I bought my Olympus OMD-EM5 about a year ago. Since I’ve retired from wedding and commercial photography, I’ve concentrated, mainly, of street shooting. The smaller mirrorless cameras are much more enjoyable, on the street, than the larger DSLRs, with their relatively big lenses. If you read my most recent blog post, you’ll remember that I recently reorganized and cleaned my office. As part of that process, I cataloged all my lenses. While I have an adapter that allows me to use my collection of Nikon lenses, there is something illogical about selecting a body, partly because of its small size, then hanging a huge 70-200mm lens on the front of it. Note, I’m not saying the Nikon glass is not worth the effort. I’m simplifying saying that, for most of what I now do, it wouldn’t be particularly enjoyable, for me.
Back to the catalog of lenses. There are several smaller lenses, left over from when I shot 35mm film cameras, that looked like they might be feasible to use on the OMD-EM5, hence: Olympus OMD-EM5 with Nikon 100mm, Series E Lens and 2x Tele-Converter.
THe next two photos show the EM5 alongside a Nikon D700 with a 24-120mm lens extended to 120.
Probably a more accurate comparison is the EM5 with a Nikon Series E 50mm lens beside a Nikon D700 Full-Frame with a Nikon 50mm/f1.4. The Series E is an f1.8. Of course, on the EM5, the 50mm is the equivalent of a 100mm, in 35mm terms.
Performance, in real world conditions, is the final test. Casper was on duty, under my desk, so I asked him to look up. This is shot from a seated position, about three feet away with the 100mm, effectively a 400mm. For comparison, the bottom two images are of Casper with the Nikon Series E 50mm lens, effectively 100mm on the EM5.
All images are straight out of camera — no post processing, other than to ad the copyright notice. The white balance shift on the three images of Casper are because of time of day, and the quality of the window light.