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

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

Very sorry to hear about your condition. Most unfortunate.

I shot the D2Hs for about 8 months and found it just too big. A joy to shoot as the performance was breathtaking, but ultimately it took way to much space in the bag and effort to use.

So I grabbed a D300 and loved it. I then grabbed a D700 and loved it enough to mostly stop using the D300. And then I got replaced the D300 with a D7000 and was amazed that it shot and felt more like a mini-D700 than a mini-D300. After barely a month I never picked up the D700 so of course I sold it eventually.

I was happy with the D7000 for perhaps 18 months, but the call of small got to me again. I was carrying a lot of extra weight at the time (on me, not in the bag :-)) -- 70+ pounds of that gone now, whew -- and it was just too much to hike around and bring with me when I travelled. Plus, video was calling to me and I hate the limitations of dSLR video (short clips, poor AF.)

So I started looking into m4/3 and was a little shocked at how good the output really was. Easily a match for the D300 and not far enough behind the D7000 to matter to me (RAW shooter and pretty good with Lightroom and Photoshop.)

And there I sit. Four Panasonic bodies (they feel and shoot a lot like Nikon) and lots of lenses, most of which are very small. The 45 1.8, 30 2.8 and 19 2.8 are really excellent. So is the 14-42 X Vario PZ pancake zoom (28-84 EFL) ...

The other PZ zoom (these have zoom by stick and are quite sharp) is also tiny. I have the 14-140 for walk about and travel, and the fairly hefty 100-300 for wicked range. The 100-300 is about 2/3 the size of the Nikon 70-300.

I'm happy. I have only shot a few weddings, but would be happy to give it a go. Especially with supplemental flash. Anyway, YMMV ... but you sound like the perfect candidate for m4/3.

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