What’s in my Camera Bag Today ?

I started this writing, not quite knowing where I wanted to go with my photography in the future,
because ten cameras with an equally large collection of lenses from two brands is not very handy to use.
So, what to do with my Fujifilm gear and/or Olympus gear?
I turned this writing into a chronological one over a period of several weeks as the decisions and actions developed.

May – June 2022

Loyal followers of Open Source Photograpy have probably been wondering for months why, after switching from Pentax to Fujifilm, I now also have a whole series of Olympus cameras in my equipment.
Well that’s a good question !

Anyone who has recently visited the “Gear” page will have noticed that things change regularly.
Currently my Olympus gear set is bigger than my Fujifilm gear. This is also due to the fact that the offer of micro 4/3 lenses is larger than Fujifilm lenses, but not only that, the prices are lower and the lenses are smaller and lighter.
I also just bought a second-hand E-M1 MKII with a Panasonic Leica 100-400mm specifically for bird photography. These two together cost me barely the price of a Fujifilm XF 100-400mm, and that kit is a lot bigger and heavier. A logical choice.

So what’s happening ?

End of June 2022

Ok, why did I choose Fujifilm in the first place after Pentax?
Well, the camera that won me over was the X-T1,
especially the dedicated shutter and iso dials attracted me the most,
back to an old school type of camera that was light and compact – just like the old days.
After trying different Fujifilm cameras (X-E, X-T two digit and X-T one digit types) I also discovered the great image stabilization of an Olympus EM10 MKI – I certainly wanted that in a Fujifilm camera.
However, the X-T3 came, and no image stabilization…
Then the X-T4, which did have image stabilization, but then again a lot bigger, heavier and also much more expensive.
With the X-H1, I thought I had found the perfect compromise, and we’ll see where Fujifilm takes us.

Just recently, I said goodbye to my old Fuji X100, a camera I never thought I’d get rid of, but I have to many cameras that i don’t use.

Start of July 2022

Then the X-H2s came out – is this where Fujifilm wants to take us ?
Don’t get me wrong, at first glance this looks like a great camera, and there have been a lot of improvements over the X-H1 – but is it realy better ?
And where did those dedicated dials go ?

I’m starting to notice more and more that when I go out, I take the E-M5 MKII’s with me if I don’t want to carry too much gear,
and that I take the new E-M1 MKII for the better work,
especially because it fits well in hand and is still a very small and light kit to carry, even with super telephoto.

I’ve put one of the two X-H1’s up for sale, along with the XF 70-300mm with TC1.4 – two the same Fuji camera’s have become unnecessary, and the great XF 70-300mm is increasingly being replaced by the Pana-Leica 100- 400mm which has a much greater reach.

09/07/2022

Although it’s hard to take the obvious step, I eventually realized that the Olympus system was more suited to the type of photography I do most of the time.
The ergonomics, the low weight and compactness of the Olympus cameras ultimately outweigh the choice for the vintage style and dedicated dials of the Fujifilm system – which they themselves ultimately did not stay true to.

Under the Olympus moto “Break Free” I went to the Olympus eu website, where there is currently a promotion on the Olympus E-M1 Mark III.

In the end I took the plunge and opted for a new adventure with the E-M1 Mark III + 12-40mm F2.8 PRO kit.

My complete Fujifilm system is now for sale,
although,
I haven’t put my X-T1 up for sale yet.
This is probably the “best camera” by Fujifilm ever made,
and still has one more advantage for me, which is the sensor and the dedicated dials, these dials make it probably the best camera for use with vintage lenses – something that is a bit more difficult for Olympus cameras due to the crop factor.

Published by Marc R.

Belgium Based and Retired Photographer, IT specialist, Technician and Bushcrafter - not necessarily in that order. A few years back I got a message on my PC : "The box said 'Required Windows 11 or better'. So, I installed Linux Kubuntu" :-) My Photography software : Linux Kubuntu 22.04 LTS, RawTherapee, Darktable, Digikam, Luminance HDR, Hugin, Gimp and many other. My camera Gear in 2022: Olympus E-M1 Mark II & Mark III for bird, wildlife, architecture and landscape photography. Olympus E-M5 MKII for lightweight and travel photography. Olympus E-M1 silver edition for Vintage lenses . Olympus E-M10 MKIII and an E-PL Seven for fun. For realy rough adventures an Olympus TG-3 ! Development on an old 17" Dell Studio 1749, Core i5 - 8Ram - and 3TB Well, I guess it's all about rough and tough !

6 thoughts on “What’s in my Camera Bag Today ?

  1. You can’t go wrong with the system you’ve chosen, we have a few users in the group and they’re very happy. As for keeping the X-T1, yes, it’s a great camera, and you need a little bit of Fujifilm Inn your life!

    As I’ve said a million times, if you shoot raw, then the camera and colour science which makes those cameras different with the jpegs really doesn’t matter.

    I am looking at selling a few lenses and possibly cameras when I’m feeling better, I only ever wanted to keep things simple, but I have bought things that I don’t use enough.

    Take care, I’ll email you once I’m out of surgery and recovering.

    Mark.

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    1. Indeed Mark, you are absolutely right, the out of camera jpegs make people love Fujifilm – if you shoot Raw, that advantage is lost. I absolutely love the compactness of the Olympus cameras, that along with the crop factor gain has made all the difference for me.
      Take good care of you, and get well soon!
      Marc

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  2. My own photographic journey is similar Marc, buying, selling, buying that old favourite again…

    Weirdly my current retro setup of a canon 50d and a canon 5d MkII is the combination that has reignited the sheer joy of photography once more instead of chasing the newest tech.

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    1. Photography is fun when your tool (your camera) suits your needs, be it an old or new camera. From that point of view, I totally understand you Andy.
      And if you enjoy shooting, you usually take great pictures – and I’ve seen a lot of that on your site !
      Keep having fun in it Andy !

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  3. I’m glad I just had a look back through your recent posts and found this one! As you know I shoot Olympus – a late comer since about two years. The only other system that tempts me currently is Fuji. I had a choice not long ago to buy a second-hand Fuji body or another Olympus lens. In the end I chose the lens because I enjoy the complete system OM offers, especially it’s size and features. I’m extremely happy with what I have now, reading this has made me content. Thanks.

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    1. You’re welcome Tone ! In the meantime I sold the Fuji X-T1 and replaced it with an almost new silver E-M1 original. I want to use it with the many old Olympus Zuiko lenses that I have with adapter. So now I shoot entirely with Olympus cameras, and I don’t regret it.

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