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My full switch to Fuji-X: resolution of a gear dilemma, and the X-Pro2 two month user report

Several months ago, I posted an article describing my predicament choosing between two different systems, m43 and Fuji-X. This post, which became quite popular with blog visitors, concluded in indecision.

The truth is though, that even at that point, the wheels were already turning, and the situation has since been resolved. Fuji-X is now the system I'm using practically exclusively ("practically": I'll use another camera for testing or in a special occasion only). 

Guerrilla Strobist Kit

There is an anecdote, about a documentary photographer -who's name I can't remember, unfortunately- being inquired if he used "available light" in one picture. His answer goes something like this: "yes, it was available light, I had a speedlite available so I used that".

Sigma starts a mirrorless system, Olympus FF rumors and some thoughts on mirrorless camera design

There are rumors surrounding some recent Olympus patents, concerning lenses capable of covering the full 35mm size sensor . There are currently patents filed for a number of prime lenses, all at very bright (f/1.4) apertures.

Now, this is certainly not a direct indication that Olympus is "going full frame". Companies apply for patents all the time; sometimes it's only for the reason of "locking" a particular optical design (for lenses) or an idea for a camera component (e.g. an autofocus system). Indeed, we have seen patents from Olympus during the last several years that led to nothing in actual production.

My Fuji vs. Olympus catch-22

Regular readers of this blog would know that I use both Olympus and Fuji cameras. I may happen to occasionally use another brand, but it will probably be for testing/review purposes. Although I started shooting Olympus m43 cameras exclusively more than 3 years ago, during the last year or so I also entered the X-System and, today, use is practically equally divided between the two.

The G-spot, Take 7 - a hands on review of the Panasonic G7

Panasonic's G-line of cameras, starting with G1 at 2008, signaled the beginning of the whole Micro Four Thirds system; this was, after all, the first camera in the system being announced.

Full disclosure: I never managed to stomach the G-line of cameras, concerning appearance and styling. They always felt to me like they tried too much to look like smaller modern DSLRs. In fact, I already expressed my antipathy of this style in a previous article. Panasonic even tried to introduce the term "DSLM" based on this style; an effort that justifiably failed.

E-M5 mark2: Hands-on test, review, thoughts, samples

It has been 3 long years now, that Olympus managed to stir photographic market waters for good, and forever, introducing that first E-M5. It's now a general consensus that this camera brought mirrorless in the forefront, not only for serious enthusiasts but for a number of professional uses also. Being a match, or even superior, in image quality and features, to APS-C sensor cameras of its era, was no easy fit and, with m4/3 lens variety and quality constantly growing, it was just a matter of time to become a photographic icon.

It's in human nature never to be satisfied. I distinctly remember many of us, already using the E-M5 daily and in demanding applications, starting voicing out our wishlists for the next model. Higher shutter speed and flash sync, professional level build, bigger and better EVF, larger buffer, etc, were often mentioned. The answer was given with the E-M1, incorporating some features and general philosophy found only in pro DSLRs costing several thousand. But, you see, the E-M5 was never really intended to be a top semi or full pro camera, and the E-M1 was never meant to be its successor.