I have been thinking about photography a lot lately. I recently read a post about the constant search for the newest gear – and quite frankly it is impossible to keep up with the pace with which they release new products. I barely get my feet wet with my current camera and then boom – the next big thing. Not to mention the money!
Bottom line for me is that I need something portable. I need a camera that can travel with me. I need a camera that is lighter weight. I used to think I needed the full frame to get the best shot – and don’t get me wrong, I love my 5DMII, but when you pop on the 24-70L it’s a TANK! By the time you put this baby in your carry-on with laptop and etc. it’s a back breaker!
Then there’s the Leica D-Lux 5 – it’s a great point-n-shoot, but I really do miss interchangeable lens options and the control of a DSLR. It could be operator error on my part, but it just doesn’t feel right for travel shooting. So, I decided to see if I’d like the mirror-less technology. I mean … isn’t photography more about capturing the moment, having the “eye” and less about the equipment?
I decided to test drive the Olympus PEN E-P2. It’s affordable and from what I’ve read it’s not as fussy as the more sought after Fuji X100. Having just busted it out of the box – I can’t say much. But within minutes of testing it does feel comfortable. I like the size. I like the weight. Image quality seems good on the few test shots I’ve taken. I do find the lens focusing a little noisy and slow. And the screen is strangely noisy. This could be a moot point if I stick with this and get the viewfinder mount. The photo below on the left is SOOC – on the right processed via VSCO iPad/iPhone app. Not bad ehh?