Canon FF+L vs M43

Started Jun 7, 2013 | Discussions thread
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DragosJianu Regular Member • Posts: 143
Canon FF+L vs M43

A non scientific comparison between my two kits, based on Olympus E-PM1 and Canon 5Dc.

Olympus 45mm vs Canon 85L2 (116g vs 1025g, 400$ vs 2000$):

Canon 85L @ f/1.4:

Olympus 45mm @ f/2:

Canon 85L @ f/2:

Olympus 45mm @ f/2.8:

Canon 85L @ f/2.8:

Portrait comparison:

Olympus 45mm @ f/1.8:

Canon 85L @ f/1.2:

Olympus 17mm f/2.8 vs Canon 35L (71g vs 580g, 300$ vs 1500$):

Canon 35L @ f/1.4:

Olympus 17mm @ f/2.8:

Canon 35L @ f/2.8:

Olympus 17mm @ f/4:

Canon 35L @ f/4:

As far as I can tell, except for the DoF difference (which as you can see from the portrait comparison isn't that huge in practical terms, even when comparing f/1.2 FF to f/1.8 M43), the Olympus glass holds it's own very well over Canon. That's 700$ worth of glass compared to 3500$ on a FF sensor. I bought the Olympus kit because I found myself never taking the Canon out of the studio, and while it might just be the new toy effect, I ended up using Canon even less in favor of the far more convenient and mobile Olympus setup.

(edit: The 17mm samples seem a bit softer then usual, I'll try redoing the comparison tommorow)

Canon EOS 5D Olympus PEN E-PM1
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