So it has finally happened, I have pulled the trigger on a digital Olympus camera. This is quite a big thing for me, as the vintage Olympus cameras are very special to me, and for the last few years I have been flirting with the idea of jumping onto the Olympus Micro Four Thirds wagon. A great way to do this was the EM5 MKii, and s I pulled the trigger.
So why have I waited so long to buy a digital Olympus mirrorless camera? Firstly, price was the main factor. Although at some point, getting an Olympus pen and a lens was a lot cheaper than buying a DLSR, now it is quite a different story. With the evolution of mirrorless, modern cameras are all top quality at more affordable price. However, I feel that micro four thirds lenses are expensive. Certainly compared to Fujifilm X lenses.
I was uncomfortable going from full frame and APS-C to micro four thirds. This is probably the biggest thing for more people, and a lot of it is due to stigma and strong opinions on the inter webs. Yes, it is a smaller sensor. However, there are a lot of positives and unique abilities the M43 system has.
In terms of videography for YouTube and the like, Micro Four Thirds is one of the best options. Small cameras and lenses, with fast focusing, and great quality images. This is the main reason I picked up the EM5 MKII, as the in body stabilisation and small body were the main reason I went in this direction. I know what you might be thinking, don’t you shoot a Fuji X-T2 on a gimbal? Yes, the X-T2 has fantastic video capabilities, but it does lack image stabilisation. The gimbal provides that, but this set up is not easy to assemble and take out and about.
The EM5 MKII gives me the opportunity to hand-hold the the camera whilst videoing, and has a floppy screen, allowing me to keep the framing consistent. Although the X-T2 does 4K, pretty much all videos on YouTube are scaled down to 1080p at the moment, and the 1080p footage on the EM5 MKii is lovely. So this transition is not huge, especially considering I tend to switch between colour and black & white videos.
You mentioned how expensive the lenses are, what lenses do you have? Unfortunately at this time I only have the kit lens, but the quality is good for video. I also have a 40—150 lens - when the fuck would I ever need this?? So this lens will be leaving me very soon, in order to bring in some useful prime lenses.
As you might be well aware, I love adapting my vintage Olympus glass to my mirrorless cameras, but I fear I may be doing this less because there will be a x2 crop factor due to the M43 sensor. I will get around to doing it though, as I want to see what it is like.
Do I have any advise for anyone looking into M43 cameras? If you do street photography, videography, and travel photography most; then yes. If you are into large photographs with large amounts of detail for landscape, then I would perhaps suggest something else. However, M43 is a great system, and there is a lot of quality to be found there.
I am very much looking forward to shooting this camera more often, and making videos with it. Keep an eye out for the EM5 MKII in videos! - Sly.