I have had a small mirror-less micro four thirds Olympus camera in my quiver for the last few years. But, I barley used it due to the fact that I was always using my Nikon pro cameras or my iphone and nothing in-between. I felt If I was going to put the effort in to take photos I would just always use my Nikon and if I did not feel like bringing the big camera out it was the iphone.
I was recently loaned a Voigtlander 25mm Nokton f0.95 manual lens and it has opened up a whole new world of freedom and versatility with superb image quality on an inexpensive compact camera. With a f-stop of 0.95 the depth of field is incredible and creates exceptional images in all types of light. I feel like I can have this camera wrapped around my neck all day casually taking images as they come to me. No hassle or extra effort to carry anything and vastly surpassing the image quality and creative control of smart phones and point and shoots.
If anybody out there is interested in getting something more than a point and shoot but not ready to lug around a bag with SLR equipment, I highly recommend thinking about one of these camera bodies and putting a nice lens on it. It took my $300 Olympus to levels I did not think possible. A prime lens of this caliber can transform a simple camera into a lightweight and powerful image maker without ever feeling like your carrying anything to interrupt your casual routine. These cameras have come along way in a short period of time and with a high quality lens you can create outstanding images without being weighed down and will be spending more time creating and wondering daily with this tiny little beauty.
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