I’m Not Switching Camera Systems

Today’s Post by Joe Farace
Last Wednesday, I wrote a post called “How Not To Go Broke Buying Equipment.” Check it out if you have time.
It generated lots of e-mail about whether or not I would be purchasing the Olympus E-M1X I shot at Daytona International Speedway and, although I currently own four Olympus Micro Four-thirds cameras, my answer is explained in #2 below.

The introduction of any new camera always generates lots of questions about switching systems because some people always want to have “what’s best” even if that’s a moving target.

If you’re using the same system as that dream camera, it’ll just be an upgrade so if you can afford it (an often overlooked but important consideration) then get one. If the dream camera is from another manufacturer, I’d like to offer my personal reasons for not switching systems; It’s something to consider before melting that gold card in a roman orgy of camera and lens purchasing.

  1. I already know how to use the system I own. I test lots of different cameras for Shutterbug, this blog and my main blog and no company does the same thing in the same way. Switching systems means that I’d have to remember that the lens mounts counterclockwise not clockwise and the control for exposure compensation and everything else is someplace other than what I’m expecting. Maybe I’m just too lazy to learn something new and am not afraid to admit it
  2. I can’t afford it. Right now, I own two DSLRs and too many mirrorless cameras and a lots of lenses. I’m not really sure how many lenses I actually own, although I am selling some of the Garage Sale section of my other site. I could trade’em for new Brand X gear and get 10 cents on a dollar or put them on eBay and deal with that craziness. Been there done that.
  3. Most importantly, changing systems won’t make a difference in the kind of photographs I make. Some photographers work in highly specialized situations but I’m not one of them.

But keep this in mind: If a new camera from another manufacturer makes your life easier, helps you make more money and you can afford to make the transition go for it. I recently watched two guys go through the process process of switching systems and frankly, Scarlett, it scared the hell out of me mainly because I’m such a cheapskate and can’t imagine throwing that kind of money around. But both of the guys are serious pros who make a living with their gear.

How I made that shot: I photographed this motocrosser while practicing using an Olympus E-1MX and a M.40-150mm f/2.8 lens with MC-14 teleconverter. Exposure was 1/250 sec at f/4.5 and ISO 400.