A few posts back I mentioned that all pictures should mean something. I’m sure that the above picture doesn’t mean much to you without an explanation … but it means something to me. It rained all day yesterday off and on and is forecast to rain until Thursday, so I have been using my time to continue my thoughts about cameras and lenses. Yesterday I probably took two dozen pictures of those and other rain drops and bubbles using many different lenses on my K-5. The above was taken with the Pentax 18 – 55mm WR kit lens at the 18mm focal length. I don’t use that lens much since I haven’t been pleased with it; but since it is my only weather resistant lens (WR), I thought I would check it out under different conditions. What I figured out is that it is a fair lens at the 18mm focal length up close, is OK for intermediate distances at 35mm, and is worse at 55mm at all distances. But that’s not what I was really thinking about. I have been thinking about using my prime lenses a lot more and I was comparing them to each other as well as the kit lens.
I’m seriously thinking about just using Pentax DSLR cameras. I started out thinking that I would replace my Sony NEX-6 with the Fuji X100s and that led me back to wondering why, since I have the K-5 and quite a few lenses for it. The X100s is smaller, lighter, more discreet, and a lot more expensive … but maybe I don’t really need it as long as I use my prime lenses on the K-5. In addition, since I like to leave the 55 – 300mm lens on the K-5 so that it is ready to go quickly, I’m also thinking about getting a Pentax K-30 primarily for use with primes and to back-up my K-5 rather than the Fuji X100s. The K-30, even though it is less expensive, has a better live view function and better video capability than my K-5 and I’m thinking I might need those capabilities more in the future.
If you have read my blog for a long time you will remember that I have had problems with the weight of the K-5. At this time I’m not having as much of a problem with the weight especially when I use prime lenses. I contribute this situation to the excellent ergonomics of the grip. The X100s doesn’t have a grip, weighs less, is a lot smaller, and has a fixed equivalent 35mm lens. With a Pentax DSLR I have different focal length options with different prime lenses but a much larger system. I have decided to try using the prime lenses for a while, especially around people and inside buildings, and then come back and revisit my situation. In the past I had used an X100 or various micro 4/3 cameras when photographing inside buildings around people and haven’t really used the K-5 that much inside other that at home. The few times I have used it up close to people they have reacted badly … but maybe they will get accustomed to it.
I have serious doubts as to whether I will make this work unless I give up always having a camera with me (other than the LX7). I don’t mind using a DSLR camera when I’m deliberately out to take pictures but I haven’t wanted to carry it just in case I see something. A while back when I had the X100 I would carry it under my jacket. Will I carry a DSLR instead? Just to frame the image for you as to how unusual it is to see a DSLR around here … I have never seen anyone else using a DSLR to photograph anything, at any time or place since I moved to Hanover a year and a half ago. Hmmm, maybe I should just buy an iPhone or iPad mini if I want to blend in.