Mirrorless cameras have gained a respectful base of followers in less than 4 years since first introduction. Panasonic and Olympus were first to break the ice and remove the mirror from interchangeable lens cameras. It proved to be a successful idea, quickly gaining market shares and other manufacturers soon followed with their own systems. One of the main early criticisms was toward the lack of native lenses, but those day are long past. Today, 38 lenses are available for use on Panasonic and Olympus micro 4/3 bodies. If you are tired of heavy DLSR cameras or lenses and ready to jump into mirrorless world, micro 4/3 system is your best gamble.
Therefore, I’ve assembled this guide of the best micro 4/3 lenses. Please note that this is not a music chart and the first on the list is not necessarily the best one (just like J.B.) . All of the lens here recommended are excellent performers and you should choose them regarding your shooting style.
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SLR type cameras have firmly dominated the second part of the 20th century. They proved to be the best camera design for widest range of applications.
The ability to see what the lens sees in the viewfinder was the closest thing to final result (image) at the time. You could preview focus, DOF and exactly see what fits the frame (no parallax error like rangefinder style cameras). Yet, everything else remained a mystery. Is the exposition just right, how the scene will look like on black and white film and what if I missed the focus just a little bit but enough to ruin shallow DOF portrait…
A very common dilemma amongst inexperienced photographers is whether to shoot in JPEG or RAW format. Most of them decide to use JPEG and I don’t blame them; it has smaller file size and is compatible with all PC applications, unlike RAW format which requires special attention. But if you care for image quality and wish to control the way final photo will look like, RAW is essential.