Tagged: Sufficiency

My Type of Photography

I have been walking and thinking about my cameras and lenses.  Is what I’m mostly using, the Olympus Pen-F with various micro 4/3 lenses, the best one to use for most of my photography?  I have a Fujifilm X-T2 and many lenses that I could be using.  Considering that I’m basically just recording what I see around me, I think the Pen-F fits best, mainly because of the small lightweight lenses.  If the image quality in low light is good enough, I’m starting to think that it might also be a sufficient camera for recording Homewood events and activities, but with faster lenses for indoor photography.

Such a choice also seems to fit the philosophy of Kirk Tuck as he describes it in his post: Texturists vs. Contextualists.  Maybe I like what he said because I tend to agree with it.  Give it a read.  It is long but thoughtful.  One thing that Kirk mentions, is that often the type of camera and the way it is used is a function of what the photographer is able to physically photograph.  That is probably an over-riding factor in my case; therefore, it has also contributed to what and how I photograph.  A lack of new things to photograph has moved me to get more creative and to experiment with different compositions and processing in order to keep photographing.

Typical Conditions with Micro 4/3 Camera

This post is to see what pictures made with a micro 4/3 camera look like that were taken under less than ideal conditions.  I am still experimenting with a used Olympus E-P5 camera and an all-purpose zoom lens, the Olympus 14-150mm 1:4-5.6 II.  This camera/lens combination is a smaller micro 4/3 system, and it doesn’t make as good images as I can get with my better Fujifilm camera and lenses; but is it good enough?  I assumed that with perfect lighting conditions and time to work with them, that pictures made with it would be fine for my blog as well as for various printed outputs.

I thought that as long as I didn’t make pictures inside under poor lighting conditions that I could make micro 4/3 gear work.  But, while walking the other day I made these pictures.  The first two were inside under very poor lighting.  The results surprised me, especially with a lens like this slow zoom lens at the widest aperture.

These results have encouraged me and I have decided to continue with micro 4/3 gear and other lenses, but there will be a delay.  I am going to return this used camera since it has a minor problem that is an irritant for some of my other types of pictures.  I will then have to pick and purchase another camera.

For those who are wondering why I would want a “lesser” camera when I have the excellent Fujifilm X-T2 camera, the answer is weight when using longer focal length lenses.  The micro 4/3 lenses are much smaller and lighter.  If I wish to walk with a longer focal length lens, I need to drop down to a smaller sensor camera system.