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Full frame Canon v Olympus Micro 4/3rds.

Even as I look at adding lenses to my Canon kit...my heart flutters at Olympus.

Today I walked up a steep hill with a tripod robust enough to support a 5Dmk2 , 70-200mm and 2x teleconverter all of which I was also hauling.

Carrying this on the off chance of some nature shots...I in fact saw nothing of such merit to warrant the effort. The weight was oppressive and ruined the recreational pleasure...turning it instead to a photography focussed effort.

Every time I look at an OM-D EM5 or the EM1 my heart feels drawn. The size is like an OM-1 compact and akin to the classic OM SLRs. I understand the evf of the EM1 is even better than the 5 but in reasonable light I was startled his good the 5 was ( and better in some ways than an OVF). Sure, the direct comparison of image quality will favour the Canon, except the Canon will not be there as it was left at home as too damn heavy and bulky (and if with friends... visually Intrusive into a social event).

Add that the 5D2 has a deplorable AF (albeit if course not helped by the shallow depth of field that we so love of full frame and buy ff to achieve) I am drawn to take a huge hit and PX to switch systems.


I do think the compromising excessive depth of field of micro 4/3rds would bother me...going that route the EM1 seems overkill as it can never deliver anything professionally 'bokehlicious' which for the money is an issue....but at least from what I have read of the AF and IS system ...it will be tack sharp.


Anyone made this change? Regretted it? I cannot afford to run parallel systems.
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The greatest wonder of the internet is that with the infinitely obscure now at our fingertips, a remarkable amount of commonly useful stuff is not.

This week, I've been trying to shoot wildlife with a Canon 5D mk2 full frame DSLR and 70-200mm f/2.8 IS L USM and matched 2x extender. The results were not merely underwhelming due to the TC but still too distant.

So do I buy a 100-400mm IS L USM? Huge cost and for half that I could get a second hand crop sensor 7D and turn a 75-300mm I also own into a 120-480mm,( albeit not an L quality lens.)...add a less extreme telecon(1.4) and things get major.

If I spent the same as the 100-400 I could even consider a crop frame body that if not the match of the ageing 7D nonetheless would offer modern high ISO performance that would allow these lenses to be used at shutter speeds that remove any motion blur while stopped down enough to ensure any error on precise focus is negated within the hyperfocal range.

Nobody out there seems to have done any definitive impartial and cogent study on this.
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I think it was Bernard Shaw who observed that the ability of human mind to conceive of Gods was a demonstration of how far we had moved from other animals, and our inability to dismiss that conception as nonsense...how little.
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