As a self-confessed know-nothing with regards to photography, other than how to push the push the shutter release button, this post entry is not meant for serious photographers who are still considering dropping their DSLR warhorses and lenses, as your needs will differ from mine. I’m writing this to explain exactly why I went into Micro Four-Thirds cameras when I did.
Essentially I wanted to make the leap to DSLR-type photography but after seeing friends with mountains of equipment and lugging cameras around the size of their craniums, I figured there had to be a better way. Video capturing was not foremost on my mind, and it still isn’t. I had a bridge camera, the Sony DSC-H50, and while it had nifty features for it’s time, and was semi-adjustable in a lot of ways, it was a bit of a relic, and I knew I’d have to upgrade eventually. One of my cousins also got into photography big time, only he went the opposite route, and has put together a pro DSLR set that costs an arm and a leg. He always wants the most expensive and best of everything, but in this day and age, it couldn’t still be necessary to hock your eye-teeth for camera equipment, could it?
I did a fair amount of research, and after seeing the results of a friend’s photos from his G1, I was pretty much sold. The combination of a compact body with the right lens(es) meant I could at the very least attempt to take the art semi-seriously without having to spend a tonne of money. I looked at the Sony NEX series, and found them to be still a little too expensive for my blood, not to mention they were now staying proprietary with their E-Mount lenses. No thanks, boys. There went a 10-year relationship with Sony products.
The brilliance of Panasonic and Olympus sharing the same format gives M4/3 an embarrassment of riches in terms of mixing and matching toys. Sigma and Tamron are also manufacturing lenses for the format. I’m now fairly up-to-date with new lenses, and I pay very close attention to the reviews online, which I agree are not always to be trusted.
So I started off with the Olympus E-PM2 with the two-lens kit, and as a beginner, I found the challenge of learning on the fly fairly exhilarating. I had no idea that my kit lens was substandard and didn’t really care, because it still looked a million times better than my point and shoot relics.
After about 8 months, experimenting with vintage manual lenses of varying quality, I’m slowing figuring out the (few) limitations of the M4/3 format, but I’m having a lot of fun in the process which–when all’s said and done–should be the main focus of any hobby.