Yesterday I wrote about why I purchase new or used gear. I enjoy experimenting with such new pieces of gear (to me) to see if and how they change how I make images. I bought the new Olympus Air camera that looks like a lens but has a micro4/3 mount and will take any of my micro4/3 lenses because I wanted to see how I used it and how it worked. I loved the idea and was planning some interesting experiments using the Air remotely, but I eventually got so frustrated with connectivity and freezing up issues that I sold it. I got the Olympus Tough TG-3 camera because it could be used underwater (up to 50 feet/15 meters!) and had a cool microscope mode. I found I never used it under water and disliked that the smallest aperture setting was f/8. I sold it and bought the Olympus PEN E-PL6 that was about the same size but would take all of my lenses. After a year I sold the E-PL6 because I wanted a smaller but equally functional camera. I bought the Panasonic GM-5. I had some extra cash from a client gig, so I caved and bought the DXO One camera that attaches to an IOS device and uses the mobile device as its viewfinder. Now I’d like to try a wide angle lens, but don’t want to put down the cash for one of the Panasonic or Olympus wide angle zooms, so I’ve decided to purchase the 9mm, f/8 body cap lens. Since I don’t use my 15mm BCL much, I am putting it up for sale.
So, that is how my mind rolls from one thing photographic to the next. This further illustrates my point from Wednesday’s article and here is my current inventory of cameras: my principal camera is the Olympus OM-D E-M1 and I usually have the 12-40mm, f/2.8 Pro lens on it. My “second” camera is my new Panasonic GM-5 with its 12-32mm f/4-5.6 lens on it, though I am often using my Olympus 25mm, f/1.8 with the GM-5. My extravagant, extra camera is the DXO One, which I carry in my pocket all the time. And, finally, my iPhone 6 and its built-in camera. This last one is probably the camera I use the most frequently, though the GM-5 finds itself in my right hand a good bit of the time when I’m walking around thinking about taking pictures!
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