In the past year I have moved from using full frame 35mm sized digital cameras to a micro 4/3 system. Most of my friends think I’m nuts, but a few get it. No matter, I like it. I can shoot video and stills with one tool that I’m throughly familiar with, a tool that works as well in one discipline as the other. And, I can carry them all day long without my spine feeling like it’s collapsing.
Because my viewfinder and rear screen continuously previews the exposure, I never have to consult a meter, I see what I’m going to get and can change exposure on the fly. Focus points cover the entire frame, I can put the AF spot where it needs to be with a swipe of my finger.
One of the big things for me though has been learning how to make stills in a way that has freed me up from the tyranny of the viewfinder. More and more I choose to flip out the screen on the back of the camera and look with both eyes at the composition. Reminds me of working with a view camera, only right side up.
However, the big, I mean real big thing that saves my back and knees and allows me to see the world in ways that I could not before. I can put the camera anywhere, down low, up high, looking through small spaces where I don’t fit, but the camera does, and make a photograph that I could not do last year. I can see to compose anywhere, vertically or horizontally thanks to a fully articulated screen.
Change is good sometimes, especially when new technology makes what we do more fun, and gives us an opportunity to see the world in a different way, from new angles.