Micro Four Thirds for Professional Photographers?

Today’s post by Mark Toal.

Portrait of Charlotte, Micro Four-thirds

I’ve been shooting with Micro Four Thirds since the day it was introduced, but I’ve always shot paid assignments with my Nikon and it’s great fast lenses. Now with the Olympus OM-D and the recently announced Panasonic Lumix GH3 plus a couple of great fast lenses I’m ready to sell my Nikon SLR’s and go fully mirrorless.

Portrait, Micro Four-thirdsWith the announcement of the Lumix 35-100mm f/2.8 lens at Photokina last week plus the existing 12-35mm f/2.8 Lumix lens we now have the two lenses that every Canon and Nikon professional shooter has to have, the 24-70mm and the 80-200mm. Toss in the Olympus 45mm f/1.7 or Lumix 45mm f/2.8 and you have everything you need for shooting weddings, events and portraits.

Both the Lumix GH3 and the Olympus OM-D finally have the resolution and ability to shoot at higher ISO’s that pro’s need. I had a chance to try the OM-D last week and was amazed at its high ISO performance. I expect the same when we see the GH3 show up in stores in November. Both cameras are also sealed to keep out moisture and dust and have optional battery grips.


On top of all that I think my favorite feature is that everything weighs about a third of what my digital SLR weighs. I shot a six-hour event last Saturday and didn’t feel like I needed to find a chiropractor afterwards.

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