Let's SEE why you shoot m4/3!

Discussion in 'Other Genres' started by pisanoal, Oct 1, 2013.

  1. pisanoal

    pisanoal Mu-43 Regular

    Oct 29, 2012
    I thought it might be cool to start a thread (maybe one already exists) of images and short explanations along with them of why YOU choose to shoot MFT. Im sure there will be a lot of similar general reasons, but it will be interesting to see peoples specific shots that idealize the platform for them. Here are a couple of mine :) (C&C always welcome)

    These are both shot on Colorado 14ers. (Mountains over 14,000' in elevation for those of you who may not know). The first is on Long's Peak in RMNP. The goal was a sunrise summit and started the hike at midnight. Didn't quite make it, but got some awesome views anyway! The second is on Maroon Peak, one of the famous Maroon Bells in Aspen, CO. Very steep, loose, and exposed terrain. Both of these trips involved around 4500' of elevation gain and RT times around 12 hrs. Wouldn't want to be carrying much more then my G3 and a couple lenses for these hauls! Let's see yours, and your explanations:thumbup:!

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  2. MAubrey

    MAubrey Photographer

    Jul 9, 2012
    Bellingham, WA
    Mike Aubrey
    Basically the same reason, except in British Columbia:

    I spent the night here at 4000' above sea level...and if you note, sea level is right down there. We started at around 150' above sea level.

    Μ43 takes me above the clouds:

    From the summit of Golden Ears in BC.
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  3. KBeezie

    KBeezie Mu-43 All-Pro

    Sep 15, 2012
    Grand Rapids, Mi
    Karl Blessing
    So why MFT for either parks against say other formats of camera? (doesn't really say why, just says what you shoot with MFT).

    I don't have mountains anywhere near me, just a few wetlands, florals and city.




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  4. sinclair

    sinclair Mu-43 Veteran

    My reason for mFT has nothing to do with shots. It had entirely to do with the fact that the GF5 was the first camera I found at a price I was okay with on a camera that I could use my old Canon FL/FD glass with. It could of easily been any other mFT body, or other MILC system.
  5. pisanoal

    pisanoal Mu-43 Regular

    Oct 29, 2012
    My goal for this thread is for people to share some shots that exhibit the m43 platform's strengths. For me that is the reduced weight that allows me to carry it comfortably while climbing or hiking without sacrificing IQ. I realize that is the main reason for m43 for a lot of people, but people have different reasons for wanting a smaller, lighter camera, as well as maybe other reasons for liking m43. I could have used any dslr for my shots I shared, but the fact that they were in steep terrain on long hikes made it a perfect fit. So what makes m43 perfect for you, and share your shots that show it!

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  6. Crdome

    Crdome Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Sep 11, 2011
    West Central Indiana
    No. 1 is amazing!
  7. pisanoal

    pisanoal Mu-43 Regular

    Oct 29, 2012
    Looks like a place I need to visit! Awesome photos.

    Sent from my HTC6435LVW using Mu-43 mobile app
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  8. sabesh

    sabesh Mu-43 Veteran

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  9. MAubrey

    MAubrey Photographer

    Jul 9, 2012
    Bellingham, WA
    Mike Aubrey
    What I shoot and why I use μ43 are one and the same. I have a Canon FF with a few lenses. I've never even considered trying to haul them up a mountain or on a 40 mile backpacking trip. An E-M5 with a 9-18mm, 25mm, and 45mm together weighs 6oz less than my 5D all by itself. On a multi-day trip, that's a huge amount of weight and we haven't even added FF lenses into the equation yet. If I'm doing a multi-day trip, I want to keep my non-editable weight below 20lb. DSLRs, whether FF or APS-C, can't get me there.
  10. orfeo

    orfeo Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Sep 27, 2013
    First reason is because I wanted a body to use my tiny Pentax 110 lenses, and those vignette badly on the nex (the "other" compact big sensor).
    Then I understood that autofocus and big quality doesn't mean you have to have a dslr. Was tempted by the nex but I have a lovely cinelens that I love and it vignettes too (cosmicar 75mm 1.9). GX7 was a game changer for me.
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  11. ean10775

    ean10775 Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jan 31, 2011
    Cleveland, Ohio
    For me, its because m43 was the first system that enabled the use of the legacy glass with live view exposure. I had adapters for the lenses on my Canon DSLR, but stop down metering and the inability to zoom to ensure critical focus made using them very challenging for me. m43 overcame those challenges, and allowed the use of even more types of lenses (c-mount for example). Admittedly I've moved away from m43 and back to my DSLR, but I still keep an E-PL1 around for use with legacy glass.

    Ornithology by ericarthur, on Flickr

    P9112398 by ericarthur, on Flickr

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    P2020479 by ericarthur, on Flickr

    Through the woods by ericarthur, on Flickr
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  12. Matero

    Matero Mu-43 Veteran

    Jun 22, 2013
    For me PEN E-P5 just look awesome, and of course it's great camera with excellent, fast Olympus primes and 1/8000 shutter speed enabling bright daylight pics wide open.

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  13. Tilman Paulin

    Tilman Paulin Mu-43 Veteran

    Jun 10, 2013
    For me it's the ability to take a camera bag with a full set of lenses wherever I go... whatever I see...

    Be it in the rain:

    Farewell_Soho_01 by tilman paulin, on Flickr

    or snow:

    snow by tilman paulin, on Flickr

    starting from 24mm equivalent:

    Fort Rock by tilman paulin, on Flickr

    all the way up to 600mm equivalent:

    cheeky ground squirrel by tilman paulin, on Flickr

    and if I want to take a macro shot in the park, no problem either :)

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    Untitled by tilman paulin, on Flickr

    versatility and portability are the key words I guess :)

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  14. bassman

    bassman Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Apr 22, 2013
    New Jersey
    The Bassman
    Tired of hauling my DX kit up mountains and around town ... Storm King Mtn and the Hudson River.

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  15. DHart

    DHart Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Jan 7, 2010
    Scottsdale, Arizona
    m4/3 gear is among the gear that I shoot for personal use because it's a good compromise of factors including size, weight, versatility, and image quality. I don't want to carry large and heavy gear for personal use.

    This makes for an arguably good choice, which meets a nice range of imaging requirements.




    While I have a few other lenses that won't fit in the attache case, being able to get three bodies and a dozen lenses in a Halliburton Attache case is something I really do appreciate.



    I generally don't take all of this gear with me when I go out to shoot, but it's nice to be able to pack it into a nice, tidy package such as this for travel.

    The Pelican divider set that you see above fits nicely into a plastic storage tub, the Halliburton attache case, or into a Pelican hard case for increased ruggedness, if desired. It's a great little divider unit.
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  16. monk3y

    monk3y Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    May 14, 2013
    in The Cloud...
    This tub of lenses always makes me drooling.png
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  17. jamespetts

    jamespetts Mu-43 Top Veteran

    May 21, 2011
    London, England
    That first photograph is exceedingly impressive.


    I use Micro Four Thirds because I want a proper camera with a good quality sensor, manual controls and a range of high quality lenses that is highly portable and light.

    I used to use 35mm film when I first started in photography in 1995, using old manual SLRs. I had built up quite a collection of film equipment based on the Canon FD system, including two bodies (one dating from 1964!) and a range of lenses (all of which I still have). However, I found it very heavy to carry. In 2006, I bought a small compact digital camera to take on holiday for when I did not want to have to carry the very large kit. The next year, I went on holiday to Scotland, and decided to take the "heavy kit": I found it exceedingly heavy and cumbersome for the quite long walks that I enjoyed taking, and found that it was more of a burden than a joy. I found myself using the digital compact more and more, and upgraded to a better digital compact (the lovely Canon G10) in 2008.

    When I realised that somebody had finally seen sense and started making a digital camera system with quality sensors and interchangeable lenses not based on antiquated film SLR standards, I was delighted, and eventually acquired my E-P3 in November 2011.

    I now no longer have to choose whether to take a good camera or a light camera, a slow camera or a fast camera: the same camera can be both. I don't think that I should much have enjoyed my trip to North Wales last year if I'd have had to drag a huge heavy bag of 35mm kit and tripod down a copper mine...

    Stalactites by James E. Petts, on Flickr

    ...up Mount Snowdon (even though I did take the train)...

    View from the summit by James E. Petts, on Flickr

    and around Conwy castle:

    Conwy Castle by James E. Petts, on Flickr.

    The lightness and lack of bulk of the equipment allows one to experience the joy of photography without the burden of heavy equipment which impinges on that joy and can make the whole expedition seem like a chore. My full bag of camera and lenses is light enough that it is makes little difference when walking even long distances.
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  18. RT_Panther

    RT_Panther Mu-43 Legend

    May 4, 2011
    #2 = WAY CRAZY!!!!!! :eek::eek::eek:

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  19. DynaSport

    DynaSport Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Jan 5, 2013
    I don't hike, but I do travel some and I had been traveling with an Canon 20D and a pair of 2.8 zooms. Doing that made photography a chore. But then I bought an E-PM1 and a 40-150 that let me take pictures like this
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    But are so easy to carry that it isn't a chore to carry them around all day. True, the 40-150 isn't a 2.8 zoom, but still, it is so small and light that I hardly notice it. And when I want fast glass the primes are pretty nice and small.
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  20. 0dBm

    0dBm Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Jun 30, 2011
    Western United States
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