All Change - Nikon to Olympus.

October 31, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

Well, I've gone and done it. After much thought I have finally taken the plunge and jumped ship from Nikon to Olympus. The swap came about after I purchased the Olympus O-MD E-M10 as a lightweight, second camera to complement my Nikon full frame. The OM-D E-M10 was to be my 'grab' camera, to be used for when I didn't want to lug around my Nikon gear. It came with the 14-42mm lens that due to the 2x crop on the MFT system translates to a 24-84 mm lens. To say I was pleased with my new camera was a bit of an understatement. The image quality, for my needs, was excellent, the handling, although I found it a little small at first, soon became very comfortable. I added the ECG-1 small grip that can be attached and the handling improved even further.

 

After a couple of months using the E-M10 I began to find that my D800 was becoming neglected and I began deliberately taking this out with me. The D800 is a fantastic camera, of that there is no doubt, I also had some fantastic glass to put in front of it, but I once again found myself leaving this camera in the bag and tasking my E-M10 out instead. Eventually I found the courage to make the leap, as much as I loved the Nikon gear, I just wasn't using it, and it all went on eBay. With the proceeds of that sale I was able to purchase the OM-D E-M1 with the 12-40 mm lens. This was a step up in class from the E-M10 but still lightweight and again the image quality is second to none. The 5 axis image stabilisation can only be described as magical, it works so well. I've added the free grip and the balance of the camera and lens is perfect. I have little of the proceeds left and will I hope be able to add the new 40-150mm 2.8 lens in the not too distant future, I also have a few other Nikon leftovers to part with. One thing I did miss was a super wifde angle, I have previously used the Sigma 10-20 and the Nikon 16-35mm. Both sterling lenses and and a focal length that I do miss. However there are plans for a 7-14mm Oly lens so I will need to save some pennies. 

 

I am now the proud owner of several lenses to match my two Oly's and still use the E-M10 as a grab camera for street photography with the 17mm 1.8 M Zuiko lens. It will also be my 'go anywhere with me camera'. 

 

I've also tried the E-M10 with a bit of High Speed stuff and it's fine for that too. This was covered in a previous blog post.

 

I've just recently returned from a week long trip to the Scottish Highlands where I was able to put both cameras through their paces. The splash proofing was a bonus on the E-M1 as we had a lot of rain. Both cameras performed as well as expected.

 

Here are a few samples:

Country Road. Taken with the E-M1 + 12-40 mm lens Country RoadCountry RoadThe road down Glen Etive that eventually arrives at Loch Etive in the Scottish Highlands.

Steall Falls: E-M1 with 12-40mm lens Steall FallsSteall FallsThe magnificent Steall Falls in the Scottish Highlands.

Pencils: E-M10 with 60 mm macro lens PencilsPencilsThe ends of some pencils up close

PHWOAR: E-M10 with F/8 bodycap fisheye lens

PHWOARPHWOARPhwoar

Market Trader: E-M10 with 17mm 1.8 lens

Market TraderMarket TraderA market trader explaining his wares to a potential customer.


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