If there’s been a consistent trend in camera gear of late, it’s that the prices of lenses continue to increase. This is especially true for the big telephoto lenses, many of which use exotic designs and include features like built-in teleconverters. But when a lens costs over $10,000, that’s simply not feasible for the average enthusiast to even consider buying.
This week, we’ll discuss some options for how to acquire these big-ticket items without melting your credit card or mortgaging your home. The used market and rental companies offer some compelling ways to get your hands on expensive gear without the financial pain.
These small prime lenses for Micro 4/3rds format open up a wide range of creative possibilities
Earlier this year, I purchased an OM Systems (formerly known as Olympus) OM-1 flagship mirrorless camera, along with a set of zoom lenses that are perfect for the majority of my photographic needs. One thing I hadn’t considered at the time was the prime lenses for Micro 4/3 format from Olympus and Panasonic.
Prime, or fixed focal length, lenses generally serve to either extend the range of your kit (ie, adding wide or telephoto prime to a zoom kit), or to provide a way of getting a different look to your images, usually because they are designed with a fast maximum aperture. You can also use primes for dedicated purposes; most portrait photographers will have at least one fast portrait lens (like an 85mm f/1.8 or faster) to deliver nice subject isolation.
A few years ago, before I switched to using a mirrorless system, I frequently put a 50mm f/1.8, a.k.a the “Nifty Fifty.” In my bag when traveling. But when I got my Nikon Z kit, I stopped using a 50mm prime, even though I’d purchased the outstanding Nikon 50mm f/1.8S Nikkor Z. Why? Because it was just too darned big to bring along as an extra lens, and using the F-mount version required a lens mount adapter, adding weight and bulk to my kit.
This week, we’re pleased to be joined on the show by our long-time friend and supporter, Jon Kandel. Jon recently purchased an OM-System kit as a smaller and lighter alternative to his full-frame Nikon Z system. We’ll go through his thought process, and talk about the different options for OM-System (Olympus) lenses across a range of focal lengths, and discuss the rationale for the choices he made.
We received a listener question from our website asking about highlight-priority metering, which can be useful in certain situations. Not all cameras offer this metering mode, but we’ll describe how it works and when we use it.
This week, Jason took delivery of a Nikon Z8 mirrorless camera. The Z8 has been described as a “mini Z9,” so we’ll present hands-on first impressions of this new Nikon camera, and who should consider getting one.