Why I love my Olympus…

Having been wed to Nikon for long enough, first with my FM2 bought in 1991, up to the D300 2009-2014 I was a tad sceptical about my mirrorless Olympuses (Olympi??). Nikon glass, is, after all pretty matchless. Well, I need not have worried…

Here are a few images taken at Wisley the other day with the 40-150mm lens, which cost me around £100. Provided I stay away from the far extreme of the lens extension (I usually keep within 100mm, to be on the safe side). I have cropped each of these, as I wasn’t sitting too close, but I think you will agree they ain’t bad…especially as I’d had a daft moment and forgotten to reset the ISO from the night before…..all of these were shot at an ISO of 1000, 1/2000 f5.4. I used the EM5, and I think noise is certainly acceptable here.

Wagtail exiting left

Wagtail exiting left


Chaffinch posing

Great tit munching

Great tit munching

Great tit choosing

Great tit choosing

As ever, do let me know what you think (aside from what an airhead you think I am for not keeping an eye on settings!!)


  1. That chaffinch image is so clear…

  2. The bottom two are nice and sharp Sue. Zuiko lenses were always well thought of, even back to the days of the OM-1. I have heard mixed reports from users of 4/3 system cameras, so pleased to hear that you are happy with yours.
    I have been toying with the idea of changing from my Fuji S5 pro to a new Nikon, the 5500D. Great review on Ken Rockwell. http://www.kenrockwell.com/nikon/d5500.htm I might take some photos then!
    Best wishes, Pete.

  3. I need to get some lenses so I can use my Nikon rather than an iphone camera.
    They do like to pose dont they???

  4. Emilio Pasquale

    What an airhead you are! Welcome to the club! 🙂 I can’t tell you how often I ve messed up when going from full manual to forgetting to refocus or reset my exposure. Looks like the Olympus is almost fool proof. Maybe I should look into getting one.

    • Sue

      Oh, I use full manual most of the time…these all worked because I was watching the exposure ‘slider’, casting my eye over the histogram as well….just not looking at the actual figures!!

  5. First thing, Sue you are not an airhead. I have married to Nikon too for the longest time. Then as you know I switch to Sony full frame mirrorless and have been thrilled. From the look of these photos, you are going to be just as thrilled as I am. 🙂

  6. Always interested to hear from someone who has changed cameras.

  7. poppytump

    These are lovely shots Sue ! Nice to capture our birds like this .. so many times one is ready with the shutter and whooofft they are off and away … they look very clear to me 🙂

  8. Superb images, Sue. The Chaffinch looks like a born model. 🙂

  9. So tell me more. I have been casting an eye on the 4/3 mirrorless cameras for some time now, but find it difficult to choose. Panasonic was on the list, as are Olympus and Fujifilm. I want one with a good macro lens so any assistance you can offer is greatly appreciated. And thanks for helping me identify the chaffinch! I love bird shots and these are really good.

    • Sue

      Glad you liked these, Jude! I used to be able to identify birds as a child…this is one that I remember!! Apropos MFT cameras and macro lenses….I don’t have a macro but I understand the Olympus M.Zuiko 60mm f/2.8 Macro is an excellent lens. Bear in mind there are lots of lenses for MFT cameras, and you are not restricted to one manufacturer – for example I have a little pancake Panasonic lens on my OMD camera. I went for Olympus because I personally liked the feel of the camera in my hand, the positioning of the buttons, weather proofing and the retro look. But that’s just me….

  10. Great images, Sue. And who hasn’t forgotten to change settings at some point in their photographic lives? I’ve been thinking about getting a mirrorless camera because all my friends are raving about them, but hate the idea of abandoning my Nikons… Soon maybe… Or not… 😉

    • Sue

      I hated the idea of abandoning my D300, and what sold the little Olympus to me was the positioning of the dials…almost the same, so I could intuitively reach for them….. 😳

  11. These turned out well, I don’t see noise as an issue here. I like the last image particularly.

  12. What wonderful crisp, clear shots, not to mention how cute those little birds are! No worries at all, this camera is really working for you. And who hasn’t ever forgotten to change that ISO…join the club!

    • Sue

      Glad you like them, Susan…. And as regards settings, I know we can all do it, but I always intend to check before the first shot of the day/session!

  13. so stunning and what lovely little birds!! The tit munching is wonderful!!

  14. I understand you are satisfied! The last one is my favourite!

  15. Lovely images Sue! Having just added mirrorless to my kit, I can fully understand why you love your Olympus so much! 🙂

  16. Oh this is exciting Sue! I hope you enjoy it and the images look great 🙂

    • Sue

      Just recently returned from a break in Sicily, with a tour so I couldn’t take as many images as I would have liked, but have a few decent ones. The lighter weight of the cameras was a boon. Only problem was the eye cap for the EM5 got caught in the bag and came off – need to get another one, not a great design by Olympus!

  17. Sue, I lived in England for several years and was an avid and active member of the RSBP. I haven’t seen any of these birds (live, that is) in years. Thank you for the trip down avian memory lane! The last photo, of the Great Tit, is the best, but I love the Chaffinch as well. What a coincidence — my son’s very first camera was also a Nikon FM2. I’m a Nikon user but my current backup camera is the Olympus SH-1. The long lens enables me to capture images I could otherwise not have made, including a few bird shots.

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