Camera System Buying Guide: Why I choose Micro Fourth Third (M43)

If you looked at the picture above then you have your answers of why I choose Micro Fourth Third. When you start out experiment with photography you want a system that you could grow with you and at an affordable price point.

Photography is an expensive hobby not really if you compared it to cars right? But is still an expense if you just an amateur like myself. An amateur is not a dirty word. Which means you do something out of the love it. Yes I could become a professional photographer and deal with business side of photography which I don’t want to do.

If you like me your first camera is a phone with a built in camera then my story could save you thousand of dollars over the years of feeding this happen of our which is visual simulations. Visual Addicts in another word.

After my holiday back from Vietnam in 2012, I got my inspiration from a visitor to Australia. She’s was a German backpacker staying here in Australia on a working Visa. And guess what she has seen most iconic part of Australia. I felt ashamed of myself that I haven’t had the time to travel my own country.

After I got that inspiration, I decided that I will determine to travel around Australia. And what better ways then pick up a camera and starts shooting. I didn’t have a camera at the time but I have sister who own a Canon DSLR 7D with all the lens that I could play with.

Start out experiment with photography. First is landscape where I will photograph sunset at my favourite spot in Sydney which was at that time very closed to where I work. Learning long exposure then on Youtube and learn about the history of photography and inspirations from other experienced photographers.

Then experiment with time lapse photography and I’ve drawn to it. Somehow the moving image capture my imagination. And I’m hooked. On one weekend taking my sister my Canon 7D out to the Blue Mountains which is a world heritage site with the iconic Three Sisters as the draw card I did a four hour hike to look for nature and landscape photos. I was carrying about 10kg of gear.

After that trip, I decide that there’s must be a better system camera which interchange system. Yes and I found that system to be the M43. The deciding factors are compact size, cost of camera and lens, and variety of lens. And I don’t have to marry to just one system. Since it was a joint ventured with Panasonic and Olympus I have many choice of camera lens and camera with each pushing each other to make better camera and lens.

The old boys Canon and Nikon camera was not very innovative at the time and camera upgrades where on minor upgrade. Nothing like the new kids in town with the innovation. After consideration I decided on Panasonic Lumix G5 with a kit lens and from researching other photographer they recommend the first lens one should own is the 50mm focal length and that what I did with Panasonic Leica 25mm f1.4. (full frame equivalent of 50mm)

From that first camera I have since own three Lumix cameras and they all served me well until now. I have a working one lens and three dead M43 cameras at home. There cause of death is another story. Check out my videos why I’m so passionate about time lapse photography and photography in general.

Gear Used/Demonstrated for Video and Photos: All Links are Affiliated
Galaxy S8
Rode Wireless Go
Rode Microphone Videomicro
Manfrotto tripod
Panasonic Lumix G7
Panasonic Lumix 12-35mm f2.8
Canon EF 10-22mm
Canon EF 100-400mm


Published by Travis Chau

I'm a freelance makeup artist from Sydney, Australia. If you hang around creative people long enough you well get the bug to create as well. So now I am into photography, timelapse photography and maybe video/film later.

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