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The Journey ends (for now...)

So back in June I realized I was kind of over my photography interests, and a lot of it stemmed from the fact that when I was out with my gear people seemed so unreceptive to it. I had not taken a picture in almost 8 months because I just dreaded carrying around all that huge gear and having to constantly explain myself in the street. I had the NEX 6 for smaller size, but I just never really warmed to it, as there was only one lens that really fit the system, which was the kit lens. Every other lens was so big it just made the whole set-up look goofy. 

So I sold it all: 2 Canons, 2 NEX cameras, 8 lenses and 3 flashes. I then used the money to see what would work for me and maybe bring back my fire. My initial thought was to go mirrorless, and see what I might like. I did chicken out halfway through getting 2 SLRs, the 6D & the Olympus E-620, but I eventually found the GX7, and from there it was pretty much a wrap; I started selling the rest off. The cameras I tried since 06/14:

  • Fujifilm XE-1
  • Olympus E-620
  • Powershot G1X Mk II
  • Canon EOS 6D
  • Olympus E-PL5
  • Olympus E-PL2
  • Sony RX100 MK II
  • Sony RX10
  • Olympus Stylus 1
  • Fujifilm f900EXR
  • Panasonic GX7
  • Panasonic GX1
  • Panasonic GM1

I was really torn about the reduced image quality of micro four thirds, but the ability of the system to just get out your way and let you enjoy photography of all types, was what won me over. If the NEX system had better lenses at cheaper prices I would have probably gone with them, but the whole micro four thirds ecosystem won me over not the just the camera bodies. Also a concern was every 5 minutes Sony is revamping their whole product line, and having a consistent line of progression is always something I like as a photographer and gear-head.

I was still not sure about my decision, but taking the 6D out for a spin with just one lens reminded me how big the system was, and for me it was a fail for city shooting. It was great for state parks and camera friendly areas, but I like the all aroundness of micro four thirds. With the wealth of camera bodies using the format in difference ways (and now Kodak is on board with an M43 camera and lens of their own), there is a lot of diversity.

So I settled on the:

  1. Panasonic GX7 – My main camera and first choice out.
  2. Panasonic GM1 – My stealth camera and and one I take if I am not 100% sure they allow photography.
  3. Panasonic GX1 – My Back-up/spare body, great with another lens attached so I don’t have to swap lenses with the GX7, but just have 2 cameras with different lenses. In a perfect world I could see one with the 12-35 2.8, and one with the 35-100 2.8.
  4. Fujifilm f900EXR - In my bag every day, good for all uses, and the 20x zoom is there if I need it. Also great as a loaner to hand to friends and family if they want to take some pictures.

So my camera journey is over now, I am on a 200.00 a month budget, and no big splurges unless my budget has saved up enough for it. Just to make it interesting I will make an entry every month, with a running total of my camera budget.

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