Katharine’s New Mirco Four Thirds Camera

By Katharine

Now that Nathan has had his DSLR for a while, we have really been appreciating the amazing photos he gets. Whenever we go back and look at old photos from previous trips, we are just amazed by how much better our photos are getting.

But I am slightly jealous because while my Olympus Tough point and shoot is awesome because it is completely waterproof, very rugged, and it takes pretty nice landscapes, it is still just a point and shoot. And most of the time I just let Nathan take all the photos while I only snap a few here and there. But now I can compete with my new camera! We got it just in time for me to practice before our honeymoon to Alaska.

Enjoying my new camera!

Nathan did all the research on this one, so I have to thank him for that. I wanted something smaller than a DSLR because when we’re hiking, the last thing I want to do is add more weight in camera gear. But recently the micro 4/3rds camera technology has really progressed, and so I got the Olympus E-PL2. It has a much bigger sensor than a point-and-shoot, but the body and lenses are significantly smaller than a DSLR. It has exchangeable lenses, and my camera kit came with two different zoom lenses, one that covers a similar range as my point and shoot, and the other gives me much more zoom, almost equal to Nathan’s telephoto lens!

Olympus E-PL2 with 40-150 mm lens 1.22 pounds, Crop Factor of 2 = 300 mm

Canon 40D with 70-200 mm lens 3.37 pounds, Crop Factor of 1.6 = 320 mm

Of course because it is significantly smaller, it doesn’t have all the performance of Nathan’s DSLR, but it is the perfect camera for me and a great way to get into photography. I’ve really liked the results so far!


The depth of field isn’t quite as good as a DSLR, but with a low F-stop I can still blur the background for portraits


Caught a bug in mid flight!


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