Cheap Photo: Panasonic Deals For The Micro Four Thirds Lover

Panasonic announced their GH5. and so that means some good deals are to be had on the GH4: still a great camera by all accounts. But we aren’t featuring just one Panasonic deal. The GH4 is great, but we also have some savings on the FZ1000, GX8, and some lenses as well. If you are a Micro Four Thirds photographer then you should take a look at these.

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This Monstrous Micro Four Thirds Combo is All You Need to Be a Spy

Photos by Going_mad. Used with permission.

This is what happens when you combine an Olympus OMD series camera with the Sigma 50-500mm f4.5-6.3 lens and a Kippon adapter. It’s huge–but considering the 2x crop factor involved here, you’re getting a heck of a super zoom lens., Essentially this lens becomes a 100-1,000mm zoom lens offering with full autofocus capabilities.

Believe it or not, this isn’t uncommon.

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Can One Camera System Truly Do it All for Photographers?

Obviously, all camera systems these days have become very mature and capable of doing almost everything that a photographer needs or wants. They’re all good and can help image makers in many ways. Working photographers these days need to be able to do a variety of things though not including just photography, but also things like video. Some photographers need to have access to a fully working flash system and find features like WiFi integration to be critical. Plus, they need tough gear that can take abuse in rough weather and do most of what they need to get done easily.

Considering that we’ve used every camera system, we’ve put together an analysis.

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Which Micro Four Thirds Camera Is Right For You?

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

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

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

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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