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Started Jun 3, 2013 | Discussions thread
Cimarron Regular Member • Posts: 223
Re: Service? and then I read part 1

Midwest wrote:

ryanshoots wrote:

... Then I read part one and it all became clear "I confess; I’m a recent convert to the micro four-thirds (m4/3) system."

Yes, for almost 6 whole months he's been a m4/3 user.  What is it about the newly converted that makes them feel the need to proselytize to the masses?  I think it's a sign of insecurity.

I keep telling those people to take their pamphlets and knock on someone else's door.

Over and over the people who don't use DSLR's are trotting out all their arguments and reasons why the DSLR is going away. You're right - it's all about their insecurity. They are bound and determined to prove that they bought the right camera type by trying to knock down DSLR's or try to prove that they are going to go away.

And someone mentioned 'the demand for smaller cameras.' I don't know where this is coming from... I don't want a smaller camera, I want something that's large enough to have plenty of body controls and be easy to hold and handle. Funny that so many times I see people showing off their m43 and other smaller cameras by putting a huge lens on it and an add-on viewfinder that looks like some kind of plumbing.

The DSLR is going to be around until the manufacturers can make an EVF that is brighter, faster, clearer, and uses less power (<zero) than light itself.

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It's nice to say that nice pictures are nice. (sarcasm)

But the fact is that a lot of former DSLR users, myself included, have gone all-in with M43.  I didn't plan to.  I bought an OM-D last year as a lighter travel option to supplement my Nikon D90 and four lenses.  But when I saw what the OM-D could do, and how much more comfortable it and its lenses were to use and carry -- well, all the Nikon stuff is gone now and I have six superb (and very small) M43 lenses to go with my OM-D.

Fact No. 2 is that M43 is also gaining traction among professional photographers.  I come across another blog or video almost every day in which a pro talks about his/her conversion from 35mm-equivalent DSLR to M43.

Fact No. 3 is that most photographers today -- even the professional ones -- don't actually need 35mm-equivalent DSLRs.  Why? Because the output vehicles degrade the image so much anyway.  Most pictures taken these days are displayed on small cell phone screens or computer screens of various sizes.  And most of those images are reduced significantly in order to be small enough to load and display quickly.  Even an HDTV picture is only 2 megapixels, so a 24- or 36-mp sensor is extreme overkill.

In the print world, check out the grainy, fuzzy photos in your daily newspaper.  Does anyone think a 35mm-equivalent sensor is needed to produce such crappy images? Of course not. And even in high-quality glossy magazines, a full-page photo only has the equivalent of 5 mp.

Kirk Tuck, who uses mirrorless cameras and a Sony A99, says the benefits of 35mm-equivalent cameras really only become apparent in a studio, on a tripod, where you can take advantage of all that fabulous resolution.  But even then, if his fabulous studio shots end up in a magazine or on a computer screen, that 35mm-equivalent advantage is negated.

Will Crockett, a professional photographer in Chicago who uses all kinds of cameras, says he does a test in his studio.  He takes a photograph, blows it up to 24x24 inches, sticks it on a wall and asks his staff and colleagues if they'd feel comfortable charging a client $400 for it.  Results: The M43 images stand up just as well as the 35mm-equivalents.

Fact No. 4: DSLRs are still using last-century technology.  When SLRs morphed from film to digital, camera makers just slapped a sensor in there to replace the film, and voila!  But in the digital world, there simply is no need for a flopping mirror or, for that matter, a mechanical shutter.

Fact No. 5: M43 offers two key differentiators: video compatiblity and small lens size/weight.  As more and more clients and consumers want still photos AND video, M43 cameras offer a single, great solution in one small package.  Shooting video with a DSLR is an extreme pain, because of that antiquated mirror being in the way.  Mirrorless cameras, on the other hand, are perfect for such jobs.

And skeptics may discount the size/weight advantage of M43, but it is real.  Ask any amateur or pro who's made the switch and that  is likely to be the No. 1 factor.  Other mirrorless systems offer small bodies, but the smaller M43 sensor means M43 lenses can be made significantly smaller and lighter.

Look, I'm not rooting for the demise of the DSLR either. I've had SLRs and then DSLRs for 40 years.  But the fact is that their mirrors are being rendered obsolete by digital technology, both inside the camera and in the output media.  However, I don't think they'll entirely disappear.  After all, you can still buy turntables.

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