Everyone Using MFT

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Colin Smith1 Senior Member • Posts: 1,050
Everyone Using MFT
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I have just returned from a photo trip to Nome, Alaska.  Everyone on the trip, including the guide, was using Olympus EM-1X and one Panasonic MFT.  There was only one guy on the trip still using a huge Nikon body and 600MM lens.  In talking with him it seemed the reason he hadn't shifted to MFT was he didn't think he could master the controls.  At every photo stop we had to wait for him to remove his tripod and set it up.  I felt sorry for him, watching him struggle.  I guess I should also mention he was 84 years old.  Good photographer also.

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Felice62 Senior Member • Posts: 1,964
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Reluctance to change is quite normal at the age of 84.

I don't blame him..

At least he went digital

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brentbrent Veteran Member • Posts: 3,887
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Somewhat surprising.  Roughly how many EM1Xs are we talking about when you say "everyone" but the one Panasonic and one Nikon?

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larsbc Forum Pro • Posts: 15,810
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Colin Smith1 wrote:

I have just returned from a photo trip to Nome, Alaska. Everyone on the trip, including the guide, was using Olympus EM-1X and one Panasonic MFT. There was only one guy on the trip still using a huge Nikon body and 600MM lens. In talking with him it seemed the reason he hadn't shifted to MFT was he didn't think he could master the controls. At every photo stop we had to wait for him to remove his tripod and set it up. I felt sorry for him, watching him struggle. I guess I should also mention he was 84 years old. Good photographer also.

So how many people were on the trip?  You, the guide, and the old guy? 

Was it a mostly wildlife trip?  On boats or?

Albert Valentino Veteran Member • Posts: 7,673
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The old guy makes me feel like a wimp. I moved to m43 at age 58, partly for the weight savings. My EM1.2 and 12-100 Pro with dual sync has let me shoot slow shutter speeds of water at 1 to 3 seconds without a tripod.

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Colin Smith1 wrote:

I have just returned from a photo trip to Nome, Alaska. Everyone on the trip, including the guide, was using Olympus EM-1X and one Panasonic MFT. There was only one guy on the trip still using a huge Nikon body and 600MM lens. In talking with him it seemed the reason he hadn't shifted to MFT was he didn't think he could master the controls. At every photo stop we had to wait for him to remove his tripod and set it up. I felt sorry for him, watching him struggle. I guess I should also mention he was 84 years old. Good photographer also.

It's an interesting property of statistics. Statistically unlikely events can happen. If you encounter one, don't believe that it always happens.

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brentbrent wrote:

Somewhat surprising. Roughly how many EM1Xs are we talking about when you say "everyone" but the one Panasonic and one Nikon?

It was organised by the Olympus Pro Gear Fan Club.

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Fairlane Junior Member • Posts: 26
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Colin Smith1 wrote:

I have just returned from a photo trip to Nome, Alaska. Everyone on the trip, including the guide, was using Olympus EM-1X and one Panasonic MFT. There was only one guy on the trip still using a huge Nikon body and 600MM lens. In talking with him it seemed the reason he hadn't shifted to MFT was he didn't think he could master the controls. At every photo stop we had to wait for him to remove his tripod and set it up. I felt sorry for him, watching him struggle. I guess I should also mention he was 84 years old. Good photographer also.

Maybe he is the one feeling sorry for all the others, watching the results..😂

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C Sean Senior Member • Posts: 2,003
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Albert Valentino wrote:

The old guy makes me feel like a wimp. I moved to m43 at age 58, partly for the weight savings. My EM1.2 and 12-100 Pro with dual sync has let me shoot slow shutter speeds of water at 1 to 3 seconds without a tripod.

Don't be...

My father still use his old Nikon Full Frame bodies and Full Frame lenses. Even with the advancement with mirrorless cameras, he still sticking to his guns even though he look at me with envy with my smaller and lighter gear.

When I went to British Wildlife Centre, South of London. He came with me and used a bag on wheels to move his gear around. Think of the noise it make. He also now using one body and one lens which I try to do as well because I hate shooting with camera bags.

kelstertx Veteran Member • Posts: 4,923
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Colin Smith1 wrote:

I have just returned from a photo trip to Nome, Alaska. Everyone on the trip, including the guide, was using Olympus EM-1X and one Panasonic MFT. There was only one guy on the trip still using a huge Nikon body and 600MM lens. In talking with him it seemed the reason he hadn't shifted to MFT was he didn't think he could master the controls. At every photo stop we had to wait for him to remove his tripod and set it up. I felt sorry for him, watching him struggle. I guess I should also mention he was 84 years old. Good photographer also.

ROFL! Sometimes the future happens earlier at some places than others!

- Kelly

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Photo Pete Veteran Member • Posts: 4,768
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Colin Smith1 wrote:

I have just returned from a photo trip to Nome, Alaska. Everyone on the trip, including the guide, was using Olympus EM-1X and one Panasonic MFT. There was only one guy on the trip still using a huge Nikon body and 600MM lens. In talking with him it seemed the reason he hadn't shifted to MFT was he didn't think he could master the controls. At every photo stop we had to wait for him to remove his tripod and set it up. I felt sorry for him, watching him struggle. I guess I should also mention he was 84 years old. Good photographer also.

The only problem with this story is that proper use of a tripod will achieve better sharpness than not using one, no matter what system you shoot.

The choice to shoot handheld rather than on tripod is always driven by convenience. Just imagine if DPReview chose to shoot their resolution test target handheld... there’d be an outcry of protest.

Maybe the Nikon shooter was the only one on the trip who had the resolve to really maximise the quality of his results? Impressive at 84 years old!

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bobn2 wrote:

brentbrent wrote:

Somewhat surprising. Roughly how many EM1Xs are we talking about when you say "everyone" but the one Panasonic and one Nikon?

It was organised by the Olympus Pro Gear Fan Club.

That would certainly explain it

If you're joking, though, you should add an "/s".

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mikero Contributing Member • Posts: 943
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Can't say I'm surprised.  Quite a few of my camera club (which specialises in nature photography) members have switched to Olympus.

I sold my 1DX2 and EF 500/4 last year to fund Olympus kit. In absolute terms the Olympus IQ may not be quite as good, but it is more fun to use, and the much smaller size, coupled with class leading stabilisation, present new oportunities not easily achieved with FF gear.

For me MFT is like a breath of fresh air.

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Everywhere I go, it's all DSLR and long teles. I'm the only one using an Oly, in fact the only one using mirrorless. I can't see it changing anytime soon to be honest.

All the best Colin.

Danny.

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nzmacro wrote:

Everywhere I go, it's all DSLR and long teles. I'm the only one using an Oly, in fact the only one using mirrorless. I can't see it changing anytime soon to be honest.

All the best Colin.

Danny.

Yes and the OP didn’t have the benefit of it being April 1st .....

Since I bought my first M4/3 body (a GM1) now well over five years ago I have never met or seen anyone with a GM series body.

Even when in NZ some years ago - all the duty free shops were apparently doing fine business with dslr kit. What was most interesting was two young tourists having an amazing time with what looked like a brand new kit level Canon dslr equipped with the giant 70-200/2.8 L lens.  I left mine at home and made myself some great images of my own with my (then) fairly new GM1 and my brand new Nocticron 42.5/1.2.

I can probably count the number of M4/3 camera users I have seen when out and about on the fingers of one hand - not including myself of course and those in my family that I have influenced  Maybe one E-M1ii, one Pen-F (recently), maybe two Panasonics of some sort of pedigree, and maybe one that I have forgotten - meanwhile kit dslr’s are two a penny and the ubiquitous mobile phone camera is everywhere.  Serious shooters are being serious with massive dslr kit ...

.... and I live in a popular tourist area.

So if there is indeed a big camera market outside there somewhere i suggest that most of the gear gets left at home on a shelf.

The OP presumably organised the entire flock of E-M1x users to go on that trip.

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Felice62 wrote:

Reluctance to change is quite normal at the age of 84.

I don't blame him..

At least he went digital

Two of my best shooting companions just swapped their Canon DSLR for E-M1 II kits......both in their early 80's. I should say that the lady had some trepidations about learning the new system. But, some careful guidance from my wife (also an E-M1 II shooter, in her 70's)  showing the gal  how seeing the actual image that would be taken through the EVF could free her from the exposure triangle and let her artsy side take over...………. priceless!

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Colin Smith1 wrote:

I have just returned from a photo trip to Nome, Alaska. Everyone on the trip, including the guide, was using Olympus EM-1X and one Panasonic MFT. There was only one guy on the trip still using a huge Nikon body and 600MM lens. In talking with him it seemed the reason he hadn't shifted to MFT was he didn't think he could master the controls. At every photo stop we had to wait for him to remove his tripod and set it up. I felt sorry for him, watching him struggle. I guess I should also mention he was 84 years old. Good photographer also.

Interesting in that I have been shooting Micro 4/3 for nine years and at various locations, media events, weddings, work, etc. I have never, ever seen anyone else shooting Micro 4/3. On several occasions, I have been told by others that they did not know Oly was still making cameras.

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nzmacro wrote:

Everywhere I go, it's all DSLR and long teles. I'm the only one using an Oly, in fact the only one using mirrorless. I can't see it changing anytime soon to be honest.

All the best Colin.

Danny.

you must be going deaf from all that incessant clacking

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Model Mike Veteran Member • Posts: 3,824
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Photo Pete wrote:

The only problem with this story is that proper use of a tripod will achieve better sharpness than not using one, no matter what system you shoot.

Not sure that applies so much these days, given the excellent stabilisation available on modern cameras. Use of the tripod is more about maintaining and optimising composition, and for multiple-frame images e.g. HDR and sensor shift.

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