Well, I did it. I finally bought a new camera. And I think have made a very, very good life decision. Although it’s taken me longer than I would like to admit.
There are lots of benefits to be a natural researcher. Of course, the major one is that I get to learn bits and pieces about all nature of things. You make better decisions because you weigh up the pros and cons, and get to see the best options.
But the downside is that when you know all the choices, settling on a decision becomes much harder than you would imagine. And it takes much longer. In fact, you start to question just about everything. I’ve learned over the years, that the best way to deal with my painful tendency to overcomplicate decisions with research, is to commit and make a conscious decision not to think about it again. And so regardless of what I chose, once I make the decision, I don’t regret it.
One of the other things that I do is put off making decisions until push comes to shove. It’s probably not a good method, but alas, it’s a habit that is much harder to shake then you would think. The bigger the decision, the worse it is.
After months of researching cameras, I finally made a decision on the weekend and committed to a purchase. Ok, so let’s not mention that it was the first camera that I looked at, shall we? But in my defence, it was probably because I took so long that I ended up getting an amazing deal.
The Olympus OM-D E M10 was recommended to me by a friend about 12 months ago, and I have been looking at it ever since (here is just one the great reviews I read). Whilst my Canon DSLR has served me well, it lacks a few features that made it a rather inconvenient camera to travel with, and was getting to the stage that it would not do what I wanted it to without the amount of natural light that it deemed necessary. Ok, so that it probably more about me not wanting to constantly adjust the settings. But after 3.5 good years together, I felt it was time for an upgrade. And with New York fast approaching (accommodation is finally booked), I had the extra little push.
After spending a blissful afternoon together at the beautiful Shorncliffe pier, I must say that I am a little in love. I mean, look at how it managed to capture golden hour (i.e. the hour after sunrise and before sunset, when light seems to be at its most magical). Just wow.
We’re still in the early phase of our relationship, but I have a feeling this is going to last.