I made this image (one picture with two crops from it) through my window this morning. I wanted a new picture to start the year with so that I could update my file structure, labeling, etc. for the new year, and it was too cold (8 degrees F) to go outside to take a picture.
Yesterday I looked back through what I had photographed last year and was surprised. I found that I had used 17 different cameras and 24 different lenses, and then realized that only about 41% of the pictures were made with cameras that I still have. I also learned that I had made 53% of the images for Homewood uses; i.e. not for my blog.
The cameras that I no longer have were the bigger ones with larger lenses such as the Canon 80D, Pentax K-70 and K-3II, and the Fujifilm X-E2s, X-Pro2, and X-T2. Not counting the TG-4 and the iPhone6, I am currently using the Olympus E-M1 Mark II and PEN-F along with the Fuji X100F cameras. At the moment, I don’t plan to make any more changes in cameras, but that leaves me with wondering what I will do this year since a lot of my previous images were made as I tried different cameras.
In general, my cameras have tended to get smaller and lighter, but I may have reached a limit for the time being. I would like a good pocket camera, but I would like one that was simple relative to the controls and menu. I am having enough trouble with inadvertently making changes to settings with the cameras that I’m now using, so getting another camera which is equally complex with smaller buttons crowded into the design isn’t going to help me much. If someone made a camera like the Leica X2 with similar controls and short menu with a state-of-the-art APS size sensor and LCD that wasn’t any bigger than the Leica X2, but affordable, I might consider getting it. As a compromise, I have been watching the one-inch sensor cameras but I haven’t found one worth acquiring.