My camera is Olympus e520 and I’ve been using it for about 5 years now. My friend bought it for me because I didn’t know anything about photography and he “knows about technology”. (after I got interested in photography and had some chances to try a Canon/Nikon dslr I found that my Oly is not that good…but, it is mine and for that it is the best.)
So I’ve been learning with my oly and a kit lens 14-42mm f3.5-5.6 ( 28-84 mm equivalent, 2x crop factor) My first investment choice, made by someone else.
Then I invested in some filters, tripod, Photoshop, courses…and had been learning…
and because it is not the camera it is the photographer! …. I invested in a lens 12-60mm f2.8/4 and learning learning learning…
and then invested in CS6, some plugins, various courses, reflectors, soft box(for product photography) remote, filters…
because it is not the camera it is the photographer! I had been learning about photoshop, landscapes, posing, product photography, food photography,bw photography….
I don’t use flash and I don’t want to.
At one point I was actually ready to buy it but I thought again and gave up. I don’t like the light and results produced by flash and it’s not a necessary tool in my photography. Of course we can all argue about this but it’s just my preference, my taste and decision. If you want to use it, then go for it, I mean why not?
My sweet oly introduces noise even with 400 ISO (much visible when editing). It is not possible to capture a photo with nice details if the lighting isn’t ideal. When editing I try to pull out as much as possible from my pixels but they’re just noisy. One can exactly see how noise beginning to appear as light decreases.
When I’m shooting and editing I must constantly make some compromises… but on the other hand limitations of my equipment forced me to think about photography more and to chase the light.
For the past 5 years I was driven by philosophy that it is not the camera it is the photographer and I still think that way but It’s time for me and oly to move on.
And I’m a bit tired of being underestimated from the people when they see what I’m shooting with “my camera is bigger then yours” kind of people …
I spend some serious money on software and learning courses.
And after the hard and useful journey with my camera I bought a Canon 6D.
Was it foolish not to invest in a camera few years ago? No I don’t think so.