2019:MFT micro four thirds 4/3

Last year (2018) I gained a lot of experience with the small MFT system cameras of Panasonic and Olympus.

Eventually I found my Canon 6D and 5DIII too heavy, also because of the heavy lenses to carry with me through the city. The same applies to my A7 (I and II) set, also mostly due to the bulky lenses…

I started my experiences with the MFT system about 2 years ago, modestly with a Panasonic GM1, a GM5 and after the first positive experiences I bought a G3, GF6, and later a GX80. Then I bought some Panasonic zoomlenses and Sigma primes. After this, again some better camera’s like a set of GX8’s and in 2019, finally a GX9 and when available beginning of June 2019, I directly bought me a G90 (G95 in the US).

My Panasonic MFT camera's

I also bought the ‘standard’ set of Panasonic lenses, from wide-angle zoom, standard zoom and telezoom to a few Panasonic and Sigma primes.

Lenses I use with the Panasonic cameras:

Panasonic wide-angle zoom H-F007014  7-14 mm F2.8
Panasonic standardzoom MFT 12-60MM F/3.5-5.6 ASPH POWER OIS LUMIX G VARIO

Panasonic extended standardzoom H-FS14140

Panasonic telezoom H-FSA100300E (II)

And the standard lenses for the GM1, GM5, G3, and so on:

H-FS12032 silver op de M1
H-FS12032E black op de M5
2x H-PS14042 a.o. on the GF6

H-FS1442A  (used on the G 3)

Portraitlens (supersharp, I use this for the Olympus camera):

XIAOYI 42,5 mm F 1.8

At the beginning of 2019 I discovered the pro series lenses of Olympus. Fantastic lenses, fast and solid. Beautifully finished and splashproof.

Recently I bought the Olympus OMD-EM1 markII top camera including battery grip and the Olympus pro lenses work just as well as on the Panasonic bodies. The Olympus camera works just as well as the G90 with the Pro lenses.

The OMD-EM1 mark2 is super fast, with the latest update 3.0 focusing is just great amnd certainly faster that the Panasonic G90. If I can afford it, a Panasonic GH5 will also be interesting. However, I am not a video fan, I mostly shoot stills so the G9 might also be a possibility.

And what is also nice about the Oly camera: My Canon FF lenses also work super fast on this camera. The Viltrox 0.71 EF-MFT converter transfers the EXIF info well, and works with all my Canon pro lenses!

The Olympus OMD-EM1 M2 with the pro 12-40 lens F2.8 weighs just over half the weight of the Canon 5D3 with the comparable 24-70 lens!

And I only see advantages with the Olympus compared to the Canon set.

However, I have to admit that at home I am more likely (say easier) to get the Canon (6D or the 5DIII) than the Olympus. Must be a habit… Or it is because the menu structure of Canon suits me better than the Oympus menus.

This is what it looks like today:

Lenses  I use for my OMD-EM1 MarkII:

My Olympus PRO MFT lenses
Leica DG Summilux Lens – 15 mm – F/1.7 
Panasonic H-H020 pancake (my favourite walkaround lens) F1.7

I still have some doubts about buying the Olympus 12-100 mm PRO F4.0. It looks like a nice lens with an FF comparison reach of 24-200 mm. But I think my 15, 17 and 20 mm primes will be more attached at the OMD camera than such a long wide telephoto lens. By the way, the quality of the 12-100 is better than the new 12-200, the price is almost equal to each other.

At this moment I also use my Canon FF (EF) 70-300 mm F4 with the Viltrox 0.71 EF-MFT converter so that it will be 50-210, with the MFT camera that will be in FF ‘size’ 100-420 mm. That works fine, focus is reasonably fast and adequate. And you get more than 1 stop extra light from F4 to F2.8 due to the focal reduction. It is of course a bit of a ballast on the front of such a modestly sized camera as the Olympus OMD-1 V2. But it’s actually working pretty well. Focusing on moving images goes well, I find tracking focus a to be a bit slower than with an original MFT lens. The kenko 2x EF converter can be placed between the Canon FF lens and the adapter. It is a pity that you lose 2 stops of light through the use of this teleconverter, and it becomes a set with fixed F5.6, also not bad for such a range! The quality of the Kenko 2x teleconverter is only so-so, so if everything works satisfactory I will buy a ‘real’ Canon 2x or 1.4x converter… With 1.4 Canon teleconverter everything becomes ‘just’ 70-300 mm again so in FF comparable terms I will then have a range of 140-600 and F4.

canon 70-300 is ii usm

Fortunately, the Olympus 2x teleconverter at Olympus was found to be just OK by Olympus end of June 2019 for production, and currently I purchased one. Now, this can be placed on the end (or the beginning?) of my 40-150 pro F2.8 and I have the desired telephoto zoom range for moving distance targets instantly. Including the pleasant fast follow focus. Works perfect! The recommended price for the 2x teleconverter is Eur 430, a bit high but OK. The 40-150 then goes to 80-300 and with the MFT sensor you will get a lens with a comparable FF range of 160-600mm!

For using the Canon FF lens 70-300 (with IS) on MFT I have also ordered a 1-on-1 converter for the MFT Olympus camera. Let’s see what the follow focus does. With the Kenko 2x teleconverter on this Canon FF lens I reach 140-600 mm and because of the MFT conversion (crop) factor it becomes 280-1200 mm. I wonder if the stabilization of the lens and camera can work together and what the effect will be…. Normally bodies do not work together with lenses of other brands in terms of internal stabilization…. We’ll see how it goes! Moon photography can be fun as well… In terms of light it gets a bit different, because of the crop and the teleconversion there are a few stops off the F4, I estimate 3 steps….