MFT vs Mirrorless

Started Apr 7, 2018 | Discussions thread
Glen Barrington
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Absolutely correct! Plus . . .
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beatboxa wrote:

lds2k wrote:

Why go to a MFT when today's APC mirrorless camera body and lens combination are the same size or smaller than the current high performance MFT?

Background: Once upon a time MFT was the answer to the bulkiness of APC/FX DSLRs with their flapping mirror boxes that significantly contributed to the size of the camera and the size of the attached lenses. I started with MFT in 2012 with the Olympus EM 5 and although it produces terrific images I used it less and less. I originally went to MFT because I got tired of lugging around my Nikon D800 for day to day shooting. As it turned out I used the Nikon for special occasions. As someone said in this forum you don't see MFT at the Olympics.

Then along came the serious mirrorless camera by SONY (I think). The camera was much smaller and the physics of lens design made many of the lenses smaller as well. However, over time this advantage started to diminish as mirrorless camera lenses got faster and faster (f2.8, f4).

Then came the current crop of mirrorless APC camera and lenses and once again the size is as good or better than the current MFT offerings.

So, Why go to a MFT when today's APC mirrorless camera body and lens combination are the same size or smaller than the current high performance MFT?

Why care or argue this theoretical point?

Format is only one aspect of a system. Others include available cameras, lenses, prices, features, performance, etc.

Pick the system(s) that work for you by selecting the individual products that work for you. Doesn't matter what others do.

While there might be minor differences noted in system measurements, I doubt many people can see a practical difference in how m43s and APSC actually render photos.  The failure points in both systems are in roughly the same places.  And BOTH are far superior to film era systems.

In which case, the maturity of the m43s system and availability of lenses might well be a deciding factor in favor of m43s.

I'm not going to justify a full frame to m43s or APSC comparison.  They are two different sets of tools aimed at different sets of users.  My advice is to use the system that makes the most sense to you.  For  me, I am quite satisfied with the 4/3s sensors.

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