DSLR users - what's your m4/3 setup vs. DSLR setup?

Discussion in 'This or That?' started by mintchoco, May 25, 2012.

  1. mintchoco

    mintchoco Mu-43 Regular

    May 24, 2012
    Toronto, Canada

    I just started venturing into m4/3 because the E-PL1 was too cheap to pass up and I have some old OM lenses that I wanted to use with adapter. I was using primarily a Nikon D7000 before.

    For DSLR users, have you migrated completely to m4/3? If you're retaining both set-ups, what's in your bag for each? I'm hoping to leave the D7000 for special shoots and snapshots at home of my toddler (I found it too heavy the last time we went on vacation having to carry the camera plus diaper bag), hence the switch to m4/3.

    D7000 - 18-200VR, Sigma 10-20, 35/1.8 (trying to get rid of my 18-105VR)
    E-PL1 - 14-42 kit lens, 14-150mm, looking to get a 20mm?
  2. Ned

    Ned Mu-43 Legend

    Jul 18, 2010
    Alberta, Canada
    When I started with Micro Four-Thirds, the progression was first to add a PEN as a second body, as a replacement to my other smaller second DSLR body, using the same lenses as my DSLR (at the time, the top-end Olympus DSLR was the E-3). The most compact kits I had then were the Zuiko 14-54mm f/2.8-3.5 mounted on the E-3 with the Zuiko 50-200mm f/2.8-3.5 SWD on the side. I still use that lens combination on my larger PENs. Then on the E-P1 I would throw on the Zuiko 25mm f/2.8 pancake and with the adapter that body was ready to switch with any of the lenses from my E-3 at any time.

    The Four-Thirds lenses, although more compact than other DSLR systems, still wasn't compact enough to take advantage of the new PEN system. The native lens selection was too small, so I built a collection of legacy primes as a complete yet compact kit for the PEN. The simple full kit I use now for traveling about with the PEN is a Zuiko 25mm f/2.8, Zuiko 50mm f/1.4, Zeiss Sonnar 135mm f/2.8, and Olympus EC-14 1.4x teleconverter (which adds a 70mm f/2 and 200mm f/4 to the mix).

    I now have replaced my DSLR bodies with different PEN bodies, using one larger PEN with my larger lenses and two smaller PENs for a separate compact and an ultra-compact kit. I'll keep the larger PEN in a backpack with zoom lenses like the Zuiko 14-54mm f/2.8-3.5 and Zuiko 50-200mm f/2.8-3.5 SWD, which used to be my "compact kit" for the DSLR, along with a nice Macro lens like the Kiron 105mm f/2.8 and about 5 speedlights, diffusers, etc. Then I'll keep a smaller PEN in a satchel with the legacy lenses mentioned in the previous paragraph along with flash bracket, FL-36R, and diffuser. Then I have yet another small PEN by itself with just a VF-2 and 50mm f/1.5 rangefinder lens as my smallest kit. That small kit could also use a Lumix 20mm f/1.7 or m.Zuiko 45mm f/1.8 and still remain as compact.

    The native lenses are still growing, and still don't have the telephoto range well covered but that is rapidly changing this year (we've just added a 75mm f/1.8 beyond the previous 45mm prime lens reach). I think the Leica 25mm f/1.4 Summilux and m.Zuiko 75mm f/1.8 would make a fantastic pair. :) Of course, the new Lumix X 12-35mm f/2.8 would also work well on its own as a standalone standard-range lens.

    Another pair that has worked well in the past is the m.Zuiko 12mm f/2 ad the m.Zuiko 45mm f/1.8... or the Lumix 20mm f/1.7 and m.Zuiko 45mm f/1.8 for a more compact kit or the Lumix 20mm f/1.7 or Leica 25mm f/1.4 Summilux on its own. The Lumix 20mm f/1.7 is the smallest of the fast lenses under f/2.

    If you were thinking of adding the Lumix 20mm f/1.7 to go with your m.Zuiko 14-150mm, I'd say definitely go for it! Those two will go together nicely as a versatile kit. You won't need to bring along the 14-42mm kit lens though, I'd just put that one away or sell it.
  3. WT21

    WT21 Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Feb 19, 2010
    As a home/hobby shooter, I have:

    Canon T2i w/18-135 and Sigma 17-50/2.8. I have these purely for the convenience of zoom and C-AF. I used to have a 5D and others before that. My main kit is now m43.

    My m43 equipment is in my siggy. Add to that a couple of camera bags, BlackRapids R2 strap, and various filters, tripod, monopod, etc.
  4. dhazeghi

    dhazeghi Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Aug 6, 2010
    San Jose, CA
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    m4/3: Olympus E-PM1, VF-2, 14-42/3.5-5.6 II R, 20/1.7, 45/1.8, 12-60/2.8-4.0 (4/3), various adapted Nikon and Canon lenses.
    DSLR: Nikon D700, 24-120/4, 70-300/4-5.6, 80-200/2.8, and 50/1.8D

    For m4/3, I use the 14-42 80% of the time and the 12-60 and 20/1.7 each about 10% of the time. The 45/1.8 and the adapted lenses don't see much use.

    The DSLR I keep for serious landscape and indoor shooting, neither of which I've had much time for recently...

  5. RevBob

    RevBob Super Moderator

    Jun 4, 2011
    NorthWestern PA
    Real Name:
    I sold my Canon 40D with battery grip, 50mm f1.8 & Sigma 70-300mm. I kept my Sigma 20-40mm f2.8 and a bounce flash to use with my :43: kit.

    My :43: kit: E-P1 & E-PL2; 20mm f1.7; 45mm f1.8, Sigma 24mm macro, Oly 40-150mm, Oly 14-42mm MkII kit lens, Lensbaby 2, Pinwide, Panny 100-300mm, assorted other legacy lenses.

    Everything I did with my Canon setup I can do with my :43: kit. It is smaller, lighter and more fun to use. The ibis is huge for me and the ability to shoot in low light without flash is a huge bonus. :biggrin:
  6. djkindred

    djkindred New to Mu-43

    May 9, 2012
    Dallas, TX
    I did a pretty significant migration from a Nikon setup to an Olympus OM-D setup. For the most part I am able to do 90% of everything I could normally do with my very expensive Nikon setup. I do a lot of shooting in low-light and though the Olympus setup doesnt quite reach what I could do on Nikon it still is worth the vastly smaller size and the greatly reduced amount invested. This has always been only a serious hobby for me. The IBIS has been amazing and really can make up for alot in my low-light shooting.

    OM-D Setup - Oly 12/2, PL 25/1.4, Oly 45/1.8, Soon 75/1.8

    Nikon D700 - 24/1.4G, 35/1.4G, Sig 50/1.4, 85/1.4G, Zeiss 100MP, 200/2, 14-24/2.8
  7. mintchoco

    mintchoco Mu-43 Regular

    May 24, 2012
    Toronto, Canada
    Interesting, keep up the responses! I'm curious about everyone's set-up!

    I forgot to mention the crown-jewel in my setup is the OM 55/1.2 - the lens is awesome for portraiture. It's not as sharp as I would like wide open, but I love the bokeh!!! I also have the 50/1.4 and 50/1.8 (all hand-me-downs)! :smile:
  8. zettapixel

    zettapixel Mu-43 Veteran

    Aug 12, 2010
    I'm selling my Canon gear, actually it's almost gone now:
    Canon 40d, Sigma 50/1.4, EF 100/2, Tamron 17-50/2.8, EFS 55-250IS. Actually I used Nikon 28/2.8 AIS with it too.

    E-M5 became the primary camera:
    Family snaps - 20/1.7, 45/1.8, Konica 57/1.4
    Walkaround - 7.5/3.5FE, 20/1.7, Konica 57/1.4, Canon FD 135/2.8 (although leaving 45/1.8 home is getting harder and harder)
    Macro - Nikon 28/2.8 AFS, Canon 50/3.5 Macro
    Travel - 9-18, 20/1.7, 14-42, 40-150
  9. Biro

    Biro Mu-43 All-Pro

    May 8, 2011
    Jersey Shore
    Real Name:
    You can see my full micro four-thirds kit in my signature below. My full Pentax DSLR kit is as follows:

    K-5, K200D camera bodies, DA 12-24mm f/4, DA 16-45mm f/4, DA* 16-50mm f/2.8, DA* 50-135mm f/2.8, DA 55-300mm f/4-5.8, DA 18-250mm f/3.5-6.3, DA Limited 15mm f/4, DA Limited 21mm f/3.2, DA 35mm f/2.4, DA Limited 70mm f/2.4, D FA Macro 100mm f/2.8 WR, AF-360FGZ flash, D-BG3 battery grip

    I was an early fan of micro four thirds, owning a G1 and E-PL1 shortly after both came out. But I have continued to enjoy my DSLR kit. And that's been fine. However, I am currently wrestling with what to do next.

    I could keep both kits more or less the way they are now and update camera bodies perhaps every other generation. Or I could sell of all my Pentax gear, which would allow me to buy the newest and best micro four-thirds bodies (E-M5, GH3, etc.) and, more importantly, the most-expensive glass. That would include lenses like the new Panny 12-35 and 35-100 f/2.8 zooms and the Oly 12mm prime. I have intentionally avoided any micro four-thirds gear that expensive up to now - especially while I still have my Pentax kit.

    It would be nice if shooting sports and things like birds in flight was much more realistic with the newest micro four-thirds bodies; it would make my decision a lot easier. Time will tell. But I could also continue with both kits if necessary.
  10. kinlau

    kinlau Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Feb 29, 2012
    I have FF, 1.3x and 1.6x crop in Canon DSLR's, f2.8 zooms covering from 11mm all the way to 300mm, and all sorts of primes. In low light, fast action and telephoto use, the DSLR's rule.

    For convenience,my GF3 + 20/1.7 is just an unbelievable package. I also use my GH1 & 2 for video and travel shots with the 14-140 is unmatched for weight and convenience.
  11. RT_Panther

    RT_Panther Mu-43 Legend

    May 4, 2011
    Does film count:confused:
    To be honest, I shoot more 35mm film than I do shooting with my APS-C DSLR....:eek: