Why Olympus Camera vice Pentax and Fujifilm

170804-184526-17JEHIf you have been following my blog for a while, you have noticed that I have been experimenting a lot with the Olympus micro 4/3 E-P5 camera.  While using it I discovered that it had a spot on the sensor so I returned it and replaced it with the newer Olympus PEN-F camera.

I have many reasons for moving back to micro 4/3 sensor cameras.  I have used them at least twice in my previous photography.  I first went to these smaller cameras and lenses for traveling, and then when my needs for better image quality under low light grew, I moved up to Pentax DSLRs and Fujifilm X cameras.  Now that I find my needs changing, I have moved back to micro 4/3 for my walk-about system due to the much smaller and lighter lenses.

I tried to simplify and use only one camera system, the Fujifilm X-T2 and multiple lenses.  I finally decided that any single camera is a compromise.  While I prefer the X-T2 camera for my indoor photography at Homewood, I do not like the size and weight of the longer focal length zoom lenses.  I therefore considered just giving up on long focal length photography, but finally decided that was too limiting, so I went back to Olympus for my daily carry camera.

In making this decision I also compared cameras and images with the Fujifilm X-E2s and the Olympus E-P5.  I chose to do this with equivalent 35mm focal length prime lenses since that was the closest match in size and weight between the two systems.  Below are severe crops from both systems since I was interested in the details.  The two manufacturers have distinct differences of opinion when it comes to colors and exposures and sensor and camera designs.  The following are out of camera jpegs with the exposure shifted -0.5 in LR for the Olympus image (the first one).  To see what I was looking for, look at the tree leaves.  The smaller micro 4/3 sensor of the Olympus has greater detail or definition and contrast.  Keep in mind that these are both older cameras, but of about the same age.  I find that the newer 24MP Fuji sensor does better than this 16MM sensor, but it isn’t available in a comparable camera yet.

Another thing enabling me to go back to micro 4/3 is Light Room.  It has improved over the years and I have improved in learning how to use it.  It has been a somewhat slow process learning to process the Olympus images differently from Fuji images, but I’m getting better and I find that I like the effect better now than in my earlier uses of micro 4/3 systems.  I now find that with the combined features of a smaller and lighter micro 4/3 system and the images tweaked with Adobe Light Room, that it creates a sufficient system for my outdoor uses.  I still need to work with it for indoor photography under poor lighting but I will keep my Fuji gear for that, at least for now until I try the Olympus more indoors and decide whether I can use it for my indoors Homewood photography.

I also need to thank two other photographers for having convinced me that a micro 4/3 system is sufficient for my uses.  The first is Craig Roberts who uses the micro 4/3 system for his landscape photography.  I encourage you to check out his work on his web site and especially look at his excellent, down-to-earth videos about how he works.  Go to his YouTube site “e6 Vlogs” by clicking here.  You can then also go to his main web site by clicking the link at the top right of e6 Vlogs.  The video “What’s in my Camera Bag?” gives the history of his downsizing to micro 4/3.

The second photographer is Marcus Puschmann.  He generated an interest for me going back to long, multipurpose zoom lenses, especially the Olympus 14-150mm lens.  He uses it as a travel lens and gets great results in various lighting conditions.  Check out Marcus’s web site by clicking here.

The above information has made it possible for me to continue walking with a camera with a long general-purpose zoom lens and to sell off my Fuji X-E2s and all of my larger and heavier Pentax DSLR gear.  At first, I will be using the Olympus PEN-F and two Olympus lenses, the 14-150mm II and the 17mm for my walks.  As time goes on I may acquire additional lenses, and I might even start thinking about moving all of my photography to an Olympus micro 4/3 camera and other lenses.