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Discussion in 'Open Discussion' started by minibokeh, Sep 21, 2014.

  1. minibokeh

    minibokeh Guest

    Just took pictures of my remaining L lenses for Ebay purposes.
    Of course with my OM-D E-M1, my Canon 5d mark iii sold today.

    Short list of my personal takeaways:
    - It took me one year to fully trust m43. I'm still keeping my Nikon gear for long exposure and large prints. Everything else, everyday, goes m43. I don't see the quality difference anymore, except in fringe cases (20%?).
    - Big lenses are beautiful :)
    - m43 is liberating: I took all the shots today hand-held (which I would have never done with FF), putting my confidence in the OM-D's IBIS.
    - Multi-vendor is key: I'm really reluctant at this point to follow Sony into yet another systems adventure -- having both Olympus and Panasonic driving innovation clearly helps m43 (I have both E-M1 and GM1, considering GH4 for video).
    - Lenses are more important than bodies. Always. Very high marks for m43, both Olympus and Panasonic, although I would love to see Zeiss getting into the game (unlikely, as they are already partnering with Fuji and Sony in the mirrorless camp).
    - With a high-end m43 kit today, we have more powerful tools compared to what was on the market for the most demanding pro's 10 years ago. Final sign that with proper shooting technique, m43 is ready for prime time for many applications - and even leading in some areas like 4k video. Point in case:I used my E-M1 with full confidence to take a reproduction picture of a 40x40 painting for a local artist. Previously, they were blown away by the quality of my work using the D800 and Zeiss Otus lens. This time, I didn't tell them but used E-M1 and Nocticron 42.5mm instead -- not only did nobody notice a difference (with some careful post-processing), they were equally complimentary as before. Of course in this cases we didn't need the 36mp, but a system that could show the intricate level of details in the art with lifelike credibility and convey the artists vision convincingly. Score one for m43.
    - I'm having more FUN than ever, and my shots are getting more creative compared to spending too much time on technical excellence.
    - Sometimes I get to cheat a little bit and use a SpeedBooster for Nikon lenses on my "toy" cameras. Yet another dimension of greatness (including arbitrarily shallow DOF).

    Enjoy the pictures of my old friends below (... already sold some others earlier).
    Please excuse me for now, I have to keep this post short to have more time to take pictures with my m43 kit.

    <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/101667287@N08/15293464436" title="ebay 20140921 Copyright Moritz Berger 175832 by Moritz Berger, on Flickr">"240" height="179" alt="ebay 20140921 Copyright Moritz Berger 175832"></a> <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/101667287@N08/15129931278" title="ebay 20140921 Copyright Moritz Berger 175816 by Moritz Berger, on Flickr">"240" height="182" alt="ebay 20140921 Copyright Moritz Berger 175816"></a> <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/101667287@N08/15316161232" title="ebay 20140921 Copyright Moritz Berger 175715 by Moritz Berger, on Flickr">"240" height="177" alt="ebay 20140921 Copyright Moritz Berger 175715"></a> <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/101667287@N08/15316498115" title="ebay 20140921 Copyright Moritz Berger 175339 by Moritz Berger, on Flickr">"240" height="180" alt="ebay 20140921 Copyright Moritz Berger 175339"></a>
    <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/101667287@N08/15129952017" title="ebay 20140921 Copyright Moritz Berger 175228 by Moritz Berger, on Flickr">"240" height="179" alt="ebay 20140921 Copyright Moritz Berger 175228"></a> <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/101667287@N08/15293452806" title="ebay 20140921 Copyright Moritz Berger 174953 by Moritz Berger, on Flickr">"174" height="240" alt="ebay 20140921 Copyright Moritz Berger 174953"></a> <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/101667287@N08/15129905848" title="ebay 20140921 Copyright Moritz Berger 174647 by Moritz Berger, on Flickr">"240" height="180" alt="ebay 20140921 Copyright Moritz Berger 174647"></a> <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/101667287@N08/15316482415" title="ebay 20140921 Copyright Moritz Berger 174542 by Moritz Berger, on Flickr">"179" height="240" alt="ebay 20140921 Copyright Moritz Berger 174542"></a>
    <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/101667287@N08/15129898498" title="ebay 20140921 Copyright Moritz Berger 174015 by Moritz Berger, on Flickr">"240" height="180" alt="ebay 20140921 Copyright Moritz Berger 174015"></a> <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/101667287@N08/15293438646" title="ebay 20140921 Copyright Moritz Berger 173949 by Moritz Berger, on Flickr">"177" height="240" alt="ebay 20140921 Copyright Moritz Berger 173949"></a> <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/101667287@N08/15129731639" title="ebay 20140921 Copyright Moritz Berger 173933 by Moritz Berger, on Flickr">"240" height="176" alt="ebay 20140921 Copyright Moritz Berger 173933"></a> <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/101667287@N08/15129932137" title="ebay 20140921 Copyright Moritz Berger 173805 by Moritz Berger, on Flickr">"240" height="180" alt="ebay 20140921 Copyright Moritz Berger 173805"></a>
    <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/101667287@N08/15293433366" title="ebay 20140921 Copyright Moritz Berger 173356 by Moritz Berger, on Flickr">"240" height="177" alt="ebay 20140921 Copyright Moritz Berger 173356"></a> <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/101667287@N08/15129924837" title="ebay 20140921 Copyright Moritz Berger 173315 by Moritz Berger, on Flickr">"180" height="240" alt="ebay 20140921 Copyright Moritz Berger 173315"></a> <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/101667287@N08/15129917927" title="ebay 20140921 Copyright Moritz Berger 173147 by Moritz Berger, on Flickr">"178" height="240" alt="ebay 20140921 Copyright Moritz Berger 173147"></a>
     
  2. LowriderS10

    LowriderS10 Monkey with a camera.

    May 19, 2013
    Canada
    Wow...did they have a sale on "saturation"? ;)

    Also...yeah...I switched from a 5D2 + Ls to M4/3...a year and a half later, no regrets!
     
  3. Reflector

    Reflector Mu-43 Veteran

    406
    Aug 31, 2013
    I'd keep that 85mm f/1.2 and mount it when they come out with a fixed EF Speedbooster that doesn't have a physical fit problem with the OMDs...
     
  4. minibokeh

    minibokeh Guest

    Reflector, not keeping the 85mm f1.2 mk II (a dream lens, for sure!) -- I already have too many fast short tele primes (75mm f1.8 Zuiko, 100mm (= 70mm SpeedBooster) f2 Zeiss, 85mm 1.4 Nikon) and seriously thinking about the new Otus ;-)
    The biggest disadvantage of the Canon is the frightened look on the face of the people you're trying to photograph - if any lens ever gave rise to the myth of "photographers stealing souls", this would be my prime (pun intended) candidate.
    Not making this up, I have countless pictures where the lens got too much attention (similar problem actually with the big white Canon 70-200mm f2.8 IS mk II -- optically perfect for portraits, but outside of the studio too scary for the uneducated populace).
    BIG advantage for m43. Look, it's harmless, it's small (= hiding its bite).
     
  5. minibokeh

    minibokeh Guest

    Lowrider, I know how you feel. Again, took me a year of pictures to validate "no regrets". For me, Canon pro gear has been shown to be replaceable.

    Saturation - know what you mean, I was playing with hand held 5 shot HDR into Photomatix. Interesting results, but then you don't need to take drugs to enjoy the colors (might actually serve its purpose well considering its used for Ebay, not fine arts gallery).
     
  6. biomed

    biomed Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Aug 22, 2013
    Seattle area
    Mike
    Of all the Canon gear I got rid of, I miss the 16-35/2.8 the most. The 7-14/4 has been a bit of comfort.
     
  7. minibokeh

    minibokeh Guest

    Biomed, interesting, lack of equivalent to the Nikkor 14-24mm f2.8 was one of the things that got my started to think about moving away from Canon. 16-35/2.8 (both mk i and ii) didn't really appeal to me, and lugging around a bag full of Zeiss UWA primes also wasn't an option.
    Sounds like we're both waiting for the Olympus 7-14mm f2.8 :)
     
  8. Reflector

    Reflector Mu-43 Veteran

    406
    Aug 31, 2013
    Sometimes that deer in headlights look has a certain usefulness when you really want to extract a specific kind of emotional character from the subject in some portraits... Guess nothing says that like a big, white 70-200.
     
  9. hwan

    hwan Mu-43 Regular

    38
    Sep 20, 2014
    St Louis, MO
    Not to hijack this thread, but how well does the Zeiss 100MP work with the EM-1 with a normal adapter (no speedbooster)? I also just made the switch, and trying to decide whether to keep the 100MP and get an adapter or to sell it for quite a loss. I do have the Oly 75mm coming though.
     
  10. MAubrey

    MAubrey Photographer

    Jul 9, 2012
    Bellingham, WA
    Mike Aubrey
    I think I'd have a hard time saying goodbye to a set of glass like that.
     
  11. minibokeh

    minibokeh Guest

    hwan, here are a couple of shots I took last year with the ZF 100mm f2.0 on OM-D E-M1 with Metabones Speedbooster:
    <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/101667287@N08/11640664774" title="131229-201721 by Moritz Berger, on Flickr">"240" height="180" alt="131229-201721"></a> <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/101667287@N08/11181090513" title="Camera test OM-D E-M1 - portrait by Moritz Berger, on Flickr">"180" height="240" alt="Camera test OM-D E-M1 - portrait"></a> <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/101667287@N08/11180956086" title="Camera test OM-D E-M1 - &quot;architecture&quot; / &quot;landscape&quot; by Moritz Berger, on Flickr">"240" height="180" alt="Camera test OM-D E-M1 - &quot;architecture&quot; / &quot;landscape&quot;"></a>

    The last one is especially crazy: It's not critically sharp, but then that's 1/10s hand-held (!). Imagine that with the same lens on the D800 ...
     
  12. LowriderS10

    LowriderS10 Monkey with a camera.

    May 19, 2013
    Canada
    Haha, I'm just messing, they're excellent photos and sure beat most of the "took this at night with my phone during an 8.7 magnitude earthquake" photos the usual ads have accompanying them. ;)

    It's a weird realization when you lust and save and lust some more after the Mighty Red Rings and the Gigantor Sensor To Own Them All and then you realize that a goofy little OM-D with a couple of reasonably-priced lenses will do the job just as well, eh? :D