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Goodbye Sony! It wasn’t you, it was Olympus. Why I Switched, Part 1

This is Part 1 of a multi-part series. I will add links for new additions here when they become available.

Part 1 – an Introduction


It is official – on July 9, 2019 I broke-up with Sony after 5 years and went back to my first love from way back in the 1980’s, Olympus. It wasn’t you Sony, but it was definitely me, and it was definitely Olympus.

Goodbye Sony full-frame, hello (again) Olympus!

Woah – What Brought This About – How Did All of This Start?

My History with Olympus, and My Long History with Digital Cameras

The very first camera I ever bought with my own money – not the very first camera I used, but first one I purchased – was a 35mm film camera from Olympus – the OM-G (also known as the OM-20 overseas).

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Sony Just Announced New 60MP Camera – Am I Bummed Now That I Switched to Olympus?

So right on the heals of me leaving Sony FF for Olympus, Sony today announces a 60MP upgrade to the camera I just got rid of. Am I upset? Am I regretting my choice??

Absolutely not, and this shot is just one reason why!

There is more to a camera than it’s megapixels, and what you can do with a camera is now more important to me than the megapixels. And the Live Composition feature in particular of my Olympus OM-D E-M1X camera is one such feature that allows me to create images that would have been either too difficult to do otherwise or it would have been such a pain that I probably wouldn’t have shot it to begin with.

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Still Learning the AF System on the Olympus OM-D E-M1X Camera

In my continuing experiments with the Get Olympus system they have loaned me and the OM-D E-M1X camera in particular, I’ve had some focusing issues that I believe I am finding solutions to!

Switching camera systems is never easy nor is getting used to new AF systems. For most of my shots I have been using the 5-Target Group but have been finding a lot of images that were front-focused and the point of focus was just in front of my subject, making my subject soft.

Last night I switched to Small Target and the results were vastly better. The majority of what I was shooting last night was static images with no major focus tracking. Reviewing last nights results I hardly had any front-focused frames and most shots were tact sharp – success!!

Another issue I was having was with soft images using the M.Zuiko 300mm f4 IS Pro and 1.4 tele when shooting wide-open. Images often looked soft with no real focus point anywhere – kinda like how heat waves from the road in a distance can blur your photo, but image shouldn’t have been suffering from any heat waves. By stopping down to f7.1 it seems to have fixed my issues there. I have had some success shooting this combo wide open, but most shots seemed to have not worked out.

Female Downy Woodpecker in a tree in Bozeman, Montana

For this shot of a female Downy Woodpecker, I was using the M.Zuiko 300m f4 Pro lens and 1.4 tele. It was shot handheld at 1/800s at f7.1 and Auto ISO of 1250. This shot was super sharp with the Small Target AF, and check out that light I have in her eye!!

With this setup it gave me the equivalent focal length of 840mm when compared to a full-frame camera, without all that extra weight 🙂 I am really loving this part of the Olympus system!