I see it all the time. I go out on photowalks, meet friends and see people on the street. They have their big, fancy DSLRs. They may even have a big back pack full of gear, with the tripod attached. But what do they whip out when they need to take a quick, casual photograph? Their iPhone.
The iPhone takes great pictures — but not compared to a DSLR. Yet, why do these “serious” photographers use their iPhone? Because their DSLR is a pain in the butt — it is big and clunky. They suck for casual photography. Shallow DOF is great when you want to make that perfect portrait but not when you want to take that snap of the group at a restaurant. I get it. I’ve been there myself. But I’ve found a solution. I have achieved camera nirvana. That is why my Canon 7D stays at home most of the time unless I’m going to shoot sports or do a portrait session with strobes.
90% or more of my photos are now taken with my Olympus Pen cameras. The micro 4/3 format rules because they can be used both for casual as well as more serious photography. When I travel to California or even overseas, I use my E-P3 (or E-PL1) with a 28mm or 50mm equivalent lens. When I go on photowalks, I use the same setup. When I go out shopping with my kids, I bring the same camera too.
The micro 4/3 system has a big enough sensor to make high quality photographs. My f1.4 and f1.8 primes produce a nice shallow DOF when I need them to. But unlike DSLRs with their larger sensors, my Olympus cameras easily work for group and casual photography when shallow DOF is not wanted. Think about that. One setup that I can use 90% of the time. No need two switch between that big DSLR and the iPhone. One reasonably sized, universal device that creates great images for most circumstances. It works for me, maybe it will work for you.
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Photographs shot with the Olympus E-P3
Photographs shot with the Olympus E-PL1