Fluorescent Heaven

God’s Own Junkyard is a place like no other, and probably one of my favourite spots in Walthamstow. If you’re ever visiting London, it’s worth the trip to the end of the Victoria Line (possibly combined with a visit to the Gin palace Mothers Ruin, or resident beer makers Wildcard Brewery, which are the nearest neighbours – Not the worst day out if you ask me!)

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It’s here! 

I made a big decision a little while back; to ditch my much loved Canon DSLR camera, and get a smaller camera. Mainly, because all too often I would let my Canon stay home because of its size and bulky-ness, and instead opt for my iPhone, which takes pretty decent pictures for everyday use – but nothing like a ‘real’ camera. 

It arrived today: my new Olympus Pen Generation. It’s the latest update of the camera, and is a rather popular model as far as I can see. And I understand why! It is a good size, exchangeable lenses, has a charming retro look, and loads of great photo capabilities and fun settings. I haven’t had a chance to properly try it out yet, but once I do, I’ll let you know what I think. 

  

Dreaming of: Olympus PEN generation

This post is a little bit painful. As anyone with a DSLR camera knows, you are either very strongly a Canon person, or a Nikon person (or something completely different, but the force is strong with those two). I have always been a Canon person.

I bought my current DSLR in Nepal back in 2007 (no, it’s not a fake), and I’ve loved it muchly. I later acquired a really good lens for it (the Canon red series), and it has provided me with some brilliant photos over the years (despite me not being an expert – I know things, and how to use a DSLR in manual, but that’s about as far as my technical abilities go).

But a lot has happened in camera technology since 2007, and there’s a new camera on my radar: The Olympus PEN generation. I feel a bit like a traitor for saying this, because ‘one time Canon, always Canon’ and all that, but I do think the Olympus has something to offer.

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Firstly, it’s fairly compact. And way more compact than my Canon, which is one of the reasons why I don’t take as many good photos anymore – It’s simply too big and bulky to drag around in my handbag or hand luggage. I reckon I would bring a proper camera much more often if it was smaller. At the moment I tend to use my iPhone 6, which is doing a pretty good job, but nothing compared to a proper camera with a good lens.

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Granted, it’s the ‘blogger camera of choice’, but I have checked out various reviews online (this one for example, which has a lot of image examples, or this one), and it seems that most people think it’s a fine little camera that takes great images – Which is exactly what I need. IIt is as complicated as you want it to be – Manual settings to your hearts desire, but at the same time some fun functions like filters. It does video too, although it’s not it’s strong suit according to most reviews. And then there’s the look of it – I love the retro vibe, I must admit.

Which camera do you use, and do you like it?

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