Just shoot

Recently Olympus brought out the beautiful Pen F. It’s a lovely blend of extreme retro styling and advances in technology, for example it matches the Panasonic GX8’s 20MP sensor. Personally I’d prefer a bit of a front grip but I guess that might spoil the rangefinder aesthetics.

When new products arrive, I often find myself worrying that my gear might be inadequate. This usually develops into a mild obsession as I pour over articles and reviews, often that  I’ve already read, to prove to myself that I should stick with what I’ve got.

This time I took comfort in Thomas Leuthard’s various comments that he’s happy with the Olympus OMD EM10 despite having use of the EM1 and the mk11 versions of the EM10 and EM5. I read somewhere that Magnum photographer David Alan Harvey prefers cheaper, less complex digital cameras too.

After obsessing with camera bodies, I moved on to lenses. But again I eventually found solace in re-reading a post on m43photo blog (here) stating that the fastest glass is not necessary the best.  For street shooting especially I’m increasingly aware that I shoot mainly in the f4-f8 range which negates the need for lightening fast primes.

So, after wasting time with this technological naval gazing, I returned to actually taking pictures.

 

The thinker

band of brothers Paw

reflections Urban camouflage

Red Hat

7 thoughts on “Just shoot

  1. I also find myself pining after the latest gear when it come’s out but have always found that it’s never as large a step forward as what you assume it will be. I tend to shoot all my street photography on an Olympus OMD EM5 mk1 and although my Panasonic Leica 25mm lens goes as wide as 1.4 I find that I only use that if I want a particular look and I usually just shoot at f4 as well.

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    1. Ivan – I’ve taken your advice and have been shooting film for a wile now. You’re right it’s great for street. I refer the aesthetics too. Thanks for the tip.

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