Monthly Archives: November 2016

EM-1 Mark II or D500?

November 25, 2016

Readers of this blog know that most of my photography over the past few years has been done with the Micro Four-Thirds (m43) system. Specifically, the Olympus OM-D E-M1 and E-M5 cameras. I love the m43 system and have taken thousands of pictures with my Olympus cameras. I’ve had my Olympus cameras since the OM-D E-M5 was introduced in 2012 and love the system.

I converted to m43 after shooting Nikon DSLRs for many years.  I used the Nikon DX (APS-C) cameras, most recently the Nikon D200. When I was ready to upgrade the camera in 2012, Nikon had not released a new DX camera since the D300s in 2009. I wanted a D400, but Nikon seemed to abandon the professional DX market. Rather than go full frame, as the Nikon marketing machine apparently wanted, I went the other way and went to the smaller sensors of the m43 system. In a surprise move this year, Nikon released a successor to the D300 after a 7-year hiatus. The company skipped the D400 label and calls the new camera the D500.

I’m now ready to supplement my E-M1 camera with another body and the choice comes down to the E-M1 Mark II or the Nikon D500. I have acquired a significant collection of m43 lenses and I love these small, high performance gems. I find that most m43 lenses are sharp right from the widest aperture, unlike most DSLR lenses. Although I sold some of my Nikon lenses, I still have a significant collection of Nikon glass — mostly the longer lenses for wildlife photography. Continue reading