Spotted Woodpecker 3 Aqualate Mere 2 07.03.2015 (1 of 1)
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Reed Bunting on a stump Aqualate Mere 2 07.03.2015 (1 of 1)
by Tim J Preston, on Flickr


Blue Tit on a stump Aqualate Mere 07.03.2015
by Tim J Preston, on Flickr

If these are the results I can get on my maiden outing I'm looking forward to finding out what will happen when I know how to use it. (There maybe a Bigma coming up for sale shortly)
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