Mirrorless for the Pros?

Portrait of Charlotte, Micro Four-thirds

I’ve been shooting with Micro Four Thirds cameras since the day the system was introduced but I’ve always shot paid assignments with my Nikon and it’s great fast lenses. Now with the Olympus OM-D EM-1 and the recently announced Panasonic Lumix GH4 plus a couple of great fast lenses I’m ready to sell my Nikon SLR’s and go fully mirrorless.

Portrait, Micro Four-thirds With the introduction of the Lumix 35-100mm f/2.8 lens plus the existing 12-35mm f/2.8 Lumixlens we now have the two lenses that every Canon and Nikon professional shooter has to have, the 24-70mm and the 80-200mm. Toss in the Olympus 45mm f/1.7 or Panasonic Leica DG Macro-Elmarit 45mm f/2.8 ASPH and you have everything you need for shooting weddings, events and portraits.

Both the Lumix GH4 and the Olympus OM-D EM-1 have the resolution and ability to shoot at higher ISO’s that pro’s need. I had a chance to try their other model, the OM-D EM-5, last week and was amazed at its high ISO performance.

On top of all that I think my favorite feature is that everything weighs about a third of what my digital SLR weighs. I shot a six-hour event last Saturday and didn’t feel like I needed to find a chiropractor afterwards.—Mark Toal


B&W portrait