Which Micro Four Thirds Camera Is Right For You?

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We have done Fujiflm and Sony, so now it is time for us to take a look at the Micro Four Thirds ecosystem and give a few indications as to which of these cameras some of you should be considering if you are looking into jumping on board the Micro Four Thirds train.

Unlike the Fujifilm and Sony lists, this one contains multiple brands, so we won’t be going over ALL of the current Micro Four Thirds options because this post would be a novella. To that end, we will be focusing on the popular options from both Olympus and Panasonic.

Ready? Great, lets begin.
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Debunking the Myths and Stopping the Hate on Micro Four Thirds

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This post isn’t designed to spew hate on Micro Four Thirds camera systems, but instead it is to clarify a few myths and ideas around why people just don’t like the system. For some, it’s simply because the sensor isn’t a full frame option at all. There are many photographers out there that hate Micro Four Thirds and APS-C sensor cameras because of all this, and it even seems to translate into marketing at some points. It’s something that is said over and over again. It’s not uncommon to hear “Too bad it’s Micro Four Thirds.” Even further, I’ve even tried to convince professional journalists that Micro Four Thirds is more capable than they believe–to which I’ve actually succeeded.

So with that said, my intention here is very personal: to make you realize that there are billboards in NYC everywhere with the marketing terms “Shot in iPhone.” And if the iPhone can produce a billboard, how can a Micro Four Thirds sensor not? Indeed, it actually can.

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Xiaomi Enters The Micro Four Thirds World with YI M1

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Xiaomi, the smartphone manufacturer giant from China is stepping into the world of Micro Four Thirds mirrorless camera with their recent launch of YI M1. The YI M1 is designed to deliver solid all round performance and capable of shooting 4K video, yet selling at an accessible price point starting from $330/£253 (with 12-40mm f3.5-5.6 kit lens).

The specifications on the YI M1 are quite ambitious: 20MP Sony IMX269 sensor, 3 inch 1.04 Million Dot Touchscreen LCD screen (with touch to focus or touch image to capture), 81 AF points, built in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth capabilities and capable of shooting 4K video at 30fps. The YI M1 sports minimalist and elegantly simplistic design with only four buttons on the camera, while the bulk of camera operations are carried out via the touchscreen LCD. The body of YI M1 alone weights about 280g and it comes in two lens options, either 42.5mm F1.8 or 12-40mm F3.5-5.6.

For more information about the YI M1, you may visit their website here. 

 

 

5 Spectacular Portrait Lenses For Micro Four Thirds Cameras

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Micro Four Thirds is unique in that two companies produce cameras for it, so naturally there are some killer options as far as lenses go – but a bit of overlap as well. Shooting portraits on Micro Four Thirds is interesting, due to the 2x crop factor (effecting both focal length and aperture) it can be hard to get that popular shallow depth of field.

In this roundup we have 5 incredible lenses for portrait photography on the Micro Four Thirds system. So lets jump right into it, shall we?

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Samyang Announces New 35mm f1.2 Lens for Mirrorless Cameras

Samyang Unveils Mirrorless 35mm Photo and Cine Lens

While many manual focus lenses obviously lack AF mechanisms, they surely make up for it with cool features like fast apertures–and that’s the case with the new Samyang 35mm f1.2 lens. Aimed at APS-C mirrorless camera users, those with Sony E, Micro Four Thirds, Fujifilm X series and Canon M cameras will be able to use this new lens on their cameras. The new Samyang 35mm f1.2 boasts Ultra Multi Coating, two aspherical lenses as part of nine glass elements in seven groups. These are designed to minimize aberration and unnecessary light dispersion. Plus, it’s got a 62mm filter threat–which is fairly large for an APS-C lens based

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Review: Sigma 30mm f1.4 DC DN Contemporary (Sony E)

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Sigma has been putting out loads of awesome lenses over the past years–even their Contemporary glass seems to be right up there with their Art and Sports lenses. So when the company announced their 30mm f1.4 DC DN, I was really curious as to why it wasn’t under the Art series.

With an f1.4 aperture, nine aperture blades and fast focusing motors inside, it surely seems like it would be. But maybe Sigma is making their contemporary lenses render a bit less saturation vs the Art series–at least that’s what the 30mm makes me believe.

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ZY Optics Adds New Lens Adapters for Micro Four Thirds Cameras

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If you’re a Micro Four Thirds camera user, your ecosystem of accessories just got a tad larger. ZY Optics is today announcing their new Lens turbo adapters for M42, Canon FD and Minolta MD lenses to Micro Four Thirds cameras. The Turbo adapters not only let you adapt the lenses but also widen the field of view in addition to making the aperture shallower by one stop–just like the Metabones SpeedBoosters.

As far as tech specs go, the adapters have 4 lens elements in 4 groups, including 1 extra-low dispersion element which helps in reducing the chromatic aberrations on the image–according to the company’s claims. The angle of view of the camera lenses will be increased by 0.726x. So that means that a 50mm f2 lens will become 50mm x 0.726 = 36.3 x 2 (Micro Four Thirds crop factor) = 72.6mm at f1.4.

When they hit retailers, they’ll sell for $149.