Some of us pay more attention to aspect ratio than others. Some prefer to shoot at the camera's native aspect ratio and crop later while others prefer to compose in the final aspect ratio. At least that is what we have been telling ourselves since the dSLRs we're used to only have one option :)
One of the things I love about my Panasonic GH2 is the ability to view and compose in the final aspect ratio, including square! [An interesting side note is that I occasionally find myself still rotating the camera into 'portrait' orientation when I'm shooting in square format - which says something about how much my years of shooting 3:2 aspect has influenced my habits...]
Whatever your take on the subject, with a dSLR it just isn't an option to compose in your...
I used to be seeking the perfect P&S - one that was good enough in quality to allow me to abandon the idea of carrying my dSLR for all but the most critical situations (naturally the dSLR is the first choice in the home or studio as weight and size are not factors). I've slowly come to the conclusion that there are too many disadvantages. It isn't that great shots can't be had from a small sensor camera with zoom, but the problem for me is that beyond scenics and travel photos, they just don't differentiate themselves enough. They can't get truly shallow depth of field, except in situations where ALL cameras can get shallow depth of field. They get noisy when the light goes down. Focus is relatively slow and focus point selection and so on is...
It is a nice little lens. I like the pear shot - nice balance between blue and orange :) I think my next purchase will be the 75mm f/1.8. I'm really loving the prime lenses that MFT has these days. I'd love the 12-35mm f/2.8 zoom, but I'm not sure what it gains me other than not having to switch lenses (and being slower than any of my primes)... Not a bad way to get a 12mm lens I guess, given that the Olympus is so pricey.
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