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Re: [OM] Seeking advice on entering MFT

Subject: Re: [OM] Seeking advice on entering MFT
From: "Wayne Harridge" <wayne.harridge@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Tue, 14 Feb 2023 17:54:13 +1100
...also keep in mind the Panasonic DMW MA1 adaptor, there is also plenty of 
info re differences between the MMF versions found via google.


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> Subject: Re: [OM] Seeking advice on entering MFT
> I transitioned from an Olympus E-1 SLR to OM-D micro four-thirds around
> 2014, and never looked back.  The electronic viewfinder was so much more
> pleasant to use and full of useful information. I also jumped from
> obsolescent 5MP images to 15MB.  I got the 12-40mm f2.8 lens with the
> camera. Although I missed the extra range at the long end of the DZ
> 14-54 lens, I did prefer the newer lens's ergonomics and optical quality,
> though some of that quality might be credited to image stabilization in the
> camera.
> I also got the MMF-3 adapter to use my DZ 70-300mm lens, but eventually
> replaced it with the M.Zuiko 75-300 lens mainly for size and weight
> reasons.  The M.Zuiko 40-150mm f4-5.6 replaced its Four Thirds equivalent
> almost immediately, also for size, weight and also ergonomic reasons.  The
> price also made it an easy decision.  The 40-150mm f4-5.6 is probably one of
> the best values in interchangeable lenses for any camera.  Its light weight,
> small size, make it a great lens to throw in the camera bag even when you
> don't anticipate needing a long lens.
> For years my standard kit included the 12-40mm lens and the 40-150mm f4-
> 5.6.  I would swap in the 70/75-300mm lens if I thought it was better suited
> for what I would be taking pictures of, such as on a trip to Alaska.
> Later I got a 12-100mm f4 lens when it became available.  I use it as a 
> tourist
> lens - when I go out for a day of sight-seeing, picture-taking or whatever, I
> will usually take just camera with just that lens, a couple of spare 
> batteries,
> and no camera bag. It is a conspicuous lens, so I do feel I look like a 
> tourist
> when carrying that lens.  As other people have mentioned, image
> stabilization negates any worry you may have over light gathering with an f/4
> lens.
> For more intimate situations like taking people pictures indoors I typically 
> use
> the shorter zoom.  I also use the shorter lens for night-sky photography
> where the 2.8 aperture and better balance on a tripod are useful.
> On my last trip, an ocean cruise, my camera bag had the 12-40 lens on the
> camera, plus the 12-100 lens and a 25mm f1.4 Panasonic/Leica for low light
> situations.  I would go on shore excursions with the 12-100 on the camera
> and no bag.  On the ship, I would use the 12-40.  I almost never used the
> 25mm.
> The place I do use the fast 25mm lens is for taking pictures of toddler
> grandchildren.  The fast lens allows faster shutter speeds to better capture
> constantly moving targets.
> My suggestion is to initially get the MFT camera you want, and perhaps a
> general purpose MFT lens like the 12-40 or 12-100.  Also get a FT to MFT
> adapter and initially use your current Four Thirds lenses.  Then grow your
> MFT lens collection over time as you get a feeling for what you need, and
> what will work better than your FT lenses for you.
> One difficulty is that OM Systems apparently discontinued their FT to MFT
> lens adapter called the MMF-3, and it may be hard to find.  Olympus
> previously made earlier adapter versions, called MMF-1 and MMF-2.  I do not
> know what they do less well than the MMF-3. The MMF-3 provides full
> focus, aperture, and  lens/body communication.
> Enjoy your new camera system!
>       ----- Larry Woods
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