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Is it time take Micro Four Thirds more seriously?

I had the chance to play with a Panasonic GH2 yesterday. I tried out a bunch of different lenses and the Lumix 20mm f/1.7 was a particular favourite. The point, though, is that I was struck by just how good this gear is. I'm starting to wonder if it wouldn't be a smart move to leave the 5Dmk2 and the L lenses at home and start buying into the Micro Four Thirds system. 

Those lenses fit on a bunch of cameras and they're small and light. I could carry a camera bag 1/3 the size of my 5D bag that contains a camera, a couple of zoom lenses and still have room for a whole bunch of primes. Right now my bag usually contains a camera, a 24-70mm and a 70-200mm. I usually carry at least one prime, either a 50mm or 100mm macro lens but I'd love to carry more (like an 85mm if I could afford it).

The only thing holding me back has been my perception that these Micro Four Thirds lenses can't be as good as my big L glass and, honestly, they're probably not. Not quite. But if I can carry a good selection of prime lenses in place of my single 24-70 f/2.8 L, well that's kinda tempting. Plus, of course, they're a lot cheaper so as well as the weight saving there's a cost saving too. 

The only point against doing this is how it would look to clients. I don't think they'd be too impressed to see me arrive with what seems to be much the same as their camera. 

I'm not placing any orders just yet but I have to admit.. I'm considering it. The shot above was just one of my snapshots while I was playing around with these lenses. It's a picture of my very old, very grumpy Devon Rex cat Elliott and it was shot with the GH2 using the Lumix 20mm f/1.7.

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PW103 - Focus On Imaging 2010 - Panasonic G2

From 2010's PhotoWalkthrough coverage of the Focus On Imaging show in Birmingham, UK. Panasonic launched their newest camera, the G2 here at the show and we've got an exclusive first look at this 21.1 megapixel camera with touch screen and superb AVCHD video features.

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Panasonic G2 - Focus On Imaging 2010

It's not often I get to break a news story but I'm covering Focus On Imaging in Birmingham again this year and Panasonic have chosen this show to announce their brand new camera, the G2. It's a touch screen 12.1 megapixel camera with AVCHD video recording capabilities. I'll be doing PhotoWalkthrough shows as usual for these in a couple of days but for now I'm uploading smaller versions to YouTube so they're out and available right away.

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