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Product Review – Olympus OM-D E-M1 (DLSR vs. Micro 4/3)


I’ve been a die hard Nikon user since the early 2000’s.  I started off with a Canon AE-1 when I was a teenager, but soon as I saved enough money, I bought my 1st Nikon, the F100. I went with Nikon because I feel they have the best glass out there.  I was taught the first thing that touches your pictures is your lens so you want the best glass to capture your picture.  Through the years I’ve owned Nikon bodies F100, D100, D2X and numerous lenses (28-70mm, 80-200mm, 10mm fisheye, 12-24mm, 80mm macro, 50mm prime)  I loved Nikon, and still do.  When planning this trip, I wanted to upgrade, but go lighter.  My current equipment with all the lenses weighed easily about 20 pounds, fitting into my large Lowpro Trekker backpack.

I had heard of Micro 4/3 cameras, but I was warry of making the switch.  I went on (my goto forum for all things camera) and everyone I spoke to said ditch the DLSR and go with the Olympus system.  They stated it’d be much lighter, just as good as my DLSR system and fast.  I still wasn’t convinced, but the thought of lugging around heavy equipment didn’t excite me either.  So, I sat on it for a few months.  It wasn’t until I saw my friend and fellow photographer Amy Wise Photography’s pictures from her trip to Denali that I was sold.  She took her Olympus OM-D E-M1 along with the Olympus 12-40mm PRO F2.8 lens and her pictures are stunning!  See Amy’s Denali gallery HERE.


After viewing her pictures, I went straight down to my local camera shop, traded in all my Nikon DLSR gear and bought the Olympus OM-D E-M1 with the Olympus 12-40mm PRO F2.8 lens. While I was waiting for them to assess how much my Nikon gear was worth, I played with the Olympus.  The first thing I noticed is that I could physically see the exposure changes ‘in the viewfinder’ as I changed settings!  Say what?!?!?  When did they start doing this?  This is going to be such a game changer and also make me a lazy photographer 😉

Below are some pictures taken with the camera.  All pictures were shot with the Olympus OM-D E-M1 with the Olympus 12-40mm PRO F2.8 Lens.


The shot above was taken at the Monterey Bay Aquarium.  I LOVE the jellyfish exhibit.  I could take pictures of the jellies all day.  I’m super impressed at how this camera handles low light and produces colors true to what you see.


1/20,  f/2.8,  ISO6400

This was taken at Lewis and Clark Caverns near Bozeman, Montana.  Again, I love how this camera handles low light!  I bumped up the ISO to 6400 and shot wide open with a slow shutter and it looks beautiful.  What impressed me most is even shooting at a high ISO, theres very little noise.

Overall I’m really excited to take this camera with me overseas and glad I made the switch to mirrorless.

Who else has switched to a micro 4/3 mirrorless camera?

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