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  1. I've seen the NEX and Sony RX1/100 threads here and thought I'd start something similar for M43. The background is that until late last year I shot my stock (mainly travel) exclusively on a DSLR kit comprising D700 with 35-70, 18-35 , 70-300VR lens and 35 & 50 primes - all up weight just over 3KG. But age is creeping up on me and I wanted something lighter and less conspicuous for family holidays (one of those sad individuals that see's family holidays as stock opportunities). I looked at the small Nikon DSLRs but found the viewfinders like tunnels and so after some thought plumped for a Panasonic G5 kit with the 14-42 and 45-150 kit zooms - excellent price including interest free credit in Jessops before they went in to receivership. I went for the G5 as the Olympus OM-D E-M5 seemed over specced for what I wanted and the G5 EVF is about the same size as the D700's and easy to use with glasses. I preferred it to that on the NEX 7 when I tried both in the shop. I've had the G5 since late last year and although initially I didn't use it much, have been using it quite a bit lately as the weather has started to improve and, to be honest, have rather enjoyed the experience. The convenience of the kit is just stunning and I've realised that I will be able to get a full replacement kit in to a very small bag and less than half the weight. I'm pretty well at a crossroads at the moment - I need to think about where to go after the D700 and although the D600 seems the natural choice, I'm sorely tempted to go down the dedicated M43 route with a OM-D E-M5 or GH3 and Panasonic 12-35 and 7-14 lenses plus tele zoom and a couple of fast Olympus primes for when narrow DoF is required. I'll keep the G5 as a back-up. What's holding me back is 2 concerns - if I shoot 3:2 on all current M43 I 'only' get just over 14MP, not much up from my D700 and not sure that's viable for the next 3-4 years. I can shoot 4:3 at 16MP, the minimum I want for a replacement, but I'm not sure how important image ratio is to buyers and whether that might make the images less attractive. Secondly, the general robustness of the kit. The Nikon and lenses are all pretty solidly built and feel like they'll take a knock. Quality wise, the Nikon images are cleaner, but I've been happy with the G5 images once processed and I've had no problems with clearing QC. I've decided that there's no point in changing from full frame unless I can half the weight of a full kit but still have something robust that will take regular use for a few years. Can't see any way to do that except M43 (E-M5 or GH3). Anyone using a M43 as a main system? Anyone care to share some thoughts on M43 as a main stock system. Chris Lawrence
  2. Hi How many of you use Micro Four Thirds systems for your stock work? After a bit of a photography hiatus (having kids plus starting a demanding job) I got back into it a few months back. I bought Lumix GF5 as I got a really good deal on it, and I am finding it a great system as it is so small and discreet yet very good image quality (to my eyes). Now considering a GX1 as the prices are going down with the imminent release of the GX7. How many of you use this type of system? What are your views and Lens recommendations. I am using the Kit lens 14-42X powerzoom and the 45-150 telephoto. Thinking of either the sigma 19mm prime or an olumpus 17mm prime wich allows you to do proper zone focusing. Steve
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