My little Olympus went into terminal decline just under two months ago. I had little idea how much I would miss it. Small and weatherproof, it accompanied me for around seven years, usually slung into my bag, and fished out in sun and rain to snap things that caught my eye.
Octavia very kindly lent me a little Casio which helped fill the void, but I was hungry for a new camera to call my own. The Casio worked very well in lowlight, but sunny days, and we have had quite a few recently, resulted in bleached out scenes. If there was a way to correct this, I didn’t find it.
I still had my Lumix for dedicated photography days, but then the memory card in my Lumix became corrupted, and photography was suddenly something I was not doing. I bought a new battery for my SLR, and realised for the first time how my photography habits have changed with digital cameras. Pictures I love to have and look on screen I have no interest in having printed.
Some of the new little cameras have amazingly powerful zooms; up to +20. For a week or so I was seduced, and carried notes of models that had wowed me. Then one day it rained, and it dawned on me that with one of those cameras, rainy days would be full of risks. It would be so easy to get the lens wet, or to retract damp into the camera body. Back to the drawing board. This was when I learned that weatherproof has been superceded by waterproof, and that the impressive increase in proofing has been matched by an equally impressive increase in price. I am not planning to take my camera into the sea. Or use it in the Arctic, but there isn’t a London drizzle category.
So today I bit the bullet. I had four cameras on my shortlist and one shop had them all. I do hope the assistant gets commission as I was there for over an hour. He was patience personified. I was out of another shop in less than five minutes last week when the assistant recommended a Pentax on the grounds that it looked the coolest.
This afternoon I took my work and my new toy into the garden. I didn’t get much work done, but I did start to play with my new not-quite-so-little Olympus. I’m not quite there yet, but so far I am enjoying learning how it works. It has an powerful macro which I hope to master some day soon.
In the meantime, here are some initial efforts.