Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Downsizing by Upgrading

After some strong encouragement from my son,Steve,I did it.
I traded in my large cameras and lenses for a high quality smaller camera.
I now own an Olympus OM DE1. I still have a telephoto lens on it as powerful as the other one I had but a whole lot lighter.


Here are a few pictures I have already taken with this camera.It is a mirror less camera. 

I am more than pleased with the quality of the images.Of course I had to get pictures of reflections.


Steve,Kai and I spent some time at the lake on Tuesday evening. Since at this time I have only the telephoto lens,I am somewhat limited as to what I can get pictures of.



Kai enjoyed playing in the water and would have got herself wet to the very top of her head,if only Daddy had given permission. This picture was shot at 1600 ISO and hand held.


We noticed the spider webs in the grass so of course we had to get pictures.

I am confident that with this new camera,even a little arthritis in my hands will not prevent me from pursuing my hobby of photography. My neck and shoulders will also thank me after a day of shooting.

26 comments:

  1. I've been intrigued with these new mirror-less. You've shown that they obviously take excellent pictures. Congratulations on your new setup.

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  2. Well---you have a great teacher when it comes to your SON. He is an excellent photographer. Of course, he learned it from his Mama (and Papa) since you ALL are fantastic photographers. Ruth, you could get good pictures with a little Brownie Camera!!!! You just have the talents to get them no matter what the camera is!!!!! Congrats.

    Hugs,
    Betsy

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  3. It's always so exciting to get a new camera! What is a mirrorless camera?
    Everything looks so beautiful and has really intense color...I think you made the right choice!

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  4. Your new camera is giving you great results and has the nice feature of being lighter.

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  5. Sounds like a winner all the way around.

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  6. That's great and lovely photos too Ruth. I usually opt to take my compact super zoom on walks and outings, leaving my DSLR home for around the backyard use.

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  8. There is some photos that looks like of a fairy tale!

    Tomás.

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  9. smaller, lighter weight camera with just as beautiful as the photos from the other cumbersome one? I think you made a great choice!!

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  10. Sounds like an excellent choice Ruth. I too have trouble carrying my camera because of my heart which also makes my hands shake as it pumps.
    Arthritis is not much fun and any relief is good. Lovely to catch up with Kai growing up.

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  11. Great pictures Ruth. Of course a lot of it is the great photographer behind the camera and not the camera itself.

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  12. Ginny, on most DSLRs there is a mirror inside that alternates between sending the image to the viewfinder or the sensor that takes the pictures. When you look through the viewfinder the image is coming into the lens, bouncing off the mirror and into the viewfinder. When you press the shutter release the mirror swings up out of the way, the shutter is opened, and the picture is sent directly to the image sensor. In a mirrorless camera there is no mirror. The image comes in through the lens and is sent to both places...viewfinder and image sensor(when shutter is opened).

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  13. Wonderful photos dear Ruth. Congrats on your new camera.

    The water in the photo with Kai is just beautiful!

    Have a lovely weekend ~ FlowerLady

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  14. Beautiful pictures! Looks like a great move - the whole downsize/upgrade. I've been away and only had my Kindle...rather difficult to check on blogs with that. I agree with Betsy, you could take beautiful shots no matter what the camera.

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  15. Great photos, and they will get better as you get used to the new camera. I am also looking for a smaller camera, but having a hard time deciding on one. LOL

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  16. AFter my disappointment with the Canon SX50 I have been afraid to abandon my dslr. Looks like you've found a winner here and it does so well at 1600 ISO! Impressed. I will have to look into this one. Thanks!

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  17. Ruth, looks like a great camera! I have a Sony mirror less and I'm quite happy with it. A lot easier than lugging the 400 lens around. But I still love my new Canon 70D!

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  18. Such beautiful images you have already captured, Ruth! What fun to have a new camera...I am looking forward to the day when finances will allow me to get something new. Until then I will plug away with my little P & S! Have fun with your new toy!

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  19. I'd say you made a great purchase. The photos are lovely and it is nice to have a camera that isn't so cumbersome. Happy shooting !!! Mickie :)

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  20. Lovely photos, Ruth. I just told my husband the other day, that I need a lighter weight set-up as well. My EOS 40D with a 2x Canon Extender, and the Canon f/2.8 70-200mm is just so very heavy.
    I hold it with my left hand, which is my weak side. I may have to have a look at this camera. I've been eyeing the Canon SX50 HS, but have not made any decisions yet.

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  21. some beautiful images ruth, i am so happy for you!!!

    and i love your ability to change, grow....learn new things, you are braver then i, it's just so cool!!!

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  22. Don't know a thing about cameras - but sure love your photos - all of them!

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  23. Hi Ruth, I think you will love the smaller camera. I switched from the big stuff as well and have not regretted it one bit. John

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  24. How exciting! A lighter weight camera interests me too! These pictures are wonderful!

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  25. It is so relaxing and draws you closer to God when photographing nature! I have a Nikon 3100D and love it!! I have been blessed with so many lovely photos. I even sell them! I sell blank greeting cards for 8 for $19, 8x10 unframed for $10, 5x7 unframed for $5. I love sharing the beauty I see this way!

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