Can Micro Four Thirds Keep Up With Canon Full Frame?

Switching to a new camera system is a pivotal moment for any photographer, marking a transition filled with excitement and uncertainty. But moving to a significantly smaller sensor size is particularly challenging. Can micro four thirds compete with full frame in a challenging environment?

Coming to you from Brent Hall, this insightful video documents a day in the field with the OM-1 Mark II, coupled with a 150-400mm lens featuring a built-in 1.25x teleconverter. Hall's narrative captures the initial allure and subsequent trials of adapting to this new gear. His experience, from the joy of capturing bush tits in his front yard to the frustrations of missed focus moments with an osprey, encapsulates the highs and lows that come with learning a new camera's quirks. 

Hall's detailed observations about the OM-1 Mark II's performance in various lighting conditions and its autofocus capabilities as compared to his Canon EOS R5 are particularly interesting. His candid feedback on the challenges of switching from Canon to OM System, especially under the pressure of capturing fast-moving wildlife, offers a realistic perspective on the complexities of such a transition, particularly in a challenging professional environment. Check out the video above for the full rundown from Hall.

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Alex Cooke is a Cleveland-based portrait, events, and landscape photographer. He holds an M.S. in Applied Mathematics and a doctorate in Music Composition. He is also an avid equestrian.

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The first 7 minutes of this video proves an old adage... read the owner's manual! (The first 7 minutes was all I could watch...)

Yes. Read the manual and practice at home before you go to photograph something important to you. I have multiple cameras from four brands and the details of settings and the controls and control layouts are different. Even my A6000 and A6400 differ enough that I need to memorize how to accomplish the same settings task on both cameras. For example activating focus tracking.

Lol.. where's the focus button... made me smile - since it's by default the same one you take the picture with. (unless you set the camera up differently in which case I'd hope you know how which button you set up for back button focus. There's also a dedicated ISO button etc... That said I shoot Nikon z8/9 and OM1 and compares the 800mmPF with the 300mm F4 on the OM.. and they both produce great results. (plus the OM focuses much closer)

OM randomly sends some youtube guy an OM-1 II and 150-400? WTF? I've been shooting Olympus for decades and I have never had the chance to try that lens.

How about this: FUOM. All my OM gear is now for sale on ebay.

Brands be like. Send a $7500 lens to either:

a) a guy on Youtube with 100K subscribers, 496 videos, and good images;


b) a random guy on the forums with no profile, no images, and no public presence.

Decisions, decisions. :P

You could just try renting for a weekend. IMO, the price isn't too bad.

Apparently it wasn't all of the other people on social media who put lots of time and effort to promoting their work, and were taken seriously. This is the one that broke that narcissists' back.


I have Om-1s and R5s. Printed at 13x19, I defy anyone to pick the FF vs the M43.

I've compared m43 to medium format on my Phase One, it comes close when using high resolution mode.