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A Chance Encounter With A Micro Four Thirds Convert
Thursday night, Priscilla and I were returning to our car from an event at the Walker Art Center when we happened across a photographer setting up his tripod for a time-lapse photo. I noticed that he was shooting what looked like an Olympus OM-D E-M5. I wasn't entirely sure, so I asked him. He confirmed my hunch. Being a curious photographer, I asked him how he liked his camera.
Before I give you his answer I'm going to take a brief diversion. Recently I purchased the Lumix DMC-GH3 micro four thirds camera with the intent of taking it on a trekking adventure we're planning for this summer. Priscilla is having a hard time with me not taking my "best camera." That would be my Nikon D800. To be honest, I'm also struggling a bit with this. But when I have the objective of getting the weight of my pack under 30 pounds, I have to seriously consider something that yields a weight reduction measured in pounds rather than ounces. This discussion has been ongoing for weeks now. Where things stand right now, Priscilla still thinks I'm off my rocker for considering not taking my D800. I think I'd be crazy not to consider it. Okay, now I'll finish the rest of the story.
The photographer answered that he loved his Olympus micro four thirds cameras. His main camera is now the Olympus OM-D E-M1 and his walkabout camera is the E-M5, the one he was using that night. He mentioned that once he got into micro four thirds, he sold all his Canon DSLR gear and hasn't looked back. He loves having the lighter kit. After thanking him for his time and shaking hands, we went on our way. Once we got several strides down the path, I suggested to Priscilla that she might be thinking I'd set that up. Her answer? "I don't want to talk about it!"
I'll let the scale do the talking.