Just when I thought it was safe, that I have every camera I could ever want, out comes the new Olympus E-P5. There’s some kind of law that as soon as I buy the camera I’ve finally saved up for, out comes the next generation that’s got all the nifty features I hoped to see.
Actually it isn’t coincidental. I wait until the price on the equipment I want drops before I buy it. The price drop nearly always signals the imminent release of a new generation of equipment, or at least a new model. So I’m likely to remain at least a generation behind in camera technology.
That’s what happens when one lusts for the coolest newest stuff, but don’t really have the money to buy it. Moreover, I have nothing more than the flimsiest excuse to get another camera, even with my rationalization engine turned up to full. Lucky for me there isn’t much the P5 is offering that I don’t (more or less) have with the P3/PM2 combo. So it’s lovely, but I can resist it.
On the other hand (trumpets and a drumroll) … the new Panasonic (Leica in all but name) LUMIX DMC-LF1 was announced this afternoon. She’s lovely, scheduled for delivery in June. Just a few short weeks from now.
It’s got a built-in (be still my heart!) optical viewfinder, shoots in JPG or RAW, has a fast Summicron F/2.0 medium-long telephoto lens. At $499, it is almost affordable. Could this be the perfect do-it-all camera for which my soul yearns?
I have a longstanding policy of never buying a new model of anything (cars, cameras, computers, software) until I’ve heard from regular users, not the PR spinners. I want to feel the love before I start hoarding my pennies and quarters.
Since it won’t even be available to regular users until next month, I figure it will be a while before feedback starts coming in. There’s a strong possibility by the time I might be able to afford it — assuming I hear really good things about it — my computer will stop having intermittent seizures and quit working entirely, ending any chance of getting another camera no matter how wonderful.
Somehow, I think I’ll manage anyhow.
It’s new, better, exciting, cool. But if I miss it, there will be another — and another after that.
Because there’s always something new on the way. Trust me.
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- Olympus E-P5 salutes Pen F (focuscanada.wordpress.com)
- New Olympus PEN Camera Uses 50-Year-Old Design (mashable.com)
- Olympus unveils PEN E-P5 connected camera (digitalspy.co.uk)
- Olympus To introduce world’s Quickest compact system camera (btechtainment.wordpress.com)
- Olympus announces PEN E-P5, a Micro Four Thirds camera with 1963 looks and 2013 specs (theverge.com)
- Best mirrorless cameras for less than $1,000 (reviews.cnet.com)
- Panasonic LF1 Camera With Wi-Fi, Fast Leica Glass And Vestigial Viewfinder (cultofmac.com)
- Panasonic Lumix LF1 Compact Camera (highsnobiety.com)
- Olympus Unveils E-PL6: A Cheaper MFT Camera That’s Strong Where It Matters (petapixel.com)