A change in approach to my photography
Like many of us I started out my photography with a single DSLR body and a few lenses and found that as I developed as a photographer I extended my kit by adding new lenses for specific purposes and eventually a second camera body to give me access to the benefits of full frame.
My interests ranged from detailed macro work through landscape, flower photography, water and motor sport until I was essentially shooting anything and everything with the exception of street and weddings.
By now my bag was stuffed with a large weight of expensive canon L lenses, a surfeit of batteries, battery grips etc until one fateful holiday when I took a fair proportion of my kit with me in an over-loaded back-pack. The result was that whilst I got some satisfying shots I spent the following month or so crippled with joint problems and realised that I was no longer physically capable of carting about so much gear.
Worse yet, I was finding that I could no longer spend a day shooting my beloved Birds in Flight, even just using one of my longer lenses on the canon 7D without suffering physical problems - it was clearly time for a change
I evaluated the new EM-5 when it first came out and decided that this was a possible suitable compromise between weight, cost and image quality, so slowly started to build up a system based upon it, selling my canon gear to fund the costs
All seemed to be going well but old habits die hard and I realised that I was beginning to suffer the same joint problems again and when I looked at all the kit I had amassed I found I had simply replicated the same mistakes I had with the heavier canon kit - two bodies, a mass of different lenses, each with a specific purpose but in total ending being too much to cart around.
This had to stop!
I sat down and worked out that I really needed three things:
- a long focal distance system with rapid and accurate focus but still light enough to hand-hold all day for my birding, natural history, motor and water sport use, for which I now use the Nikon 1 V2 + 70-300cx (this has also proved remarkably competent at shooting my bees in flight and other bugs, bees and butterfly type subjects)
- A dedcated macro system for the aforementioned bugs, bees and butterflies + flowers and other detailed close up photography. the new Olympus EM-5mk2 + 60mm macro lens is the tool for this
- a "walk-about" system for holiday and excursion use whcih will also work for studio and video use. This was more difficult to choose but I ended up with the Panasonic fz1000 which has proved very effecive acorss a range of subjects and is meeting my needs for images capable of being printed for sale, up to and including A3+ fine art prints + box-framed canvases to 30"x20"
Doing this I now have three different tools for three different jobs, much lighter cameras and to my surpise, some money left over from all the trade-ins of my various bits of Olympus and remaining Canon equipment
So far its proved the right decision - only time will tell if I have broken the bad habits of the past :)