It’s the Lens!

I have been using different cameras and lenses and trying different ways of photographing different subjects.  My desire is to decide which cameras I am going to eliminate so that I can reduce my assortment of cameras down to two.  I like to mostly use one camera but I always want another for backup and sometimes I need a small camera to carry in a jacket pocket.

For the above pictures, I used three different cameras and different lenses including primes and zoom while photographing a range of different subjects.  If I just made pictures like these, which I like to do, I could almost use any camera.  I have a number of divergent constraints when deciding which cameras to keep.  When photographing events here at Homewood I need a wide range of focal lengths and low light capability.  When photographing for myself I need a small, light camera with good ergonomics.

I plan on using my Olympus O-MD E-M5 for my Homewood projects, providing I can find a lens that is fast enough to handle the poor lighting conditions.  I may have to get some fast prime lenses or the 12 – 40 mm F2.8 PRO lens, but I am trying to avoid that because of the cost, size, and weight.  In the recent past I have been using my Canon 70D for such work but I think I can back-off on image quality and make-do with the E-M5.  My 14 – 150 mm lens will do fine for outdoor photography.  The issue is what about indoors, and I have yet to try it for multiple events.

When I go out to do my own photography I will also use the E-M5, probably with the 14 – 150 mm lens.  That means that all I need to decide is which camera to keep and use for walking and driving about when I just need a camera for in-case I see something.  Will it be the Leica X2 or the Nikon 1 J5?  If I were to primarily make images like above, I would choose the Nikon 1 J5.  I am finding that the issue, no matter what I’m photographing, isn’t the camera.  It is the lens focal lengths, speed, close focusing ability, and size and weight.  It is also a matter of the camera ergonomics but that is driven to a large degree by the size of the lens.