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The Micro Four Thirds system is a standard that provides comparability between cameras and lenses from several different manufacturers that adhere to the standard. One of the distinguishing features is the sensor size, which is larger than most compact cameras, but smaller than a standard DSLR.

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Does adapting a fish-eye lens on a smaller sensor lose the fish-eye effect?

When you adapt a lens for a larger system (full-frame or APS-C) onto a micro four thirds camera, you are essentially cropping the image. Many lenses do not have a problem with this since the focal ...
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Is the Panasonic Leica Summilux DG 25mm f/1.4 as good as the name implies?

I’ve got a soft spot for fast, normal lenses, and while I normally shoot with a Pentax DSLR, Panasonic’s Leica DG Summilux 25mm / F1.4 ASPH has had me sneaking drooling glances at Micro ...
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How is depth-of-field affected on micro format cameras? [duplicate]

One of my favorite qualities of large apertures (besides the low light capability) is their characteristic shallow focus that can offer dramatic background blur. I've been considering how a micro ...
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Is there an index of all Micro Four-Thirds lenses?

I am looking for lens options for a new M4/3 camera I just bought. I'm particularly interested in landscape lenses. However when searching for lenses I can't find one place that has a complete index ...
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Is the low-light advantage of larger sensors attributable to the sensor itself or to the larger aperture of the lenses? [closed]

Let's say I take a photo using an APS-C camera and using an FF camera, from the same position, with the same ISO and shutter speed. Let's say I use a 50mm focal length for the FF camera. To match the ...
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Why is micro 4/3 autofocus so much faster than DSLR live mode focus? [duplicate]

Both a DSLR in live view mode and a micro 4/3 system camera use the main sensor for autofocus. However, on a DSLR it's embarrassingly slow. This can't just be a software thing. How is it that one is ...
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Does sensor size dictate lens size with all other things equal?

Background I'm considering switching from DSLR to mirrorless and have been researching the micro four thirds (M43/MFT) and Sony's new Alpha 7 (A7). While Sony hasn't released many lenses for this new ...
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Would any high-end, large sensor compact (eg RX100 II) be a better investment than a small interchangable camera (eg Lumix GM1)? [duplicate]

I want to buy a new "compact" (in terms of size) camera to replace my ageing Canon S90. I have a Canon 6D which I use for travel and dedicated "photo walks", but I also use my S90 quite often when ...
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beginner photographer with specific needs - DSLR vs Compact Mirrorless System or Micro 4/3? [duplicate]

I'm a novice photographer, having only taken a handful of 35mm photo classes in school and Uni. My business, graphic/web design, has expanded in such a way that I'm now in need of a decent camera. I ...
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Lens f-number and speed on adapted lenses

A lens has a focal length, and its entrance pupil has a diameter. The ratio of these is an f-number. The size of the entrance pupil is limited by the size of the front element, and we describe lenses ...
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How do non-MFT lenses work on a Panasonic GF3?

I'm thinking of buying a GF3. But the lenses are pricy, so I have to pick my kit wisely. I saw that there are adapters for it, but I'm new to lenses. Are there any problems with attaching non-MFT ...
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Are there drawbacks when using Panasonic lenses on Olympus Micro Four Thirds cameras?

I'm interested in trying out Olympus' new OM-D E-M5, and since I'm used to using a normal prime (and just spent some time using one on Fujifilm's new mirrorless EVF camera), I'd like to try that ...
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How to choose a right Compact System Camera? [closed]

I am a newbie to the world of photography.All these days i was using a point & shoot camera (Nikon Coolpix L820) and now i want to buy a compact system camera. So can anyone suggest which one will ...
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Why do many mirrorless cameras use the four thirds format? [closed]

Since mirrorless cameras are a quite new product (Wikipedia says 2008), what's behind the choice of the 4:3 format (for those that use it)? My first guess would be that 4/3 pictures are made to fit ...
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How do Micro 4/3s cameras compare with DSLR cameras?

What are the major (and perhaps more subtle) differences between the newer Micro 4/3s format in comparison to the well-established DSLR cameras? What are the pros and cons of the Micro 4/3s format, ...
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What is the visual difference between Full Frame, APS-C and Micro Four Thirds pictures? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: When do the differences between APS-C and full frame sensors matter, and why? I am interested in a visual comparison of same scene but with different sensor ...
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Does micro 4/3 have an advantage in low light due to aperture equivilence?

Recent Micro Four/Thirds sensors seem to have improved their noise performance significantly. I own a Canon 5D Mark 2 full frame DSLR and am considering purchasing an Olympus OM-D EM5 micro four ...
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Is it practical and worthwhile to fit old SLR lenses to mirrorless digital cameras?

I see that there seem to be a lot of lens adapters available on eBay to allow fitting old SLR lenses onto new digital cameras such as the micro 4/3 and the sony NEX cameras. Is it actually worth the ...
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What Micro-Four Thirds prime lenses produce pleasing bokeh?

What prime lenses can you recommend for producing pleasing bokeh on the Micro Four Thirds cameras like the Panasonic GH2/3? I'm interested in both Panasonic and non-Panasonic lenses (including using ...
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What “all rounder” travel lenses can help me decide between Sony, Nikon, or Panasonic Micro Four Thirds?

I want to upgrade from compact (Sony 24x superzoom) to more enthusiast-style camera. After extensive search and comparison (dpreview.com and elsewhere) I have selected Sony SLT A55, Lumix GH2 and ...
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How useful is in-lens image stabilisation at long zoom lengths on micro 4/3?

I have a Panasonic G3 with the 14-42mm kit lens. I am now looking for a second lens and would like to start with a longer kit-zoom. Something to go from around my kit lens' 42mm up to the 150mm kind ...
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What's the magnification of a full frame macro lens on a MFT camera?

I think I've got this right but I would like to be positive before I buy a lens. If I were to use a Nikkor 55mm full frame macro lens with a 1:2 magnification and a 9inch min focus on a micro four ...
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Olympus and/or Four-Thirds resources? [closed]

Can you recommend any books, blogs or websites that are focused on Olympus and/or Four-Thirds (micro and standard) equipment?
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Do the same camera settings lead to the same exposure across different sensor sizes?

Let's say I have a micro-4/3rd camera and a full frame camera, both set to 1/60 at f/2.8, taking a picture of the same scene in the same lighting. Will the exposure be the same across both cameras ...
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Printing large (16x20 and up) with the Olympus OM-D EM-5?

Is it possible to make 16x20 inch prints using images from the Olympus OM-D EM-5 (and some good Olympus primes), while retaining sharpness and detail? Especially for landscape images? I've used a ...
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Should I switch to a mirrorless camera for baby/kid pictures?

I currently own a canon entry DSLR and a couple of lenses (kit 18-55, 50 1.8 and a 70-300). I am also expecting a baby soon and I plan to take many pictures of her. I have been thinking about ...
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Is gallery quality possible with a mirrorless camera?

I'm a gallery represented photographer and I'm contemplating a new camera. I currently shoot with a Canon 40D primarily with 2 pieces of Canon L glass, the 17-40mm and the 24-105mm. I am exceptionally ...
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How do I get a decent zoom lens for my Micro 4/3 camera?

I recently bought my first “real” camera, an older Lumix GF-1 with a pancake 14mm/2.5 lens. (I love it, here’s some samples.) I wanted to try a zoom lens, so I bought a second-hand 14–42/3.5–5.6. ...
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Micro four thirds lens and camera compatibility

I was looking at some micro four thirds camera to buy. I am not too sure how the whole system works: Can I use four thirds lens on micro four thirds camera? And the opposite? What brands make micro ...
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Is there a Micro Four Thirds to Four Thirds Adapter?

I've seen several mount adapters that allow you to use a Four Thirds lens on a Micro Four Thirds camera. Is there such an adapter that works in the reverse? For example, I own a four-thirds camera ...
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How can I reduce the noise present when taking pictures without lowering my ISO?

I know that high ISOs tend to produce more noise, and some cameras' software can handle that noise better than others, but are there any other settings or conditions tha affect visible noise? I'm ...
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How does iDynamic on Panasonic G Micro Four Thirds cameras work?

When using iA+ mode on my Panasonic G3 something called iDynamic kicks in and preserves the highlights in the image. I wonder how this is possible, and not just a part of the dynamic range of the ...
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Micro Four Thirds: Which lens adapters are most compatible?

Using the micro four thirds (MFT) system allows you to pick from a wide variety of mount adapters which which to attach your old lenses (Nikon F, Canon EF, Pentax K, etc). Question: Which common lens ...
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Can I fit a Minolta 35mm lens to a Micro 4third mount?

I have old 35mm lenses for my old Minolta camera. I'm going back to photography and getting an Olympus PEN E-PL1 (micro four thirds mount). Can I use my old lenses on such a box or do they become ...
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From a pure specs perspective, do micro four thirds cameras like the E-PL2 have any advantages over Sony's new RX100?

David Pogue is deeply, wildly in love with Sony's new high-end "pro's second camera", the RX100. So I was thinking of trying to find an excuse to buy it to replace my S95. But then I realized that ...
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What is the crop factor for Four Thirds cameras considering aspect ratios?

I'm considering switching to the Micro Four Thirds system. Finding lenses which match my style is a key part of that, and "normalizing" via crop factor is a convenient tool. The crop factor for Four ...
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Is a dSLR or mirrorless camera better for learning about photography?

I am getting frustrated with the limitations of my iPhone camera and my girlfriend's point-and-shoot. I want to purchase my first serious camera and learn how to take better photos. I don't think the ...
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What should I replace the Nikon D40X with? [closed]

Since my Nikon d40x decided to die (shutter problem, shop says repair will cost more than camera is worth), I have the joy of looking for an replacement. I was mostly content with what I could do ...
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Is something moving inside a micro four thirds camera when you take a picture?

I just spent some time playing with a couple of Olympus micro four third cameras and I was surprised that when I took a picture, I felt the body of the camera jerking slightly. That's something I ...
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Where can I get an extension tube for micro-four-thirds lenses?

There doesn't seem to be any extension tube set listed on the m4/3 section of the Four Thirds website. Olympus makes the EX-25 extension tube but it's for regular Four Thirds lenses. I would like to ...
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Is the format for the distortion and chromatic aberration correction of µ4/3 lenses documented?

Olympus micro 4/3 cameras apply distortion correction on their in-camera JPEGs when used with a micro 4/3 lens. Panasonic cameras correct both distortion and chromatic aberration with their lenses. ...
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What considerations are there when buying a polarising filter?

I have an Olympus EPL1 with two lenses: the micro 4/3rds 14-42mm and the 4/3rds 40-150mm. At the beach today, I could see the sea creatures in the rock pools but couldn't take a picture of them. The ...
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Would a Panasonic G3 be able to handle low-light conditions on a South African safari?

I'm going on safari in South Africa and wondering if a micro 4/3 camera will be able to handle the low light conditions (since safaris are at dawn and dusk). Specifically, I'm looking at the ...
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Should I stick with Micro Four Thirds or switch to a larger format before investing in more gear?

Recently I was given a Panasonic GF2 micro 4/3 camera + 14mm pancake lens for my birthday — a nice upgrade to what I have been using recently. I want to start to take my photography more seriously, ...
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What do I need to do tilt-shift with a micro four-thirds camera?

I'm a newbie when it comes to photography. I currently own a Panasonic Lumix GF1 and would like to learn the tilt-shift technique. How does it work, what tools do I need, what software do I need as ...
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Should I get the prime or zoom kit lens with the Panasonic GF3?

I'm new to lenses, because currently I have the fixed lens Olympus XZ-1. I'm thinking of an upgrade, and I find the Panasonic GF3 very good. It has the option of two kit lenses: A pancake lens at 14mm ...
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Can you recommend a macro lens for a micro 4/3 camera?

I've recently purchased a micro 4/3 camera (Panasonic GF1), and I'm aware that with an appropriate adapter, I can use a large variety of third-party lenses. I'm interested in experimenting with macro ...
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What CCTV lenses can I use with Micro 4/3 and adapter?

I keep hearing things about using CCTV C Mounts hacked into a Micro 4/3 camera using an adapter. Does anybody have any experience with this? Can any ebay lens work, or is the C-mount not universal? ...
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What's the best budget macro lens option for micro 4/3 Panasonic Lumix gf3?

I would like to get into macro photography.. Just wondering what the best macro lens would be in the $150-200 price range? I would like to get the Panasonic/Leica macro lens but not in the budget. Btw ...
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What are the advantages of a Micro 4/3s camera compared to a DSLR?

After a quick search found none, I thought I'd follow up IntuitionHQ's question with its opposite: When comparing cameras to buy, what are the advantages of Micro 4/3 cameras when compared with ...