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Anybody made the jump - Digital Rebel to Micro 4/3rds

 
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Jul 27, 2010 07:15 |  #1

Yup yup.....I am considering selling out. I have a tremendously well loved 350D and 17-85 combo that has simply not stood the test of time well. At slightly over a kilo (2.2 pounds), it isn't that small a rig either. My eyes are feeling the pinch from the viewfinder, the LCD is tiny. The 17-85 was never really renowned as a spectacular performer, and time has caught up with, and left the poor 350D behind.

I'm thinking of selling the 350D and 17-85 and migrating to a Micro 4/3rds rig. The Panasonic GF-1 and 14-45 looks like just the ticket. Nice generous LCD for framing, decent kit lens (software corrected I know), feels similar to the Panasonic LX3 I already have and love.

Has anybody else here tried this and what were your experiences like?

(and before the pitchforks and firebrands come out, I am not abandoning the EOS system: I'm STILL as L-coholic as they come and my pair of 5D's.. yes, a pair, are not going anywhere soon - NOTHING comes close to my signature 24-105/5DMk2 combo for serious work :D - pity it weighs more than 3x that of the MFT system I am considering for light duty :D)




  
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Jul 27, 2010 10:17 |  #2

I have the Rebel XTi. I'm eyeing the 4/3rds systems as an alternative to getting a new point and shoot as a compact/lightweight setup to carry around more often. And I'm hoping to upgrade the rebel to a FF down the line :P

Haven't done much research, but in our wedding registry we have a "honeymoon" registry, where people give money that is designated for a purpose. (IE, people can give us an expensive dinner, and we use the money for that on the trip. It's a little more personable than just cash.) I included a gift for a point and shoot, as well as a gift (which has been purchased!) for a video camera. If we get both, I'm hoping to get a micro 4/3rds with video capability. :D But I guess I need to ask my fiance first :P


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Jul 27, 2010 10:39 |  #3

If the Olympus EP-1 and Ep-2 had a reflex viewer rather than P&S arms-length LCD viewing or the electronic viewfinder attachment, and had at least an APS-C sized sensor, I would be all over it in a heartbeat. I loved the compact size and the lighter weight of the Olympus OM systems cameras and lenses, compared to the dSLR brutes (even 350 is a brute in comparison to OM) we have today. Unfortunately the Four Third format cameras do not equal Canon or current Nikon for low noise with high ISO performance.


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Jul 27, 2010 10:47 |  #4

I don't think I could ever rely on an LCD as a viewfinder since they're pretty much useless in daylight.




  
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Jul 27, 2010 13:17 |  #5

I have an Olympus E-420 and won't trade it for the world. I started with an E-500 with the kit lenses (14-45 and 40-150).

I got the E-420 for smaller size, then I got a deal on the smaller 14-42 ED, love that and just traded my 40-150 (and the old 14-45) away for the 40-150 ED.

I lugged them around Oshkosh Airventure all day yesterday and glad I brought those instead of a Canon system...

I prefer a "real" SLR with a mirror...

I also love and use Canon - much better in lower light situations (I hate flash)...

Nice about both systems is the ability to use old lenses on them... ;)




  
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Jul 27, 2010 14:04 |  #6

ahh..... controversy stirred. However, all of you have good points and they are duly noted :)

My P&S is currently a Panasonic LX3, which makes me think, if I can get by on that, I should be able to get by on the GF1 :)

As for real SLRs and real finders, my vote goes to the 5D1, 5D2 and 7D - those finders are awesome. This is coming from someone whose idea of 'finder' extends all the way to the Pentax 645, which dwarfs all the 35mm finders....




  
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