I know it has been the better part of a year since posting and writing a new page. I guess things sometimes wax and wane with interests. I haven’t lost (much) zeal for photography, but my life has just been so busy that blogging has always seemed to take a back seat to everything else going on. I won’t make any false promises about getting better on blogging, but it is at least what I’d like to do. Things seem to be getting exciting in the m4/3 world, at least for me. There is a 12-40/2.8, which sounds amazing (even if I am not big on zooms). The 40-150/2.8 just came out and whether or not I am a fan of zooms, I am extremely interested in it. Though it might be more of a “bucket list” purchase for a “bucket list” trip. It plus the 1.4x teleconverter seem almost perfect as a wildlife combination. Also Olympus has announced a 7-14/2.8 and a 300/4.
I am not sure if, when or ever any other long/medium telephotos might come along, but I really do hope eventually someone will do something like a 150/4, or 40-150/4 or something like that (maybe even a 50-200/4). Something a lot more affordable, but in the medium to long telephoto range. There appears to be plenty of time. m4/3 seems to be thriving, which can only be a good thing.
Money is tight, but I am certainly hoping to replace my Olympus 17mm f/2.8 with the 17mm f/1.8 sometime soon. I have a big family trip coming up and it plus the 45/1.8 and a tiny camera bag would be a perfect walk-around kit to simplify things. Also with the strong rumors (confirmed?) about the E-M5 replacement coming in February, it has me nearly giddy. The E-M5 has treated me very well, but I can see some nice features in the E-M1, and my hope is after a all this time, that the E-M6 (or whatever it’ll be called) will have certain improvements over even the E-M1 (higher MP? Better DR? Better high ISO noise?). Even if its quality is no better than the E-M1, a package closer to the size of the E-M5 and price would be a nice upgrade (faster shutter, slightly better DR and noise, better EVF, check, check, check and more check). Sadly, it won’t be a run out and buy thing for me like the E-M5 was…but maybe Christmas next year?
I have lots of catching up on blogging from the past 8 months, which I have every intention of doing (the road is paved). Until then, at least one small picture.
Panasonic 25mm f/1.4: f/1.6, 1/4000s, ISO200