Down size to M4/3

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  1. John Hunt

    John Hunt No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    I have been fighting arthritis in my hands so using and carrying 9 pounds of camera and lens has become very difficult to do (Nikon D750 with Sigma 150-600 Sport). My current rig gives wonderful results. I use it handheld and hate using a tripod. I have been researching and I'm thinking about changing to an Olympus OMD EM1 ii with a Panasonic 100-400. Nobody in the area I live handles these and I'm very leary of ordering online without having handled the camera before. This combination would only weigh about 3 pounds which would be a lot better for my hands. Has anybody out there used this combo? I would like to hear some feedback and see some photos. Any other suggestions would also be welcome I shoot a lot of wildlife and most of the time I am walking around a lot.


     
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    Does it have to be M4/3? A mate of mine is getting great results with his FUJI and 100-400 lens. Quite a bit smaller and lighter than my D7200 and 150-600.
     
  3. John Hunt

    John Hunt No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    I'm thinking M4/3 because of the extra crop factor. Maximum reach/minimum weight.
     
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    In your situation I would say it is imperative to handle the camera before buying. The dials and knobs might be difficult to reach/use on the smaller M4/3 systems, with your arthritis.
     
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    Agree 100%. I have real issues with pain and tremors in my hand. I was able to try out a Fujifilm X-T1 and found it to be real helpful for that. I bought the X-T2 because it was basically the same with a newer sensor. But here is the deal, everything can be done while looking in the viewer. Everything can be configured at placement of your fingers, no fiddling. Big improvement over my D7200. The 4/3 were too small for my large hands and I didn't like the way it felt, the Fuji just felt right.
     
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    I have the EM1 Mark II and its an excellent camera. Fits my hands like a glove. I haven't used the Panny 100-400. I have the Oly 75-300mm and not long ago upgraded to the 300mm f4 Pro. I can highly recommend the 300mm if you can afford it. With Dual IS sync it is amazing handheld. And add the MC-14 to get 420mm (880mm).
     
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    I have a EM1. Great system, but don't go crazy with pixel peeping. It has great image quality, but I don't print very big and share primarily on the web.

    Sent from my SAMSUNG-SM-G920A using Tapatalk
     
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    Can you show a few images? What does the camera and 300 f4 weigh?
    Thank you.
     
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    Em1 Mark II is 575g
    300mm 1270g w/o tripod collar (I dont use a tripod)
    1475g with tripod collar

    If this is too heavy for you I think you will be happy with the Panny 100-400mm. All the reviews I read with an EM1 and the images I saw were very good.

    Here are a few images. Just keep in mind that I have only gotten into photography less than three months ago so any issues are probably that of the photographer. :) A couple of the shots were with my EM5 Mark II with the 300mm. And most a cropped. You can also look at my flickr for more.

    Here a good review with images.
    Robin Wong: Olympus M.Zuiko 300mm F4 IS PRO Lens Review

    [​IMG]House Sparrow by Brent Cameron, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Muted Swan by Brent Cameron, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Juvenile Red Tailed Hawk by Brent Cameron, on Flickr

    [​IMG]House Finch by Brent Cameron, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Ring-billed Gull by Brent Cameron, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Trumpeter Swan by Brent Cameron, on Flickr
     
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    John Hunt No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    Thanks for the photos. These are very good for someone just starting out. Just curious why you selected this camera as a beginner?
     
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    The wife and I are finally getting a chance to do some travelling and I was always interested in wildlife. Decided that before we started I wanted to get proficient in taking pictures. I did not want to lug a big dslr around with me. I just new it would be left behind more often then not. The M43 system is nice and compact and between Panny and Oly a huge selection of lenses. I have a small light weight camera backback that fits my camera, 4-5 lens and accessories thats great for hiking or bringing on a plane. Would not be possible with FF equivalent.

    Years ago I would have hated carrying any camera around with me, now it seems to be attached to me. I bring it everywhere I go now. Even at work, I work on a large campus, I go out at lunch time to snap some pics.

    I did upgrade from the EM5 Mark II to the EM1 Mark II in a short time, not because I outgrew the camera, but because the C-AF on the EM1 is way beyond what the EM5 can do and I found myself wanting to do a lot of BIF's. CDAF on the EM5 vs CDAF/PDAF on the EM1. My wife ends up getting a very nice camera to play with while she follows me around taking pics on hikes.
     
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    [​IMG]

    Olympus E-M1 MK II on the left | Fujifilm X-T2 on the right.
    Both with 100-400mm lenses.

    E-M1 MK II + Panasonic Leica 100-400mm - 1559 grams (3.44 pounds ~)
    Fuji X-T2 + Fujinon 100-400mm - 1882 grams (4.15 pounds ~)

    Not a huge difference, but the E-M1 MK II (and the Mark I) is way more confortable to hold (I have tested both) and the Panasonic Leica 100-400mm lens is on of the best tele-lens in the world :D

    Cheers
     

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