Is M43 dead or ready to rumble?

Full frame sensor or a little M43 sensor – that seems to be a pressing question and I want to offer my own not so humble take on this subject. FYI, I have not learned to speak Sony yet, so please accept my apologies for not keeping up to date on technology. 🙂

 
As a Canon shooter for a very long time – early 1990’s on film – (and coming from a view camera background), I first stumbled on Lumix about 9 years ago when the Canon 7D I had purchased simply could not deliver the quality of video I needed to offer the clients I had at the time. I quickly purchased a GH2, liked what it offered and have never looked back. Besides several lenses (mostly Canon TSE upgrades) I only supplemented my iDsIII and 5DII and III with a 5DS, but have purchased and used every iteration of the GH series up until now (GH5 and GH5S – two each). To my surprise, I even fell in love with the G9 and have since purchased two. I cannot wait until I can reasonably justify the purchase of the Lumix 10-25 f1.7 as it looks like a terrific lens for both still and motion imagery.

 
But the reason for this post is to toss my silly opinion into the ring that M43 is dead. That M43 has no future. That only discontents and social misfits use M43 (well, not really).

 
I want to offer my perspective as a product shooter with many years of studio experience (still and motion capture) – as to the comparative qualities I have realized from using both systems side by side for over a year. FYI, (shameless plug) – much of my work may be seen on the homepage of my website, billdeuster.com – just let the slideshow run. Note that the video on my site is entirely shot on GH cameras while the still images in the slideshow are a mix of Canon and Lumix cameras and a broad range of various lenses.

 

First, I want to offer (below) a specific set of images that I have just completed for a client. The images below were shot with two different cameras – one Canon and the other a Lumix. Take a look and see if you can tell which is which (please don’t cheat and look at the exif data). Also note that the studio shots were shot with high end LED fixtures (ARRI LC7 and LC5 fresnels, Hive C100 and Litepanels Sola 4+ and Sola 6C), because I also had to capture UHD video from the same set. In the old days I would have shot only stills and used my extensive Elinchrom flash system to light the subject – not so much any more….POLARIS_RZR1000_NIGHT_FL_1034960_FPOPOLARIS_RZR1000_FRONT_SO_DARK_1035052_FPOPOLARIS_OUTSIDE_DRIVER_3-4_SIDE_VIEW__J7A0374_FPOPOLARIS_RZR1000_REAR_CLOSE_UP_1034997_FPOPOLARIS_OUTSIDE_SIDE_VIEW_J7A0368_FPO

You may be surprised by the results that I will announce in a week or so, and I will go into more of the set-up and shooting details in a future posting (in a about a week). May even add a link to some of the video, if there is any interest.

 
I will leave you with this – in my studio, the demise of M43 is not anticipated and I have no intention of letting my Canon go either. Both systems are invaluable to my image creation and light years ahead of the equipment I used even as far back as the late 1990’s when I shot on Kodak DCS 520’s and 560’s.

 
Stay tuned – and feel free to comment to begin a discussion – thanks for looking!

 

Edit – brain fart! – changed “large format” sensor to “full frame” sensor_09/24/2019

Replaced original images with watermarked images – 09/27/2019

 

All images ©2019 by Bill Deuster. All rights reserved.

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