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May 28, 2024 18:06:58   #
ckescher
 
Hi. I have only used Nikon cameras . I had been planning to purchase a Nikon z8. I read an interesting article on the new Olympus camera. I think it does everything I would want it to. I do some bird photography and other animals when available but I have been doing more landscape photos. I believe this camera is also capable of low light photography. Maybe the Aurora or Milkyway. I know there would be a learning curve involved.
Any opinions offered are appreciated.

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May 28, 2024 18:16:19   #
Orphoto Loc: Oregon
 
if you want to do night work, take a look at high iso performance.

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May 28, 2024 18:19:31   #
larryepage Loc: North Texas area
 
ckescher wrote:
Hi. I have only used Nikon cameras . I had been planning to purchase a Nikon z8. I read an interesting article on the new Olympus camera. I think it does everything I would want it to. I do some bird photography and other animals when available but I have been doing more landscape photos. I believe this camera is also capable of low light photography. Maybe the Aurora or Milkyway. I know there would be a learning curve involved.
Any opinions offered are appreciated.


If you want one, they are on sale right now. $500 off for new ones, not refurbished.

One thing to keep in mind is that depending on what you are shooting now, you may need to spend $$$ for new memory cards.

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May 28, 2024 18:31:53   #
ckescher
 
Thanks. I most likely would need new everything. My lenses are either Nikon or Tamron. I really liked the information on the OM1 MII. I did see an adapter for Nikon lenses and the OM. Not sure about Tamron for Nikon lenses though.

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May 28, 2024 22:26:34   #
ricardo00
 
ckescher wrote:
Thanks. I most likely would need new everything. My lenses are either Nikon or Tamron. I really liked the information on the OM1 MII. I did see an adapter for Nikon lenses and the OM. Not sure about Tamron for Nikon lenses though.


I do think about switching to the OM system (I am currently a Nikon shooter too) but think that if you do switch, you would want to get OM lenses to get most out of your camera (at least I would, why buy a new $2,400 camera and not get a lens that works best for it). The OM1 MII has a sensor that is 1/2 the size of the full size sensor of the Nikon Z8, which means it collects much less light. It also means that a 400mm lens on the OM1 would give you full frame point of view of 800mm on a full frame sensor. So for example the 100-400mm OM lens would work for bird photography though not as well for low light.
So there are compromises in each system. And for wide lenses, you need a wider lens on the OM1 than for the Nikon to get the same point of view.
So clearly there are advantages of each system and most articles are written with a positive point of view. If you have lots invested in high end Nikon lenses, you might want to try the OM system, either try to borrow one from a friend or rent one. And think about what you are trying to do with your new system that you can't do with your current one.

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May 28, 2024 22:26:59   #
Mac Loc: Pittsburgh, Philadelphia now Hernando Co. Fl.
 
ckescher wrote:
Hi. I have only used Nikon cameras . I had been planning to purchase a Nikon z8. I read an interesting article on the new Olympus camera. I think it does everything I would want it to. I do some bird photography and other animals when available but I have been doing more landscape photos. I believe this camera is also capable of low light photography. Maybe the Aurora or Milkyway. I know there would be a learning curve involved.
Any opinions offered are appreciated.


Consider who wrote the review. Was it an independent reviewer or someone with a connection to Olympus/OM System? In any case, it’s best to read more than one article or review before making a decision.

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May 28, 2024 22:56:05   #
ckescher
 
Good advice. Thank you.

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May 28, 2024 23:20:01   #
Hip Coyote
 
You have asked a loaded question. I could write a small book.

I am an Olympus user. When you enter the micro 4/3 realm, you need to know what you are dealing with. The sensor is small and the low light capabilities of a m4/3 camera is no where near as capable as a full frame (ff) camera. Software can compensate for some of that, but not completely.

On the other hand, the system is very flexible. You can have a very small body and small lens or a large body and an Oly pro lens. Oly pro lenses are a good as any lens made. The Oly (and OMD) cameras are weather resistant..so much so that I never protect it from the rain. It rains and I dont worry at all...it is a robust system.

The system is excellent for travel, which is why I chose the system. For instance, I went to Africa, carried two bodies ..one with a 12-100 Oly Pro lens and one with a 100-400 Panasonic lens. I had 24-800 mm coverage ff equivalent. In a very small and manageable package. My main travel kit is simply an Omd EM 1 Mark 3 and the 12-100 pro lens. I may soon switch to the OM - 5 and 12-40 pro lens and leave it at that.

Oly and OMD have some cool things that other systems do not have...for instance Pro Capture and Live Capture. Look them up. They are, quite literally, ground breaking. The in body image stabilization is darned near voodoo....I rarely carry a tripod.

There is a lot of great m 4/3 gear for sale at very reasonable prices. The m 4/3 system is, IMO, a hobbiest's system...

The system is quite capable but is challenging.

But...all this said..if I had Nikon glass and was not going to travel to far away places where I need a small kit, I'd stick with Nikon. If you carry your gear in your car, pull it out and shoot, there is no reason for m 4/3, unless you want the pro capture / live comp features. If may grand kids start playing sports inside a gym, I would probably go ff for the low light capabilities.

Pm me for details or questions...fingers are tired...

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May 28, 2024 23:42:59   #
ricardo00
 
Hip Coyote wrote:
You have asked a loaded question. I could write a small book.

I am an Olympus user. When you enter the micro 4/3 realm, you need to know what you are dealing with. The sensor is small and the low light capabilities of a m4/3 camera is no where near as capable as a full frame (ff) camera. Software can compensate for some of that, but not completely.

On the other hand, the system is very flexible. You can have a very small body and small lens or a large body and an Oly pro lens. Oly pro lenses are a good as any lens made. The Oly (and OMD) cameras are weather resistant..so much so that I never protect it from the rain. It rains and I dont worry at all...it is a robust system.

The system is excellent for travel, which is why I chose the system. For instance, I went to Africa, carried two bodies ..one with a 12-100 Oly Pro lens and one with a 100-400 Panasonic lens. I had 24-800 mm coverage ff equivalent. In a very small and manageable package. My main travel kit is simply an Omd EM 1 Mark 3 and the 12-100 pro lens. I may soon switch to the OM - 5 and 12-40 pro lens and leave it at that.

Oly and OMD have some cool things that other systems do not have...for instance Pro Capture and Live Capture. Look them up. They are, quite literally, ground breaking. The in body image stabilization is darned near voodoo....I rarely carry a tripod.

There is a lot of great m 4/3 gear for sale at very reasonable prices. The m 4/3 system is, IMO, a hobbiest's system...

The system is quite capable but is challenging.

But...all this said..if I had Nikon glass and was not going to travel to far away places where I need a small kit, I'd stick with Nikon. If you carry your gear in your car, pull it out and shoot, there is no reason for m 4/3, unless you want the pro capture / live comp features. If may grand kids start playing sports inside a gym, I would probably go ff for the low light capabilities.

Pm me for details or questions...fingers are tired...
You have asked a loaded question. I could write a... (show quote)


This is a reasonable explanation of the OM system but your statement that other systems do not have Pro Capture is wrong. The Nikon Z8 has pre-capture which does the same thing. Look it up. I have used it many times so can attest to its usefulness. The Nikon Z8 shoots pre-capture as JPG but still works okay for most uses. I have seen many impressive photos with the OM system, so it is clearly a capable system.

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May 29, 2024 03:39:48   #
R.G. Loc: Scotland
 
It's a simple fact of physics that small sensors are more limited than full frame sensors. Those limitations aren't going to be noticeable on a bright, sunny day photographing slow or stationary subjects but that doesn't mean that the limitations are irrelevant. How significant they are depends on usage, and that is one of the factors you should be basing your decisions on.

Another factor with small sensors is that the size and weight of the optics is significantly less compared to the equivalent full frame optics. To a certain extent the same point applies to cost when comparing equivalent optics. These are the other main factors that you should be basing your decisions on.

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May 29, 2024 03:48:54   #
R.G. Loc: Scotland
 
ricardo00 wrote:
... The OM1 MII has a sensor that is 1/2 the size of the full size sensor of the Nikon Z8...


The breadth and width of an m4/3 sensor are half those of a FF sensor but the area is 1/4, which means that the light-gathering capabilities are significantly less - the equivalent of two stops, which could involve using an ISO four times as high.

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May 29, 2024 05:39:17   #
ClarkJohnson Loc: Fort Myers, FL and Cohasset, MA
 
My wife just went full steam into the OM-1 Mk II, after having somewhat successfully shot with my Nikon gear for several years. She loves the weight reduction and her shorter lenses. She has yet to master the complexities of the focus system or master her longest lens (100-400). As a Nikon Z8/9 shooter, I am intrigued by some of the capabilities of the camera, including the fact that the Pro-capture images are RAW, not jpeg as they are on Nikon.

As with most crop-sensor systems, the gear is less expensive all around. But, IMHO, the jewel of the OM system is the 150-400 PRO lens with the built-in TC. This is $7,500 and never discounted. This lens is equivalent to Nikon’s $12.000 + offerings, but is still expensive IMHO.

Good luck with your choice, however you go.

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May 29, 2024 06:09:23   #
billnikon Loc: Pennsylvania/Ohio/Florida/Maui/Oregon/Vermont
 
ckescher wrote:
Hi. I have only used Nikon cameras . I had been planning to purchase a Nikon z8. I read an interesting article on the new Olympus camera. I think it does everything I would want it to. I do some bird photography and other animals when available but I have been doing more landscape photos. I believe this camera is also capable of low light photography. Maybe the Aurora or Milkyway. I know there would be a learning curve involved.
Any opinions offered are appreciated.


Stick with Nikon. The Z8 can do everything you need for bird, animals, landscape, low light, and yes, even the milky way. And, best of all, all of your current Nikon lenses SHOULD work with the Z8 with their adapter.
Good luck and keep on shooting until the end.
Olympus is not a full frame, a full frame has many more advantages over the Olympus.

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May 29, 2024 06:55:29   #
tcthome Loc: NJ
 
ckescher wrote:
Hi. I have only used Nikon cameras . I had been planning to purchase a Nikon z8. I read an interesting article on the new Olympus camera. I think it does everything I would want it to. I do some bird photography and other animals when available but I have been doing more landscape photos. I believe this camera is also capable of low light photography. Maybe the Aurora or Milkyway. I know there would be a learning curve involved.
Any opinions offered are appreciated.


I think this is the vid you might want to watch. He is pretty knowledagable ( and not a rep or any type of paid affiliation to OLY) & you might want to shoot him an email on the night shooting capabilities of the OM cameras. He does Landscape & once in a while some wildlife/zoo type shooting. Good luck & have fun.

PS, I shoot Nikon FF & might choose OLY for in field nature macro use alone.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sXL3xtwehJg&t=1s

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May 29, 2024 07:35:03   #
dennis2146 Loc: Eastern Idaho
 
ckescher wrote:
Hi. I have only used Nikon cameras . I had been planning to purchase a Nikon z8. I read an interesting article on the new Olympus camera. I think it does everything I would want it to. I do some bird photography and other animals when available but I have been doing more landscape photos. I believe this camera is also capable of low light photography. Maybe the Aurora or Milkyway. I know there would be a learning curve involved.
Any opinions offered are appreciated.


I am curious as to why you would not want the Nikon Z8. I have heard they are a great camera and since you already use Nikon equipment why not stick with it? Does the Olympus camera do more than the Nikon, offer more features you will use, cheaper? I am not trying to sway you to the Nikon if you want the Olympus. Spend YOUR money however will make you happy.

Dennis

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