I keep going down, and back up, the rabbit hole. I sell one camera system, get another, sell it, and often go back to an earlier system. Round and round, up and down I go. Sometimes it is because I think the grass is greener on the other side, sometimes it is because camera manufacturers leapfrog one another, and sometimes it is because my needs change or at least I get a different idea of what I like. Another problem is that I switch back and forth between what I think I want to do. I also like change and trying different cameras and lenses.
I have another problem with preferring to use one style of camera that does not fit what I have available to photograph. It is a case of photographing what fits the camera and lens or changing gear to fit what is available to photograph. My solution has been to look for a compromise in gear or to acquire multiple cameras. Recently I have been using an Olympus E-M5ii with various lenses. I previously sold my Fuji X-T1 camera and moved to the Olympus since I wanted the minimum size and weight to achieve an effective focal length of 600mm as well as the small prime lenses for walking about while making my personal pictures. I no longer have as much a need for real long focal lengths but I do now need zoom lenses for my event photography as well as the best low light capability that I can afford. But, I still like prime lenses for my personal photography. I therefore decided to go back to a Fuji camera.
I bought the Fuji X-E2s along with the 18-55mm and 55-200mm lenses, primarily to photograph events, etc. here at Homewood. If that works, and I intend to make it work, I will order prime lenses to supplement them when I don’t wish to carry zoom lenses. I will likely sell off some or all of the micro 4/3 gear. My desire is to settle down and work on photographing with just the Fuji camera; but I will delay selling any of the micro 4/3 gear until I am sure I can make it work for my needs.
Rather than get a DSLR style camera like the X-T1 or 2, I decided to get the rangefinder style X-E2s. Further back I owned the X-E1 when they first came out and liked that style, but not the focusing as much. They have improved the focusing a lot since then. The X-E2s style of camera works a lot better while photographing in and around people, especially when I get a prime lens later, and it is lighter and fits in a small bag easier. I also purchased the 55-200mm lens so that I can photograph from behind the audience during events, etc.
Fuji just announced that they will be selling new prime lenses. These coming lenses are another reason that I went back to Fuji. I prefer using prime lenses on a camera that has external controls, but fast zoom lenses are better suited for documentary photography.
This may be close to the last picture I make with my Olympus 75-300mm (effective 150-600mm) zoom lens. I am going to try and back off on my longer focal length images, and thus my need for micro 4.3 system.
For reference, I made these with the Canon G9X which I am still evaluating. It seems to be the smallest, larger sensor (one-inch), short zoom camera; and, it has pretty good image quality all things considered. There is no doubt that it makes a good, easily carried, just in-case camera; but is that enough? Would I dare just take it on a local trip?
Just a note to say that I used a Canon G9X pocket camera to make all of these images. They are a deliberate variety of images that I chose to try out various settings, etc. with the camera. I am still learning the controls, limitations, etc. The first four were taken from inside my car while waiting for Marcia to pick up carry out. The last four were taken around our house with the last one being an ISO 6400 image. It is a bit too far for a one-inch sensor but works for some images. I took it through a window at night.
These are a few images that I made; i.e., how I saw them, over about a 19-hour period. I have been seeing what I can produce with just my Olympus E-P5 camera and the Olympus 25mm lens (an effective 50mm focal length).
I don’t have any problems with these images, in fact I like them; but if I make more every day, the images would likely get boring since they would be the same, or similar scenes. To mix it up I should go to different places nearby, and I hope to do that when it cools off. In addition, I have ordered another pocket camera to carry with me. I’ll have more to say about that later.