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The Micro Four Thirds System: A Brief Overview

The Lomogrphy Experimental Lens Kit is designed for creative and fun use with Micro Four Thirds cameras. But what's with the Micro Four Thirds system anyway? Why would one pick an Micro Four Thirds camera over a compact digicam or a DSLR? Here's a simple and concise explanation of what the Micro Four Thirds system is all about.

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The Micro Four Thirds system (MFT) is a standard that was introduced by Panasonic and Olympus in 2008. At the time it was developed, a vast selection of digital SLRs were already available, making it possible for ambitious digital photographers to produce high quality images.

Digital SLRs employ the Four Thirds system. To produce images, a DSLR makes use of a image sensor that captures light in the form of electrical signals. ‘Four Thirds’ alludes to both the size of the image sensor and image aspect ratio, 4/3, which is much smaller than a full 35mm sensor.

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The Four Thirds system was developed to optimize the performance of digital cameras and lenses. It also utilizes a standardized lens mount that allows photographers to use interchangeable lenses from different manufacturers.

The Micro Four Thirds system shares the same original sensor size and specifications with the Four Thirds system except that Micro Four Thirds does not include provisions for a mirror box or pentaprism.

Essentially the Micro Four Thirds system was developed as a way for more people to enjoy digital SLR photography. It provides the liberty of using interchangeable lenses and the same 4/3-type image sensors—-ensuring high picture quality—-without the bulk.

Panasonic Lumix GF3 Micro Four Thirds Camera

Compared to a DSLR, a Micro Four Thirds camera is much smaller, and does not have a built-in regular viewfinder. You compose your images through an LCD display, or through a detachable electronic viewfinder. So without a mirror, pentaprism, or viewfinder, you have a smaller and much lighter camera, which consequently would require smaller interchangeable lenses, and still produce stellar results.

Definitely, a Micro Four Thirds camera is more portable than a DSLR, but of course is still larger in size and weight than compact digital cameras. While technological advances have allowed the production of high-end compact digicams that promise high picture quality, the freedom to experiment with different type of lenses still isn’t there.

Olympus Pen E-PL1 Micro Four Thirds Camera

Bear in mind that DSLRs, Micro Four Thirds cameras, and compact digital cameras are different devices, which—-depending on the make and specifications—-are expected to yield different results. For the more creative and experimental digital photographer who doesn’t want to deal with the bulk of DSLR equipment though, Micro Four Thirds seems to be a practical solution.

The Lomography Experimental Lens Kit is a wonderful way to integrate the feel of analogue into Micro Four Thirds technology. It is the first of its kind—-an innovation that entitles digital lovers to the process of creatively and distinctly composing and reinventing images even before they come out.

Satisfy your hunger for creative snap-shooting with the Lomography Experimental Lens Kit. This lens pack is compatible with all Micro 4/3 digital cameras and comes with three lenses: standard 24mm, wide-angle 12mm and fisheye. This super creative lens kit will let you take wide-angle, fisheye, and multiple exposure shots, delight in exciting photographic effects and tint your images with color filters. View the Experimental Lens Kit Site or get yours in the Online Shop now!

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