(UPDATED) Pssss…don’t tell it to your Canon/Nikon friends: Gianni Galassi shoots with a MicroFourThirds camera! :)

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We already knew it! Professional photographer does shoot with Fullframe Canon/Nikon cameras. They make the good photography and we make the bad photography.

Ok! Canon and Nikon users stop reading here ok? Don’t go further, your ego might suffer if you continue reading 😉

Let’s talk about real photography:
I was reading an article at TheOnlinePhotographer about the famous photographer Gianni Galassi. After that I visited Gianni’s blog and found an interesting line: “blablabla….Having recently adopted Micro 4/3…..blablabla”. He has started his career by shooting with MicroFourThirds cameras! Maybe he doesn’t know that MicroFourThirds don’t have a fullframe sensor inside? 😉

P.S: I have nothing against Canon/Nikon users, but I feel sorry for those who think that the camera or brand has a decisive influence on the quality of photography!

UPDATE: here you have the link to one picture taken with the Panasonic G1.
Galassi has been so friendly to visit our website and write a comment to our post:

Unfortunately I’m not starting my photographic career now. I took my first pictures when I was a kid in the Sixties, using a 6X6 Eura Ferrania. My first reflex was a Canon FT, but I soon switched to Nikon (it was the “cool” camera then). After becoming a pro, I shot with 5×4 inch Arca and Linhof view cameras, 6×6 Rollei and Hasselblad and 35 mm Leica MP-4 and CL (an unforgettable little gem). I only made color transparencies and b/w negative. The latter developed, printed and finished by myself in my own lab.
When I stopped commercial assignments I kept my Leicas for personal photography. I entered the digital era scanning my b/w negatives and then editing them in the early versions of Photoshop. I turned towards digital capture only when a reliable sensor was available: the 6 mpixel Sony adopted, among others, by Nikon for its D100 and D70. And by Epson for its R-D1 viewfinder M-bayonet body, which was my choice as a natural Leica digital dub in 2004. Great camera.
Then came Nikon D200 and D300. Good cameras indeed, but definitely too heavy and bulky for my habits. Oh, there has also been a Leica M8, but I sold it after a couple of weeks).
When M4/3 appeared at least, I found it was a promising successor of my film Leicas. I tested a G1, and that confirmed my opinion: a good quality 12 mpixel is enough to get excellent exhibition-range prints. IMHO it can be considered as the 35 mm of the digital age. And the first GF1 in Rome has been mine. It reminds me of my old Leica CL. Definitely my kind of camera. Apart from the GF1, I have a Canon G10, which I like too. And sometimes I enjoy some shooting with a Lumix TZ65. My whole equipment can now be stored in a Micro-Trekker shoulder bag. Three lenses, spare batteries, chargers, filters, cards and a mini tripod included. And my iPod. How refreshing.

Thanks Gianni!

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  • http://www.kvatek.com hiplnsdrftr

    Cool that he’s using a MFT, but he won’t upgrade his photoshop? So he shoots jpg?

  • Thomas

    Galassi uses the panasonic DMC-G1 amongst other compact and D-SLR gear, just checked some EXIF’s in his blog… for architecture and abstract pictures like these, you don’t need the big sensor with 7 frames per second 😉

  • Dwight

    Scroll down to his post titled, “The 2.0 Digital Camera”. It’s quite an endorsement for MFT.

  • nalax

    “He has started his career by shooting with MicroFourThirds cameras! ”
    His blog says he started shooting at age 16, born in 1954, which means he started shooting in 1970. M4/3 started in 1970 according to your quote. So why all the excitement if M4/3 has been around since that time?

  • http://www.giannigalassi.com Gianni Galassi

    Unfortunately I’m not starting my photographic career now. I took my first pictures when I was a kid in the Sixties, using a 6X6 Eura Ferrania. My first reflex was a Canon FT, but I soon switched to Nikon (it was the “cool” camera then). After becoming a pro, I shot with 5×4 inch Arca and Linhof view cameras, 6×6 Rollei and Hasselblad and 35 mm Leica MP-4 and CL (an unforgettable little gem). I only made color transparencies and b/w negative. The latter developed, printed and finished by myself in my own lab.
    When I stopped commercial assignments I kept my Leicas for personal photography. I entered the digital era scanning my b/w negatives and then editing them in the early versions of Photoshop. I turned towards digital capture only when a reliable sensor was available: the 6 mpixel Sony adopted, among others, by Nikon for its D100 and D70. And by Epson for its R-D1 viewfinder M-bayonet body, which was my choice as a natural Leica digital dub in 2004. Great camera.
    Then came Nikon D200 and D300. Good cameras indeed, but definitely too heavy and bulky for my habits. Oh, there has also been a Leica M8, but I sold it after a couple of weeks).
    When M4/3 appeared at least, I found it was a promising successor of my film Leicas. I tested a G1, and that confirmed my opinion: a good quality 12 mpixel is enough to get excellent exhibition-range prints. IMHO it can be considered as the 35 mm of the digital age. And the first GF1 in Rome has been mine. It reminds me of my old Leica CL. Definitely my kind of camera. Apart from the GF1, I have a Canon G10, which I like too. And sometimes I enjoy some shooting with a Lumix TZ65. My whole equipment can now be stored in a Micro-Trekker shoulder bag. Three lenses, spare batteries, chargers, filters, cards and a mini tripod included. And my iPod. How refreshing.

  • Erwin

    Gianni, why did you sold the M8? It sounds like an absolute dream of a camera (except the price, of course): light, exceptional lenses, great build… could you elaborate on that that? What do you think of the M9?

  • http://www.giannigalassi.com Gianni Galassi

    Erwin,
    here is what I wrote in 2007, after selling it.

    “I have been shooting with my M4-P for years. The perfect camera. Three years ago I bought an Epson RD-1. Good enough while waiting for a digital M. Last December I bought an M8. Last February I sold it. Here are my comment as a photographer, not a collector.
    WHAT’S HOT: It’s a fetish, it’s a Leica, it’s a digital rangefinder and accepts the best lenses ever.
    WHAT’S NOT: Almost everything else.
    -Poor image quality.
    -Very heavy chromatic aberration (colour fringing) whenever an important contrast is at issue.
    -Heavy presence of moiré artifacts.
    -“Box” artifacts when narrow patterns are in the picture.
    -Unreliable and unpredictable white balance.
    -The worst colour management I have ever tested, even in budget digital cameras (heavy colour cast difference between the center and the corners of the frame).
    -Heavy red cast on most black fabrics, no matter the lighting.
    -Use of IR filters causes chromatic aberration with short lenses (Leica admitted it officially).
    -Heavy banding whenever a lighting source is inside the picture.
    -Dust production from within the camera (you clean the sensor, you never change the lens, you have dust again after a few shots).
    -Bad power management (unpredictable battery life).
    -Unreliable AE-lock mechanics (can be easily lost).
    -Noisy and unpleasant electric shutter rewind (sounds like a hairdryer).
    -Card formatting takes an eternity to be performed.
    -ISO setting available only via software (no dedicated knob or button).
    -Ridiculously bulky battery charger (and it’s very slow, too).
    -Poor bundled software (the same that comes for free with any $50 SD card).
    Is that enough for the most overpriced camera of all times?
    Briefly, I’ll stick to my R-D1 (with Leica lenses) and anxiously wait for an R-D2.”

    And so I did. Unfortunately, Epson discontinued its R-D series. And to have a real Third Millennium Digital Leica I had to wait the GF1 to be released.

  • Erwin

    Thanks, Gianni!

  • Joe Pro

    > P.S: I have nothing against Canon/Nikon users, but I feel sorry for those who think that the camera or brand has a decisive influence on the quality of photography!

    Certainly for the freelance photographer there are more choices for use and format of camera.

    Media and Sports professionals use Canon and Nikon not only because they make fast and reliable cameras that perform well in low light.

    In some cases one brand has exclusive rights for the media coverage and so by no other choice the pro must use the equipment of that sponsor.

    And if you go to a major sporting events Canon and Nikon will have support centres were pros can register and service / rent equipment.

    For recreational pursuits I love to use my Olympus E-3 and the 12-60mm f/2.8-4 and 50-200mm f/2.8-3.5 combination.

    And for freelance work depending on the clients requirements I might also be inclinced to use it.

    It really depends on the type of photography.

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