Winter Morning Thoughts

I am considering slipping into two different modes for much of my photography.  One mode tends to be sharp, clear, and documentary.  I will use this mode for my Homewood and Hanover related projects.  These types of images will probably be primarily made with both my Canon SL1 using the Sigma 17 – 70 mm lens and my Ricoh GR with its effective 18.3 mm lens.

Another mode that I like is similar to the images shown above.  These types are limited, collapsed perspective images made with long focal length lenses like the above made with an effective 300 mm lens.  Due to the necessity of a long focal length lens while at the same time desiring to keep weight and size to a minimum, I am considering using a micro 4/3 system.  I used my Olympus E-PL5 with the Olympus 40 – 150 mm lens for the above images.  My problem is that the camera I used, the E-PL5, doesn’t have a viewfinder and that is a limiting factor for long focal length lenses since it is hard to hold the camera-lens combination steady enough.  In addition, I tend to accidentally hit buttons when I use it vertically, especially when shooting quickly.

My other option is to expand my use of the Canon camera and get a longer lens for it.  The advantage is primarily using one Canon system; the disadvantage is the increased weight and size.  In addition, if I found a lens I liked and could handle with the SL1 camera, I could potentially sell all of my micro 4/3 gear and Pentax gear.

And then there is the “big option” … my Pentax K-3 with the 55 – 300 mm lens.  The advantage of it is that I have it and the lens is better and longer (effective 450 mm at the long end).  Other advantages are that I also have a vertical grip for it and I prefer the vertical/portrait orientation with this style of image, and it a weather resistant system.  The disadvantage is that the K-3 and lens and vertical grip is large and heavy.