Micro Four Thirds Goes Pro Part 2

Guest post by Mark Toal

A few weeks ago I wrote about a portrait shoot I did with a Panasonic Lumix GH2. Now we have a couple of new Micro four Thirds camera that have raised the bar for professional quality images even higher.

First it was the Olympus OM-D and now the Panasonic Lumix GH3. Micro Four Thirds cameras are finally available for use by professional photographers. Joe has been shooting the OM-D in a studio and will be writing about the experience in Shutterbug magazine as well as in an upcoming post here.

In the four years since the introduction of Micro Four Thirds I have seen the format go from a being a great substitute for my digital SLR when I was traveling or taking photos around the Northwest where I live to now being able to replace my SLR for most—if not all— of the shooting that I do.

The Olympus OM-D that was introduced earlier this year achieved the image quality at higher ISO’s that pro’s need wrapped up in weatherproof body. Olympus also introduced lenses like the 45mm f/1.8, 12mm f/2.0 and the 75mm f/1.8 that are truly pro quality glass. The only issue I have with the OM-D is that it feels small in my hand and doesn’t look or feel like a camera I could use to shoot a wedding or event.

At Photokina in September Panasonic announced the Lumix GH3. Last week in New York they had the first US showing of the GH3 at Photo Plus Expo Even though I work for Panasonic I try to look at these cameras through the eyes of a photographer. The GH3 immediately felt good in my hands with it’s larger size and vertical battery grip.

I was able to use the camera at the show and bring it back home to use for a week but I’m not trying to write a review of the GH3. I wanted to see if the image quality, controls and size would let me use the GH3 for professional shots. The short answer is yes. Combined with the new 12-35mm and 35-100mm f/2.8 Lumix lenses this camera should be able to handle any situation.

The hard part is going to be sending the GH3 back next week!

Mark Toal works for Panasonic as a training representative in Portland, Oregon. His views on this blog are his own and do not represent Panasonic. You can see more of Mark’s photos on his photo blog at www.mtoal.wordpress.com. Mark can be contacted at marktoalphotography@gmail.com

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