Stunning Wedding Photography w/ the Micro 4/3 System

Sergei Yurin is an excellent example that a photographer produces great photography, not the camera.

Pundits will say, “You’re insane. Are you actually insinuating that your puny micro four thirds camera can compete against my full frame Canon 5D?”

No, what I’m saying is that there’s a skill element in photography. There isn’t a shadow of a doubt that equipment does help to an extent, but if Tiger Woods bought a $12 golf club at Walmart – he’d still crush you in golf. Get the point?

For seven years, Yurin has used a Canon 5D Mark II, among other Canon cameras, along with a variety of Canon L glass lenses. That was until he switched over to the Micro Four Thirds January of 2013 – specifically, the Olympus OMD E-M5 (see the lenses he currently uses below the gallery).

With Yurin’s permission, we’ve happy to showcase his work on m43:

Yurin’s current setup is as follows:

  • Olympus E-M5
  • Olympus E-P5
  • Oly 75/1.8
  • Oly 45/1.8
  • Oly 60/2.8 macro
  • PL 25/1.4
  • Panasonic 12-35/2.8
  • Oly 9-18/4-5.6
  • FL600
  • 2xYN560-III
  • 2xRF-603C

What do you guys think? Have you shot a wedding with a mirrorless camera? Let me know in the comments below!

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  • Daniel Serrano

    I’m will shoot my first event with a m43 shortly, can’t wait for it.

    • Jay Soriano

      Nice, would love to see the results!

  • good work!

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  • Jay

    Great images just started using micro 4/3 for weddings done two so far really like them

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  • Thinkinginpictures

    These pictures are solid for sure. I hate blown highlights but hey, it is what it is. Outside of that it demonstrates very well the ability of M43 with the right lenses to get “PRO” results. My only Oly issue is the damn greens. The hue is just not accurate. I really hope at some point we get 14 bit files. That is all.

  • I’ve done a lot of wedding work with the E-M1, including wedding brochure work for hotel groups such as Marriott, Hilton etc. It’s an excellent system with unique strengths. The known weaknesses can be circumnavigated with a bit of creativity.

  • Jake Cooley

    i have heard for portraits that a 135mm lens is pretty great, i have the panasonic GH5 m4/3 camera. is there a lens that is preferred? I havent seen any 67.5mm equivalents out there. Does that leave you getting a 70mm? Want something with great clarity, any recommendations?

    • Jay Soriano

      The Oly 75 would be the closest thing, and used for a few shots above.

      I personally like the Leica 42.5mm f1.2, examples here:

      • Jake Cooley

        Yeah the only lens I have for my gh5 is the leica nocticron 42.5mm, i think it is really great. Still learning everything. It is very versatile. I almost never use the auto focus so when shooting portraits outdoors when i dump the files some appear to not be in focus at all. This could just be me being fooled by the viewfinder or not having the correct settings. Since you also own this lens if you had to buy a second lens specific to protraits which would you recommend besides the 42.5mm? thanks for the help

        • Jay Soriano

          With such a small DoF it can happen… but I tend to shoot AF for stills. With MF, I’d just say make sure your focus peaking is on and set it to LOW (which counterintuitively, gives you better results).

          As far as another lens, that’s tough. Since you bought the GH5, I’m assuming most of your work is video centric, so I’d probably go with the Leica 12-60 f2.8-4.0 or Panasonic 12-35mm f2.8.

          If you want to stick with primes, perhaps the Leica 15mm f1.7 or 25mm f1.4. Lots of good options to choose from.

  • Cindy Brown | Atlanta

    I’m about ready to make the jump to a Fuji XT 2. I shoot weddings. My big concern is off camera flash at a reception. Right now I use the Yongnuo equivalent of the Canon 600 RT. I love being able to have an on-camera flash (that I usually bounce) trigger my off camera lights. I’m thinking with the Fuji system, I’ll have to use radio triggers attached to my on-camera flash, or under the flash. Anyone out there shooting like this with the Fuji system?