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September 12, 2013


My new to me OMD-EM5 will be enough camera for me for quite some time. My Pentax K-7 is just gathering dust at this point.

I use a micro four thirds camera for almost all my photography and would only consider buying a new one if my current camera breaks down (even though there are new and tempting cameras available). I agree that it makes sense to own different and complementary types of cameras at the same time, but I would hardly ever use a bigger camera and therefore do not intend on buying one.

I spent a number of years experimenting, and now I"ve decided on my basic rig, one for film and one for digital. I am selling off the ones I played with but found wanting for one reason or the other.

Keeping: Zeiss Ikon, Nikon F100, Fuji X-Pro 1.

Selling: Bessa R2a, Nikon F3, Canon EOS 3, Canon 5D

I have adaptors that let me use M-mount glass on my X-Pro 1 as well as Nikon glass. Part of what I was trying to do was corral my lens collection in such a way so as to maximize them across multiple camera bodies.

After trying several cameras I'm now very happy with what I have. Most of the time I use my mft cameras, a pen epl3 and epm2. Just for occasional use it is a Nikon d3200. I like mft better for my photography. Some old gear still is in the house.

I recently downsized my DSLR system and am now happy that I've got what I need.

Recently sold: Nikon D7000 (with focus problems), 4 lenses, 2 flashes, dozen filters, misc gear. Recently bought: Oly OM-D EM-5, Panasonic 12-35 f/2.8, Oly R600 flash, 2 filters
Still using: Canon S90 P&S (a fantastic little pocket rocket), ancient Manfrotto tripod.

It's still early days using the Olympus system. I'm much more willing to cart it around because of how small and lightweight it is. And the image quality is very, very good for such a small sensor. But the EVF is merely OK and the buttons are tiny, making it somewhat frustrating to use at times. These are the compromises I accepted when I bought it. Maybe in the future when Oly resolves these issues I'll upgrade the body... but probably not for several years. And for now, I've got exactly what I need.

I have more than I need with Canon, Olympus and a Fuji. The later two were as alternatives to the weight of carrying full frame and L glass. With the changing demands of the market (diminished print sales etc.), and advances in technology, I think the Oly or Fuji system could meet any need for image quality. While there are always features we'd like or want, I think we've hit the level of good enough with most mid to upper level models, regardless of brand. A recent trip to NY with just the Oly, proved it was all the kit I needed for street and tourist photography, all in a bag I carried all day with no problem.

Aye, similar taste here - getting cheaper, if anything.

I used to be the chap who lugged around a Hassie because 35mm produced inferior results - with the scanner I was prepared to afford. (When you've got LF as well as MF, a V700 flatbed will suffice; throw 35mm into the mix and that's a dedicated film scanner for just one format. Pointless; didn't happen.)

The current hardware is still a 3.5-year-old Lumix GH2, and I still love it for the ergonomics; I've got by without upgrading mostly by not shooting much low-light stuff, and by adjusting the workflow to centre around enfuse - panorama or super-resolution, I get my 6000px-long images one way or another and am glad. That said, Sony are producing some seriously tempting gear although at such a rate that I'm still waiting for the product-range to settle, revealing the One True Nex-t Toy(TM).

Gordon, what lenses do you enjoy on your Nikon v1? a favorite?


My favorite lens for the V1 is the 18.5mm f/1.8 Nikkor, which is roughly equivalent to a 50mm f/1.8 for 35mm film format. I also own the 10-30mm kit zoom but rarely use it because of its slow maximum aperture.

Gordon | Shutterfinger

For the past 18 months I've been shooting with a m4/3 camera with face recognition auto focus. This is miles ahead of my full frame Canon camera as it locks onto a face and magically the eyeball is 99.9% of the time tack sharp. I don't miss not having to search for the most appropriate focus point on my Canon 5DMKII. The same Canon focus points also inconveniently disrespect the rule of thirds which I find very annoying. Now with m4/3, my shots are almost always sharp and correctly composed.
The Olympus prime lenses are tiny, light weight and extraordinary sharp wide open with very nice bokeh.
I have no need to change for a while yet.

I have to agree - I suspect the reason sales are slowing is that cameras are mostly excellent these days (as opposed to the idea that cell phones are taking over). I know few people who are limited by their current dSLR.

I've switched to a micro four thirds system rather than having the dSLR plus smaller camera pairing. Micro fours thirds is ideal for me as it does double duty for both my serious needs and my family photos.

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