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

Started Mar 30, 2013 | Discussions thread
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sgoldswo
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Re: Sick as a parrot. Need to downsize to Micro four thirds. Opinions appreciated

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.

Cheers.

RTF.

I was here to ask a question about the D600 and saw this thread. The GH3 is probably the one for you. It has decent battery life, is relatively light and has a good range of lenses (the 12-35 and 35-100 being particularly good).

That said M43s doesn't do shallow DOF, nor is it perfect for weddings or other low-light situations. For those purposes you would be better off with a Fuji X-Pro1/X-E1. I'm guessing the OVF of the X-Pro1 may suit you better too. The only downside of the fuji system is relatively lower focus speed (though it isn't too bad compared to a DSLR, it is poor compared to M43s) and fewer lenses (though the 14mm and 35mm are gems). The X-Pro1 has a APS-C sensor so you could expect similar image quality to the D7000.

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