Not Alone

I haven’t just been using the Canon SL1 while I have been learning, and deciding, how to best use it.  For the above pictures I used my Pentax K-3 and made these images at a focal length of 300 mm, or effective 450 mm.  I am still concerned about not being able to take such images if I mainly use my prime 24 mm lens on the Canon SL1.  I have decided that I really don’t wish to carry the heavier K-3 and 55 – 300 mm zoom lens, but that I still would like to be able to make such pictures in the manner of the above.  My indecision is what to do about it.

I may give up long focal length photography or I might compromise and look for a lens to use on the SL1 that is lighter.  Another choice might be to use my micro 4/3 Olympus EPL-5 with a long lens.  For some reason, I keep “walking away” from my micro 4/3 imagery.  I liked using it for my most recent long-term project of photographing the model railroaders here at Homewood, but my primary outlet for those pictures will be a video/slide show made with shorter focal lengths.  My problem is that I would like a higher quality longer focal length lens.  I have been using my low-quality 40 – 150 mm f/4 – 5.6 lens.  If cost was not a concern, I could try the new Olympus E-M5 II and the Pro 40 – 150 mm lens; but I don’t wish to spend that much money for such limited use.

Another “discomfort” that I have, is switching back and forth between cameras with totally different control and menu set-ups.  That and the need for multiple lens collections for different systems is a drag on my photography and finances.  Resolving these issues requires owning just one system; but, which one?  I now have Pentax, Canon, and micro 4/3 systems.  I would prefer to use one.  Should I replace the non-Canons with another Canon DSLR with some longer lenses to supplement my SL1?

I would like to consider my next system as my last one … one that will serve my needs into the future.  I doubt that I am alone relative to this issue.  Does anyone out there have any recommendations?

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