Olympus OM-D E-M1, Olympus Tough TG-3, Olympus Air, Panasonic GM-5, and DXO One on iPhone 6.
Olympus OM-D E-M1, Olympus Tough TG-3, Olympus Air, Panasonic GM-5, and DXO One on iPhone 6.

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.

The Panasonic GM-5, iPhone 6 with DXO One attached, and my Olympus OM-D E-M1
The Panasonic GM-5, iPhone 6 with DXO One attached, and my Olympus OM-D E-M1

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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