Quandary … Long Zoom Lenses?


I made the above image with my Pentax K-3 II DSLR and a zoom lens.  The following image was also made with the Pentax K-3 II and another zoom lens at an effective focal length of 450mm.


My quandary is, do I want to continue using my relatively heavy and large DSLR camera and zoom lenses?  I made these images from my Villa.  The first was from the back porch, the second was from inside through the sunroom door.  I enjoy using the camera and lenses this way since I don’t have to carry them far or hold them for very long.

I have ordered a smaller camera and lens, the Olympus Pen-F and a 25mm prime lens.  I prefer to use smaller cameras with prime lenses when I’m out and about; but I keep going back to heavier and larger cameras and zoom lenses for photography such as above as well as for much of my Homewood at Plum Creek photography.

My quandary is whether to keep and use multiple cameras or to change my photography to fit the kinds of cameras I prefer to carry and hold.  I plan to try the Olympus Pen F with a 25mm (effective 50mm) lens along with my GR II with its effective 28mm lens and my Fuji X-E2s with the 60mm (effective 90mm focal length) lens.  If that combination of lenses works for me and if I find I like the Pen F, I might then sell the Pentax and Fuji gear and purchase additional lenses for the Pen F.  If I find that I miss the images made with longer focal lengths (like above) I can acquire a longer focal length zoom for the Pen F which will be smaller and lighter than my Pentax lenses.

Those who have been following me for a long time know that this isn’t the first time I have retreated to lesser cameras and it might not stick this time; but, I am realizing that having the best and largest isn’t as practical.  Maybe I am getting wiser as I get older.  Ideally, I would prefer to simplify and reduce to one small camera and a few lenses.