Got a M43 - But didn't you say that...?!

Micro 4/3 addition to the photo bag

Friend: “Ah! So you got a m43 camera! Weren't you saying that the sensor is too small etc etc? How is it in the end?” I was recently asked the above question by a friend I had previously told that I would not get a M43 camera after I had gone to Full frame Canon 6D. I my research for a small interchangeable lens walk around camera and in my answer I then realized why M43 “fit the bill” for me. 

So below is not an attempt to convince you why you should get a M43, it is only the reason why I felt it was a good compliment to my Canon 6D, and why it will hopefully work well for me going forward 

Me: “haha, yeah I did...and it is... but not for everything.

I was really missing focus peaking and higher bit rates+frame rates for video and a small walk around camera. (note: As you might know, I am/was a very happy Sony Nex6 shooter before Canon 6D conversion) And I was drooling over the Sony a7r, but in the end I needed something smaller or it would not get used as my walk around camera and would defeat the purpose. So it turned out that the Lumix GX7 had the best mix of features I was looking for, EVF, in body image stabilizer(sensor based) (though not for video) higher frame rates for video, tilt-able touchscreen and EVF, which is irritating sometimes not having on the DSLR and its smaller than most M43, and overall fit the requirements I was looking for (yes the OMD-EM1 was a serious contender, but was missing some critical video features like the ability to change aperture during filming(what is with that!?!) and was maybe a little too bulky… oh and double the price)

oh dear, in the end, next time I travel with my girlfriend she will likely be the one carrying that camera anyway. Quality wise, the images are good enough as long as it is not in low light.

Panasonic Lumix GX7 Key specifications

    •    16MP Live MOS sensor
    •    In-body image stabilization
    •    Flip-up, 1024 x 768 pixel (2.3M dot equivalent) electronic viewfinder
    •    3-inch tilting LCD
    •    Front and rear control dials
    •    Magnesium-alloy frame
    •    Built-in pop-up flash
    •    3-level focus peaking
    •    1/8000 second max shutter speed, 1/320th flash sync speed
    •    Highlight and shadow curve adjustments
    •    1080 video at 60p/60i/24p in MP4 or AVCHD format
    •    Built-in Wi-Fi with NFC

Friend: “So... would you say that in the end the Sony A7r + lens is not much more portable than a DSLR? You know, I am in kind of in the same dilemma… I'd love a top-notch quality camera, but at the same time I know that I tend to take the most interesting pictures with the camera I carry always with me. You didn't happen to consider the Fuji ex2? I am quite interested in that body plus the 56 1.2”

Me: “I think that the Sony a7r would have been brilliant, and definitely a massive image quality boost over the Lumix GX7, but it is also bigger and the FE lenses even more so. (sort of in between DSLR and  M43) but the Lumix GX7 at a third of the price, and with on-sensor stabilization to use with old vintage lenses and focus peaking it was an easy choice.  (note: It was one of the main things I really missed going from Sony to Canon. The tactile feel of taking a walk with a camera in manual with old FD lenses and framing, focusing etc, just something nostalgic about it and the focus peaking was what made it really usable, add that to the sensor shift IS of the GX7 and with the adaptor for FD and EF lenses and I can still have that fun. )

Also, like I mentioned mentioned to my friend, the Sony a7r shutter sound bugged me, the GX7 is better, AND you can switch it with a flick of a button to complete silent electronic shutter for sneaky street photography and for that delicious meal at the fancy restaurant that otherwise you would have been too embarrassed to do with your massive DSLR and shutter sound. And the small size is great for travel, when you don’t want to be in the face of people in the street with a DSLR as it has a tendency to scare people.” Σ(゚д゚;)

Friend:”I must confess that at the moment I am very undecided between Fuji and m43. In the m43 either the GX7 or the olympus EM5. I kind of like the Fuji concept, but I guess the m43 is smaller...

Me:”I dont really like the Fuji EX2 design, but thats just a matter of taste..." 
Actually the 2 people that convinced me of getting a M43 were these guys: and also David Thorpe’s thoughts on the M43 system and his reviews on youtube is what convinced me

Micro 4/3 Lens choice.

For everyday purpose and travel I really love the Tamron 24-70mm f2.8 IS on my Canon 6D, and so I would like something similar. The equivalent focal length is the Panasonic 12-35mm f2.8 O.I.S Amazon: would fit nicely, but I have not yet gathered the Finances to get that lens.

So for now the Olympus 45mm f1.8 is “glued on” my GX7 and lives in my daily “bring-to-work” Hakuba M shoulder bag so it is always with me. 

 Hakuba M shoulder bag 

Hakuba M shoulder bag 

This bag is super light and well padded to protect any lens or camera. it will also comfortably fit my iPad mini, wallet, notebook, extra lenses, mini tripod, lens blower and cleaner, passport etc.  (・ω・)ノ