Why you dont need a DSLR

I’ve just started following Robin’s Lightweight Photography blog and have to report it’s pretty awesome. I’m still new to photography-with-intent and have worked my way from a Fujifilm Bridge to a Lumix Gf1 and G3 (primarily the G3 – the Gf1 came attached to a lens I wanted, and I find myself quite attached to the camera!). Really enjoying the M43 experience. Recently borrowed a DSLR and am enjoying that, too. But. (a) it’s huge and heavy and not at all any good for taking with me on cycling trips and (b) I actually prefer the handling of the G3. So much so that I’ve just invested in a new lens… could have gone either way, the Nikon DSLR, or the M43. I choose the latter. Anyway, this blog is great and this particular post is awesome. I hope Robin won’t mind me reposting it. I especially love the last but one paragraph about where to invest our money to improve. Straight talking, great talking!

The Lightweight Photographer

Captured on a DSLR - a 10 Mpixel Canon 400D (just to prove I'm not biased). This makes a great A2 print. Captured on a DSLR – a 10 Mpixel Canon 400D (just to prove I’m not biased). This makes a great A2 print. Processed in Lightroom and Nik Silver Efex.

One of the great things I love about my blogging platform is that it allows me to see how people have found my site. Recently I have seen a lot of traffic coming from forums where people have considered switching from a DSLR to Micro 43. Typically someone with a good DSLR such as a Nikon D800 or Canon 7D will poses the question to gather the thinking of others and make a decision.

Often the reason they give for considering such a switch is not because the images are higher quality but because the Micro 43 cameras are more practical. Try carrying a full sized DSLR and 3 lenses up a mountain (with all your other gear) and you will…

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