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May 29, 2024 09:32:54   #
leftj Loc: Texas
 
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.


you will have to purchase all new lenses and accessories.

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May 29, 2024 10:15:37   #
debk
 
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 also a Nikon user, although these days, my Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark III is my primary camera. My first Olympus was the OM-D E-M10 Mark III (entry level model) as I wanted something small for travel that could shoot RAW and have interchangeable lenses. My friend told me about Olympus while we were at a conference and so we checked out the Olympus vendor table and later ended up buying the E-M10. With some misgivings, I took it on a quick trip to New Orleans and was not disappointed with the results. Live Comp is a cool feature that among other things, allows you to do star trails in camera. Olympus/OM has a lot of neat computational features and probably the only downside is that you can only do 2 photos in a multiple exposure. There is a work around for that, but cumbersome in comparison to my Nikon D500 which can take more shots for a multiple exposure & combine them in camera. As with any camera comparison, there are pluses and minuses with each. Rob Trek and Robin Wong have both done videos about Olympus for YouTube- you might find some of their videos helpful.

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May 29, 2024 10:18:30   #
photoman43
 
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 know that Joe and Mary McDonald have switched to OM micro 4/3rds cameras and lenses. Check out their website to see what they say about the OM system and lenses. OM has photo ambassadors so there may be someone with astrophotography expertise with the OM system.

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May 29, 2024 10:25:01   #
SuperflyTNT Loc: Manassas VA
 
ricardo00 wrote:
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.


Except that Nikon’s Pre Capture, as they call it, only works with JPEG. I’m still hoping for a firmware update for my Z9 to get it for raw.

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May 29, 2024 10:27:53   #
camerapapi Loc: Miami, Fl.
 
Billnikon wrote: "Olympus is not a full frame, a full frame has many more advantages over the Olympus."

Let me see if I understand your statement, a full frame uses the whole sensor, right? If that is true then Olympus is full frame if using the default format of the camera. When using the M43 format the camera registers the image in the whole sensor.
Advantage of the larger sensor are well known to all of us, especially better noise control. With my Olympus bodies and if I need to work in low light, something I do not do that often, I expose to the right and if necessary, I use Topaz Denoise AI to control excessive noise.

I do not own the latest offering from Olympus (ODS) and obviously I am not familiar with the new OM-1 and OM-1 Mk II. I am pretty aware of the capabilities of both cameras. I own the OM-5 Mk. III, I am not yet fully familiar with it but it is small enough to take it anywhere.
I am using Olympus and Panasonic lenses with excellent results as per my taste. I do mostly landscape photography and now, with the OM-5 Mk III, I am learning to shoot wildlife.

I am primarily a Nikon shooter but I have been pleasantly surprised with the capabilities of Olympus cameras.

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May 29, 2024 10:31:22   #
SuperflyTNT Loc: Manassas VA
 
ClarkJohnson wrote:
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.
My wife just went full steam into the OM-1 Mk II, ... (show quote)


The 100/400 is still very good and inexpensive. And if the 150-600 isn’t too heavy it’s also very good and gets you 300-1200 equivalent.

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May 29, 2024 10:59:55   #
jlocke Loc: Austin, TX
 
camerapapi wrote:
Billnikon wrote: "Olympus is not a full frame, a full frame has many more advantages over the Olympus."

Let me see if I understand your statement, a full frame uses the whole sensor, right? If that is true then Olympus is full frame if using the default format of the camera. When using the M43 format the camera registers the image in the whole sensor.


Yes, the camera uses the "full frame" of the sensor, but that is true of all cameras. Why would you install a sensor and only use a portion of it? BUT... the sensor itself is much smaller in the Olympus, so that is rather disingenuous. "Full Frame" in this context is referring to the size of the sensor (but you know that). A "full frame" sensor measures 36mm x 24mm. A micro 4/3 sensor measures (about) 17.3mm x 13mm. The yellow box in the attached diagram indicates the size of a full frame sensor. The blue box is the micro 4/3 sensor.

You can see that the "full frame" of the full-frame sensor is MUCH larger than the "full frame" of the micro 4/3 sensor.



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May 29, 2024 11:00:01   #
debk
 
photoman43 wrote:
I know that Joe and Mary McDonald have switched to OM micro 4/3rds cameras and lenses. Check out their website to see what they say about the OM system and lenses. OM has photo ambassadors so there may be someone with astrophotography expertise with the OM system.


Several of the Olympus/OM cameras have Starry Sky focus: https://learnandsupport.getolympus.com/learn-center/photography-tips/browse-tips-by-camera-feature/starry-sky-af

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May 29, 2024 11:15:21   #
Hip Coyote
 
ricardo00 wrote:
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.


Hey Ricardo...that I did not know...I thought only Oly has it...good catch.
The Pro capture is uncannily good for action shots...I am not an experienced sport shooter and did pretty good for a rookie at a lacrosse game. Takes up massive amounts of storage but worth it.

Oly pro capture is raw capable.

The Live Capture, which allows for the user to take a shot then the camera only adds added light to the scene is pretty cool as well. I do not know if the other systems had anything like it.

The newer OMDs and my Oly OMD Em 1 mark 3 has a built in ND filter which I have used a few times, but find it not that valuable.

The one thing I do see, and do not know if other systems have similar, is the very consistent training opportunities put out by OMD by their so called visionaries (or what ever they're called.) It is excellent instruction on the finite features of OMD.

The other thing is that, as in my case, I am going to venture into video. The Panasonic m 4/3 cameras are excellent for that..and given that I have the M 4/3 lenses already, I just need a body.

It's a great system for my purposes (amateur, travel, family)

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May 29, 2024 11:15:52   #
bkwaters
 
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 need the ultimate in tracking Sony and Canon are better. If you need ultimate DOF control or dynamic range FF>APS-C>M4/3. The OM menu is a bit less clear. I had same idea as you, rented one with a lens, and didn't love it.

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May 29, 2024 11:20:00   #
Hip Coyote
 
jlocke wrote:
Yes, the camera uses the "full frame" of the sensor, but that is true of all cameras. Why would you install a sensor and only use a portion of it? BUT... the sensor itself is much smaller in the Olympus, so that is rather disingenuous. "Full Frame" in this context is referring to the size of the sensor (but you know that). A "full frame" sensor measures 36mm x 24mm. A micro 4/3 sensor measures (about) 17.3mm x 13mm. The yellow box in the attached diagram indicates the size of a full frame sensor. The blue box is the micro 4/3 sensor.

You can see that the "full frame" of the full-frame sensor is MUCH larger than the "full frame" of the micro 4/3 sensor.
Yes, the camera uses the "full frame" of... (show quote)


I think the so called "full frame" was a comparison to the old 35 mm negatives...and other sensors are compared to that. It is a good point of reference that many of us understand and use. We m 4/3 users know full well the Oly / OMD / Panys are not "full frame"...they sensors are quite small comparatively. The small sensor has drawbacks and a few advantages....namely IBIS is great in the OMD line partially assisted by the small sensor size. And the depth of field of view is a lot different as well...it takes a bit of doing to get the out of focus background that some folks like with the ff sensors.

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May 29, 2024 11:31:32   #
TriX Loc: Raleigh, NC
 
While the OM system has the advantage of size/weight and is an excellent system, if you’re interested in night or astro photography, a full frame camera such as the Z8 is going to be noticably (~2 stops) better in low light/high ISO shooting.

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May 29, 2024 12:09:55   #
azted Loc: Las Vegas, NV.
 
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 a Sony Full Frame user for my professional event work. That being said, one of the best images I ever took was with an Olympus OM-5-Mkll, which has a 16 megapixels sensor. This was taken hand held at 300mm (600mm equivalent) from a vehicle in Amboselli Nature reserve in Kenya. You have to give this system its due and recognize that it was built for the nature photographer, and is probably the best product for that type of use. Also, their jpgs straight out of the camera (as this image is) are outstanding!


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May 29, 2024 12:34:26   #
JFCoupe Loc: Kent, Washington
 
I have been shooting OLympus EM1 MK II and MK III cameras for seven years and really like the system.

Recently, I did a astrophotography workshop with 319 Photography. The leader of the workshop talked about gear early in the workshop and said he had switched from Canon to Sony A7RIV because it had the best sensor for low light photography.

So while I think you would like the OM-1 MKII from Olympus, take a look at the Sony cameras before making a decision.

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May 29, 2024 12:38:28   #
JFCoupe Loc: Kent, Washington
 


In early April, I did astrophotography at Big Bend National Park. The Starry Sky focus feature in my EM1-MKIII was terrific. No guess work that I had good focus on the milky way.

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