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

Started Mar 30, 2013 | Discussions thread
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jtan163 Senior Member • Posts: 2,264
Re: Sick as a parrot. Need to downsize to Micro four thirds. Opinions appreciated

RhysM wrote:

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.

What is the issue exactly, is it:

a) The dexterity in your fingers required to use the focus/zoom rings with larger lenses that is the issue or is it the physical weight that's causing you the problem?

If dexterity is a problem then the EM-5 may not be ideal. I own one and have small hands, and I find the controls harders to use than other cameras, especialy if you want to program the fn button on the back as AF-ON.

Your milage may vary, but I'd see if I could borrow or hire one first, if dexterity was an issue.

I also find the front on camera command dial difficult to use without the grip but with the grip attached that is not a problem.

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