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Rodolfo, when you have the time I'd be interested to hear your thoughts on that Olympus m4/3 system, especially the lenses. I spec'd it out, and was amazed to find that a similar f/2.8 lens kit weighs half as much as my Nikon kit. Obviously it's a bit of apples to oranges, but there's a huge difference carrying 10lbs vs 20lbs on a trip where ultimate quality isn't absolutely necessary.
Yes, there's a huge difference in perceived weight and bulk. I'm still just getting used to it, but overall my first impressions are very good. I'm using three lenses exclusively so far: the 12-40 and 40-150 PRO lenses that are f/2.8, and the 17/1.7 prime. I also have the 45/1.7 prime for portraits, and the consumer-level 14-42, 40-150, and 14-150 lenses, because the shorter two were on sale for $100 and I couldn't resist, plus I think there'll definitely be some times when I want the Swiss Army knife versatility of the 14-150. Still, none of those has gotten any use yet.
The two 2.8 PRO lenses feel heavier than they should for ideal balance on this camera, but they work well and the construction feels first-rate. The camera itself has several things I love, and one or two I don't. First, in-body IS that works all the time and on all lenses... YES! Second, a thumb switch that toggles the two command dials from speed/aperture to ISO/WB... very cool and insanely convenient. All major controls within instant reach, no taking your eye off the viewfinder. Focus acquisition, frame rate in bursts, all of those things are good. Overall, very happy with the camera and apparently very pleased with the results. Haven't printed anything yet, though, so still a first impression.
The one thing that absolutely does not work for me right now is tracking. Maybe I'm doing something wrong... haven't checked the manual. But if I set the camera up in what I think is the correct set of parameters to shoot a moving target (say, a seagull in flight), I get jack. Won't acquire focus, or will acquire focus and immediately wander off-target to track something else. Zero seagull images so far. I'm going to investigate this further, because obviously for aviation, or wildlife, or one my future trips to a race with Tim or Jan-Arie, I absolutely need this to work. But then again, the camera is so good overall that I simply cannot believe it's such an utter failure at doing something so important. I'm convinced that there is user error in play, I just haven't had the time and resources to track it down yet.
Spent today in and around Dikili, Turkey. Learned a great deal about ancient empires and spent a couple of hours in the ruins around/above Pergamom. Will add more detail to this later, I hope, but for today I've gotta go get some sleep. Here's an image of part of those ruins, including what they believe is the world's steepest theater.
E-M1 OLYMPUS M.40-150mm F2.8 lens 150mm f/8.0 1/800s 200 ISO 0.0 EV