Why Mirrorless cameras and Micro 4/3rds, in particular, are important to me.

Started Apr 21, 2013 | Discussions thread
FoolyCooly Veteran Member • Posts: 3,484
Re: Why Mirrorless cameras and Micro 4/3rds, in particular, are important to me.
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Dr Hal wrote:

I am 70 years old and have loved photography since I was 14 years old and my father bought me my 1st  "good" camera.  It was a Kodak Retina IIIC, which I still have today and it is in good working order except for the light meter.  I have had numerous cameras of every type over the years.  There are only a few that stand out to me.  My Pentax spotomatic, my Nikon 8008 which I hated because of the terrible autofocus, my Canon A2E, and then a series of Canon DSLR's.  Then I bought a Panasonic GF1 just to play with and it soon became the camera that I carried 90% of the time.

I just got back yesterday from a trip that I took with my 9 year old grandson to San Diego.  I actually felt sorry for the many people my age who I saw carrying large DSLR's with even larger lenses on them plus more lenses in camera bags.  I just carried my OMD on a shoulder strap with the 14 -140 lens on it, and two batteries and an extra SDHC card.  While I do realize that my photography certainly is not up to the standards of many of you, I am happy with the results and I was able to walk around for the whole day keeping up with a 9 year old (he is a very easy child and is happy to keep my pace).

I am attaching a few of the pictures that I like.  I have not had time to really go through my San Diego pictures yet.  We got home (Baltimore) last night.

I hope that people will keep an open mind and not just automatically dislike the mirrorless format because if you give it a chance, you just might enjoy it as much as I am.

Hal

Hal,

You just described my last 3 family tips. I'm 35 years-old and am quite capable of carrying heavy gear, I just chose not to. My go to camera for personal shooting is the E-PL5 plus whatever lens hanging from a string wrist strap. It's almost like the camera is not there and the photos are outstanding for a camera of this size.

I've been shooting long enough that I don't need to play "professional photographer". I'm quite happy with a few snaps and to spend the day with my wife and kids... not the camera gear. Honestly I can't believe I waited so long to get a really good small camera. Camera phones and point and shoots don't compete with the versatility and image quality that these new smaller cameras can deliver. Sure they are not on par with the newest FF sensors but I really don't care. I've brought a DSLR with me on Vacation every year, they rarely leave the condo because they are just too much trouble. This year the E-PL5 comes and the DSLRs can stay home with the dogs.

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