Real or a Dream?


Water’s Edge

I took the above picture early on a cool, breezy, cloudy morning while walking down along the water’s edge with my Leica camera.  Well, I am allowed to dream and that is what the picture brought to mind.

Do you have any idea of what it is actually a picture of?  It is a picture of a portion of the sky that I took and converted to B&W.  It really was a relatively cool, cloudy morning and I was taking Misty on her morning walk and happened to have my Pentax K-5 with the 55 – 300mm lens on it.  I haven’t taken that setup for a walk for a long time.  The combined weight is over 2.6 pounds, and it is large to have hanging from a strap.

Lately I have done a lot of soul-searching about what camera(s) would be best for me.  I have chosen a camera and lens that I think I would like to have, but they probably aren’t realistic. [No, it’s not a Leica.]  So far it’s just a dream and I’m still seeing what I can do with what I have and then trying to think through an evolutionary process of moving towards my dreams.

In my assessment I have balanced cost with image quality, size & weight, and focal length reach.  All of these are fairly easy to determine except for focal length; and it turns out that the primary factor affecting the weight and cost is the length of my focal length.  How long a zoom lens do I really need?  If I can get by with a shorter more normal fixed focal length lens, I can afford, and carry, a larger sensor camera.  In addition, good full frame long focal length lenses are quite expensive as well as heavy.  The size and weight of a lens really drops with sensor size; i.e. the micro 4/3 lenses which I tried in the past.  The problem with this assessment is that it is a subjective measurement and depends on what I wish to photograph … how close can I get to it?

In the past I had an effective 600mm lens.  I then dropped back to an effective 450mm lens.  Can I go lower?  I’m now thinking that I won’t be able to answer that question until I try again; therefore, I’m considering getting the Sony 18 – 200mm lens for my NEX-6 which will give me a maximum effective reach of 300mm for a more practical walk-about system.  It will also give me a smaller system with a weight of about 1.8 pounds.  If you remember, I tried this before and rejected it; but I now have a stronger reason to succeed if it would enable me to sell my Pentax gear and get one of the newer full frame cameras with more pixels for crop-zooming.

But, there is another approach.  Come at it from the other direction.  I could possibly get a full frame camera with a single prime lens or two and then see which system I use the most and whether I could manage without longer length lenses, but it would require a substantial cash layout upfront until I could decide what to sell.  No matter which route I choose to take, it comes down to what I’m going to be photographing and that doesn’t seem likely to change.  Maybe I’m just dreaming about anything different.

One comment

  1. Dee

    That is amazing. If you had not told us it was sky, I would have sworn it was water, it definitely does look like water. Even now that I know, I realize it easily passes for both, I see what my mind is focusing on.