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  1. Anita Oakley
    August 5, 2021 @ 15:22

    I must admit that I did the same. I took a spreadsheet and used a column for each system I was considering. At the end of the day, Olympus came out way ahead, thanks to the weight and long exposure modes, high res, and other favorite features.

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    • Laith Stevens
      August 5, 2021 @ 22:28

      Thank you so much for the comment. I am glad the story rang true for you. I hope you continue to enjoy shooting with your Olympus cameras. I am excited to see the next Camera from Olympus, with a new flagship camera rumoured to be released later this year!

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  2. Jin
    August 6, 2021 @ 02:12

    Hi Laith,

    Thanks for sharing your experience. It’s quite amazing how many people went through a similar experience. I for one was one of them. When I heard about JIP, I thought, uh oh, I better dump all these Olympus and Panasonic lenses and my EM5 Mk2 now’s my chance to get a Sony full frame, yay! I tested a friend’s Sony A7 III and the first thing I noted to myself was, “Gee that’s a pretty big with the lenses and heavier than I thought”. There’s no doubt the full frame quality was evident. So I went into store and made a happy mistake – I picked up the EM1 Mk3 (it was released about 3 months before) – and fell in love with it. It was such a huge jump from my EM5 Mk2, that joystick was awesome, etc. After deliberating, I thought, why waste all those good micro four-thirds lenses I have loved and plunged right back into micro four-thirds. To date I have zero regrets. I can go light with those f1.8 lenses, but I can also go “pro” with my superb Olympus 40-150mm f2.8 Pro or the Panasonic Leica 10-25mm f1.7 which I eventually bought after getting the EM1 Mk3. These are superb, excellent lenses that give such joy to taking photos. So here I am with you, happily sticking to a system that hopefully goes on and on with great innovation and lightness to the kit. Long live micro four-thirds. Thanks again for sharing.

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    • Laith Stevens
      August 8, 2021 @ 14:37

      Hi Jim, Thank you so much for the comment. I am glad the story rang true for you. I hope you continue to enjoy shooting with your Olympus cameras. I am excited to see the next Camera from Olympus, with a new flagship camera rumored to be released later this year! It really is in my opinion still the best choice for my photography!

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  3. Sabine
    August 8, 2021 @ 10:06

    Sounds familiar somehow.
    I also decided to keep on using my Olys, simply ignore what the other vendors are offering and will probably buy the 150-400 (the cheaper one because the other is way too expensive for a hobby photographer).
    There simply is no other system out there that allows me to get my equipment to my motives, shoot a whole day without being tired and cover multiple differend kinds of photography types from people over wildlife, landscape, travel and sports.
    I am keeping my fingers and toes crossed that everything works out for OMDS and that we will be able to enjoy new cameras and lenses for the next 100 years.

    Regards from Munich,
    Sabine

    btw … lots of stunning images, another proof that there are few things you cannot do with an Oly if you know how to use it.

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    • Laith Stevens
      August 8, 2021 @ 14:39

      Hi Sabine, Thank you so much for the comment. I am so very glad the story rang true for you. I hope you continue to enjoy shooting with your Oly gear. I am excited to see the next Camera from Olympus, with a new flagship camera rumored to be released later this year! It really is in my opinion still the best choice for my photography!

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  4. David J. Sullivan
    August 11, 2021 @ 13:18

    Amazing photos. Can I ask why you shot some of them in ISO 64? What do you like about that over just using ISO 200?

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    • Laith Stevens
      August 11, 2021 @ 13:46

      Hi David, Thanks for the praise mate! I am so glad you like the images, I am proud of them! I know that the base ISO for the OMD cameras is 200, but where I have an extended base ISO of 64 on the E-M1 Mk3 I use it, in attempts to keep the noise to a minimum, some say that it will lead to a loss of detail, but I have found that is does keep the images cleaner and I have, so far at least, not noticed a lack of detail at all.

      I hope this helps,

      Regards

      Laith

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  5. Kim Ginnerup
    August 13, 2021 @ 18:50

    I have done some research.
    I keep my Olympus gear. I cannot find another brand with the same level of fun and creativity.
    I hope the new wow camera will be an upgraded m1.
    I found the upgrade from mark II to III, was not enough.
    So I hope for an m1 IV that moves some boudaries.

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    • Laith Stevens
      September 13, 2021 @ 01:15

      Hi Kim,

      Thanks for the message, I love my Olympus gear too! I liked the upgrade from the Mk2 to the Mk3 the handheld high res is great as it is the Live ND, I use them both a bit! I am looking forward to the new flagship as well hope it has some fantastic new feature and higher resolution better high ISO performance, Olympus really is not celebrated enough in my mind for the fantastic feature packed cameras and sublime optics they produce.

      Enjoy using your gear!!!

      Kind regards

      Laith

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  6. Anibal P.
    September 12, 2021 @ 23:45

    Thanks for sharing your amazing images and experience. I was planning to replace my EM10 III by the EM1 II and your article just reinforced my plans !!! 🙂

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    • Laith Stevens
      September 13, 2021 @ 01:18

      Hi Anibal,

      Thanks so much for the kind words, I am very happy that you like the images and the article. I truly love my Olympus Gear, it is fantastic and heaps of fun to use, and provides us with opportunities to produce stunning work!

      I hope you enjoy your upgraded gear and keep shooting.

      Kind regards

      Laith

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  7. John
    October 9, 2021 @ 17:46

    Thank you for sharing your fantastic images and comments about your Olympus system. It is funny, I too was thinking about selling my Olympus kit when I first heard of the sale to JIP. I looked at the Sony and Nikon’s Z systems. Although my mind was telling me to transition to Full Frame, my heart could not give up my Olympus Kit. What was my eye opening moment was at my Granddaughter’s Christening. The “professional photographer” was shooting Sony. I brought my OMD-EM1 Mark II. When comparing photo’s, there was nothing that said the Full Frame shots by the Pro were better. In fact, I preferred the Olympus color science! I am retired and my photography is mostly focused on my family events and my grandchildren’s sports. My passion is shooting sports. The Olympus 40-150mm f2.8 and the OMD EM1 Mark II has given me so many wonderful images. I cannot envision a Full Frame Mirrorless Camera with a 80-300mm high speed lens being as mobile . I guess my brain now agrees with my heart.

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    • Laith STEVENS
      October 9, 2021 @ 22:24

      Thanks John,

      I am so happy the story resonated with you! From what I can tell, there were many of us battling the same thoughts, and thankfully coming to the same conclusion, Olympus gear is fantastic and offers an experience like no other system!

      Keep shooting and enjoying you gear mate!

      Kind regards

      Laith

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