So the story goes like this… In May and June of last year my wife and I spent two weeks in Greece and Turkey. We had a fantastic time and I got a lot of pictures I was very happy with, but boy was that DSLR gear heavy! I took a full-frame Canon 5D Mark III, a Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L USM, and the big 4 lb Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM. After about the first few days I started thinking about the Micro 4/3 (MFT) cameras I had heard about on a few podcasts and I was intrigued. Intrigued enough that I found myself stopping by camera shops in Athens looking for the model I’d been hearing so much about (the Olympus E-P3). I didn’t find one, but I continued my quest when I got home.
A month or two later I took the plunge and bought that little Olympus, along with a few prime lenses. I was really impressed by the image quality. Particularly the sharpness of the Olympus and Panasonic prime lenses. I was looking for something smaller and lighter. I knew I’d sacrifice some image quality, but what I didn’t expect was to discover something that was very new to me: The fun factor. I’ve always enjoyed taking photos, but I’ve never particularly enjoyed using a camera. They were simply the tools I used to get the jobs done. But this little E-P3 brought new light to how much fun a camera can be.
Three to four months later I realized that the only time I had pulled my big Canon out of the cabinet was for portrait sessions. Anytime I was just out taking photos I took the Olympus. I started thinking that I might want to start building a decent collection of MFT gear. Unfortunately, it simply wasn’t in my budget to build up a second collection of really nice stuff. So I decided I was going to think about selling off my DSLR gear to make way for MFT gear. This couldn’t be a spur-of-the-moment decision. I needed to make sure this is what I really wanted to do, as there would be no turning back. I couldn’t afford to buy all that fancy DSLR stuff again. So I decided to think it over for a while, to make sure I wasn’t just attracted to the latest shiny object that grabbed my attention. After 4 months of mulling, I finally decided it was time. I sold all my Canon DSLR stuff and bought an Olympus OMD E-M5 and a nice little stable of lenses. Fortunately, with the price difference between the two systems, I was able to replace all the focal lengths I previously had, and even add a few.
I just got my new stuff this week. I’ve done very little with it so far. But I did make some time to head up Big Cottonwood Canyon this morning and grab a few shots.
I can say with 100% confidence that I made the right move for my needs. This little thing is going to be an absolute blast to shoot with. I can’t wait to share some images with you.