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Carabosse
Carabosse e2 Member 1139370 forum postsCarabosse vcard England269 Constructive Critique Points
24 Apr 2012 - 11:45 PM

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?

Last Modified By Carabosse at 24 Apr 2012 - 11:46 PM
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Graham_Rainham
25 Apr 2012 - 1:32 AM

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
StrayCat  1014217 forum posts Canada2 Constructive Critique Points
25 Apr 2012 - 5:38 AM

Good reading CB.

StrayCat
StrayCat  1014217 forum posts Canada2 Constructive Critique Points
25 Apr 2012 - 9:05 AM

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

brian1208
brian1208 e2 Member 109977 forum postsbrian1208 vcard United Kingdom12 Constructive Critique Points
25 Apr 2012 - 10:04 AM

interesting stuff CB, thanks. Makes my meanderings about going M4/3rds even more difficult! Grin

thewilliam
25 Apr 2012 - 11:00 AM

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
Carabosse e2 Member 1139370 forum postsCarabosse vcard England269 Constructive Critique Points
25 Apr 2012 - 11:51 AM


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
wing  10452 forum posts United Kingdom
25 Apr 2012 - 12:05 PM


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

Last Modified By wing at 25 Apr 2012 - 12:08 PM
Carabosse
Carabosse e2 Member 1139370 forum postsCarabosse vcard England269 Constructive Critique Points
25 Apr 2012 - 1:21 PM

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
StrayCat  1014217 forum posts Canada2 Constructive Critique Points
25 Apr 2012 - 4:40 PM

I enjoyed the writings of Giulio Sciorio that CB linked to, especially the bit about full frame being native aspect ratio.Wink

Carabosse
Carabosse e2 Member 1139370 forum postsCarabosse vcard England269 Constructive Critique Points
25 Apr 2012 - 4:58 PM

Indeed. Every digital camera on the market is "full frame" - because it uses the whole of the sensor. Smile

thewilliam
25 Apr 2012 - 5:00 PM

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
Carabosse e2 Member 1139370 forum postsCarabosse vcard England269 Constructive Critique Points
25 Apr 2012 - 5:05 PM


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
Carabosse e2 Member 1139370 forum postsCarabosse vcard England269 Constructive Critique Points
26 Apr 2012 - 1:09 AM

Another pro using the OM-D: Federico Cabrera. Fashion again.... interesting!

Cam_D
Cam_D  959 forum posts United Kingdom
28 Apr 2012 - 1:32 AM

And a wedding pro shooting a wedding on Olympus Pen bodies.

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