Micro Four Thirds - Small Cameras For Travelling

Regular readers will know that I am investing in a new camera system.

I want to move to small cameras for travelling - and micro four thirds is my system of choice.

What is micro four thirds?

Well if I get my act together you will be able to learn all about this wonderfully compact system next week on my blog.

For now, what progress have I made?

I have bought the following gear

Olympus OM-D EM10 Mk 2

Olympus 12-40mm F2.8 Pro lens

Olympus 40-150mm lens

A bag

A Three Legged Thing Universal L Bracket

Arriving today is a Three Legged Thing Corey tripod

And that is it for now. Well sort of.

I want to get an Olympus OM-D EM5 Mk 2, which I am looking at now.

And this will be my travel photography kit.

A word about the size of micro four thirds cameras

I can fit my EM10 in my pocket with my 14-42 pancake zoom lens. I bought the 12-40mm Pro lens as my go to lens. It is a great lens, but it is bigger and heavier than the tiny pancake zoom.

So not quite as small as I was hoping for….

And I have noticed walking around that the grip on the EM10 needs adding to. Sure I can buy a grip but I will do this to the EM5 when I get it.

How have I paid for this stuff?

I have sold my Canon tilt shift lens, which I have not used in years to be honest, along with lots of stuff that was sat in a drawer. This transition is funded solely by selling gear.

So, to buy the EM5 I have to sell another lens and some other bits.

I cannot tell you how good it feels to sell gear I haven’t used for ages anyway, and have the money sat in my Paypal account that I can buy stuff with guilt free!

Sell a lens, and all I am lookng for then is an EM5 on Ebay.

And in the meantime I am getting out and about actually taking photos.

This is a photo I took on a commercial shoot for an architect. I did the shoot with my Canon 6D and took shots with the EM10 for comparison.

Architectural photography using a micro four thirds Olympus camera

Architectural photography using a micro four thirds Olympus camera

Pretty good eh?

And I can hardly tell the difference between the Canon shots and the Olympus photos which is interesting.

Don’t tell anyone but I did a full set of images using the Olympus EM10 and issued them to the client and guess what - nobody noticed!!!!

I have the full set taken with my Canon 6D but this was the first time I have done a full shoot using both systems, and the first time I had issued photos from the Olympus OM-D EM10 to a client!

Summary

It is time to stop looking at gear and get out and take photos using all this lovely new stuff. Can’t wait!!

Rick McEvoy Photography - photographer, blogger, website creator