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Time To Downscale?

Apart from my very first digital camera – a Fuji “bridge” camera – every camera I’ve owned since I (largely) turned my back on film has been a Nikon DSLR. I can’t deny the merits of the Canon DSLR system and I’ve long coveted the lovely retro styling of the Fuji mirror-less range. BUT, I have pretty much always been openly dismissive of any other non-DSLR, considering them to be very much sub-DSLR.

But last week I had the opportunity to try one of Olympus’s OM-D Micro Four Thirds cameras and I began to realise it might be time to rethink my prejudices.

The following images were taken during a Fotofilia Studio Evening last Thursday as jpegs and are, apart from a very minimal amount of contrast adjustment, “straight out of the camera”. The model is pro boxer Ryan “Tank” Aston.

Boxer Ryan "Tank" Aston

Boxer Ryan “Tank” Aston

The camera is an Olympus E-M1 fitted with a 12-40mm (equivalent to 24-80mm) f2.8 lens, shooting on it’s top jpeg setting. It is no exaggeration to say that I was AMAZED by the image quality. Here’s another…

Ryan "Tank" Aston.

Ryan “Tank” Aston.

There are various picture style settings. These were shot in the “natural” setting. But these cameras also have some great in-camera picture styles so I tried one using the “grainy film” setting. Again, this is straight out of camera…

I’ll be posting more images taken with this system soon and weighing up how it compares with my Nikon system. So far though, it looks as though my Nikon is in danger of being listed on ebay.

Find out more about the spec of the E-M1 here

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One response

  1. It is great to see the E-M1 being recognised by top photographers as a worthy camera. I started with the Olympus E-Series DSLRs and collected a fair range of lenses. In truth, the E-M1 is probably too good for my needs, but it was the first to be able to focus my legacy Zuiko lenses and I had to adopt it. I do love the handling though. Now all I need are some micro 4/3 lenses!

    These images show it off very well.

    October 28, 2014 at 10:00 am

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