Micro 4/3 Vacation 2023 - Greece and a cruise

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Athens, Greece / Santorini, Greece / Rhodes, Greece / Bodrum, Türkey / Mykonos, Greece / Athens, Greece

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Great capture of your trip. Second last is my fav.
Mykonos was nice and had an active nightlife. We didn't participate, but the cruise actually had tenders every 1/2 hour through the night.
It's been pretty hot in that part of world, hope everything went well in that regard.
Well enough, I made up for any weight and fluid loss on the cruise. ;)
 
Very nice shots indeed :)
I'm surprised that You took both Olympus 8-25/4 pro and 12-100/4 pro lenses with You.
Isn't that their focal lengths overlaps itself?
The added width was helpful, especially in the narrow streets and where there wasn't room to backup. It's also a bit smaller and lighter than the 12-100.
 
The added width was helpful, especially in the narrow streets and where there wasn't room to backup. It's also a bit smaller and lighter than the 12-100.
Great photos. It appears that you used the 8-25 as a walkaround lens. That is, using the 8-25 over it's full range, rather than switching at 12 - 25 to the 12-100. Imagine if OM Systems made an 8-40 f4 Pro. Wouldn't that be the perfect walkaround travel lens? :)
 
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Very nice shots indeed :)
I'm surprised that You took both Olympus 8-25/4 pro and 12-100/4 pro lenses with You.
Isn't that their focal lengths overlaps itself?
Personally, I like a lot of overlap with my lenses.

If I were doing the trip that David did, I would take:

8-25 Pro
12-100 Pro
75-300 MkII
F/1.8 25

Covers pretty well everything, with minimal lens changes.

The 8-25 Pro is not quite as stunningly sharp as the 12-100 Pro, but has the same lovely focus transitions both in front of and behind the plane of focus.

The 8-25 is more than sharp enough to use for car photography, with little to no distortion in zone 3 or the corners, as my FTs 7-14 has, in spades.
 
The 8-25 Pro is not quite as stunningly sharp as the 12-100 Pro

I think differences are such subtle, that they are negligible in 20Mpix sensor :)

Both lenses are just superb, and I truly envy m4/3 users both zooms (12-100/4 especially)
If I would do travel photography more serious, I would buy OM1 and 12-100/4 zoom for sure (plus Oly 17/1.2 for low light shots and some manual UWA)
Im heavy focused on portrait photography, so that is why Fuji system with their imho best in industry color science - fits more into my type of shooting.
Still, always nice to watch some lovely travel shots taken on 4/3 aspect ratio from 12-100/4 😅
 
I think differences are such subtle, that they are negligible in 20Mpix sensor :)

Both lenses are just superb, and I truly envy m4/3 users both zooms (12-100/4 especially)
I'm very fortunate to own them. Neither was exactly cheap.
If I would do travel photography more serious, I would buy OM1 and 12-100/4 zoom for sure (plus Oly 17/1.2 for low light shots and some manual UWA)
Im heavy focused on portrait photography, so that is why Fuji system with their imho best in industry color science - fits more into my type of shooting.
Still, always nice to watch some lovely travel shots taken on 4/3 aspect ratio from 12-100/4 😅
Just a minor detail, the E-M5 MkII has a 16 MPx Sony sensor, the same lovely one as my E-PM2 and the E-M5 MkI.

IMO, the f/1.2 lenses are for very, very specialised use. The f/1.8 versions are as good optically (or better), much smaller and far cheaper. Same as with my OM lenses. My OM f/1.8 50 (made in Japan version) was a better lens than my f/1.4 50, just half a stop slower.

However, those are really nitpicking. Both lenses are simply superb on both my E-M1 MkI and E-M1 MkII, and the 12-100 sync-IS even helps the crappy IBIS in my E-PM2 ...
 
Great photos. It appears that you used the 8-25 as a walkaround lens. That is, using the 8-25 over it's full range, rather than switching at 12 - 25 to the 12-100. Imagine if OM Systems made an 8-40 f4 Pro. Wouldn't that be the perfect walkaround travel lens? :)
I had considered getting a Sony A7R IV mainly because Sony had a 20-70mm f/4. There was a used body locally, but talking with the salesman the 20-70 isn't quite up to the 60mp sensor. If it was an A7 IV instead I might have gone for it.
Beautiful! Was it as hot as they talked about?
Yes, luckily being a cruise, we did get breaks from the constant heat.
Good thing he wasn't in the part of Greece that's being overrun by wildfires. Yikes!
I took a couple-hour tour and didn't see them. My wife took a different one and did see a little bit of the aftermath. But it seems it's an every 5-10 occurrence from what we were told. This one made more news because the location hit more of the tourist areas and they had to relocate.
 
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Both lenses are just superb, and I truly envy m4/3 users both zooms (12-100/4 especially)
If I would do travel photography more serious, I would buy OM1 and 12-100/4 zoom for sure (plus Oly 17/1.2 for low light shots and some manual UWA)
Im heavy focused on portrait photography, so that is why Fuji system with their imho best in industry color science - fits more into my type of shooting.
Still, always nice to watch some lovely travel shots taken on 4/3 aspect ratio from 12-100/4 😅
Fuji does have nice colors, but they are closer than you might think. I while back I had both the X-E3 and Pen F and did a side-by-side:


And it looks like OM Systems is going to finally fill the one gap I've seen in their lineup with rumored 50-200 f/2.8 and 50-250 f/4. The f/4 is supposedly not a Pro even though its slot was in the Pro section of the road map. But if it's a non-Pro the likes of the 100-400 non-Pro I'll still be interested.

Just to add to your lens envy.
 
davidzvi I do admit, that differences in colors between any camera system are very subtle, but in my case it's mostly about skin tones, and this is area where changes are most visible and crucial for me.
Isn't it that we all chase and seek for those subtle differences in final output of our camera gear? 😅
Take a look at this video to see what I mean:


Above examples are most drastic of course (because imho Sony's skin tones are worst in industry, where Fuji's is the best), but hopefully it will showcase differences :)
Before switching from Canon FF DSLR to mirrorless system I took for consideration m4/3 very seriously.
Olympus lens selection has everything I need: Panasonic Leica 8/1.7, Olympus 12-100/4, Olympus 17/1.2, Olympus 45/1.2
I downloaded many RAW files taken on Olympus 17/1.2, Olympus 45/1.2 (and Pansonic Leica 42.5/1.2) from dpreview gallery, to try them out in editing and color grading portraits in Capture One.
I like the the results in terms of skin tones, but I like results from Fuji even more :)
Color science from Fuji X-Trans sensors, and legendary Fujinon XF 56/1.2 R (old version) with its very, very beautiful and organic rendering, are only two reasons Im in Fuji system.

Sorry for OT!
 
davidzvi I do admit, that differences in colors between any camera system are very subtle, but in my case it's mostly about skin tones, and this is area where changes are most visible and crucial for me.
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Trust me I know Fuji has great skin tones. But just like any tool, find the one that works the best for you.

 
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