Improving on m43 as a compromise solution

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OP JurassicPizza Contributing Member • Posts: 813
Re: Improving on m43 as a compromise solution

Brett8883 wrote:

JurassicPizza wrote:

I'm looking for input on whether there is another system I should investigate for my needs/wants.

Some background - I shoot travel/landscape/nature/macro/general, mainly with an Olympus E-M5 II and Olympus pro zooms. In 2015 I got tired of lugging around a Nikon full frame kit (D800E and quality lenses, the culmination of many years of upgrades starting with a D70) and picked up the Olympus gear.

I've been very happy with the E-M5 II - but it would be great to have the option of shooting lower noise (at base ISO), higher resolution, higher dynamic range images without any increase in size and weight. I do realize that hi res mode, stitching, and stacking can do much of what I want, but not all of it, and never as conveniently as with a single higher-quality image. Moving water and wind play havoc with hi res, for example.

Everything I've investigated so far (Nikon, Canon, Fuji, Sony) leads me to believe there really isn't a much better solution. The latest generation m43 sensors are only incrementally better, and bigger sensors in other systems necessitate bigger lenses to get the same build and image quality that I get with the Olympus pro zooms.

Is there anything I'm missing? Otherwise, I'm probably holding out for a newer generation m43 camera at about 24MP.

Yea I was gonna say Sony a6 series with Sony E PZ 18-105mm f/4 G or Sony E 70-350mm f/4.5-6.3 G which would only be marginally heavier but give you more range.

Which lenses do you have currently?

The main two for the E-M5 are the 12-40/2.8 and 40-150/2.8, which do most of what I need. Also have 17/1.8, 60/2.8 macro, 1.4 TC, and a Rokinon fisheye, plus a couple of kit zooms (14-42 R II and 40-150 R). The 12-40 and 40-150 R combo is not bad for something that fits in a small bag.

I've had a lot of different lenses on the Nikon side. My equivalent main two for the D800E are a 24-70/2.8 G and 70-200/4. Longer focal lengths are much heavier (70-200/2.8 VR or 300/4 plus TCs). Tried but didn't like any of the variable aperture zooms, not just the image quality but also the handling.

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