Besides m4/3, what other system do you own?

Started Jan 16, 2013 | Discussions thread
ryan2007 Forum Pro • Posts: 12,001
Re: Besides m4/3, what other system do you own?

zerlings wrote:

I know this question pops up once a while. But since now I got to the point where I am comfortable enough to build a system on m4/3 (somehow I wasn't comfortable when I owned the Sony Nex-5N), I find myself reaching for the DSLR less and less. I have built my Canon system for many years, it is my workhorse and gives me total control in image quality and operations.

I think it would be interesting to know what other system do other m4/3?

For me, I have a small, medium and large camera.

Small - In my briefcase everyday

Sony RX-100

Medium - If I don't want to lug the DSLR (eg. social events, vacation)

OM-D (used to be Sony Nex-5N)

O 17mm f1.8 (for environmental portraits)

P 12-35 f2.8 (for general purpose)

O 75mm f1.8 (for portraits)

(Hoping to have a quality super-tele lens soon for birding)

Large - If performance/image quality is priority (eg. wedding, birding, studio)


TS 24mm f3.5L II (extraodinary TS lens for interior shoots and architecture. But rarely used)

35 f1.4L (for environmental portraits, social gatherings eg. baby shower)

85 f1.2L (for portraits, especailly wedding)

100 f2.8L (for macro. This lens doubles up as portraits. So hiking is good)

16-35 2.8L (for party and landscape requiring ultra wide angle)

24-105 f4L (for general travel. It's quite good for portrait as well. Really good for traveling)

70-200 f2.8L IS (for portraits and must-have lens for wedding)

100-400 L (when I want to travel light in wildlife/birding)

500 f4L (must have lens for birding (or sport that I rarely do))

EX580 flashes / softbox - for studios and outdoor lighting (may upgrade to EX600RT)

The Panasonic GH-3 can do 90% of what your DSLR, OMD and p&s can do. The 10% is for the need for more lenses and maybe some heavy sports photography but I don't do that.

The GH-3 has a built in sync port for studio and you don't even need that for wireless just a hot shoe. Its fantastic for video needs on par or better on the video side than the Canon 5D mark ii or iii.

Except for super telephoto the Panasonic GH-3 with vertical grip, 7-14, 12-35 2.8, 35-100 2.8, 25 1.4 and 45 2.8 macro are everything the Canon is. Again the lens selection is not as great as a DSLR but your covered nicely if you spend the buck to get good glass.

The Olympus 75 mm 1.8 is unnecessary if you have the 35-100 2.8 the difference is minor, not even a full stop. The 17 1.8 is pretty redundant if you have the Panasonic 12-35 2.8

I also have Elincrome monolights and Metz external flash.

You can sell most if not all your gear especially if your not using your Canon stuff. If its not getting used it is not gaining ANY value sitting there for a rainy day. Its not like you can not buy it again if you sell what the going is good. If you are not making a living solely and its just a hobby great but even a professional knows when to cut out and reconfigure. They are just tools.

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