Is the Oly 12-45 the smallest and lightest sealed lens in MFT?

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Harold66 Forum Pro • Posts: 11,199
Re: Imy number 1 is your number 4

IWBF wrote:

Harold66 wrote:

IWBF wrote:

prsc wrote:

Jappie52 wrote:

IWBF wrote:

Jappie52 wrote:

Panasonic Leica 25mm f/1.4 II both lighter and smaller.

Ah yes, I tend to forget that one. Version I (non-sealed) was very popular if I remember correctly.

I wish there was something realy small like the 20mm or the 12-32...

People - at least on this forum - have been asking for small weather sealed primes for years now. So far no luck.

Would be nice but I don't think they would be willing to pay extra for that weather sealing. Many - at least on this forum and others - think that pretty much everything is already too expensive...

I do not think so, in fact I see some incredible deals right now especially for FF. Canon RP body for 800 US$ equivalent. Nikon Z5 kit for 1'200, Pana S5 Kit for 1'500. That is the same territory as E-M5 III with 12-40 and much cheaper than E-M1 III.

Yes this matters ONLY for those who think they might be better off with 35mm sensor. Me I am lucky that I could not use 35mm for my work so I would buy m4/3 even IF this was more expensive than 35mm system

In my book size, weight and tele-reach are the only points in favour of MFT

As you said each has his own. For me the main reason to choose m4/3 is not even part of your three reasons . so there are not three reasons in favour of met , just three that matters to YOU


Well maybe a fourth for me would be that I like the aspect ratio. But now I am curious: could you please give your reasons?

Sure can 

My  income comes party from selling prints of my work . for me , the number one reason BY FaR is the 4.3 aspect ratio. Having grown my photography with medium format film cameras , I discovered early that I rarely hate the 3.2 ratio 

when shooting horizontally , this may work for landscapes for many but for other subjects not so much

PLUS , the 3.2 ratio when shooting verticals is simply HORRENDOUS and I shoot verticals like 80% of the time

I would even prefer a 5.4 ratio like in my day with 6x7 MF film cameras but 4.3 is still very nice and more proficient for horizontals images

so your number 4 reason is my number  1

I can think of FOUR more reasons in addition to these 4 that applies to me

  • my number 2 reason would probably be the extra DOF. contrary to popular myth , there are many times when more DOF is needed . in this case being able to shoot at base iso at F4 is better that having to shoot F8 at 800 iso . in my opinion , it kinds of erases the supposed two stops noise advantage  of 35mm over mft
  •  another advantage is the total cost for the investment . even if some aps and 35mm are coming in price , when one look at the total investment between cameras , lenses, accessories , mft is still ahead
  • lens line up. even if some other brands have good offerings , nothing matches in BOTH quantity and quality the m43 lens line up
  • Finally , there is that other thing . I started m43 with Olympus in 4/3 then old in m4/3 and they had some good models but  when my em5II broke (again with the same issue) I was forced to use the Panasonic G9 . what a revelation it was . as a reviewer and a photographer , I ve got to try many cameras and I have never have an ILC digital camera with so amazing ergonomics . Now that the price has come down under 1,000 euros or dollars it is such a bargain . I do not think that there is a digital cropped sensor camera with such good ergonomics  ( I have two g9 bodies and do not need anything else really )

I am confident that other may have additional reasons too 


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