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.