Sick as a parrot. Need to downsize to Micro four thirds. Opinions appreciated

Started Mar 30, 2013 | Discussions thread
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I use my Olympus OMD E-M5 way more than D3s
In reply to rtf, Mar 30, 2013

rtf wrote:

Hi everyone. Sorry if this seems a little off topic but your the people that directly fit my question.

I now have a medical issue with the nerves in my middle fingers of my left hand (due to broken fingers years ago). I have major problems using lenses much bigger than a 50mm (gutted). My doctor warned me ages ago that this would become an issue and advised me to downsize the weight and bulk of my camera gear. Yesterday I was taking images of a restaurant for a website, and after the tripod work I struggled to take handheld shots with the D800 + 105DC. So much so that I only felt comfortable using the 50mm handheld. The restaurant owner asked me if I would consider photographing his wedding which I declined because I cannot rely on good handling technique with my present gear. Very reluctantly, I have to seriously consider downsizing to micro four thirds, and I would like to know your honest opinions on whether you think in my position that you could swap to micro four thirds and adjust to the smaller system. I'm a pro and would like to remain one if I can. In recent times I have had lots of low res work (website images) so I know that I can live with a smaller sensor and make some money, but I'm a little disheartened at the moment. So my question is: Olympus, Fuji, or Panasonic?. I need portrait, wide-angle, and macro capability in that order of importance. I'm leaning towards Olympus. Your thoughts would be very appreciated.




I'm a long time Nikon user who has been using D3 / D3s cameras. I decided I needed a light weight solution for a walk around camera. Initially I bought a Panasonic DMC-GX1; it was a camera I could never like but it did illustrate the strength of the µ4/3 system. I gave the GX1 away and replaced with with an Olympus OMD E-M5. For most shooting, this camera is way better than it has any right to be!

I like the E-M5 so much, I've gone ahead and bought a spectrum of primes to supplement the kit lens. The lenses I'm using are:

Olympus 12 mm f2.0

Olympus 17 mm f1.8

Panasonic Leica 25 mm f1.4

Olympus 45 mm f1.8

Olympus 75 mm f1.8

One key point is that there is an excellent lens line up available. Panasonic make some nice f2.8 zooms that are also compatible. I looked at other camera systems like NEX and in my estimation their lens choices were not as developed.

The E-M5 is limited for certain applications. These include very short DoF, low light and autofocus on moving objects. For what I do, I won't stop using the Nikon FX gear but there's times when the E-M5 can deliver very good results.

The other camera I would consider in µ4/3 is the new Panasonic DMC-GH3.

In summary, if you are finding the weight of Nikon FX gear to be too much for you, take comfort in the fact that there are some awesome light weight camera systems available in the market place.



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