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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