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About the Micro 4/3 Photography FAQ Forum

Discussion in 'Micro 4/3 Photography FAQ' started by Amin Sabet, Jul 23, 2012.

  1. Amin Sabet

    Amin Sabet Administrator

    Apr 10, 2009
    Boston, MA (USA)
    The Micro 4/3 Photography FAQ Forum (not to be confused with our Site FAQ) is a place where we will collect some of the questions which seem to get asked over and over again, along with clear, concise answers.

    If you are interested in contributing a carefully written answer to one of these questions or another question which you think is appropriate for this forum, send me a PM with your question and a very brief version of how you would would approach explaining the answer.

    Some of the many, many questions we plan to address eventually are shown below:

    Why should I choose Micro Four Thirds?

    Which Micro Four Thirds lenses do you recommend to start out with?

    What is the difference between Four Thirds and Micro Four Thirds?

    What are the implications of using different sensor sizes, and what does "crop factor" mean?

    What is an adapted lens and how do I get started with them?

    What does it mean to say that lenses are "equivalent"?

    What does "diffraction limited" mean?

    Can Olympus lenses be used on Panasonic bodies and vice versa?

    Can Four Thirds lenses be used on Micro Four Thirds bodies?

    What is dynamic range?

    What is image quality?

    Why shoot RAW?

    Why shoot JPEG?

    What is exposure compensation?

    How can I get good pictures of children?

    What is postprocessing, and how can I do it?

    What is HDR?

    How do I get a shallow depth of field?

    How do I get a 3D look?

    Why does my camera blow highlights?

    Why are my photos so noisy?

    How can I resize images for the web?

    How can I get started with off camera flash?

    What is a good online service for large prints?

    What is a good online service for making photo books?

    What is a good strategy for making backups?

    Should I use lens filters?

    How can I photograph an eclipse?

    What is zone focusing, and how can I use it?

    What is G.A.S?

    What is CDAF, and how does it differ from PDAF?

    Why should I choose primes over zooms or vice versa?

    How are minimum focus distance, magnification, and focal length related to macro photography?

    How do teleconverters work?

    How do extension tubes work?

    How does image stabilization help me?

    How can I test to see if my lens is defective?

    Is it normal to have dust in a lens, and will it affect my images?

    How do I know if my sensor needs cleaning, and what is the best way to clean it?

    What is a color profile, and why should I care?

    Do I need to do color calibration, and how should I do it?

    How can I get pleasing colors in my photos?

    ... and many more.
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  2. QualityBuiltIn

    QualityBuiltIn Mu-43 Veteran

    Jan 1, 2011
    Edinburgh, Scotland
    Short, to the point and occasionally pithy answers

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  3. Mellow

    Mellow Mu-43 All-Pro

    Aug 27, 2010
    Florida or Idaho
    Great idea! The same questions do seem to come up frequently. Let's hope people are aware of the new forum, because if they don't the questions will STILL come up and, knowing the people in this forum, they'll get answered.
  4. snaimpally

    snaimpally Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Dec 31, 2012
    Explanation of the different models

    It would be useful to have a FAQ explaining the alphabet soup of model numbers, how to interpret the numbers, and the differences between the models. For example, the suffix KK refers to the 14-42mm kit lens while the suffix X refers to the 14-42mm PZ kit lens. As another example, the G3 has an electronic viewfinder while the GF3 does not, etc. I recall seeing a Panasonic review were the reviewer had a nice 2-3 sentence explanation of the entire Panasonic MFT lineup.
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  5. New

    New New to Mu-43

    Feb 15, 2014

    I have a question and i need ur help guys :confused:

    I want to Create an Excellent Studio in my house to portray my family & people (indoor & outdoor)

    My Tools now :-

    Olympus camera's em-5
    Olympus lens 12-50 mm
    Olympus lens 75mm
    Yongnuo Flash Speedlight 560 III

    What did i miss from the studio tools ???
    I need a full explanation for lighting tools and supplies

    Thanks Allllllll:thumbup:
  6. medroller

    medroller Mu-43 Regular

    Does anyone know what MMF stands for? It seems to refer to lens adaptors.
  7. barry13

    barry13 Super Moderator; Photon Wrangler

    Mar 7, 2014
    Southern California
    Hi, the Olympus MMF-1, 2, 3 adapters are for adapting 4/3 DSLR lenses (usually Olympus, Panasonic, & Sigma) to mu-43.
    Autofocus and aperture control are preserved.

    The 3 is weather sealed, I'm not certain about the others which are discontinued.

  8. medroller

    medroller Mu-43 Regular

    Thanks for that Barry ,but do you know what the actual MMF stands for?
  9. barry13

    barry13 Super Moderator; Photon Wrangler

    Mar 7, 2014
    Southern California
    Not really.

    But, before mu-43 was created, Olympus had an MF-1 adapter for OM-> 4/3.
    I assume OM stood for Olympus Mount, so it doesn't seem that the M in MF would be for Mount, but who knows?
    Anyways, the new M in MMF could be Micro?

    Panasonic's version (cheaper, but not sealed) is DMW-MA1... Not sure that's any clearer but MA may be Mount Adapter.
  10. medroller

    medroller Mu-43 Regular

    Thanks alot for that Barry.