Saying goodbye to the mirrorless camera

A few years ago I made the switch from Nikon to the Panasonic Lumix GX8 because I wanted to use a lighter camera that still gave me a good range of lenses to choose from. Initially I was extremely happy with my decision, but over time I have discovered an unforeseen problem with mirrorless cameras linked to my increasing light sensitivity.

I have to wear dark sunglasses most of the time now in moderate to bright sunlight, and this in turns means that I cannot see the OLED screen clearly on the Lumix nor can I see using the electronic viewfinder. The result – no photography on bright days.

At the same time I have been having to limit my screen time on computers, phones and the like due to an increasing number of screen induced migraines. The smaller the screen the more likely I am to have a problem. This in turn has impacted my ability to focus on objects using both the OLED screen and the electronic viewfinder. The result – no photography at all.

This has been going on for a couple of years now. I take the Lumix out for the day. Try a couple of snaps and then find myself feeling increasingly depressed about the challenges surrounding using the thing, and so it goes back in its bag for another month or so until I try again.

But on Sunday I suddenly remembered that although I had traded in all my ‘good’ Nikon kit when I bought the Lumix, I had kept the old D60. So I dragged it out of storage and had a peek through the viewfinder to discovered that I could see the scene outside my bedroom window without feeling dizzy,  without straining my eyes to focus on the image in front of me even while wearing sunglasses.

For now I’m hoping to get to know the old D60 again and then get back to some photography experiments at the weekend, work allowing. So for me the problem with electronic viewfinders is that I can no longer use them and so I am saying goodbye to the lightweight mirrorless camera range and moving back to the heavier DSLRs with pentaprism viewfinders.

Let’s hope the move makes photography fun again.



Photography in colour and black and white

For Christmas I received a new Nikon Nikkor AF-S DX Micro 85mm f/3.5G ED VR lens and of course I just had to rush out and give it a quick test down at the Botanic Gardens of Wales in Carmarthenshire.

Below is one of the pictures that I took on my morning out. This picture was taken in the glasshouse, hand-held with f6.3, 1/40 and at ISO 200. The first image is in colour while the second is the same image with a black and white filter added in Photoshop.

Botanic Gardens_1

Botanic Gardens_1BW

I prefer the black and white image to the colour. The addition of the black and white filter allows the pattern formed by the white petals of the flower to dominate the shot while the image as a whole blurs nicely towards the back of the frame.

I intend to post more pictures taken with this lens as I experiment with it as both a macro and a portrait lens.