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Some new gear

Some of you care about this more than others but I bought an Olympus OM-D E-M5 II the other day.

I don’t really need another camera but if I am going to start posting a daily video, I wanted something that would do a good job.  I have a couple of video cameras but I wanted something better with a larger sensor and a better lens.  I also wanted good sound so it needed to be able to have an external microphone.

Yes, my Pentax K3 takes video but it is compressed and doesn’t focus well at all.  It looks like the video was taken with a potato.

I looked at a Canon EOS Rebel T5i as well.  It’s cheap right now, a good camera, and Canon has the Canon EF-S 24mm f/2.8 pancake lens.

The Olympus OM-D E-M5 II takes good video, amazing stills, has a port for an external mic and has five axis image stabilization.  Perfect for video.

It’s very similar to the Olympus OM-D E-M10 II that Wendy uses but it has a flip out screen and has the external microphone port.

It is also much smaller and lighter than my Pentax  If we are going to hike at Lake O’Hara next summer in Yoho National Park, I am going to have to lose a bunch of weight.  I see no point of losing weight and then bringing all sorts of weight with me back up those peaks.  For that a lightweight kit of a mirrorless camera and lenses makes a lot of sense.

That being said, I may bring my Pentax and a Sigma 10-20mm F3.5 EX DC HSM with me.  If I am ever going to want an ultra wide angle lens, it will be for that trip.  There is the Olympus  M. Zuiko Digital ED 9-18mm F4.0 – 5.6 but it isn’t as wide (I know it looks wider but it isn’t, trust me) and it is expensive.

This means for video, I will be taking a Nikon Keymission 80.  it is a camera that is literally designed for video while hiking.  I will pick up one this spring before we go.

Episode 004: Where would you place a downtown arena?

I saw Charlie Clark’s email newsletter this week and read his thoughts on the new arena debate.  I didn’t really buy his arguments or rather lack of argument but it started me thinking on where you would put a downtown arena if we wanted to build it.  I grabbed a camera and a tripod and went for a walk. 

I set up the tripod for the last shot and it worked a lot better.  I wish I had for the other ones but I was stopped a couple of times by both police and a City of Saskatoon employee.  All of them were super cool about it, they recognized me and wanted to see what I was up to but it was kind of through me off my game.  The next vlog will be better.