Sports photographer Russell Johnston explains his move to Micro 4/3

While browsing for content, we came across this interesting three-part article where photographer Russell Johnston of Darktide Photo explains why he moved from a Canon 1Dx to the Olympus OM-D E-M1 II for his work.

Russell starts by pointing out weight as one of the main reason but he also talks finance.

By switching over to the Micro 4/3 system, my savings was around $8,000! No matter who you are, what you do, or where you are in life, that’s still a lot of money.

Then he lists the various reasons he became interested in Micro Four Thirds and why he chose the E-M1 II (though he often quotes the Lumix GH5 as well) . In the second part, he shares his experience after his first weekend with the camera, pointing out many of the advantages he found but also a few negatives he will need to get use to it like the shorter battery life. You can see landscape images as well as many animals shot with the 300mm f/4 Pro.

In the final chapter, Russell takes the camera to a big off road race to test it in tough, dirty conditions to see if the smaller size would help or not. His conclusions are very positive concerning the weatherproofing and the excellent AF. As for the smaller size of the system, he points out that one of the reasons he chose micro 4/3 over other mirrorless systems is because of the size of the lenses.

You can read part I, part II and part III on Rusell’s website where you’ll find lots of nice sample images as well. He is preparing a fourth article so be sure to follow him.