Nothing sucky about m4/3

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Henry Richardson Forum Pro • Posts: 17,722
Nothing sucky about m4/3

I have my fingers crossed that m4/3 will continue for a long time. I have no crystal ball though so I will just take it as it comes. Over the last 8.5 years I have enjoyed using my m4/3 gear as much or more than any other digital or film gear in my life. Well, my early days with my first 35mm film SLR when I was a teenager might have been the most fun, but your first love hardly counts, does it? Here are just a few samples.

Click on original to see a better, sharper image. The photos in a dpreview thread are highly compressed and soft.

E-M5 + 9-18mm f4-5.6 - Nepal

G3 + 14-42mm f3.5-5.6 - Japan

E-M5 + 14-150mm f4-5.6 - Nepal

E-M10II + 14-150mm f4-5.6 II - Japan

E-M10II + 14-150mm f4-5.6 II - Japan

E-M5 + 14-150mm f4-5.6 - Nepal

I wrote the following about modular m4/3, E-M10II specifically, in February 2016:

The Pleasures of m4/3

For me the pleasures of using m4/3 runs in 3 directions depending on what kind of photography I am doing:

1. Bodies and lenses with similar capabilities to my previous DSLR gear are smaller and lighter. When I travel the decrease is really appreciated! (The GX7 can do this too.) For example, when I travel I take the following:

  • Olympus E-M10II + ECG-3 grip
  • Olympus E-M10 + ECG-1 grip (I wish both cameras used the same grip because then I would only carry one)
  • 4 batteries and charger (both bodies use same batteries)
  • Olympus 14-150mm f4-5.6 II
  • Olympus 9-18mm f4-5.6
  • Olympus 25mm f1.8
  • Olympus 9mm f8 fisheye

2. Then at other times I really love the small, excellent, prime lenses. (The GX7 can do this too.) I take off the ECG-3 grip and mount one of my small lenses (and sometimes carry one or two more in a pocket):

  • Panasonic 14mm f2.5 pancake
  • Panasonic 20mm f1.7 pancake
  • Olympus 25mm f1.8
  • Olympus 45mm f1.8

3. Then at yet other times I take the grip off and mount the Olympus 14-42mm f3.5-5.6 EZ pancake to turn it into a better LX100 of the same size:

Some people prefer the bigger cameras such as the E-M1, GH4, GX8, and G7 which are always big and are not modular with a removable grip. Maybe they also are usually using the larger f2.8 zooms, 300mm f4, and 100-400mm f4-6.3 which make the most sense on those larger bodies.

The great thing is that there is something for almost everyone!

A point that may have been missed

I think that probably some people missed one of my points and that is because I didn't state it explicitly. When I wrote the OP I decided to instead make one of the points by way of example. The point made by example is that, at least for me, my choice of m4/3 gear using the same body fills 3 roles that otherwise would likely involve 3 different cameras.

The modularity of the E-M10II (and E-M10, E-M5II, and E-M5) which have add-on grips which one can optionally use along with the plethora of lens choices of many focal lengths, apertures, and sizes allows me to use just an E-M10II and depending on whether I use the add-on grip or not and depending on which lens I mount it can be a completely different sort of camera, but retain the same great sensor, the wonderful IBIS, the excellent EVF, same battery, and I don't have to get accustomed to a different interface, menu, etc. Before m4/3 I would more likely have 2 or 3 different cameras to fill the spots that just my E-M10II currently fills. These days when I travel I take the E-M10II and E-M10 (backup). Same batteries for both.

The only other camera I take with me when I travel is a very small camera. For the last few years I have used the 1/1.7" sensor Canon S95, but I may update to a Sony RX100 or Canon G9X one of these days. All 3 cameras are almost the same size, but the RX100 and G9X have 1" sensors. [Got a Sony RX100 in 2018.]

My PEN-F is great and I use it sometimes when traveling too. Then in January 2020 I bought an excellent, used GX7II (GX85) in Tokyo. My first used m4/3 gear. Here is my user review:

Oh, I added the very nice Olympus 75-300mm f4.5-6.7 a few years ago. I rarely use it, but it is another m4/3 gem. Small and light and quite sharp even at the long end.

Henry Richardson

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