Two years ago, I had a revelation: Smaller camera doesn't mean lesser image quality. I was one of those guys that preached that Full Frame cameras were a must, a goal every photographer should be aiming for. But carrying over 40 pounds of gear was not fun anymore. More and more often, I was not bringing my camera when I was going out with my family. So I did my research for something smaller and finally bought the Olympus OM-D E-M5 a month before my wedding. For our Honeymoon, we went hiking in Acadia National Park and we spent a couple of days in Portland, Maine. I brought my E-M5 with 3 lenses: a weather-sealed 12-50mm, a 20mm f/1,7 and a 45mm f/1,8. In the micro 4/3 world, you have to multiply the focal length by 2 to have the equivalent field of view of a full frame camera. o basically, I had a 24-100mm, a 40mm and a 90mm. All this weighted only 2 pounds (927 grams). Travelling lighter was a blessing and it turned out that the quality of the pictures was awesome.
When I got back, I started bringing my E-M5 on my shoots. At first, it was just for tests shots but I was using some of those shots for the clients. I also went to a wedding and shot everything with micro 4/3 (the main photographer was a good friend of mine). I tested it in all the kind of work I was doing at the time and it never let me down. So I bought a second body, the Panasonic GX7, and my Full Frames stayed at home more often.
I knew that my gear was not a limiting factor for my creativity and I was proud of the quality of work I was offering to my clients. I was afraid of the perception though. What would the clients think when they see me with my small cameras? Do you know how often someone made a comment about that? 0. Well, that's not entirely true... some guests at weddings were attracted to the look of the camera and often came by to ask me questions about it.
In July 2014, I sold all my remaining Full Frame Gear. I used my 5D Mark II once since fall 2013. That was a lot of money in gear sleeping in my office. I bought the Panasonic GH4 (awesome camera) for it's video performance but it shoots awesome stills too. It's been more than 2 months now and I don't miss my full frame camera. Actually, those last months confirmed my choice.
So why this blog? First, to relate my journey from Canon Full Frame cameras to Mirrorless Micro 4/3 format. Second, to inform you about the gear and debunk some myths about mirrorless. Third, to show you that gear doesn't matter that much... that you don't NEED a full frame to do great work. Vision is way more important and you should learn the technical skills to realize that vision. I also had many requests to translate my main blog (which is in French). This blog will be different though because it will be more about mirrorless cameras than about my personal and professional work.
Some of the posts will be translations of things I already talked about on my blog. Obviously, there will be original content too. I also have some contributing friends who will write from time to time about their own experience with mirrorless cameras. I hope you will enjoy and learn and that it will broaden some peoples minds. :)