Image quality, intuitive handling, and instantaneous response to my demands are what I want in a camera.

The elements I demand in a camera are superb image quality, easy-to-use controls and the ability of the camera to respond immediately to my photo needs. These requirements may seem ordinary, but they actually constitute the three most essential aspects of evaluating the quality and performance of a digital camera system.

The Four Thirds System and the E-series are extremely powerful tools, showing incredible technical expertise.

The most important of the three elements that I require in my digital photography is image quality, and the main virtue of the E-system is, in fact, its unbelievably high image quality. I regularly make A3-size prints, and I am always awed by the quality of the finished product.
The second element, the “intuitive handling,” is another essential for a professional photographer. A camera is a very technical, not to mention expensive, tool. However, it is but a tool, nonetheless. Having a “tool” that a photographer can handle freely and easily, just as he wants, will provide him with all the power he needs to execute his creativity.
The third essential is quick response. It is no exaggeration to say that the craft of photography is driven by instant moments. The E-system supports me with its quick camera response that synchronizes with me as an extension of my hand, heart and eye.
The E-series and the Four Thirds System, which enable all of these absolutely essential elements, have created a very powerful, real-world tool—and photographers around the world should take note that these capabilities can help them capture their dreams.

The rational format of the Four Thirds System and the Dust Reduction System of the E-series have proven to be epoch-making features.

When I was shooting photos with a 35mm camera, as a photographer, I wished the image could be used fully, without trimming it to a 2-page spread size. But since the aspect ratio of film and print differs significantly, the image had to be cropped in most cases. Yet, with the Four Thirds format, there is a greater possibility that the image will fit the format of almost any magazine without trimming. This is a major issue for photographers. In fact, I will say that it is one of the most important and effective benefits of the advanced, “open” format of the Four Thirds system.
Moreover, this “rational” format provides great advantages in image quality, too. So when I pick up a 35mm camera now, I actually feel that there is something essential missing, in more ways than one.
I must also admit that the Dust Reduction System of the E-series is what distinguishes these digital SLRs. When I was photographing the famous “Cowboy Artists” in northern Colorado, it was a very dusty and hostile environment that could be lethal for most digital cameras. So I thought that this would be a perfect environment to test the Dust Reduction System.
With more than a little trepidation, I removed the lenses from the camera, allowing the open camera bodies to swing in the heavy dust of the cattle drive. I left them hanging this way for a minute or more, put the lenses back on and enabled the Dust Reduction System. The result of this experiment was amazing! That evening, after I uploaded the images to my computer, I could not find any evidence of “dust” or dust specks on the images. I was truly surprised with the Dust Reduction System’s effectiveness and the fantastic image quality that resulted.

Lenses that have achieved superb image quality and compact size-what could possibly be more perfect?

As I love working with extreme wide-angle and medium to long lenses,
I regularly use the Zuiko Digital ED 7–14mm (14–28mm, in 35mm camera format) F4.0 lens and 35–100mm (70–200mm, in 35mm camera format) F2.0 lens. These two lenses give me huge coverage capabilities. For a globe-trotting photographer like me, “tools” like these two lenses, with their easy portability and performance, are absolutely necessary.
I hope that both Leica and Panasonic joining the Four Thirds System standard will reinforce the use of this fantastic standard and leading to the development of more lenses for common use.


Born in 1949,
he graduated from the University of Texas and became a freelance photographer and photojournalist in 1987, after working as an exclusive photographer for the Dallas Times Herald and the Denver Post.
Covering events as diverse as the war in El Salvador to the Olympics, and even doing portraits of Shirley MacLaine, he has won numerous prizes, including the Pulitzer Prize in Journalism for Feature Photography (1983).

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