There’s always something new …

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.

Olympus E-P5

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.

Lumix DMC LF-1

Lumix DMC LF-1

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?

LUMIX DMC LF-1 (back)

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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7 thoughts on “There’s always something new …

        • I just picked it up a little at a time over a lot of years. When I started taking pictures, cameras were really simple. Really, they still are. There are a zillion functions, but most of us just use a very few of them. I don’t even know what most of those functions do or why they bother to build them into the cameras.

          On Sat, May 11, 2013 at 12:11 AM, SERENDIPITY

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          • Oops, I don’t think my reply went through.

            My mother had a knack for picking any dry, crusty, technical manual and understanding them – even the poorly written ones.

            At 60, she taught herself how to design and build websites for businesses. Websites, if you don’t mind – at 60! – back when doing those things was still new and mostly handled by men.

            I’m not my mother’s daughter….

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            • You never know till you try. I was the least likely person on earth to wind up a techy. I couldn’t get through chemistry or physics in high school, flunked math classes … But I took to computers. It was electronic cut and paste. I thought about how much time and effort it was going to save me. That did it for me. The rest is history.

              On Sat, May 11, 2013 at 12:20 AM, SERENDIPITY

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