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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Is the smaller mass and bulk of Micro Four Thirds gear vs. APS-C DSLRs meaningful?

I currently have a Nikon D90 and a few DX and FX lenses. I am thinking about changing to Micro Four Thirds (as it's a drag carrying around a big DSLR all the time, and my most important shoots are on ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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What should I know about remote shutter-releases for a Panasonic GF-1?

I've looked around quite a bit and I'm about to bite the bullet and order the Panasonic DMW-RSL1 Remote Shutter Release which feels quite overpriced, but is the manufacturer's own product. At that ...
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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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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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Why are Micro Four Thirds lenses so expensive compared to Canon?

I'm looking at picking up a new prime portrait lens to augment the kit lenses that came with my Olympus OM-D M-10. My brother has a Canon with a 50mm f/1.8 lens that takes beautiful photos and costs ...
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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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Are there reasons beyond weight and price to choose the Olympus 40-150mm over the 14-150mm?

I'm curious whether there is any advantage in buying the 40-150 vs. the 14-150 lens. Both are f/4.0-5.6 and quality seems to be the same. Is there any reason except weight and price for which one ...
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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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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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Why are MMF-1 / MMF-2 adapters so expensive?

Why is it that MMF-1 / MMF-2 adapters (the ones that convert from 4/3 to Micro 4/3) are that expensive?! They seem to be at least $140 on eBay, $250 on Amazon! Is this a way for Olympus to force you ...
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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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Which raw processors interpret distortion/CA correction from Micro Four Thirds cameras?

I've been thinking about Micro Four Thirds, which in many cases encodes distortion and chromatic aberration correction into the raw files. But, the raw processor I currently use (Bibble) ignores this ...
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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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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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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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How advanced is phase detect AF for bird photography compared to contrast detect AF?

My first and only camera is a panasonic Lumix G5 with a panasonic 45-200mm. I wanted to have a first hand experience and decide if I want to switch to aps-c dslrs, but I never had an opportunity to ...
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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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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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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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What Nikon F lenses can be adapted for micro four-thirds cameras and with what limitations?

There seem to be several makes of adapter that allow most Nikon F lenses to be mounted on any Micro four-thirds (M43) camera. I believe that autofocus is not supported, nor is electronic aperture ...
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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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Are there unique camera bags designed for micro four-thirds?

There are a lot of discussions about bags for DSLR — but since micro four thirds is all about size, there have to be some unique bags designed especially to take advantage of the reduced size. Using a ...
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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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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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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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Is it a good idea to use adapted tele lenses with a micro four thirds camera for fast moving (nature/wildlife) photos?

I am thinking of buying an affordable tele lens (600mm+ equivalent) for my panasonic Lumix G5. I have read about adapting 400mm f5.6 EDIF a) For wildlife/bird pictures, would it be too much of ...
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M.Zuiko 14-42 kit lens @ 25 mm on Olympus PEN E-PL1 with EV-2 finder does not have a 50 mm field of view

I've acquired an Olympus PEN E-PL1 mounting the kit zoom lens and EV-2 electronic viewfinder. Somehow, setting the lens at 25 mm does not yield the field of view I expect from a 50 mm equivalent ...