There are now 56 companies (that’s right – 56 – not just Olympus and Panasonic) participating in the M43 consortium. Four new M43 cameras conforming to the standard were introduced just last year. And many more lenses.
I realize I run the risk of attracting the ire of the Full Frame Mafia by writing this post, but I am okay with that because in the end, I am not saying M43 is better than FF, I am merely saying it MIGHT be better for you, as it is for me.
Micro Four Thirds is not dead
The featured photo for this post is a simple picture of a northern cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis) that I made in South Texas, last month. I used an Olympus 300 f/4 IS Pro Lens on an Olympus OM-D E-M1 X camera body, mounted to a RC-5570 Tripod with Uniqball UBH 45XC Ball Head with X-Cross Clamp. Triggered with an Olympus RM-CB2 Release Cable.
I used to primarily rely on Canon or Nikon DSLRs for bird and wildlife photography but my health and my age have made both impractical. Thankfully, Micro Four Third (M43) cameras and lenses have improved over the last five years to the point where they have significantly closed the gap with many DSLRs. I now use M43 gear from Olympus as my only camera system.
It is as dependable as tax time. The camera forums are populated by experts who tell me you can’t get a creamy bokeh out of a Micro Four Thirds lens because the crop factor doubles the depth-of-field. Sigh….
New Micro Four Thirds Lens Roundup