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

Started Mar 30, 2013 | Discussions thread
RJNedimyer
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Perhaps another route is a better approach or worthy of consideration.
In reply to rtf, Mar 31, 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.

Cheers.

RTF.

If you are determined ot go the downsizing route IGNORE the following!

I apologize, I do not have the time to read every comment; however, you and those I have read seem to have given up on the possibility of minor alterations of the way the camera works.

At this point I would not advise dropping one of the best medium weight cameras ever made for a lessor camera [sorry, although many produce fantastic shots with MFT cameras and smaller as much as I wish they werethey do not start equal]. Try everything else first. BTW there is no assurance that going lighter will prevent advancement of the problem to the point the problem will not recur [It may but it may not]. First, I would recommend considering physical and occupational therapy then camera modifications last downsizing.

Not to be repetitive but; Perhaps (for example) you might find a way to assist yourself with a bracket concept like the adapted rifle stock to increase the stability of long lenses or perhaps a strap system or something totally unrelated but useful for your usage. An example: A rubber -band attached to a "plastic" or metal strap over the zoom and/or focus ring(s) of a longer lens or zoom so you can use it easily.

Some brackets have been designed to hold a camera so you can adapt it or yourself to do what you need.

Since you seem to be either a professional or at least semi-professional [pay wise], it is possible your insurance company or perhaps a volunteer or governmental service will want to assist you at making non-permanent or repairable changes to your equipment so you can sell it when you upgrade. Another possibility to consider is are you a veteran? If so there may be some assistance there.

In other words do not give the ship for a dingy till the ship is beyond repair as smaller cameras might not be as easily adapted when/if the problem advances.

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