Click! K-5 it is. Experiences from a system switch.

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Click! K-5 it is. Experiences from a system switch.
Jul 6, 2011

Click, k-5 it is.

It's been now about seven months since I first got my hands on a k-5.  Back then I was very intrigued by it but coming from zoom land and throwing myself into primes even after some sigma dp2 walk arounds was a big change for me.

I do still like Olympus and some key things they offer- an it really took me quite a while to learn the k-5 at a more intuitive level, like the way I know the Olympus four thirds system- the e300/e-330/e420/e-3 in particular.

But something happened between last week and in particular this weekend. Some final piece finally clocked I just really like the k-5 light canvas, love the ergonomics and all in the size and weight I wanted.  That the da limited lenses keep the camera light, small and have complete manual feel along with distance and dof scales is just greatness to me now.

I took a couple of portraits last night in really bad light of a friend. To my surprise again iso 25600 works and even two I took very grainy at the insane 51200 still work. It may seem self indulgent and I have been told "you use flash for those shots" except I don't. I want available light. The look is way different and while I recognize flash can be used to superb effect it's just not what I have traditionally done nor do want to do in general. Its part of my style I guess.

I realize now that I feel finally the k-5 and I clicked, that it took over six months to get there which goes to show how much I underestimated the learning of a system switch being a four thirds shooter for over Five years but here I am.

They key is some things will feel different, some things you miss but some new things you really like. And having an intuitive peace with that balance and your brain wired in how to "conjure" the settings subconsciously for the photograph you are seeing seems to me what is necessary to get to this "zen point" of photographic tool use.

The ergonomics of the k-5 makes the experience more manually brain wired- in a good way and I feel more involved too.  It's simply a very photographer-centric design.

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