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M43 Believer. Ditch your GX's!

 
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Feb 16, 2010 14:00 |  #1

I love Canon. All my professional gear has been canon related and I've even owned a G10.

However, I'd been longing for a small camera that packs a punch... not so much compact in the sense you can stick it in your jean pocket, but compact enough to not feel like you are holding down pounds of gear.

After the G10 and LX3 failed my needs, I tried out a Sigma DP2. Though quality was excellent, the operation began to where me down.

Next, I finally found what I was looking for in the Olympus E-P1 and would like to share my thoughts on the camera. One of my major needs for this small of a camera was the ability to produce pretty good bokeh and I gotta say, I've very impressed:

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My current combo is the E-P1 with the Lumix 20mm f/1.7. This lens, with IBIS is just stunning and sharp at 1.7. Amazing, I can't believe it.

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Anyway, if you're like me and looking for something small that will not leave you feeling like you messed up by not taking your canon dslr + lens with you, you should check out the micro four thirds camp.

I strongly believe it's the perfect companion to the DSLR set ups. For more of my thoughts on the E-P1, I've reviewed the camera here (external link)

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Feb 16, 2010 23:12 |  #2

quality shots. how were the pictures before you got the lumix glass - with the kit lens?


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Feb 17, 2010 13:06 |  #3

I had the 17mm kit lens and though still pretty good, I didn't quite get enough dof for my liking with it's 2.8 aperture.


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Feb 18, 2010 00:40 |  #4

Nice shots man, I have considered getting an m4/3 camera for my bag to carry everywhere (Along with the 20mm f/1.7)

The 45mm macro looks cool too to be honest :)

Are you using the accessory viewfinder?


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Feb 18, 2010 20:26 |  #5

The view finder is only on there when I wanna look a little cooler than I am haha... honestly, no I don't use it. I've tried and focus was hit or miss.


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Feb 22, 2010 13:12 |  #6

That's cool migs.
I sold my dp2 too. Excellent image quality, but did not use it enough.
I'm also interested in a GF1 or E-P1 (mostly gf1). At the time I bought the dp2 there wasn't the 20mm 1.7 lens for the m43 system...
I'm still in the 'justifying-phase' because I already have 2 dslr's :)

Btw: Noktor is going to release a 50mm f0.95 (!!) for the m43 mount.
http://43rumors.com …0-95-for-microfourthirds/ (external link)


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Feb 22, 2010 16:25 |  #7

J-B wrote in post #9659126 (external link)
That's cool migs.
I sold my dp2 too. Excellent image quality, but did not use it enough.
I'm also interested in a GF1 or E-P1 (mostly gf1). At the time I bought the dp2 there wasn't the 20mm 1.7 lens for the m43 system...
I'm still in the 'justifying-phase' because I already have 2 dslr's :)

Btw: Noktor is going to release a 50mm f0.95 (!!) for the m43 mount.
http://43rumors.com …0-95-for-microfourthirds/ (external link)

I wouldnt get too excited, did you see the part that its basically a modified CCTV lens?

http://photorumors.com …ns-for-micro-four-thirds/ (external link)

I saw the sample images someone on eBay took to demonstrate one of them, it may be f/0.95 but its complete and utter garbage in terms of optical performance, soft (ok i expect that) and full of more CA than you can correct for most likely..looked like a Holga

Which i suppose some people might want, but i know id be more apt to pony down for an older rangefinder lens instead of that...


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Feb 23, 2010 11:26 |  #8

KenjiS wrote in post #9660416 (external link)
I wouldnt get too excited, did you see the part that its basically a modified CCTV lens?

http://photorumors.com …ns-for-micro-four-thirds/ (external link)

I saw the sample images someone on eBay took to demonstrate one of them, it may be f/0.95 but its complete and utter garbage in terms of optical performance, soft (ok i expect that) and full of more CA than you can correct for most likely..looked like a Holga

Which i suppose some people might want, but i know id be more apt to pony down for an older rangefinder lens instead of that...

Yes, but that's just "pre-production". I am sure tweaking and adjusting will iron out a few wrinkles. Because no one will pay for it unless it gives photographers a boost over and above current offerings.


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Mar 10, 2010 11:36 |  #9

Great images OP... Whether it is m43 or another format from other rivals, the mirrorless interchangeable lens cameras will surely be the next big thing. Small bodies with a big sensor is pretty compelling. And add to that the flexibility of changeable lenses, you can have a very light kit for leisurely travels or family outings. Now all m43 needs is a native fast portrait lens...


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Mar 10, 2010 12:04 |  #10

E-P1 and 20/1.7. What a combo. I'm tired of lugging my 1D and 28/1.8 around. 95% of my photography is grab-n-go. Photojournalist-styled memory-capturing. I think your combo can effectively replace mine. And I wont suffer from tennis elbow or get strange looks!

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Mar 10, 2010 13:52 |  #11

KevC wrote in post #9767874 (external link)
And I wont suffer from tennis elbow or get strange looks!

This is true and a pleasant surprise for me... People don't notice me as much when I shoot with the GF1 + 20mm. I think this format is great for street photography and photo-journalism, not unlike the Leicas that Cartier-Bresson endeared so much: small and unobtrusive.


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Mar 12, 2010 10:29 |  #12

looks like Panasonic is listening... There is a patent for built in EVF for maybe GF2?! I probably will not hesitate when that comes out to replace my XSi. Sorry Canon.


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Mar 16, 2010 17:07 |  #13

rogazilla wrote in post #9781990 (external link)
looks like Panasonic is listening... There is a patent for built in EVF for maybe GF2?! I probably will not hesitate when that comes out to replace my XSi. Sorry Canon.

I'd rather see more fast native m43 primes. A fast portrait lens is sorely missing.


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Mar 20, 2010 01:04 |  #14

Thread needs more photos. These were shot as JPEG and edited on vacation with the included software Silkypix. I'll process the RAWs when I get home.


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Mar 20, 2010 18:32 |  #15

^- Very nice pics man...

I had the pleasure to play with an EP-2 and EP-1 recently, Both were FANTASTIC cameras and impressed me a whole great deal...The EVF on the EP-2 was especially memorable, That thing was a peach!


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