To start off with, yeah I know I am still utterly unreliable when it comes to posting up those promised pictures. It’ll happen…someday. Just struggling with free time management right now with another baby about to arrive (Apr 5th due date).
I just wanted to briefly mention the OM-D E-M5. It is not a full frame camera and it does not have a reflex mirror and an optical view finder. It has still won me. Finally a micro 4/3rds camera that has the control setup that makes it usable to me without being aggravating. Also the lens line up has finally gotten robust enough in my eyes to cover all of my various basic photographic wants.
With my family situation, scanning film is just way to time consuming (maybe 4hrs to scan a 36exp roll and do very basic editing).
I am finally going to go digital. Not sure on an exact switch over date. Money is a bit tight, especially with the new baby arriving. Little did I realize, but apparently Magic the Gathering cards are worth something. At least some of them are. Some of the ones I still own. My mother didn’t think my little hobby from 18 years ago was quite so silly when I mentioned just how much a few of them are worth 😀
So selling those off, finally as well as a few lenses and camera bodies to help finance my moving to digital. I do not plan/will not entirely get rid of my film stuff. To me there will be nothing quite as wonderful as an OM-1 with a sweet little zuiko lens on it and the sensual feel of that mechanical shutter button being pressed. That said, my plans are to eventually sell off all of my film gear except a single OM-1 body and my Zuiko 24/2.8, 50/1.4 and 85/2 lenses. Everything else at some point I will sell off.
The investment is just too great to shift completely digital immediately. I shoot a lot of wide angle and 14mm (28mm FF) is just not wide enough for me. I like the 12-50 f/3.5-5.6 zuiko that comes as one option with the OM-D…but it is a, at least for such a little camera, a big honking lens. Even then 12mm (24mm FF) is just wide enough to be acceptable as my widest angle lens under most circumstances. That said, I am really going to want the Panasonic 7-14 or Olympus 8-16mm before I can comfortable switch over 100% digital, and I don’t have the money for that anytime soon. So once I do switch, it’ll be gradual. I’ll probably shoot 90% digital for that first year or two before my digital lens collection has grown enough to only shoot film on rare occasions for fun, just like I won’t be able to get rid of a couple of ultrawide film lenses until then.
Initially I plan on getting the OM-D with the 14-42mm II lens…preferably with the silver trim, though that option is not available yet. I am hoping I can raise enough money by selling things off to also be able to afford to get a used Panny 14/2.5 and new Sigma 30/2.8 and/or just go in on a Panny 20/1.7. Not sure, but I am thinking I’ll probably be able to afford either the 14/2.5 or 30/2.8 initially.
At least as it stands right now, both between what makes sense financially the next few years and for my use cases I plan on getting the Panny 7-14, 14/2.5 and 20/1.7, Sigma 30/2.8 and Olympus 45/1.8 (along with 14-42 3.5-5.6). For longer glass I am likely to keep around a couple of manual focus film lenses. My Sigma 70-210/2.8 performs really well and even though it is BIG, I don’t tend to shoot subjects far away except under circumstances when I am going to really want the extra aperature. I’ll also likely keep my Sigma 400/5.6. At some point I might get an autofocus lens longer than 45mm (that Olympus 75/1.8 sounds nice, but at what price?).
To finish my rambling thoughts, it is probably going to take me at least 2-3 years to be able to “complete” that collection, but it should cover all my photographic bases. Between the OM-D and what sounds like Olympus commitment to a “real” pro micro 4/3rds body to come in the future, the system as a whole gives me a lot of hope. Speaking of hope, I hope that the financial travesty and fraud going on with Olympus does not cause the company to either go under or stagnate. Also the entering of several 3rd part lens manufacturers to the 4/3rds party makes me hopefuly that over the next few years we will see a spate of new lens introductions with decent quality and affordable prices.