When I was shooting weddings every weekend I had a Nikon D700 and A Nikon D7000. Hand in had awesome cameras. The needs changed when I left the full time photographer roll to work a 9-5 and have more time for myself and my family. I switched to smaller lighter(ish) cameras to shoot video and photo at the flick of a switch. Rocking a D7100 and a D7000. Things were lighter kinda. Getting back to my roots of action sport photography I needed a light fast kit. When I left home and my jeep I left behind all my flashes lens and kept things simple. Nikon D7100 no grip, Sigma 18-35 1.8, Bower 8mm 3.8,YN-560 III, and a RF-603 NII. This was minimal and I shot some awesome stuff without breaking my back while riding or hiking. Then February happened. This Olympus OM-D eM5 MKII came out. I have been looking for a smaller rangefinder type camera for a better part of a year now. Nothing had really fast flash Sync speeds, video performance 1080/720 @ 60p.
M43 or Micro 4/3’s is a small sensor but bigger than a point and shoot camera.
This is the Olympus OM-D M5 MK II. with the Olympus 12-40 2.8 Pro Lens Dust and Splash Proof.
What sold me on this system was the 5 axis IS. Check out this video all hand held.
So I will now shed weight and size but not performance.
16.1mp is not the best but I have shot on a Nikon D2H that was only 4 mp and a Canon Rebel that was only 6mp. I am not a pixel snob but… the M5 MKII can shoot a 40mp image so there is that.
I was really worried that my YONGNUO RF-603 NII would not work, but there is a small hack for it and they work great I have seen online people syncing to almost 1/350th.
To the kit
OM-D M5 mkII with grip
OM-D M5 with grip (mainly used for just photos)
M.Zuiko ED 12-40 2.8 pro (24-80 equivalent)
M.Zuiko ED 40-150 2.8 pro (80-300 equivalent)
Rokinon 7.5 3.5 (15mm equivalent)
All my flash work with this camera so my lighting kit will work. It’s funny though my flashes are bigger than the camer.
With me shooting a few weddings this year and quite a bit of action sport photo and video and the stuff I shoot for work this system is great for me needs now. And its all new gear who can say no to new toys.
Here is my Nikon D7100 with no grip with the sigma 18-35 1.8 to the left and to the right is the EM5-MK2 with the M.Zuiko 12-40 2.8. I am very happy with the size difference.
I will have some photo out once Camera RAW updates to the new cameras that have come out.