First Glimpse; Gear Talk - ColdSnap Photography

First Glimpse; Gear Talk

The Olympus OMD E-M1X

My latest equipment addition is the Olympus E-M1X (not the latest version) and the accompanying lens the Olympus Zuiko 300mm f4 also purchased used.

Those of you who know me know that for the last 5 years I’ve been shooting Fujifilm cameras. I love my Fuji gear. For what it is designed, I believe it is the best system on the market. There are no better cameras for Streetscapes, Landscapes, and Night Skies Landscape.

When it to came to my bird photography I was frustrated by the speed and accuracy of the Fujifilm autofocus system, so I looked around for a solution. Price was a concern and honestly with the prices that Canon, Sony, and Nikon are getting for a full-frame system it was more than I wanted to spend. I was lucky to come across a couple of very good deals, so I was able to purchase this system for under $3000 or less than what a full-frame body would have cost.

The other advantage is that with this camera and lens I have the equivalent reach of a 600mm f4! This camera has about 20Mp which is less than the big dogs. These images were made this morning in my backyard after just a few minutes of standing around and photographing the distant birds. When I downloaded the image files I was skeptical of how they would hold up to a crop so I didn’t crop much on the first round of processing. The resulting images looked so good that I went back and re-cropped the raw image files for better impact. I am very pleased with how they held up. The focus system is amazingly good. I’m going to like shooting with this camera! All images were shot at f5@ 1/640th second and ISO from 320 to 640