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8 Reasons to Recommend Olympus OM-D E-M5 MarkII Lens Kit as a Sub-Camera

The OM-D E-M5 MarkII is a lens-replaceable mirrorless camera released by Olympus.
The sensor size is Micro Four Thirds, and the effective pixel count is 16.05 million pixels.

A lens kit that includes this camera and M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 14-150mm F4.0-5.6 II (ED14-150mm) has been released.

When climbing a mountain, I use the above lens kit as a sub camera that covers a wide-angle to telescope range.
(Note: Of course, some professional photographers use the OM-D series as their main camera.)

In this article, I will introduce 8 recommended points when using the above lens kit as a sub camera, based on the photos taken by me using the above lens kit.

All the photos in this article are taken by jpeg (unedited).

The sky is beautiful with Olympus blue

The first recommended point is that you can take a picture of the beautiful blue sky of Olympus blue.
Olympus blue is a light blue strong Is that right?
Anyway, a beautiful blue color comes out. I hear that many people use Olympus cameras because they like the colors of Olympus blue that other companies cannot easily express.

Here are two examples.

Photographed Mt. Asahi dyed in the sunset at the Mt. Shirouma.

I photographed the clear blue sky and Mt. Yukikura (Northern Alps).

You can shoot ptarmigan and small flowers up close

The second recommended point is that it is possible to take a picture of ptarmigan and small alpine plants up.

The ED14-150mm telescope limit is the 300mm. This is a pretty long shot.
So you can shoot small or distant subjects, pretty much up.
Here’s some examples.

I took a picture of a ptarmigan standing near an alpine plant beside the mountain trail.
Since the photographer is not allowed to enter the alpine plant, it will be taken from a distance with a telephoto lens.


I took a picture of alpine plants beside the mountain trail.
By using a telescope lens, I was able to cut only the part of the alpine plant well.


I took a picture of an alpine plant (Iwagikyo) beside the mountain trail.
Because it was in a position away from the mountain trail, it was not possible to take a picture without a telephoto lens.


If the focal length of 300mm is not enough, you can use the digital tele-converter function to increase the focal length to 600mm.
The digital tele-converter is a function that doubles the focal length by digital processing without deteriorating the image quality.

Below is an example of a picture taken at a conversion of 600 mm using a digital teleconverter.

Shooting a ptarmigan that emerges from the high pine belt.

Photographed a small alpine butterfly.
The butterfly is only a few centimeters long, so I can’t shoot without a telescope lens.
Of course, if I approach with a macro lens, the butterfly will run away.


Of course, scenery can also be taken

The third recommended point is also suitable for landscape hotography.

The ED14-150mm wide-angle end is focal length of 28mm,making it suitable for landscape photography.
Here’s some examples.

This photo was taken of the Senjojiki curl (Mt. Kisokomagatake) in early winter.

However, for landscape photography, I would like to have a focal length of 24mm if possible.
In this case, it is a good idea to leave the landscape shooting to the main camera with a wide-angle lens, or use a lens such as ED12-200mm.

Small and ultra-light

The fourth recommended point is the small size and light weight.

The total weight of the OM-D E-M5 MarkII and ED14-150mm is only 702g.
It is a little heavier than 500mL PET bottles.
In mountain climbing, light is justice.

With this lightness, using a camera fixing device such as PEAK DESIGN’s capture device and attaching the camera to the shoulder would be quite a burden.

See the following article for information on how to carry the camera.

https://mountainviewjapan.com/camera-carry/

High-quality with micro four-thirds sensors

The fifth recommended point is the high-quality point equipped with a Micro Four Thirds sensor.

Now is the heyday of full-size sensor cameras, but unless you try to expand it, you will not notice the difference between full-size and Micro Four Thirds.

In addition, the area difference between the popular size sensor APS-C and Micro Four Thirds is only 1.7 times.

Dust-proof and cold-proof performance

The 6th recommended point is that both the camera body (OM-D E-M5 MarkII) and the lens (ED14-150mm) have dust-proof, drip-proof and cold-resistant performance.

If the camera is not dustproof, it is easy for dust and dirt to get inside if you are not careful.
With the OM-D E-M5 MARKⅡ set, you can use it with confidence even when climbing in dust.

Because of it’s drip-proof performance, you can shoot without problems in light rain.

Due to its cold resistance, it will be relatively easy to use in the spring and autumn Alps, and in snowy mountains where the temperature is always below freezing.
(If the battery still dies in the cold, warm it in your pocket before using it.)

At the Snjoujiki Curl in early winter.
The temperature was below freezing, but the camera worked fine.

Rugged magnesium body

The 7th recommended point is that the OM-D E-M5 MarkII has a magnesium body and is sturdy.

When climbing, there are many opportunities to hit the camera, especially if you take the camera outside and carry it around, but with the OM-D E-M5 Mark II, you won’t be frightened by a little hit.

On the other hand, the successor OM-D E-M5 MarkIII uses a plastic body (engineering plastic) and has been downgraded in this respect.

Ultra-high image quality with high-resolution shots

The 8th recommended point is a the high-resolution shot using a tripod, which allows you to take a picture with a maximum of 64 million pixels..

Here’s an example.

Take a picture of Ninoike pond on Mt. Ontake with a high-resolution shot.

[Supplement] Of course, excellent as a main camera

I sometimes replace the lens of OM-D E-M5 Mark II and operate it as the main camera.
Ed12-100mm makes the wide angle side wider and makes it easier to use for landscape photography.

https://mountainviewjapan.com/ed12-100mm/

If you use fisheye pro, it will become a super wide-angle bright lens, which is ideal for landscape photography and night view photography.

Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 8mm F1.8 Fisheye PRO Lens (U.S.)
created by Rinker
Olympus
https://mountainviewjapan.com/ed8mm-f18-fisheye-pro/



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