after completing my photography course i was in the market for a new lens for my Nikon D40 DSLR. but after talking through it with danny, we decided that a different type of camera all together may better suit me.
you see, we’re always on the go around town, at concerts, traveling and i didn’t like having to carry a bulky camera and different lens’ in huge camera bag on top of my purse/luggage. all you DSLR kids know what i’m talking about. can you imagine me lugging that giant camera to a concert and trying to bounce up and down with it strapped on to me? um, no. because of that, my point-and-shoot reigned king and i’d often have to forego getting the shots i wanted. bummer.
so after a ton of research, watching online videos, reading reviews and playing with different options, we a decided that a micro-four thirds camera was the perfect blend for me. a micro-four thirds camera is basically a mix between a “big” DSLR and point-and-shoot camera – you have the functionality, manual control and interchangeable lens of a standard level DSLR (which now that i know how to use, i love & need) in a much smaller size (slightly bigger than a point-and-shoot).
a few months ago we went on a hunt to determine which micro-four thirds was for me and the decision came down to the Olympus EP3 (which looks really cool) and the new Panasonic G3. for a bunch of reasons – the movable touch screen, the view finder (crucial in daylight), pop-up flash, etc. – i went with the Panasonic G3 and put “the pancake lens” on my ultimate wish list.
and a major bonus? danny sold my Nikon D40 for more than we paid for it! he’d originally purchased it from craigslist so i could spend time with the camera and determine if learning how to use a DSLR out of “auto mode” was something i was actually interested in doing before spending a ton of money on something new. smart. if you’re contemplating an DSLR, it’s a great idea. lots of entry level used gear out there.