I'm asking if you all could help chime in.
Firstly there's a sharp rise in the mirrorless market, with power houses like Sony and Fuji taking a lot of center-stage, what say you of m4/3?
What are the recommended lenses in different groups and why?
Wide Angle, Normal, Telephoto primes and zooms.
(For both use on Olympus and Panasonic bodies.)
Where are 4/3 lenses today, they seem to exude in quality being unmatched for fast lenses, do they still make sense for use on m4/3?
I started a few threads lately because I got fed up with the mirrorless market, with its marketing and current product-line. It's not helpful to add why here, but it helped me conjure up confidence to try something I didn't even consider in the past and purchased my first m4/3 camera and lenses.
I got the Panasonic Lumix GX1 with the following lenses:
Panasonic Leica 25mm f/1.4 DG
Olympus M. Zuiko Digital ED 12mm f/2.0
Olympus M. Zuiko Digital ED 45mm f/1.8
I come from a DSLR background and love shooting primes, so while IQ can never be compared directly, because pricing isn't even close. However, what m4/3 offers to me is a light weight compact system. Also good performance with a complete line-up of quality AF lenses for a good price. I doubt this can be done on other systems if any!
I’m sorry, but I am one of those guilty of thinking that m4/3rds used to be toy system, not to be taken seriously and feverishly trying too hard, like a small pup trying to take on bigger dog in a fight it’s not interested in. Yes, I seriously felt that way, but today I wanted to say is that m4/3 still has a lot of potential. It was a new system those few years back now, and it’s matured ahead of Sony NEX system which is still relatively new and Fuji.
I feel its files, while still lacking the depth of large sensors, there’s still leeway to the files, that for certain maximum size and display, you can most definitely be happy that it came from what is a serious system. Shooting RAW is a must and processing a given!
It is however, lacking a pro system, that has sufficient memory buffer size, and AF-C processing to make it a PRO system, hence there is still no PRO system available today. There is slowly a build-up of Flash systems coming from the Olympus side, but Panasonic should seriously be ashamed of themselves.
No superfast telephoto that were available from 4/3rds systems of yesterday, but anything that hints at the PRO side of things unfortunately come at a PRICE, no really, I’m talking about a price tag.
So all things being good, it’s not a cheap system, but rather an inexpensive system.
A system you can be confident you can bring about almost anywhere. A system you don’t have to be afraid of using. A system you can tell your wife you just bought and yes she’ll “bat an eyelid” but you won’t lose sleep over.
While there’s certainly competition, and I think the closest thing to match it personally is the Sony NEX7 system. Sorry I own the 5n and the 5 before that, and surely the APS-C sensor is great and all, but that’s where it ends. The Nex7 and maybe its successor may leave m4/3 in the dust. Certainly the NEX lenses suck and too few in the offering. Legacy lenses are an option. I wanted a complete compact AF system, and I think I got it in m4/3 today. Because I live in today and I wanted to shoot something today not in the hopes for tomorrow. So this brings me to now, it’s affordable, good enough that I am satisfied and why on earth I ended up writing an essay on this.
Sure I am still in the honeymoon period of this system, but leave me be for now, but go ahead share your joy or frustration today with the system, I’m all ears.
Thanks for reading.
PS. Olympus OM-D E-M5 on order!