I’ve been having camera anxiety this past week. I have a Canon 5D Mark II, which is a heavy professional digital camera. I took professional photos for a while, that I got paid for and needed a great camera. It was expensive, with very costly lenses.
Not too long ago, a newer technology came around. Cameras can now have a mirrorless system. These cameras are much smaller and lighter than the heavy professional ones with hopefully just as good a result.
I’ve always wanted a light camera to be able to take on vacation or out and about with me and not have the bulk of my old Canon. I wanted something better than a phone camera. I did a lot of research and found one that was supposed to be the best and ordered it. I got it last week and started playing around with it, an Olympus brand OM-D EM-5 Micro Four Thirds (nice easy to remember name).
Then the anxiety hit me. It was difficult to understand the menu system of the camera, so I had to buy a tutoring session from a web site. The person teaching the course likes this Olympus camera, but some of his comments made me wonder if I was doing the right thing by keeping it. The pictures that I was taking seemed very clear and sharp, but Mr. Professor thinks they may not be as sharp as a full-frame camera like the Canon. He also thought it didn’t do a very good job at night or in a dark room. The store I bought it from gives a thirty day money back guarantee, but I felt a lot of pressure to decide one way or another, especially because this is a pricy little camera at $1300 with a lens package.
I have been going back and forth, one minute deciding that yes, I’ll definitely keep it and the next, no, I’ll take it back. I can’t do that much experimenting with it yet to really find out, because I’m still learning how to use the darn thing and life seems to keep coming in the way of my continuing those lessons.
So far I still have it and that is probably the way it will stay. I think…