I am in the final stages of deciding whether I can use a Fuji collection of cameras and lenses for all of my photography. The final element is determining whether it is better to go with the Fuji X-T2 with the 55-200mm 1:3.5-4.8 lens or the Olympus E-M1 Mark II with the Panasonic 35-100mm 1:2.8 lens for some of my event photography for Homewood. The events in question are indoors with poor lighting where I can’t get close to what I’m photographing.
The Olympus with the Panasonic 35-100mm (e200mm max) shown above weighs 950g. The Fujifilm X-T2 with the 55-200mm (e300mm max) shown above weighs 1085g. The Fuji lens is larger and heavier, but it also has a longer effective focal length of 300mm vs. the Panasonic with only an effective focal length of 200mm. One advantage that the Panasonic has, is that it does not extend when going from 35 -100mm and that is nice when I use it around people. The Fuji lens does extend.
So far, my tests indicate that I may have to use higher ISO settings with the Fuji since the Panasonic uses an aperture of 2.8, but the Fuji has a largest aperture of only 4.8 at maximum zoom. The Fuji shutter speeds will be slower and in some cases I may have to photograph at ISO 12800 with the Fuji system to keep the shutter speeds up. Some initial tests indicate ISO 12800 might be acceptable, but I have yet to try it under actual conditions in the Omni and Chapel.
I have been using the micro 4/3 setup effectively and I could replace it with a faster Fuji lens than the 55-200mm, but it would be very expensive. Considering that I’m trying to shift to all prime lens photography, spending a lot more for a zoom lens to only be used occasionally for Homewood publications isn’t very cost effective.
In the past rounds (You can see Round 1 here, and Round 2 here.), I was more driven by size and weight. In this round I’m more concerned about image quality in poor light and I’m comparing better cameras and lenses. I’ll be reaching a conclusion soon and explaining why I make the choice I will be making.
I used a Fuji 55-200mm zoom lens at 200mm focal length to make these images. I had just gotten the lens and was trying it out when I made these. I finally decided to get this longer zoom lens since I have some events that I photograph that require focal lengths beyond the reach of my longest prime lens which is only 50mm.
I’m still checking, but I also made some low light images at ISO 12800 with the X-T2 and this lens and I was amazed at the quality of both jpeg and raw files. I’ll have more to say about that after I use this setup to make some indoor pictures in the Omni room.
I like the quality of this lens, but I doubt that I will be walking around much with it due to its weight. My intentions are to mostly use it for events that are in one location that I can drive to.
My favorite style for my images is created by using the Fujinon XF 50mm 1:2 R WR prime lens at f/2 aperture, focused as close as possible, processed raw files with Acros and a little vignette applied. I use this process with either my X-T2 or my X-E3 camera.
My biggest challenge, especially this coming winter, is to find suitable compositions.
It has been dark, rainy, and dreary, and there hasn’t been much of interest to photograph, so what do I do? I try to make pictures regardless, even if they are like the above. The flowers are dying back and looking raggedly so I had to get creative to still capture a little of their color.
It is raining now, and everything is wet again; but, it isn’t hard enough to cause major problems. It doesn’t look like the remnants of Florence are going to cause any significant flooding here.
I just got back from walking down to the Community Center. It was sprinkling, then turned into a very light rain. Coming back, I saw the egret down by Plum Creek, so I took the TG-5 out of my jeans hip pocket and made these two images. I actually prefer it at times rather than my Fujifilm X-T2 since it is small and has nice depth of field for capturing pictures without having to think about it. And it only takes one hand. I was holding an umbrella in the other.
I had a visitor early this morning when I was working on the computer. She isn’t going to be happy. I put her outside before the tropical rains arrived.