Hello All! New 4/3 convert & New to forum.

Discussion in 'Welcomes and introductions' started by Rrexy, Jan 28, 2013.

  1. Rrexy

    Rrexy Mu-43 Rookie

    Jan 27, 2013
    Belcamp, MD
    My name is Randy and I'm from Belcamp, MD.
    I've been in to photography on a personal lever for over 30 years (Wow, I don't like the sound of that . . . . . . I'm getting old!!!)
    My first SLR was the Minolta X-370, followed by a Canon Elan IIe.
    My first venture into Digital SLRs was a Canon XT. I can remember opening the box like it was yesterday -
    Since that first DSLR I've come a long way. I've owned too many Canon bodies and lenses to remember -20D, 30D, 40D, 7D, 1D MkIIn, 1D MkIII, 5D II, 5D III and most "L" lenses, except for the longer telephotos (I've had up to a 300mm 2.8), quite a few Sigmas (the 120-300 2.8 being my favorite sports lens from any manufacturer!), and some Tamron & Tokina as well.
    I've loved being able to try out equipment - as for many, it has almost become an obsession!
    I started earning money for my shooting about 8 years ago, primarily from sports shooting (action posters).
    As my number of clients grew, so did my range of work.
    Now I find myself shooting Senior portraits, Baby/Newborn Portraits, Weddings, Pets, all in addition to the sports.

    I Recently started looking at the OMD and was very intrigued. The more I researched, the more interested I became, until I finally took the plunge.
    With the exception of my 7D and a 100-300mm Sigma which I use for sports, I sold my 5D III and all of my associated Canon lenses.
    I purchased the OMD and a host of lenses, intent on giving the system a 100% honest shot!
    I've just become comfortable with the functions of the OMD and have only been "playing" so far. I've yet to use it for an actual shoot. However, I feel comfortable with my new tools and look forward to the opportunity. I understand it's limitations vs. the Canon system but I am looking forward to advantages of the new 4/3 system!
    I do hope that advancements are made in the area of focus tracking for my sports photography. I'll be sticking with the 7D & Sigma combo for sports until improvements are made in the 4/3 arena.

    I'm looking forward to learning & contributing on this forum!

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  2. Talanis

    Talanis Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Oct 15, 2012
    Sherbrooke, Canada
    Eric Cote
    Welcome to the forum Randy.
  3. Rrexy

    Rrexy Mu-43 Rookie

    Jan 27, 2013
    Belcamp, MD
    Thank You Eric!
    Seems like a good group of people here.
    I'm looking forward to learnig from everyone!
  4. Fmrvette

    Fmrvette This Space For Rent

    May 26, 2012
    Detroit, Michigan
    Welcome, Eric!

    I used an X370 as a backup for an X700 for quite awhile, later on handed 'em down to the kids.

    Enjoy your new OM-D!


  5. RDM

    RDM Mu-43 All-Pro


    Nice to have you here Randy.
    My first SLR was the Minolta X-370 too. I still have it, and use it for B&W from time to time. I use the lenses from it on my µ4/3 camera.
  6. Armanius

    Armanius Mu-43 All-Pro

    Feb 23, 2010
  7. RevBob

    RevBob Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Jun 4, 2011
    NorthWestern PA
    Welcome aboard! Which :43: lenses do you have?
  8. Rrexy

    Rrexy Mu-43 Rookie

    Jan 27, 2013
    Belcamp, MD
    Thanks for for the Welcomes!

    RevBob - I've got a collection of all M4/3 lenses at the moment. Selling my Canon gear allowed me to cover a lot of bases!

    Here's the list so far:

    Panasonic 25mm 1.4, Olympus 45mm 1.8, Olympus 75mm 1.8, Panasonic 12-35mm 2.8, Panasonic 35-100mm 2.8 & Olympus 14-150mm 4.0-5.6

    There are still a couple in the wide range I have my eye on but they'll have to wait a little while!
    There's also a few of the 4/3 lenses that I would love to play with - the 150mm 2.0 being the first on that list. Hopefully down the road there will be a better converter to allow for the quick auto focus of the OMD when using the 4/3 lenses . . . . . .