My Mirrorless Gear

I’m an absolute beginner when it comes to photography. So for me, size doesn’t matter. But should the size of your camera gear matter anyway ? — I don’t know — it probably should, but for my needs, the smaller the better — well to a limit, anyway !

A few years back I purchased a Canon 400D Digital SLR, and later on upgraded to the Canon 550D. I started investing in a number of Canon EF-S lenses for the APS-C crop sensor format, and the 100mm 2.8 FSL. And if it was one thing that struck me, it was that these camera systems are BIG ! Heck, I wasn’t even using a Full Frame camera body, and I still found the APS-C crop sensor format cameras big.

When frequenting the camera section of the local Fnac in Nantes, I’d regularly see these cute compact mirror-less cameras with interchangeable lenses, and naively thought they were a total waste of money. It was only after searching the Internet for the pros and cons of RAW vs JPEG, and stumbling across the very friendly forum at that I realized that there’s more than meets the eye to these compact mirror-less camera systems.

My entry into the Micro Four Thirds system
There are various compact mirror-less camera systems available that use different lens mounts and different sensor sizes. However, for my needs, I felt the Micro Four Thirds mirror-less camera system offered acceptable IQ at a convenient size.

Micro Four Thirds camera body sizes are reasonably compact, but still not too small to be unmanageable. Additionally, the Micro Four Thirds sensor size is smaller than the other compact mirror-less camera systems from Sony, Samsung, and Fujifilm. As a result, the lenses are not overly large, and are smaller than their equivalent counterparts in the larger APS-C sensor size used in the mirror-less camera systems created by Sony, Samsung, and Fujifilm.

The Micro Four Thirds system was a joint development adventure between Panasonic and Olympus. As a result of this joint venture, the Micro Four Thirds system has a compelling offering in that many different lenses are available for the system. When the Micro Four Thirds System was first introduced, the lenses were produced only by Panasonic and Olympus. Since then, more recently, native Micro Four Thirds lenses are now produced by Voigtlander, Sigma, and Schneider. At the moment the Micro Four Thirds system has the most native lenses than any other compact mirror-less camera system. A full list of the native Micro Four Thirds lenses, along with examples of the images that they produce can be found at the Native Lens Sample Image Archive.

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