Size and weight

Amateur Photographer - - Testbench In The Field -

One BIG ad­van­tage of the Mi­cro Four Thirds sys­tem is, of course, the lighter weight. Some have also ques­tioned the Pro lenses be­ing large and heavy when the whole idea of the sys­tem was to be small and light. My feel­ing is, ev­ery­thing is rel­a­tive and you need to com­pare like for like. With the cam­eras side by side, it is im­me­di­ately no­tice­able how much smaller the Olym­pus is than the Canon 7D Mark II, with a dif­fer­ence of ap­prox­i­mately 500g. Against the Canon EF 100- 400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM, the Olym­pus M. Zuiko Dig­i­tal ED 300mm f/4 IS Pro looks sim­i­lar in stature, but has a weight sav­ing of ap­prox­i­mately 400g. Swap the 100- 400mm to a Canon EF 400mm f/4L DO IS II USM, which is the equiv­a­lent in APS- C terms, for a di­rect com­par­i­son and the dif­fer­ence is about 1.2kg.

It’s not all about pro lenses, ei­ther. For rel­a­tively mod­est sums, the mi­cro sys­tem has some very nice qual­ity light­weight lenses. I use the cheaper Olym­pus M. Zuiko Dig­i­tal ED 9-18mm f/4-5.6 widean­gle, which is in­cred­i­bly pe­tite, but not short on qual­ity, along with a Samyang 7.5mm fish- eye, a 25mm Pana­sonic/Le­ica H-X025e Dg Sum­milux and an M. Zuiko 60mm f/2.8 Macro Dig­i­tal ED. All of these add up to less than 1kg.

The Canon 7D Mark II and EF 100-400mm vs OM-D E-M1 Mark II and M.Zuiko 300mm

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