I had a choice to make of going to the gym yesterday or taking a walk and skipping the gym. I went for the walk as implied by the title of this post. So I had a choice to make; take a micro 4/3 camera or use the neglected Canon 5DMKII I own and rarely shoot with. I went with the Canon because I wanted to play with a Yashica 135 2.8 lens that I own. I had bought it for my micro 4/3 cameras but the lens was too heavy for those smaller bodies so I had bought an adapter for the Canon and put it on there. I have to use the lens completely manually so I set the aperture for 5.6 and the ISO for 400 and then adjusted the shutter speed based on the light meter in the camera. If I had to I could use a light meter app I have on my phone to get a reading but the in-camera did fine.
I also went with the camera to see if I could still shoot stuff other than people and go back to manually focusing a lens. I cut my teeth with manual focusing on micro 4/3 cameras with adapters but the Canon has an optical viewfinder instead of an electronic so it made things a bit more of a challenge. I wasn’t chimping so much to look at my images, instead I was looking at the histogram to see how accurate the meter was (it wasn’t always). While I love my micro 4/3 cameras to death and I will use them 90% of the time, there is something about the Canon 5DMKII that the micro 4/3 cameras just don’t have. There is a richness to the images that I just can’t reproduce in the micro 4/3 gear.
So enjoy my nature walk.