It’s done – I’ve sold my Canon 7D Mark II. The only Canon-anything I have on the shelf now are the 100/2.8 macro and 150-600mm, and I’m going to keep them. The Sony macro is almost the same size as the Canon macro so there’s no point in trading that, and then the tele of course, there’s nothing that even comes close in the Sony lineup. As I’ve written previously, I had some issues with the Megabones adapter I was using to fit the mega-zoom to the Sony cameras, but I did some research and found out that you can actually update the firmware of the adapter! So I did that, and a miracle happened, the combo started working. I haven’t been able to test it in action but it’s too late now anyway, I’ll find out in the spring when the migratory birds return… In any case, I can now finally say that my system switch is complete. No more gear to sell, and no more gear to buy. That’s my early New Year’s resolution – give my wallet a chance to recover!
But of course, we’re still in 2016 so I bought myself a new camera. Or rather, traded it against the last Canon lens I didn’t need any more. I’m talking about the Olympus Tough TG-4. They don’t call it “tough” for nothing – it’s rated 15m deep underwater, -10°C temperatures, and is shockproof up to 2.1 m drops. It’s so tough that it doesn’t even have a lens cap! Really strange, but true. There’s no cover of any kind, and it’s not available as an accessory either. It’s a camera clearly made for outdoors activities, it has a GPS, a compass and it can even create tracks! So it’s a cool little camera for sure, but I hear you asking, why did I get it? It has a tiny sensor and the image quality is well below any system camera.
The thing is, I bought a compact two years ago (Panasonic Lumix LX-100). I was happy with the pictures it produced, and I would still be happy if it wasn’t for the unfortunate fact that it’s broken. I’m not quite sure what happened, but I think that it’s related to the hard weather I exposed it to last winter. I didn’t notice any problems right after that, but as time went by, it got worse and worse – it just wouldn’t focus any more. I hoped that the weather incident didn’t have anything to do with and sent it to service under warranty, but I got the camera back with a note which basically said that I broke it so they won’t fix it. It’s an expensive camera but between having to pay for the repairs myself, or use my home insurance and pay the self risk, I didn’t see a point with it. But I’ve been missing having a pocketable camera for those feather-light activities, so the logical conclusion was to get a totally weather-proof camera. And the only such camera which also supports RAW is the Tough TG-4. If the weather is so bad that the camera wouldn’t survive it, then I’m absolutely sure that I wouldn’t be out in that weather in the first place!
The idea with this camera is not that I take pictures which I want to print in A2. If I want to do “real” photography, I have my Sonies. I’m thinking only in terms of having a camera which I can always take with me, and the quality is plenty enough to publish the pictures on social media or here in the blog. I have a plan for next year, a bit like the 365 project I did a couple of years ago. Since I have set a goal to be in good shape next summer, I need to train harder than I’ve ever done in my life before. So I’m thinking about having this little camera with me every time I’m out training, and snap a picture and publish it here to log the training. That kind of creates a pressure on me to really do the training, because it would be really embarrassing if a week goes by without me logging anything – then you know that I’ve been lazy!
Example – above a snapshot from today’s skiing. I took the 4motion track from Bruksvallarna to Ramundberget, then the Mittåkläppen track back to Ramundberget. 20.4 km with 492m total climb, it took me 3 hours because I didn’t push myself. I can do 10 km at my max capacity but I’d be dead beat if I tried to keep up the pace for 20 km!