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Micro 4/3 for professional use


Carabosse e2
11 39.5k 269 England
24 Apr 2012 11:45PM
As is probably quite well known, Damian McGillicuddy (an EPZ member and well-respected pro) has become an enthusiastic user of M4/3 cameras - in particular the Olympus OM-D EM-5. His blog contains plenty of references to the format.

But it seems there are a few others now, including Giulio Sciorio who has written an article on pro use of M4/3.

Could the format catch on big-time in the professional world, or is it likely to remain very much a minority choice for foreseeable future? Seems to me it is mainly in the fashion/glamour/portrait field that M4/3 is making some inroads.

Does anyone know of any other pros who have moved over?

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25 Apr 2012 1:32AM
Take a look at any of the images produced using the new 45mm MFT Lens and it becomes quite clear as to why it is gaining popularity...
StrayCat e2
10 15.0k 2 Canada
25 Apr 2012 5:38AM
Good reading CB.
StrayCat e2
10 15.0k 2 Canada
25 Apr 2012 9:05AM
brian1208 e2
11 10.4k 12 United Kingdom
25 Apr 2012 10:04AM
interesting stuff CB, thanks. Makes my meanderings about going M4/3rds even more difficult! Grin
thewilliam 6 4.7k
25 Apr 2012 11:00AM
Some of us can remember the old-timers saying that no self-respecting professional would ever use 35mm under any circumstances and nothing smaller than 5x4 in the studio.

Technology marches on and Damian knows which way the wind is blowing.
Carabosse e2
11 39.5k 269 England
25 Apr 2012 11:51AM

Quote:old-timers saying that no self-respecting professional would ever use 35mm under any circumstances and nothing smaller than 5x4 in the studio


Good point. Come to think of it, there are some pros (including a fashion specialist who occasionally visits this site) who are happy to use a crop DSLR in the studio. It's not such a jump from that to M4/3. In fact with the latest breed of M4/3 devices it is probably not any sort of jump, at all, in terms of quality..... only as regards OVF/EVF.


Quote:This looks like a good deal on that 45mm f1.8.


This looks pretty good too! I wish they made it in black.
wing 10 453 United Kingdom
25 Apr 2012 12:05PM

Quote:This looks like a good deal on that 45mm f1.8.

Not that good all things considered! I picked one up yesterday from Jessops "who price matched Jacobs" for 249.00 although U.K stocks are very low everywhere, "most have back orders" tending to push prices back to r.r.p!

I've not had time to try it out yet, but my initial impressions are that the build quality is good. The lens is mostly plastic apart from a metal lens mount and a tiny aluminium band just in front of the nicely weighted focus ring. There is a thin blue line etched around this metal band which, apparently, are available separately in various colours "don't think I'll be bothering!" What did surprise me is the size of the front and rear elements, far bigger than anything I'm used to from Panasonic, including the 20mm f1.7.
Although it's silver coloured, its styling is rather retro looking and doesn't look out of place on my black GF2 body. I'm looking forward to giving it a good try out this weekend! Tongue
Carabosse e2
11 39.5k 269 England
25 Apr 2012 1:21PM
Wonder whether wedding togs will migrate to cameras of this size? It seems unlikely at the moment because of "image" issues............ and I don't mean the photos!

Turning up at a wedding with a camera which is a lot smaller than some of the guests DSLRs could be............ brave! Grin

Actually I'll be doing one in July with the OM-D (if it ever arrives!) but it's for a distant relative and I'm only second shooter anyway: mainly doing the pics after the official tog has gone home. Wink
StrayCat e2
10 15.0k 2 Canada
25 Apr 2012 4:40PM
I enjoyed the writings of Giulio Sciorio that CB linked to, especially the bit about full frame being native aspect ratio.Wink
Carabosse e2
11 39.5k 269 England
25 Apr 2012 4:58PM
Indeed. Every digital camera on the market is "full frame" - because it uses the whole of the sensor. Smile
thewilliam 6 4.7k
25 Apr 2012 5:00PM
I reckon it's essential to use the "right" kit when a client is paying for the shoot. Although a Micro4/3 will produce good results in skilled hands, it still comes across as a toy rather than a tool.
Carabosse e2
11 39.5k 269 England
25 Apr 2012 5:05PM

Quote:Although a Micro4/3 will produce good results in skilled hands, it still comes across as a toy rather than a tool.


Well that was the basis of the well-known Olympus trip ad starring David Bailey. Wink

Once upon a time a wedding photographer using anything smaller than a TLR would have thought to be using 'Mickey Mouse' equipment. Times change.
Carabosse e2
11 39.5k 269 England
26 Apr 2012 1:09AM
Another pro using the OM-D: Federico Cabrera . Fashion again.... interesting!
Cam_D 10 59 United Kingdom
28 Apr 2012 1:32AM
And a wedding pro shooting a wedding on Olympus Pen bodies.

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