Round 3: Fujifilm vs. Micro 4/3

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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.

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