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Tuesday, 01 July 2014

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Did I get short shrift? I demand a refund! or a Fuji 56mm X lens! Or just explore the origins of the phrase "short shrift"

[No, your comment was featured, so you got lots of shrift. Plentiful shrift. Copious shrift.

"Short shrift" means careless treatment, lack of attention, scant consideration. Etymology: "Originally, a rushed sacrament of confession (shrift) given to a prisoner who was to be executed very soon." (Wictionary) --Mike]

I've been using Micro 4/3 for a couple of years now. i started with an E-PL1 that was so inexpensive that I couldn't resist getting it to experiment with. It turned out to be a usable travel camera, though with some shortcomings as compared to my Canons. I then stepped up to the E-M5, and, when it became available, the E-M1. The 1 is distinctly nicer to use, makes excellent files, and by now I've amassed a fair number of lenses. I've gotten used to the menu system, and find it no more annoying than any other. If it weren't for a couple of specialty interests, I'd be selling the Canons. But I do wildlife and macro photography. There's really no equivalent in Micro 4/3 to the long primes in the Canon and Nikon systems. The M43 X-300mm zooms are several notches down in both price and image quality. AF on birds in flight just works better with my Canon system - a lot better. I haven't tried the very expensive long Olympus prime lenses in 4/3 mount, but my guess is that they wouldn't be any better, and they're quite expensive. Additionally, there's no equivalent in any other line to the Canon 65mm MP-E. But I really like the weight and size advantage of Micro 4/3, so for now I'm using two systems, picking one or the other depending on circumstances. I've also begun doing a bit of video, managed to find a store with a Panasonic GH4 in stock, and bought it for the 4K video capability. If you don't like the ergonomics of the E-M1, try the Panny - at least one of my friends finds it preferable. As far as lenses, my favorites are the Panasonic/Leica 25mm f/1.4, the Olympus 17mm f/1.8, and the Panasonic 45-200. The 25mm lens in particular just has a beautiful feel to it.

The Hall of Fame cornerback and all around nice guy Darrell Green? Now I need to hear the story about why you know him!

Nice to have a nickname from Darrell Green!

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