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How has m43 changed your photography?

Discussion in 'Open Discussion' started by jeffryscott, Aug 13, 2012.

  1. jeffryscott

    jeffryscott Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Jul 2, 2010
    A different take on some of the other threads floating around about things/events that changed your photography.

    m43 is, after all, just a camera system. But, it is special and unique in its size and quality. How did it change your style or efforts?

    For me, coming from Canon and Nikon (newspaper supplied Canon 1D equipment and my own FF gear (D700, 5D) I longed for the compact systems of Leica M and Contax G that I used to use professionally and personally.

    I entirely switched to the EP-2, VF-2, 7-14, 20 and 45 2.8 when I left the newspaper and it fit my needs, but I was in school and not shooting much so I eventually sold the more expensive lenses and lived with the 14-45 kit. As life changed and I settled into a new career, I decided to start doing more photography again and decided to go back to a Canon 5d kit. Lovely camera, but big. This switch happened months before the OM-D was announced.

    As OM-D rumors swirled, I knew that it was, on paper, perfect for me and addressed the shortcomings of the EP-2. I sold the 5d kit April 23 or so, and had an OM-D in my hands April 25 - lucky enough to get one of about 11 kits Amazon had for a few hours. My first impression was, what had I done? This thing is so small. Then I started handling it and shooting it and pixel peeping high ISO files to compare to my beloved 5d. I soon thought 5what?

    Anyway, the OMD has revolutionized my shooting. I take it with me everywhere, or nearly everywhere. My Canon kit would have stayed at home nearly every time I've taken the OMD. The size, weight, versatility and quality make this a nearly ideal package. I've shot about 12K on it since April and the OMD is absolutely fabulous. Sure it has some weaknesses, but I've learned how to work around many of them and produce images I'm proud of.

    That's my story, sorry for it being so long. What is yours? What has m43 done for you?
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  2. tuanies

    tuanies Mu-43 Veteran

    Jun 13, 2011
    Graham, WA
    Tuan Huynh
    Pretty much the same here. Had a gripped 50D and 30D before that, always kept it in the bag, too much work to take with me everywhere because it was a heavy beast.

    Got a GF1, started using it more. Had a kid and never left home without a camera, and eventually upgraded the GF1 + 20mm combo to a GH2 + 25mm combo. Then added the 14mm, 45mm and now I'm playing with legacy glass.
  3. Replytoken

    Replytoken Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    May 7, 2012
    Puget Sound
    For me, m43 has allowed me to continue shooting in the wake of a major illness. My other rig is a Nikon D300 with a nice collection of glass that I have built up over the years. And while I absolutely love the feeling of the D300 in my hands, the weight of it, combined with some of my favorite lenses, was more than I literally could carry after finishing several months of intense medical treatment.

    Realizing that it was going to take me some time to rebuild my strength and stamina, I began to look at alternative cameras for interim use. I decided on a refurbished E-PL2 with two kit lenses because the price/IQ/weight ratio seemed to make sense. After adding a EVF, I was hooked, and now have two bodies and six lenses!

    m43 is my primary system for the time being, and will most likely be my main system when traveling by plane and/or by foot, but it will not replace my D300 for sports or wildlife. Both subjects require the focus speed and tracking abilities of the D300, as well as long, fast glass. Well, as long and as fast as I can afford.

    The thing that I have come to appreciate about m43, beyond IQ, is the diversity of specialized bodies from both Panasonic and Olympus. Nikon and Canon pretty much offer more features as you move up their product ranges. With m43, you get bodies as diverse as the GH2 and the GF3/5 - each designed around a specific purpose or type of use. So, I have a GF3 as a ride-along in my briefcase, and my E-PL2 w/EVF is my primary rig.

    I could have chosen any number of other cameras or camera systems, but the E-PL2 reminded me of when I used to shoot with a Konica Hexar, a Leica M4-2 and a Yashica T3. It is a different style of shooting, but it is one that I enjoy. And when I fully regain my strength, I'll have the best of both systems.

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  4. Bhupinder2002

    Bhupinder2002 Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Hi there ...

    Instead of shooting out there we spend most of the time here and thats how MFT has changed our photography ..lol :wink::rofl::rofl::rofl:
    Anyway jokes apart , my Canon DSLRs always gathered more dust rather than actuations . It was always cumbersome and tiring to carry a DSLR,It as intimidating and now when I look at other guys out there , it looks so odd and crowd notices you . Moreover when you are glued to OVF , u feel disconnected from the rest of the scene . I love live view shooting and can walk and shoot at the same time . My camera can fit in my jacket and lenses in my jeans pockets( though struggling to trim PL25 to fit my jeans :wink:) . In nutshell its more fun , more photography and more enjoyment , ofcourse more investment .. u hang around here and SOMETIMES you buy lenses or bodies which u dont need but u know PEER PRESSURE..lol:rofl::rofl:
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  5. Promit

    Promit Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jun 6, 2011
    Baltimore, MD
    Promit Roy
    I now care about photography. Never felt that way with compacts.
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  6. At one point I would carry a DSLR around with me a lot of the time, but I wasn't just that I got tired of carrying it but also bored with using it. I don't know which happened first but each made the other worse until the camera was used for travel and special occasions only.

    Travel actually turned out to be a good motivator to get back into photography in 2009, and I spent a good while trading various second hand camera gear (to the point where I almost felt like a second hand camera shop!) until I found something that I was happy with. Long story short; I came back from the Middle East with big DSLR and lenses in hand and may well have drifted away from photography again, until I picked up an E-P1 in mid 2010. This was really like turning on a light, since while it didn't match up to my 50D for IQ it was still pretty good at the time and I could operate it like I could a compact camera.

    Using the DSLR and optical viewfinder was like eating spoon-to-mouth; raise camera up, lower camera down. In comparison the E-P1 was like an intravenous drip. In addition to more considered methods of composition I could now virtually watch images appear on the LCD in front of me, or at the very least let it help to guide me. It just felt like a much more fluid process. I still kept using the DSLR during this time as well, but as the quality of my Micro 4/3 kit increased my desire to continue using the DSLR receded away to nothing. By choice I wouldn't go back to an optical viewfinder-based camera, and even as DSLR live-view systems improve there is no point in going back to a larger camera now either. There are far too many great choices in Micro 4/3 and other compact cameras to consider going back now.
  7. speedandstyle

    speedandstyle Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    The two reasons I am switching(still use my Nikon stuff too) is two fold. First is for the weight and size advantage. I love my Nikons and have used them for years but they get heavy real fast, especially with a tele. The second reason is the ability to use so many adapted lenses. I can use all my old Nikkors plus so many more, many of which can be picked up cheap. Micro four thirds is just the right size, big enough to have very good IQ but small enough to be very portable and is extremly adaptable. The best system overall!!!
  8. mattia

    mattia Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    May 3, 2012
    The Netherlands
    I'm still keeping the 5DII, but I'm very seriously considering selling all the EOS glass save for the 24-105L, 35L, 135L. The E-M5 is just so close to the quality that the only things I want to keep the 5DII for are those times I really want DoF control. If the Oly 12-60 becomes a reality and matches the 24-105 in quality (or I get the 12-35) the 24-105 will likely be leaving as well...
  9. nueces snapper

    nueces snapper Mu-43 All-Pro

    Ditto to most of the opinions here plus ...

    ... it got me off the fence to finally go for the gusto with a legacy telephoto lens for wildlife shooting. As soon as the temps get below the 100s here I'm itching to get back to it. :biggrin:
  10. tanMu4358

    tanMu4358 Mu-43 Regular

    Jul 26, 2012
    I just get into m43 life and still keep my 5D3 (lenses: 100L and Tamron 24-70 VC). Reason why? I had Nikon D300 and D700 and switched to Canon 5D2 and 7D, then upgraded to 1D4 but now is 5D3. DSLR is getting expensive, bulkier and heavier every time. Therefore, I decide to try out OMD EM5 which is a nice looking camera, tiny (fit my hand) and has variety of lens choices. Even though I have now every best lenses for EM5 but only shot with 12-50 last weekend. I am surprised and got convinced to try 7-14 and 75 1.8 (I also plan to get Panny 12-35 or Oly 12-60) soon when they are available.

    That is my story why I get into m43 system. Thanks for having a chance to join this forum.
  11. emirabal

    emirabal Mu-43 Regular

    Similiar story, i used to shoot but that camera broke. I would shoot a lot with it, i mean everything. I took it everywhere with me (old minolta film camera).

    I went and got point and shoots when i got older because of size and price. But never took as many pictures as i did with the minolta i had. Just took shots to take them. Almost because i knew i had to.

    My kids were born and i wanted to photograph them, and i would for the first couple of years, but then something happened.....THEY WOULDNT SIT STILL!!!!!

    I knew i had to upgrade, i even borrowed my sisters canon rebel to play around with it, but it was just to cumbersome, i mean i didnt even feel comfortable holding it. At this point i was researching options and what i would get and the NEX and DMC-GF Series were high contenders because of shape, size, and cost. They were affordable and really compact with powers of an SLR (reduced sensor of course) but WAY BETTER than the compacts.

    thanksgiving i got a deal and was able to get the GF3 with a 45-200mm lens for free with the stock 14-42 lens. Target had a balck friday special. So how has it changed.

    I never leave home without it, AMEX, i bought the 20mm about a month after and i definitely dont leave home without it. Im taking pictures of buildings, signs, i even went out for Manhattenege (Failed because of the clouds) but i still effing did it. I remember why i like taking pictures, it was fun. This camera has done it for me. im even thinking about doing a book, but thats a whole NOTHER story!!!

    Great thread.
  12. rhoydotp

    rhoydotp Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Aug 5, 2012
    Toronto, Ont
    rekindled my love for photography, that's for sure :thumbup:
  13. jair

    jair Mu-43 Regular

    Feb 14, 2012
    I guess I am the first one in this thread going in the opposite direction, i.e. moving from the small and light P&S to m4/3.

    For a few years I wanted to learn photography, but the big DSLRs with their heavy weight and high prices(yeah, even the entry level price is high for me) have always discouraged me. I had planned a trip to Iceland in March this year and wanted to check if there are any developments in the area. I noticed a pretty cheap fuji superzoom and asked a friend if these are good nowadays...she replied that I should check Olympus-Pen.

    Being the OCD researcher I usually am when I buy new stuff sooner I stumbled upon this forum begining of February. At about the same time I noticed a great deal on GF2+14mm - my first thread here was if I should buy it or not.


    I was assured GF2 is a decent body and the 14mm will fit perfectly the landscapes of Iceland. So I bought it, did A LOT of reading and I mean really A LOT as i started from "A-B-C" of photography or maybe I should say "ISO-Aperture-Shutter Speed" and the result one month later is this thread:


    Since then I've been pretty much hooked. My budget is still extremely tight though with more spare money going towards travelling, but I am setting a little aside for m4/3 too. Replaced the 14mm for 20mm+a little bit of cash. After that bought a cheap kit zoom with Panasonic cashback, next on my radar is one of the cheap teles. So I am climbing the ladder slowly, it is going to take a while before I can get the 12-35mm, etc, but I'll be there one day, I am sure.

    P.S. I am probably one of the few excited by the 15mm f/8 Olympus :) 
  14. Kiwi Paul

    Kiwi Paul Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Aug 15, 2011
    Aberdeen Scotland
    I used to have a Oly E5 and the SHG glass, 7-14, 14-35, 35-100 and 90-250 + EC2. It was great kit and the IQ of the lenses in particular was spectacular but they were big, heavy and I had a fortune invested in them making them a bit of a liability. So fed up with lugging them around but knowing the quality of the 4/3 system I bought a G3 and Oly 14-150 and sold the 4/3 kit and it's just gone from there. No regrets at all I love the m4/3 kit, compact and light weight and the latest lenses and bodies have excellent IQ so no wanting there.

  15. Pim

    Pim Mu-43 Regular

    I used to own a Nikon D300 with about 4-5 lenses, but honestly I never took it anywhere except for longer vacations in places where I knew I might never return... the last trip I took with it was a 2 week vacation in the US & Canada, and even there on several days I just left the hotel with my GRDIII... I decided I no longer wanted to to be a photographer on vacation, but wanted to enjoy my vacation whilst enjoying photography, so switched to Mu43 about a year ago, never looked back really...

    It has brought the fun back into photography, I now regularly go for a day trip to an interesting destination, not hindered by 5 kilos of equipment, and manage to enjoy both the trip and the photography... I will never return to DSLR, I find the Mu43 quality more than adequate for my needs, and love the size and especially weight advantage...
  16. RobWatson

    RobWatson Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Before I was just taking snappies of the fam ... now I have the audacity to actually think about photography.
  17. RevBob

    RevBob Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Jun 4, 2011
    NorthWestern PA
    I had reached a point where I owned three different cameras: a Canon 40D for serious photography, a Fuji S9100 bridge camera for travel/mission trips, and a Panasonic P&S to carry for everyday shooting.
    The Fuji was too big for travel - particularly when airlines started charging for checked bags and i began to travel with only a carry-on. I was looking for something more portable but still decent quality. That's when I found :43:.
    I now own three cameras - all Olympus :43:. I frequently carry two bodies and half a dozen lenses in a smaller bag than I had for my Canon gear. I can get quality shots that I couldn't get with the P&S. I sold the 40D and the Fuji s9100 - still own the P&S but never use it, maybe I'll give it to a young person interested in photography as a starter camera. :biggrin:
  18. slackercruster

    slackercruster Mu-43 Regular

    Jul 18, 2012
    NE US
    I've been into photography for 40+ years. Shot everyhting from Minox to 4 x 5. M43 was a lightning rod to improving my undercover and candid work. Just stumbled upon it a couple months ago by chance. One of the luckiest days of my photographical life.

    People are worried when you haul round a giant cam. The petitie M43 does not get so much attention. You can even make sharp, high grade 13 x 19 prints. Super sharp glass out there...M43 is just one magnificent sytem!

    Here are a few from the OlyM43... in 'Les Krims' style.

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    I like this gal...she is working hard to get down every last bite!


    Love the antena coming out of her head!

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    The strutters...

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    Luv shooting kids. But kids are tough to shoot nowadays. Kiddy porn and sex preditors and all that crap. Your scared to shoot kids due to fear of hassles. I like to follow em down the road and blast away. That was my technique 40 years ago with a Nikon F

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    And is still my technique in 2012 with my M43....

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    On another topic guys and gals...anyone inetrested in making a new photo forum for free wheeling posting, (tumblr style) drop me a line. Would be happy to pay for some of the start up costs. shiroplum1@gmail.com

  19. Hikari

    Hikari Mu-43 All-Pro

    Nov 26, 2010
    For my personal work, it turned me to the darkside.
  20. RobWatson

    RobWatson Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    There is always a master and an apprentice ...
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