I have been doing some arm-chair exploring of different cameras and lenses. Since I didn’t have to carry, or hold, this camera for long, I used my heaviest camera … the Pentax K-3 with the 18 – 135 mm lens to take the above picture inside around 7:30 am when there wasn’t much light. This picture was taken at ISO 6400. The K-3 is a nice but heavy weather-resistant system that I have used indoors lately, even though I bought it to use outdoors.
What I have been exploring, or considering, are the limits of my camera-lens combinations. I am wondering what the “sweet spots” are for my different uses. I am looking for a lighter weight system than the K-3 for use while walking about. One question I am pondering is whether I can keep and use the K-3 indoors and for stepping out the front door to take cloud pictures and get something else for walking about that is lighter to carry? If I mostly photograph outdoors in better light I shouldn’t, might not, need a camera system that does as well in low light. It is a matter of finding the right camera capability and lens that is affordable and lighter and easier to carry. I am looking for a camera that I can use with faster and lighter lenses that is lighter than my K-3 but has a longer focal length than my GR.
At the moment I am concentrating on weight and usability, how my hand matches the grip and controls, balanced against image quality. I still need to determine how my micro 4/3 camera and lenses fit in the scheme of things, and I need to decide whether I am primarily going to shoot with lighter weight prime lenses or try to find an acceptable zoom lens.