Old Farm with Micro 4/3

191127-095240-19JEHI’m trying the Olympus micro 4/3 E-M5 III camera and the 12-40mm F2.8 lens.  Mostly I am playing with them and photographing things/scenes, etc. that I have photographed in the past with various cameras.  I’m relearning the differences with a micro 4/3 system and seeing if I can go back to it.  I want to go back to micro 4/3 just because of the size and weight of the gear and the flexibility to try some different things.

My only reason for not going back to micro 4/3 gear is the problem with the lighting when I photograph indoor events.  From the perspective of faster and more accurate focusing, ability to handle the camera and controls, and the ability to get around easier and quicker, micro 4/3 gear helps even with Homewood photography.  It is just a problem with low light and problems with wild swings in light levels as I work an indoor event; i.e high ISOs required and the resulting digital noise that are holding me back.

Since photography is slowly getting harder on my hands, back, and knees, I am now experimenting to see how much I have to give up relative to image quality so that I can make an assessment of what to do in the coming year.  As I have purchased better and better low light gear to handle Homewood photography, my personal problems just got worse and I started slowly losing my interest in going out and making images with the better heavier gear, so I’m now seeing if I can turn things around and get back to experimenting and trying different photography with micro 4/3 gear and still do the harder indoor photography.

By the way, going from my Fujifilm cameras back to the Olympus menu and ways of controlling the camera and processing the images are almost as much fun as learning a new language.

Going Smaller, Running from FF

They have started putting up decorations already, but the major decorating of the trees by the residents will not occur until next Monday.  I chose some scenes to test my ability to use the little pocket Canon G5X Mark II for photographing decorations.  I am pleased in that it does the job without any special heroics in processing.  I just took some sample raw images with the camera in “P” mode and used auto tone in LR to make them.  Nothing else other than some cropping.  If I only use this camera it will be the first time I have used such a small point and shoot camera for such pictures; but I have another solution coming.

As I attempt to go smaller with fewer lenses, smaller lighter bags, etc. I realized that another way of describing what I’m doing is running from the full frame (FF) bullets aimed at me by the marketeers.  Most of the new cameras’ emphases have been in the development of full frame sensor cameras.  The problem, for me, as they do this, is that the lenses just keeping getting larger and heavier and more expensive.  Too much for me.

In reaction to the markets bigger and heavier movement, I am trying to rebel and go smaller.  As I attempt this, I chose to first get and try the Canon G5X Mark II camera which is working out quite well for me.  Second, I chose to try one of the latest micro 4/3 sensor cameras and thus I ordered the Olympus E-M5 III and the 12-40 mm F2.8 zoom lens to give them a try.  I will have them up and running by next Monday when I photograph residents decorating the trees, so I will also test it for that photography and see how it compares with the Canon.

Life Flow, and Cameras

191121-082035-19JEHI, and many others, have been living on this long problematic journey through the so-called golden years which are part of the irreversible flow of life from birth to death, but as we approach the end, we are still left with the residue of the unresolved.

In my case, one of those many, so far, unresolved issues is how to minimize my photography gear so that I can still do photography.  I guess I should be thankful that this issue is the one most pressing on my mind.

This issue has been complicated by lack of ideas for what to photograph, bigger changes in my physical abilities to handle the cameras and get around, and some changes in the technologies incorporated in the cameras.

Thanks to technology I am now trying to do more of my photography with smaller gear like the small Canon G5X Mark II.  Those who haven’t followed the evolution of the Canon cameras should take note, and notice that the “Mark II” designation is quite important for this camera since the Mark II version is a lot different from the original camera.  As a minimum, I will carry the G5X II as a backup to one of the Fujifilm cameras and whatever lenses I’m using to photograph Homewood events.  That saves me from needing to carry a larger heavier Fujifilm backup camera in a larger bag.

As another step towards living life with more minimal gear, at least when it comes to my photography, I still would like to minimize my gear further; but, doing that too quickly might be labeled heresy and a little premature or early in my journey. 

As an interim step I’m going to try a micro 4/3 system again and try the Olympus E-M5 III since it is WR and more rugged and is a little larger in size, controls, grip, etc. than the G5X II; i.e., between the G5X II and the Fuji cameras I have.  Another reason for going down that path again is the excellent Olympus image stabilization (IS).  I have found real value in having the IS with the G5X II, at least for non moving subjects.  If I can make the micro 4/3 system work well enough for my indoor Homewood photography, I will then start selling off the Fuji gear, probably starting with the heaviest and largest camera and lenses.

Canon vs. Fuji

The first image was made with a Canon G5X Mark II at its widest focal range in “P” mode.  The camera chose ISO 1600, f/1.8, and 1/20 sec.

The second image was made with a Fuji X-Pro 2 and the 18mm lens in “P” mode.  The camera chose ISO 12800, f/2, and 1/60 sec. (the slowest I had it set for).

The Canon had image stabilization and the Fuji didn’t and that is reflected in the shutter speed, etc.  I used LR Adobe color and auto tone to process the raw files, and I adjusted the exposures slightly.  You can see that the camera colors are different due to differences in auto WB, etc.  I often tweak Fuji’s WB, but didn’t here.  Another minor difference, the Canon had 20MP and the Fujifilm had 24MP.

I prefer the Canon image and that is amazing given that it is a small pocket camera with a one-inch sensor.  The Fuji is much larger and heavier and has an APS size sensor.  I made these images last night since I am starting to wonder about which camera, lenses, etc. to use when I start photographing the holiday lighting in early Dec.  So far, I’m thinking that I will use the Canon camera, especially since it has a zoom lens, but it will also depend on the weather and the Canon is not WR.

PS, I also like the Canon image when processed as below.

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This Morning’s Sky

I made these this morning with the Canon G5X Mark II while walking Misty at 7am.  I’m thinking about how to ensure that I don’t drop the camera while putting it in, or taking it out of a pocket.  At the moment I just have the wrist strap on the camera.  The camera is pretty small for using a conventional neck strap but I might devise a lantern strap with a clip that I could attach when I carry the camera in an upper jacket or shirt pocket, or maybe just use a small bag with a tether strap.

Canon G5X Mark II Looking Good

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Above is a picture of my latest camera.  I included the WG-60 in the picture for a size reference.  I have just started my evaluation of the Canon camera.  The following images were made of similar things I have photographed before so that I could make comparisons relative to processing, etc.  Since one of my intentions for using the camera is for B&W images, I have been trying some modifications of my preferred style to see how malleable the raw files are.

 

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The above compositions were all chosen based on accessibility, the fact that I have made similar images before, and under conditions that have given me problems with other cameras before.  In all cases that meant that they were made under adverse lighting conditions since that has been my biggest concern about this camera with a one-inch sensor.