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Old 08-22-2017   #1
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Toying with the idea of grabbing a cheap 4/3 mirrorless to play with (Maybe a G5). If I recall correctly, it was touted that 4/3 lens were universal to all bodies. I ask the group here, how much truth is there to that?

I guess I should also be asking about M4/3 rather than older 4/3, Im guessing I should likely look for a M4/3 camera so I could get more life out of the lens? Im reading some that the 4/3 standard is being dropped by some.

Thank you for your time-
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I have a Panasonic G5, and Olympus E-PL5. Hardly use the E-PL5 because I like the eye-level viewfinder of the G5. Good little cameras. I have a Nikon lens adapter so I can use my Nikon lenses at Manual Focus. All M43 lenses will interchange with all M43 cameras. The Olympus is kind of my hide-a-way camera when I know the sun will not be too bright for me to see the image. Both are good travel cameras. I also have the 14-42 Oly lens and the under rated 40-150mm Oly lens also. I do a lot of macro photography, sports photography, mainly on the field or on the court football and basketball and the two M43 cameras are not fast enough for catching peak action so I use Nikon D700, D800, D750 and occasionally, the old but great Nikon D2x. I certainly do not have any criticism of the M43 system or cameras but sometimes they are just too slow for what I need but they go with me on vacations and travel.
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Hawk, your answers were spot on... the data I was looking for. Id like a "smaller, cheaper" camera to take on hikes, etc that will still take some awesome pictures, within it's limitations.

The G5, does it have RAW mode with JPEG? Ive gotten hooked on RAW..

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It does have its own version of raw and there is a converter software for the Panasonic raw. I am sure you can download it if not with the camera. I think that Lightroom will work but I hate to admit that I only shoot jpeg with the Panasonic and Olympus. Raw for the Nikon.
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If JPEG is all you need, why go through the extra conversion step? On the other hand, I have some trouble nailing the exposure exactly, and in some mixed lighting conditions the white balance, so the ability to take another pass at these easily justifies the extra trouble of shooting in RAW for me.
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Hawk, thanks agn for the follow up... I located two operator's manuals in PDF for the G5, it will do everything I want it to do..

Scoundrel, you should try HDR, works best with RAW. I can adjust exposure with RAW and save "bracketed" JPEGs and have stunning outputs...

Here are two albums that were done with *1* RAW and multiple exposure setting JPEGs then processed with Photomatrix. I'd say, 90% of them would never have turned out this well without this process. If you find one with a little too heavy tonemapping, overlook that.. at the base, fusion HDR is what took place, the ability to see LIGHTS, MEDIUMS and BRIGHTS all in ONE image, is amazing (if, that is what tickles your fancy)


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^HDR images made from *1* RAW image^

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This image would NEVER EVER have turned out without shooting in RAW...



Here is the original, as shot by the camera, JPEG:





Here is the RAW file is you want to download and play with it...
https://www.amazon.com/clouddrive/sh...xJs90uDrpbJ52N


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I've never had or played with a G5 so I'll defer to JHawk on that one. But have spent years with the Micro 4/3 line. I think the G5 is kind of in between an Olympus E-M1 and E-M5 mkII, both of which I have and either could be purchased from me.

The E-M1 has the grip built-in like the G5, where the E-M5 mkII doesn't have a grip (more like a bump). But I have shot more with the E-M5 mkII (and the E-M5 before it) than any Micro 4/3 camera (I had 2 E-M5mkII's). The E-M5 mkII is a nice size and weight, not too big, not too small, flip-out and reversible LCD, has EVF, and comes with a little removable pop-up and roasting flash head.

Right now mostly using the Pen-F which is a sweet piece of design, a tick bigger than the JHawks E-PL5, but the Pen-F does have an EVF, off center like a rangefinder.

All the Panasonic and Olympus Micro 4/3 lenses will work on any of the respective Oly or Any bodies, so you can use a Panasonic lens on the Olympus, and the opposite. All the Olympus bodies had IS built-in to the body, where only a few Panasonic ones do, so if you want IS, choose based on that. There are a few Panasonic lenses that have IS built-in to the lens, where Olympus has a lot less IS included in lens options. But the Olympus in body IS is pretty darn nice, and the latest top of the line body with the Olympus 12-100 f/4 lens give 6.5 stops of IS...pretty nice.

Both Olympus and Panasonic have a huge investment in the micro 4/3 line, and have a wealth of body and lens options. There are various zooms and primes in a lot of price points, and quality levels. A lot of weather sealed options and pancakes too. You didn't say what type or range of lens you wanted to put on there, so can't speak to that.
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ShutterKlick---I am definitely a raw guy with my Nikons. Not so much with the Panasonic and Olympus. The Olympus line seems to have the very best straight out of camera jpegs with Panasonic only a bit less saturated. I started out using raw for the two M43 cameras but I now only use jpegs and I think you will be surprised at what quality you will get.
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10-4 on all, thanks agn!

The G5 is a "budget friendly" introduction to MFT for me, and from Ive seen, I shouldnt be disappointed! Looking forward to a camera with video in my daily go bag.

Once I pick one up, Ill start reporting on it.

Thx agn all!

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