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Mike Spivey

Another great thought provoking podcast. You are correct, most reviews don't reflect the real world. For instance, downgrading a lens for chromatic aberration or distortion, when you can apply lens correction as an import preset in Lightroom.

And it's all about priorities, isn't it? For instance, you are perfectly happy to jump through hoops to compensate for poor noise performance, less print quality at equal print size, less dynamic range, etc.

You are willing to stack images, stitch panos, use HDR (a rose by any other name), apply local noise reduction, all of which may not be necessary with a full frame camera.

But you are not willing to accommodate an only tilting lcd screen. Everyone has their own set of priorities.

I have to admit that sometimes I think long time photographers gravitate to lesser equipment to prove (to themselves or others) that they can make acceptable images with one hand tied behind their back. Is it possible that you fall into this category? Be assured I am not knocking anyone's method of enjoying photography. We all have different priorities. For some the enjoyment is in the process, for some it's only in the resulting image, and many others a balance between the two. And none are incorrect.


As one who made the transition from full frame to micro four thirds in 2012 I have created
images with the smaller sensor that would have been extremely difficult to accomplish with
a full frame sensor camera. Part of this is due to the articulated screen, permitting you to shoot high and
low...giving one's work a different perspective. I would need to carry a ladder with me to get
those kind of shots with a full frame camera that are a piece of cake with my EM-1's or GH3. And
yes...one's knees....what a relief getting that low angle shot without wear and tear on the
joints. One thing you didn't mention was depth of field. As a commercial photographer I lived
in a world of swings and tilts to get focus front to back with my 4x5's.. With micro four thirds, the small sensor provides an amazing depth of focus. F1.4 in micro is the same as f2.8 on a full frame camera....
so you get to use a shutter speed two stops up the scale. And the size....I travel a
lot. A small Domke holds 2 bodies and 4 lenses (7-14, 12-35, 50 1.4 and 35-70). As to
print quality there is a difference. Micro Four Thirds has more "bite"...a very sharp look to the
image. And focus accuracy....no contest. And as you mentioned, seeing the exact image on the LCD...
you can't beat that with a stick. 100% viewing accuracy. So, for me it was a no brainer. Another
great feature of micro four thirds are the lenses....amazing resolution and sharpness center to edge.
And speed...the latest group from Olympus are amazing. Another advantage, putting leica lenses
on a micro body. My 100mm Macro Elmarit-R and my Elmarit-M 90m f2.8 are a delight to use.
In body stabilization assures tack sharp images with amazing color. And weather proof body and
lenses....living in Michigan means snow and cold weather. I have yet to see any gear function as
well as the EM-1 in this kind of environment. After stating all of the above, I am looking forward
to returning to and including the kind of contemplative work I used to do with my large format cameras
into my photographic endeavors. The earlier comment by Mike is on the money....different strokes
for different folks. And if Canon makes a full frame mirrorless body with an articulated screen...I'll add
that to my collection. Oh...and one more thing....touching the screen to select the focus point....wow...
and using the screen to release the shutter by just touching it....amazing.

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