Are a large group of blog posts called a gaggle? Or is it like crows and it is a murder? Or maybe a horde or swarm? At any rate, you should (I make no promises) see a large number of posts and even a new page or three from me over the coming weeks.
I am getting ready for a backpacking trip to Shenandoah national park to hike up and around Old Rag mountain as well as along parts of the Appalachian Trail next Friday till Sunday. After that it is getting ready for my Grand Canyon and Las Vegas trip. Work has me going to a conference in Las Vegas, and since the airfare is already paid and the hotel (for the part in Vegas) is also paid, I am extending the vacation and brining my wife along. We are going to fly in August 10th, drive straight out to the South rim of the canyon. Thursday is going to be spent exploring the rim. Friday before dawn we head down Bright Angel Trail to Bright Angel campground to spend the night camping there. Saturday we hike back out late in the day. Sunday morning we drive to Havasupai and hike to the campground near the falls. Monday we hike back to the car, drive to Vegas and spend Monday evening through Friday in sin city relaxing at night and (for me) working at the conference during the day.
So not only should I have tons of pictures to share, whether you want to see them or not (I assume you do if you are visiting my blog, or at least my blog posts, and not just here for the camera and lens information), but I should also have more camera info. In anticipation of both of these trips I’ve decided to simplify and lighten my kit, as well as making it more relevent. In the past I’ve taken my Lowepro Nova micro AW bag with an OM-1n, Zuiko 24mm f/2.8, 50/1.8 and 135/3.5. I’ve found with most of my backpacking destinations the 135 is just too long for most of my photography so a better kit would include my 85, which makes my whole bag heavier and there also isn’t room for all that in the Nova micro bag. So I finally convinced my wife (which wasn’t hard) that I needed to get another lens. Needed is a strong word, but “wanted” and I think “will benefit” are better terms. So I bought a zuiko 100mm f/2.8. It hasn’t shown up yet, but pre-backpacking trip I plan to do a bunch of testing with it and pre or post trip I’ll have a page dedicated to it with lens tests, etc up.
A new part of my lens tests is going to be testing the lenses using my wife’s E-PL1 for those interested. I have the adapter, my wife uses some of my lenses on her camera occasionally, and there are lots and lots of people using OM lenses on 4/3rds camera. I mentioned it awhile back with my wife getting her E-PL1. I’ve realized that my photography isn’t simply limited to Olympus OM cameras and OM lenses. Now they are my favorite, but I’ve faced the reality of a very busy father of 2 (and maybe father of 3 eventually, no, nothing on the way). Developing and then scanning film takes WAY to much of my time, and frankly the on going cost of film is a bit annoying. So eventually, probably 2-3 years from now, I’ll probably be going digital for at least 90% of my shooting. I’ll still do some film and still use my OM cameras (and still wish someone would come out with a digital interchangeable back for OM cameras). But, more likely than not around 2-3 years from now (I am thinking 30th birthday present) I am really going to look at investing in/buying a used Canon 5d, or if the price has come down significantly a used 5D Mkii. In large part to continue using my Zuiko and OM mount lenses on the camera and also in part because I crave, want and need a full frame camera and view finder. Anything less would greatly diminish any joy I have in photography.
So anyway, this has been a long post just to say I have nothing substantial to share, but that I will soon. Check back soon.