Pointless bragging -- how long have you been using m43

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Started out in 2010 with the E-PL1 and 14-42. Operationally that camera is not going to blow anyone away, but the outdoor shots (especially) with blue skies always impressed.

The GF1 and 20/1.7 came along at some point, and I was really sold. E-M5 was icing on the cake.

Not sure I bought anything when it first launched though. The list is long: G1, GH1, GF1, several of the other GFs, GX1, GX7, GX85, G3, GM1, E-PL1, E-P3, E-P5, E-M5, E-M10, E-M1, E-PL5, E-PM1, E-PM2.

I've often owned multiple bodies, and more often m4/3s along with another format. Only been completely out of m4/3s for a few short stretches. I always seem to come back. :)

E-P5 is my all-time favorite, though I liked most of them. The G3 is only one that I really didn't like.
 

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Got the GX1 in 2013 (had a PS for a couple of years before that), my first real camera since the OM-1 I used in my teens.
As I need reading glasses I wanted a VF, so I got a G6 in 2014 (Sold now).
GM5 in 2016 to be my everyday carry.
G80 in 2018.
I don't think the grass is greener anywhere else!
 
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2013 in a closing down sale; I bought a PM1/14-42/4-150 combo.
It knocked me out the pictures I could get from that little thing, having only used P&S before. Then came loads of lenses, followed by an EM10, and a real interest in taking photo's; something I never had before. Last month I bought an EM1ii and I am really looking forward to taking it on a trip to Namibia next week.

I visit this site each day, and enjoy the information, friendliness and help it provides. You have all taught me a lot, a huge benefit for Mu-43 that I can't see from other system's forums. Thank-you everyone.

I'm still taking crap photo's, so much to learn, but I think a little bit clearer each time I take a shot and to my mind they are getting better. I'm by far the biggest limitation to producing good pictures not the equipment, but it is fun and I am enjoying the journey.
 

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I bought the E-P2 when it was announced (kit with 14-42mm lens and VF-2), and I picked it up in December 2009. I bought it from one of the brick & mortar stores (Hunts in Melrose, MA) that carries a lot of Olympus gear, and I was one of the first people to get the camera in the USA.

Lets see, micro 4/3rds only:
  • Olympus E-P2: 2009, 2,591 shots
  • Olympus E-PM2: 2012, 790 shots
  • Olympus E-M5 mark I: 2014, 3,447 shots (refurbished, sent in once for service for EVF)
  • Olympus E-M1 mark I: 2016, 3,365 shots (sent in twice for service in 2018, shutter & main circuit board replacement)
  • Panasonic G85: 2016: 754 shots (plus a lot of video)
  • Olympus E-M10 mark II: 568 shots (refurbished)
  • 11,515 total shots
You didn't ask, but here is my list with the classic 4/3rds DSLRs:
  • Olympus E-1, 2004, 8,660 shots (eyepiece replaced after a fall)
  • Olympus E-510, 2007 (sold 2009): 1,602 shots
  • Olympus E-3, 2008, 6,967 shots (sent in for service once for auto focus)
  • Olympus E-5, 2011, 4,881 shots
  • 22,110 total shots
Notable fixed-lens cameras:
  • Olympus C-2100UZ, 2002, 10,562 shots
  • Olympus Stylus-1, 2014, 2,894 shots
  • Olympus SP-550UZ, 2007 (given away a few years ago), 647 shots
  • Panasonic LX10, 2017, 370 shots (plus some video)
  • Panasonic FZ300, 2018, 516 shots
  • Olympus TG-5, 2018, 35 shots (refurbished)
  • 17,363 shots taken by all fixed lens cameras and cell phones
  • 50,988 total shots stored in my photo albums
Top lenses:
  • Olympus 14-54mm f/2.8-3.5 mark I (classic 4/3rds), 2004, 14,056 shots
  • Olympus 50-200mm f/2.8-3.5 mark I (classic 4/3rds), 2005, 3,671 shots alone, 1,254 shots with EC-14
  • Olympus 12-40mm f/2.8 pro (m4/3rds), 2015, 3,323 shots (bought used)
  • Olympus 14-150mm f/4-5.6 mark I (m4/3rds), 2010, sold 2015, 1,472 shots
  • Olympus 12-50mm f/3.5-6.3 EZ (m4/3rds), 2014, 1,469 shots
  • Olympus 14-150mm f/4-5.6 mark II (m4/3rds), 2015, 1,452 shots
  • Olympus 50mm f/2 macro (classic 4/3rds), 2005, 1,410 shots
  • Panasonic 20mm f/1.7 (m4/3rds), 2011, 1,194 shots
Stats page: Statistics for Meissner digital photo album, including private albums
 
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After reading this
actually I wasn't intending to brag, my intention was to indicate that I'm not just a newbie with no experience ;-)

But this thread is a good one (I thought there was one already thou?)
Playing with my G1, which I got in 27th of March 2009
My wife photobombing my fiddling

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the next frame from that SD card was just outside the front door:
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at that time I was also using 10D, 20D, EOS film, 120 roll and 4x5

Its not like my G1 took a back seat either
in my view ...: G1: after a year and ten thousand images

but by then I'd been getting serious about adapted lenses (because unlike now, back then there was a real deficit of native lenses).

:)
 

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actually I wasn't intending to brag, my intention was to indicate that I'm not just a newbie with no experience ;-)

But this thread is a good one (I thought there was one already thou?)
Playing with my G1, which I got in 27th of March 2009
My wife photobombing my fiddling

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the next frame from that SD card was just outside the front door:
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at that time I was also using 10D, 20D, EOS film, 120 roll and 4x5

Its not like my G1 took a back seat either
in my view ...: G1: after a year and ten thousand images

but by then I'd been getting serious about adapted lenses (because unlike now, back then there was a real deficit of native lenses).

:)
Maybe you should hide the name and address even if you have moved from Finland now?

BTW, fan of Dune?
 

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Maybe you should hide the name and address even if you have moved from Finland/Soumi now?
Thanks for that, but my inlaws don't live there anymore either ... and besides, you don't want to be attempting a break in in a country side home in Northern Karelia (everyone has at least shot guns and hunting dogs)

BTW, fan of Dune?
LOL ... what gave that away ;-)
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May 2011. I wanted to 'upgrade' from my Kodak compact so I tried a Fuji S3200 bridge camera, whose IQ was awful. The S3200 was the budget entry in the Fuji superzoom range, and noise suppression and sharpenning were over the top. Should have got the HS10, but then I'd probably not ventured into M43. Instead I invested in an E-PL1. That lead to the E-PL3, E-P5, E-M5.2 and finally E-M1.2.

I've tried other formats, including FF and I too keep coming back to m43. It's where it's at.
 

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Oh, I knew that. I didn't mean to say you were bragging, I just thought a thread was in order for everyone to brag.
cool ... thanks for clarification (I get paranoid sometimes, but I do know they're out to get me ... :) )

and I don't mind duplicate threads ... fishes out new info anyway :)
 

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About April 2015 I was offered an e m5 and the kit lenses for $200 (must have been stolen!) so I snatched it up with an intention of selling it on which I did within a month after first toying with the idea of keeping it as I was blown away with it's rendering of colour. I didn't know much about m43 then and was simply trying to make a profit to fund a canon 7Dmkll. Strangely enough, I've never been able to reproduce the rendering that I got from this first short lived "dabble" and it wasn't just the one lens, both gave me similar results. Returned to m43 and now totally committed in Jan of last year. These were my first shots with that kit
Orange On Blue (1) by Kevin Dickinson, on Flickr
To Go In Or Not by Kevin Dickinson, on Flickr
Best Seat In The House by Kevin Dickinson, on Flickr
 

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agreed ... its the intersection set of so many positives isn't it
Exactly. If I'm heading out, 8 times out of 10 I'll grab the m43 gear. I can fit it and a couple of lenses in a backpack and not feel the weight, whears packing the K1 with 2 lenses is very noticeable. With the weight saving I sometimes pack the tripod. The fact that it's less bulky too i feel as if it's easier to keep them out of harms way when hiking etc. and generally the replacement cost if I do drop something is less. It's the right balance for me.
 

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Exactly. If I'm heading out, 8 times out of 10 I'll grab the m43 gear. ...
I'd add to that that a camera like the GF-1 (or E-PL series) is less threatening to people than a "put it to your face" camera and as everyone is now used to phones being held up in the same manner I get more "candid" shots (without people being camera sensitive).
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in my view ...: party camera
 
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I picked up an epl1 sometime in 2010. Then went to the epl2 which was a nice upgrade. I tried the epm1 and the sold it for the better sensor of the epm2. These did not have enough controls. Next I got a refurb em5-1 but it had an issue and I returned it right away.

I next tried the ep5 and was the most satisfied with this. What a great camera to have.

After a long time I switched to the em5-2 for the built in viewfinder. Then the pen-f came out. I would have liked that but I already had the m5-2. Plus, it was Too expensive for me and the used price did not drop very quickly. Lately the price has dropped and I am now back to the pen line with my pen-f.

Hope to keep this for a while.
 

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