Of course m4/3 can be a professional system.


If there's one thing you should know about reading this blog, it's that my motto in life is 'Assume nothing'. After arguing that m4/3 isn't a professional system for me, I now intend to put forward the completely opposite case. Why? Well because things are complicated, chaotic, confused and subject to change. So normal life then. If there is a message here, it's that there is no message, no certainty, no way of doing things that is set in stone or in perpetuity and there is no right and wrong in what tools you use to create pictures, only pictures that you are proud of and those that you are not.

And it's those two dimensional rectangles with stuff in them that we should care about, not those little plastic boxes that give birth to them. And bearing in mind all of that, it doesn't actually matter what I use, what you use, or what anybody else uses. It ain't what you do it's the way that you do it.

I've used a lot of digital cameras and I like cameras. I like handling them, I like taking pictures with them, I like writing about them. But I don't actually care about them. They are just a means to an end. Kirk Tuck, in one of his more insightful posts, once wrote something along the lines of "I like steak, but I wouldn't want to eat it every day. Some days I want to eat a hamburger.' So, you should be starting to get the point right about now. And it's this. The notion that I'm going spend the whole of my photographic life using one kind of camera and one lens system, because it's the right one and the most sensible choice and because it makes sense financially is as alien to me as it is impossible for me to achieve. 

The more you find out about the most well-known, respected and talented photographers is that very few of them are 'system people'. People who work in one way, using the same gear, day in and day out. A bit like Picasso using the same paintbrushes. And if you have read what I have written for any length of time then you will know that one day I'll be having a dig at Canon and Nikon DSLR users but then a few days later having a dig at those mirrorless 'converts' who have seen the light and had their 'Dick Whittington' moment and approach the notion of the gear they use with all the zealous fervour of the recent convert. 'I have found the one abiding photographic truth and it's name is Olympus' 

If I have no message, then I do have a disorganised, chaotic, muddled photo-philosophy that can be defined roughly as the following (Well for today it can) 

Don't rule out any option.

If changing your mind allows you to be more creative then change it.

Certainty and creativity don't mix. Embrace doubt.

Once you think you have all the answers, what do you do then?

It's more fun to explore what you thought was the wrong way than to keep repeating yourself within what you thought was the right way.

The grass may or may not be greener on the other side of the street, but you have to cross over to find out.

So where is this reversal of my post on professional photography and m4/3? Well here it is.

Of course m4/3 can be a professional system. Why wouldn't it be?

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