Preface Sorry in advance for the long post! I've been debating posting this for a while, and I still have some misgivings as I don't want this to be misinterpreted. I want to be abundantly clear that my purpose in posting this is to at least *try* and foster more togetherness and less divisive attitudes, and not to further exacerbate the "system wars". It's not directed at anyone in particular, just hoping for some more positivity on the board :smile: My Experience So you all know where I'm coming from: I started with m4/3 as my first serious camera purchase a few years ago (a GF2) and have since cycled through a number of m4/3 bodies. At one time or another I've probably tried or owned the majority of native lenses. I love the system, and I have a very clear understanding of it's strengths, but also its weaknesses. For the past 12 months, I have regularly used m4/3, APS-C, and Full Frame cameras. I have consistently shot all 3 systems, often times in the same/similar environments, or even directly side by side in some cases. I assist and work with other photographers shooting Canon FF and APS-C gear also. In short, I've seen and processed files from lots of different cameras and sensors and also owned & and shot with a bunch of different gear that spans a wide range of quality and featuresets. Acknowledging Differences Accuracy is important to me, and as such I think it's only fair to accept there ARE differences. Every camera and sensor type I've used has its own quirks, benefits, and drawbacks. Provided you're comparing similar generation sensors, smaller sensors behave differently than large sensors. Firmware and hardware come with utterly different featuresets and priorities. Gear comes in many different sizes, shapes, and even colors :tongue: There is no technlogical "right" answer for everyone. Shallow DoF might be your bread and butter, or you might find it a hindrance trying to keep enough in focus. If you need to print large prints with higher detail than a DSLR or medium format may be more appropriate for you. Maybe you need to carry a tiny kit that fits in a small bag and a m4/3 body and 2 or 3 small primes is perfect for you. Maybe you hate changing lenses and you like a 14-140mm zoom instead. Maybe you can't imagine carrying a heavy, bulky camera and m4/3 is a godsend to you with it's tiny lenses and light weight. Or, maybe you don't really mind the weight and the ergonomics or final image quality is more important to you. The point is, there is nothing intrinscally problematic about there being differences between systems, and people will always have their own ideals based on what's a priority to them. That doesn't make any of us more "right" or more "wrong", just different. It's ALL Good! But here's the thing I've learned from the past 12 months: all of it is good! No camera I've shot with has been incapable of taking great pictures, and I have favorite pictures taken by everything from a G3 to a D800. There are detectable differences in quality and capabilities sure, but the bottom line is: none of it serves to prevent me from being a successful amateur photographer. This means two things to me: 1) We don't need to be defensive about our gear! Whether it's m4/3, a compact, or an APS-C DSLR, it's hard to argue that excellent work has been and can be done with all of the above. We have capable, quality gear at our disposal and we should all be pleased at the positive benefits it offers us without feeling the need to defend against gear snobbery. 2) We don't need to be offensive about our gear! For the same reasons, we don't need a chip on our shoulder. Everyone doesn't need to shoot or prefer m4/3 gear, just like everyone does not need to shoot FF cameras to achieve their photographic ideal. My hope is that we can acknowledge the differences, without getting either offensive or defensive about our chosen systems. Many of us found our way here because mu-43.com offered a safe haven from condescension toward our smaller sensored camera systems. It only seems fair enough in my mind to offer the same courtesy to the members and visitors here who comment on, use, or prefer other systems. In short, let's not make everything an "Us vs. Them" and stick to what makes for the common ground that makes for "Us" wherever possible!