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Olympus E-M1MarkII 12-100 f/4 vs Nikon D750 24-120 f/4

Olympus 12-100 vs Nikon 24-120 f/4

I use zooms over primes for a variety of reasons with the main one, the type of work I cover. Mainly weddings and events which often causes me to start at the front of a church and end up at the far back.  Zooms enable me to cover a wide range without changing lenses and using two cameras can have a range from 24-200 between the two cameras.  Do I own primes? Yes, do I use them as often as zooms? No –

OLYMPUS E-M1MarkII 17mm f/1.8 1/15 second ISO 1000

OLYMPUS E-M1MarkII 17mm f/1.8 1/15 second ISO 1000

When Olympus announced the 12-100 f/4 lens, I was intrigued because in theory, I could have the full range of coverage that I need in one lens and if I wanted to put a fast prime on my second camera, I could get a different look when needed.

Olympus E-M1MarkII 12-100 f/4 vs Nikon D750 24-120 f/4

Can the Olympus 12-100 f/4 (Equiv 24-200 f/4) match the Nikon 24-120 f/4?  Although we are not comparing exacts since the Olympus 12-100 covers 80 mm more than the Nikon. The Nikon D750 and 24-120 f/4 combination have been my go-to combination for nearly everything and wonder if the Olympus 12-100 f/4 can compete.  In this first post, we will compare the size of each.  We are not doing a comparison of apples to apples but more like apples to carrots with the Nikon. (Hey, I am 100% plant based and love apples and carrots 😀 ).  Keep in mind that this isn’t saying that one is ‘better’ than the other but can the Olympus keep up and perform equal to what I am used to in my Nikon gear getting me closer to a lighter load for both event and travel photography. My goal when using the Olympus or any mirrorless system is to reduce the amount of gear/weight needed and overall size while adding desired and/or needed features. (e.g. longer range, extra image stabilization, and more)

 

They both have lens stabilization and with a constant f/4 aperture.

However, the Olympus weighs in at 1.2 pounds and is weatherproof and the Nikon is not weatherproof nor listed as weather sealed. This is two up for the Olympus – range and weatherproof.  Additionally, the Olympus 12-100 f/4 when paired with the Olympus E-M1MarkII adds IBIS that the Nikon does not contain.  Another feature of the Olympus over the Nikon.

The Nikon is slightly heavier at 1.56 pounds vs 1.2 pounds for the Olympus. Over the course of the day, this will make a difference but when holding them in my hand, I couldn’t tell the difference.

Comparing cost, the Nikon 24 – 120 f/4 wins without a challenge. New it is less than $1100 and the Olympus 12-100 f/4 is $1299 to 1349 depending where you shop based on the current demand for this lens.

 

In the comparison image, notice the combination of the Olympus E-M1MarkII and the Nikon D750, the D750 combination is at least 1-inch longer.  Since the Olympus covers more of a range, I give the point to the Olympus 12-100 f/4

On the Olympus 12-100 f/4 there is a small push button for the hood that unlocks it for removal which is a great feature!  Olympus seems to have a unique way with lens hoods, on the 40-150, it retracts as part of the lens.  Great feature!

 

A few quick comparison points between the two cameras:

• Nikon D750 is 5% (6.4 mm) wider and 24% (22.1 mm) taller than Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II.
• Nikon D750 is 13% (9.1 mm) thicker than Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II.
• Nikon D750 [840 g] weights 46% (266 grams) more than Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II [574 g] (*inc. batteries and memory card).
• Nikon D750 dimensions: 140.5x113x78 mm (camera body only, excluding protrusion)
Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II dimensions: 134.1×90.9×68.9 mm (camera body only, excluding protrusion)

Below are a few of my favorite images with the Nikon D750 and 24-120 f/4 combination.

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Below are a few of my recent images taken with the Olympus 12-100 f/4 after using it for a few days. No doubt I will have more in the future.

 

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Do I like and recommend this lens?  Yes!  Although it is on the pricey side, it is weatherproof, covers a wide range at a constant aperture and if you own the 40-150 f/2.8, then you can share filters (72mm) between the two lenses. I like this lens enough to sell the Panasonic 12-35 f/2.8 lens.

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First Impressions Olympus E-M1MarkII vs Nikon D750

If you ever photographed an event that you don’t have the outline, then you know the challenges faced.  I wanted to ensure I captured the ‘critical’ images but also wanted to ‘play’ and test the new Olympus E-M1MarkII. Therefore, for the first part of the event, I carried both cameras using the same set-up.  On the Nikon D750, I used the 70-200 f/2.8 VR (original version) and the Olympus E-M1MarkII with the Olympus 40-150 f/2.8.  Carrying one one each shoulder, I roamed the floor and up near the platform to get the images I wanted.

Initially, some of the camera’s focusing frustrated me.  Mainly, the face recognition with multi-points.  I quickly switched to what I know best and use always, single point spot focusing and spot metering.

I covered all three showings of the Family Christmas and used the extra shows to ‘play’ and use different lens combinations and camera settings.  I enjoyed using the Olympus 17mm f/1.8 and 45mm f/1.8 on the Lumix GX8 but this camera steps up the game for focusing speed and will discuss prime lenses on the Olympus soon.

 

My first impression with the Olympus E-M1MarkII is it is a fun camera and very capable of handling low light and fast changing scenes without issues.  During the Family Christmas at Victory Family Church in Cranberry Twp, I brought both the Nikon D750 (my go to camera up to now) and the new Olympus E-M1MarkII with multiple lenses.  These images were taken within a few minutes of each other using both cameras and comparable lenses.

  1. The Olympus E-M1MarkII is smaller and lighter (I will discuss this in a future post) than the Nikon D750 but that is expected.
  2. The focusing is very fast
    1. My settings: Spot Meter | Spot Focus | Face Detection turned off –
      1. I attempted to use the face detection but it seems too aggressive for me when doing event work.  However, I will attempt to play more for portraits.
  3. The menu system from the ‘main’ screen – pushing the OK button on the thumb wheel is very nice and the touch screen works great with many features that I will cover in future posts.
  4. My favorite part, it kept up with the Nikon D750 without issues.
  5. I haven’t determined if I ‘like’ or am neutral on the camera size.  The grip design is very similar to my Nikon D750 and lends itself to me liking it.  However, I might need to get the additional battery grip which could take away from a smaller system.

One of the best features of the smaller mirrorless system is the ability to carry everything I need for a standard event in a small backpack.  I can carry the camera, with the Panasonic 12-35 f/2.8, Olympus 40-150 f/2.8 multiple primes, and flash without issues.  I couldn’t think of doing this with my Nikon without a larger shoulder or roller bag.

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Lightroom Noise reduction for Olympus E-M1MarkII

 

I used the same Sharpening and Noise reduction for both the Nikon and Olympus E-M1MarkII and found these settings to work well.  I might experiment more in the future but as of now, this produces a nice image at these ISO’s.

To see full res images of the Olympus pix, click here

 

 

 

 

 

 

OLYMPUS E-M1MarkII 40-150 f/2.8 ISO 1600 1/250

 

 

Nikon D750 70-200 f/2.8 ISO 1250 1/200

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In the following images, the settings are slightly more dramatic with similar results. – I didn’t notice until working in post production that the Nikon settings were more dramatic (12800 ISO).  However, with that stated, I am pleased how the in body image stabilization kicked in well for the Olympus enabling me to hand hold to get a similar image.  The Olympus is slightly less zoomed at ~ 190 mm.

OLYMPUS E-M1MarkII 40-150 f/2.8 1/40 second ISO 1600

Nikon D750 70-200 200mm f/2.8 ISO 12800 1/100 second

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