Olympus repaired my TG – 6 camera under warranty. Since I got it back I have been exercising it to make sure it works. It does. They replaced the lens assembly. This need for a repair seemed to have been a rare problem. I have owned three or four of these cameras before and never had a problem. I have used similar cameras while kayaking in Costa Rica, while rafting in Peru, and while in the blowing sands in the desert in Tunisia and never had a problem before.
I made the first image when I was testing the macro mode while taking pictures of the rain drops on the front window and screen. The distortion was deliberate since I held the camera at an angle up against the glass. I made the others when I took a walk.
I now have two waterproof pocket cameras, the Olympus and the Ricoh, but they have different strengths and I hope to use then differently, but I’m still comparing them to decide when to use which camera.
The Ricoh has more pixels (for cropping) and a longer zoom focal length while the Olympus has fewer pixels, handles low light a little better as well as better macro images and also has more controls and options. Some photographers wonder why I buy waterproof cameras since I never use them underwater. I buy and use them for pocket cameras including when walking in the rain. Since their lenses do not extend, they hold up better in dusty conditions as well as when carried in a not so clean pocket or bag.
We had a tornado warning yesterday morning when it was 50 degrees F., raining cats and dogs, and very windy. When the alarms went off and we were getting ready to take shelter if necessary, the first think I did was put the TG-6 in my pocket. Later in the morning I made the second picture while walking through one of our buildings in a darkish lounge, and the last one of the sky after the front had gone through and the temperature had dropped to 38 degrees F. Maybe the TG-6 will be my most useful camera, especially considering all of the wild unusual weather we will be having as a result of climate changes.
I’m thinking about a different project for this summer and photographing what I see, and lots of others don’t see, behind the scenes, etc. around Hanover in the allies and back streets. I made the above when I was out seeing what I could do with just the TG-6 camera with the thought that I might not need to use a larger camera.
I made these on the back side of the old McAllister Hotel that is being renovated into new apartments.