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  1. José Geraldo
    June 21, 2020 @ 01:56

    Artigo muito interessante. Palavras verdadeiras de um profissional real, com nível de qualidade e experiência em eventos. Obrigado.

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    • Bradley
      June 21, 2020 @ 13:15

      Thank you, Jose!

      Best,
      Bradley

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  2. Alex Galimov
    June 21, 2020 @ 05:19

    As a long time Olympus user (since their first 4/3 Evolt model), I greatly enjoyed your article. Very well summarized! Thank you for penning this article.

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    • Bradley
      June 21, 2020 @ 13:06

      Thank you, Alex. It had been so long since I wrote this in one sitting that I had forgotten what I said. I still stand by all of it, even though I no longer shoot M43. I have enormous respect for the Olympus and Panasonic lines. I hope they make it. For 99% of all shooting, it’s ideal. The EM5 series with the 17mm f1.8 is such a perfect daily camera because of the size and ergonomics.

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  3. Stephen de Souza
    June 21, 2020 @ 08:36

    Thanks. Great article. I love my EM1 and PEN9. Given you are a cyclist too, what’s your recommendation on a camera to take cycling? I’ve found the PEN a bit big but would like something better than my phone!

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    • Bradley
      June 21, 2020 @ 13:08

      Good morning, Stephen-
      I honestly use my iPhone 11 for most of my bike rides because it fits in the back of my jersey/coat pocket and the stills and video and shockingly good, but my favorite portable camera is still the EM5II + 17mm f1.8 because it’s small and perfect ergonomically. On long rides, I don’t want a camera flopping around my shoulder, so you can tuck it in a bike bag.

      Best,
      Bradley

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      • Stephen de Souza
        August 30, 2020 @ 22:45

        Thanks for your responses. I actually invested in a small bar bag (much cheaper than another camera) on your advice and my PEN fits perfectly in there, so I’ve found I can take a camera on more rides and it works well.

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    • Bradley
      June 21, 2020 @ 13:18

      PS- Another great option would be any of the Sony A6000 series, which is APS-C, very small, very fast AF and small primes. I see the older ones at very low prices, but you’d have to get into another set of lenses (or at least one) in addition to your Oly gear.

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  4. Mike Abbott
    June 21, 2020 @ 10:40

    I embraced the micro 4/3rds system at least 8 years ago now, and have never looked back. It is as you say, ‘Horses for courses with camera gear.
    Being an amateur nature photographer, 4/3rds has distinct advantages, especially with the crop factor and telephoto lenses. I went for Panasonic, as i like to do video too, and i think they make the best hybrid cameras.
    I’ve never had a problem with image quality, and 16mp is more than enough for my needs, although they are using 20mp+ sensors now.
    Also some very useful features such as being able to extract stills from video (4/6K photo) and focus stacking and post focus. These aren’t gimmicks, they’ve helped me obtain probably otherwise impossible images.
    Thanks for a thought provoking article.
    I think micro 4/3rds still has a long way to go yet, and certainly isn’t dead, as some would have us believe.

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    • Bradley
      June 21, 2020 @ 13:13

      Hi Mike-
      Yes. It’s probably pretty overwhelming for people choosing a camera these days because there are so many choices and so much misinformation. I overhear a lot of conversations while at camera shops that I stay out of, but we all have our biases based on our own experience. Everyone makes great cameras these days, so my advice remains to just find something that works for you and stick with it. All companies, especially camera makers, want you to feel like you need to be in a regular upgrade loop like a computer, tablet or phone. I sometimes buy new, but prefer to buy previous generation cameras when the new ones are released because everyone is dumping their barely used old cameras…

      Best,
      Bradley

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  5. Bradley
    June 23, 2020 @ 18:09

    Thank you for taking the time to read and comment.

    Best,
    Bradley

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  6. Bradley
    June 25, 2020 @ 16:06

    Although I no longer use Olympus equipment, I was saddened to learn that they are closing their photography division as of yesterday. I have enormous respect for their history, their engineering, and the amazing performance they’ve been able to squeeze out of that beautiful little sensor. I don’t think Panasonic’s M43 system will be long for the world, either, but I hope they can hang on. I’d guess that their S series full-frame line is a poor seller, and they’ve probably put a lot of resources into R&D and product development. Some speculated that trying to keep two product lines fed would be tough for Panasonic, and I agree with that. It’s a giant company with a lot of money, but they won’t keep shoveling money at a product line that is losing money.

    The photography industry as a whole is in bad shape. iPhone and Android phones are getting exponentially better and they are already in everyone’s pocket. With photography becoming more ubiquitous and the tools becoming smaller and easier to carry, the role of portable cameras seems to be fading quickly.

    Nikon is a medium sized company, but they’ve also had a long history of punching above their weight class. Their mirrorless system isn’t selling, even to current Nikon users. It’s going to be tough for them to generate sales when their DSLR users are sticking with the current system. After all the dust settles, it will probably be down to Sony and Canon, but I hope others make it, too.

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  7. John Simpson
    June 27, 2020 @ 01:31

    Nicely written; perfectly reasoned. What you wrote three years ago is more than ever true today.

    We share many of the same thoughts.

    Regards,

    John Simpson

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    • Bradley
      June 27, 2020 @ 04:00

      Thank you, John- I appreciate your comments. While most of the article isn’t specifically about Olympus, I was sad to learn that they are ending their photography equipment line. Fans of M43 will still have Panasonic (and the Olympus used market is going to be a better deal than ever), but the photography industry is in rough shape and all signs point to further erosion of camera sales…

      Best,
      Bradley

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      • Michael Atlas
        April 25, 2022 @ 15:21

        Hey Bradley, stumbled upon this article and agree with many of the benefits of m43!

        I have an E-M1 II, E-M5 III, many lenses, and a Ricoh GRIIIx. My m43 lenses:

        PanaLeica 12/1.4
        Olympus 17/1.8
        PanaLeica 25/1.4 II
        Olympus 45/1.2 Pro
        Olympus 75/1.8

        PanaLeica 8-18/2.8-4
        Olympus 12-40/2.8 Pro
        Panasonic 45-175/4-5.6 PZ

        My workhorses are the 12-40, 25, and 45. The M.Zuiko Pro f/1.2 primes are incredible, but I could only bring myself to get the 45 as it’s an instant portraiture hero lens. The Oly 17/1.8 is nice enough especially for its size & price but the PanaLeica 25/1.4 is probably my most favorite lens after the Zuiko 45/1.2. Here’s a shot I took this weekend with the 25/1.4 + E-M5 III.

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  8. Lesly
    July 19, 2020 @ 23:29

    I was very sad to read that Olympus just left photography. I have always been a fan of Olympus cameras and their lenses are awesome.
    I’ve just bought an EM5 Mark III, and found they have an impressive quantities of feature. Hopefully the new company will stick on this path and still produce M43.
    Your article is very inspiring. And you made it right when you mention that at the end someone must choose a camera that fits his needs. Thanks for hammering that statement more and more

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    • Bradley
      July 21, 2020 @ 21:00

      Hi Lesly-

      Thanks for taking the time to read and respond. I think very highly of Olympus engineering and was also saddened to learn that they couldn’t make it. The smaller sensor does have some limitations in extremely low light, but for most applications, it’s a great choice that allows wide apertures and is very forgiving with focus errors. The EM5 series also has excellent ergonomics.

      Best,
      Bradley

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  9. subroto mukerji
    April 5, 2021 @ 16:48

    I use both an Olympus Epl5 and a Panasonic Lumix GX1, and love how the Lumix G 20mm f1.7 and Zuiko 45mm f1.8 render on them. It is hard to describe how wonderful are the images from this equipment. Attached is a heavily cropped shot taken with the Epl5 and the el Cheapo, plastic fantastic 40-150mm f3.5~5.6 Olympus lens; simply amazing, no?
    I’ll keep using M43 as long as I can, I have no reason to switch back to Apsc. Thanks for your most interesting and inspiring piece.
    — Subroto from New Delhi, India

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