OMD EM1 or Fuji XT1.. getting around noise issue on m 4/3 ?

Started Mar 26, 2014 | Discussions thread
Dave Sanders Senior Member • Posts: 2,596
Re: My ISO thoughts

Steve wrote:

I haven't read all the replies, because I found a lot of them less than courteous. Dpreview is like a minefield sometimes

Here's what I think: the lowlight race is over-rated. I started shooting in the days of film. Even at the end of that era, when the technology had been pushed to its limits - shooting anything over 400 asa (iso) was out of the question if you wanted clean images. This was also in the time before stabilization existed. You can take 90% of your shots - except for low-light miracles, or freezing action - at 400 iso and lower. Add to that today's stabilization and you can probably get 99% of your shots under 400.

When we shot sport in those days, we used faster film and the grain was ok because the idea was to capture a action moment, not create art.

You'll have to figure out what your priorities are. Personally, I like the added dof of m43 since I like to shoot macro and landscapes. If I ever do a portrait and want extremely shallow dof, I photoshop it.

Weight is important to me, and since 400 iso is about equal between any system today, m43 gets my vote because size/weight of a multi-lens system is still in m43 favor.

There is one issue though: m43 requires wider lenses for comparable mm. Supposing you often shoot at what would be normal 50mm on fullframe, the XTI requires a 35mm and a m43 needs a 25mm.

A 25mm is a 25mm no mater what system it is attached to, And... a 25mm is a wide-angle and comes with all the optical complications that all wideangles due to curved glass and the required compensations to offer up a decent image (more glass + software). So there are + and -

m43 still gets my vote (until the day Fuji starts releasing small f2 primes)

That's the boat I'm in. I sol my d7000 and do travel and street photography. I sold it to go smaller and lighter. M4/3 lenses are smaller than the x-t1 apc lenses so that's a plus. And for quick street shots the omd I read is faster than the x-t1. Except for fuji's viewfinder, I think the em-1 will give me everything I need EXCEPT for the lower noise and better DR and maybe general IQ.

Up to about 1600, you will not notice a difference. Even above that, your processing skill will be the real determining factor.

Here's an idea of E-M1 sharpness at low 100% you'll notice the extreme detail...and the fact that I probably need to exfoliate and moisturize.

And at high ISO, if you frame and process correctly, you can get some pretty impressive results from the ol' m4/3 sensor. Here is 6400 and 12800. Again, excuse the model. I've heard that his regular models have become uncooperative...

In Black & White they look even better, if you ask me. I like a bit of grit in B&W as it reminds me of my two favourite films, Tri-X and Delta 3200.

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