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Our micro four-thirds cameras are amazing examples of superb equipment in a small package. There are some excellent photography accessories for micro four-thirds cameras that can make them easier to use in many situations.
Here are four ideas of photography gear that make good micro four-thirds camera accessories and that are very budget friendly. These accessories for micro four-thirds cameras are a compact camera mount, compact continuous lights, a lens mount adapter, and a wireless remote control.
Compact Camera Mount
Tripods and gimbals will stabilize your camera very well, but what do you do if you need to place your camera somewhere and a full sized tripod isn’t an option? A tripod alternative such as OctoPad camera mount becomes one of the most useful accessories for micro four-thirds cameras when neither a tripod or handheld will work.
What is OctoPad? It’s a small camera mount that delivers in a big way. Looking at the options, OctoPad is not a camera clamp, not a suction cup, not a spike. It’s a weighted semi rigid disk of heavy duty material with a ¼-20 screw on top and a pad of non-slip material underneath.
Being semi rigid, the base can conform to a wide variety of shapes. When you combine that with the non-slip pad, you can place this with your camera mounted on it on surfaces angled up to 45 degrees.
The basic purchase package of OctoPad comes with a mini ball head attached to the screw but you can also add an extension arm or a smartphone holder to add extra versatility.
One of its best features is the low price. Added to it’s easy to carry compactness, this means you can use several of them together to add lights or a microphone (for video) for a complete accessory support system in the field.
Compact Continuous Light
Micro four-thirds cameras are great tools for still photography and are particularly well suited for videography. So when considering lighting equipment as micro four-thirds camera accessories, continuous LED lighting is a preferred choice.
Small LED lights can be mounted right on the camera or you can use a camera mount or a light stand to use your light for either still photography or videography. You want the light to be high quality, too, for either of these uses.
Pixel G1s LED light is a great example of compact photography gear that works well with micro 4/3rds systems of any brand for a huge variety of uses. This small LED light is battery powered and has adjustments for color temperature and power levels and has a battery life of almost 3 hours of use.
Lens Mount Adapter
One of the biggest advantages of a compact mirrorless camera system is the ability to use a huge array of lenses besides the lenses made by the camera and lens makers in MFT mount.
By the way, when shopping for accessories for micro four-thirds cameras, you will see the format, the lens mount, and the systems labeled alternatively as micro four-thirds, micro 4/3rds, and MFT. It’s all the same system, just typed out differently.
Since the micro four-thirds format cameras are a crop format and have no mirrobox, a huge number of lenses from all sorts of mounts and formats can be adapted to them.
Viltrox makes several different lens mount adapters for the format including the Viltrox EF-M1 lens mount adapter which mounts Canon EF lenses to Panasonic and Olympus MFT cameras and allows exposure and focus information and control to be passed between camera and lens.
Other lens mount adapters can allow use of M-42 screw thread lenses, Nikon F mount (electronic G series and older), Canon FD/FL, Minolta MD/MC, Exacta, Leica M bayonet and 39mm screw thread, and C-mount lenses among others.
Not all of the different lens mount adapters will transfer exposure and focus information, but being able to mount a lens from a camera system from 40 to 80 years ago to a modern dual use digital camera is nothing short of phenomenal.
Wireless Remote Control
For many reasons, a wireless remote control is one of the more valuable accessories for micro four-thirds cameras for any type of photography or videography.
Controlling basic camera controls and adding HDR, time-lapse, bracketing, and delayed shooting is the Aodelan O6 P6 wireless remote control and shutter release. It also comes in versions for other digital cameras.
So, there you have it, 4 micro four-thirds camera accessories that can help make your still and video photography easier and more capable. Adapt an old lens, add an LED light, mount on an OctoPad, and control it all remotely; you’re ready