Micro Four Thirds hitting its stride
September 13, 2012
I wrote back in June about my new camera, the Olympus OM-D and my decision to switch to Micro Four Thirds for all of my photos. How is it working out, you might ask? Has the glow of a new purchase faded away into the noisy shadows of a small sensor? Hardly!
I'm very happy with the system and the images I'm taking with it. Here are the highlights:
1. Smaller lenses and body mean I take it everywhere. To the park with the kids. On work trips. To the beach. The body is weather sealed so that helps too.
2. Fast primes add interest with their shallow depth of field. With a large camera I tended to take a single zoom lens over primes. The reason was primarily that the primes themselves were just a bit too big. The professional primes are even larger, but even a 50mm f/1.8 nifty fifty is twice the size of my 14mm f/2.5 lens. The end result is that even though my sensor has more depth of field at a given aperture, my aperture I have with me is two stops bigger - resulting in shallower depth of field than APS-C, and similar to full frame.
3. Movies are fantastic. Since my body has built in image stabilization on the sensor all lenses look great in video with smooth motion even when walking. This is a major step again compared to even Olympus bodies from two years ago.
4. I'm taking more stock images, and ones I'm proud of. I am finding that I've almost doubled the number of images I'm doing a month at the moment, and my interest in stock is building, not waning. Further, I feel I'm getting shots that are a bit more interesting. My approval for the last two months is at 93% and includes ISO1600 shots (paint tray below) - so that says something about the capabilities of the smaller sensor.
5. Pure performance. There is no question that the OM-D and its smaller sensor gives up something compared to the bigger dSLR bodies. But reading in a recent magazine the OM-D compared very favorably, keeping up in the noise department, falling a bit short in absolute resolution, and leading the APS-C Nikon in dynamic range and color accuracy. Personally I think it is all a bit moot compared to the end result, but always nice to see I haven't made a choice that limits me too much. The dynamic range on the OM-D is really a step up - I no longer have problems holding highlights like I did with the Panasonic GH2.
6. Tilt screen. I got the OM-D as much for the excellent viewfinder as anything. But for personal shots and sill lifes I'm surprised how much I'm enjoying the tilt LCD.
Here are a few recent images from my OM-D:
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