We're Going Mirrorless, Eventually

It's time to get my feet wet in the world of mirrorless cameras. Technically, this is not my first mirrorless camera, but it is my first mirrorless interchangeable lens camera, or MILC (sometimes called Compact System Cameras, CSCs). I've used a Sony RX-100 for several years. While it's a great pocket camera, it's not weather resistant, and the lens can't be changed.

So, I starting looking for something that is between the RX-100 and my DSLR. I wanted it to be relatively small, light, capture RAW files, offer interchangeable lenses, and be weather resistant. Mirrorless cameras generally fill most of those requirements, but weather resistance is not so common. This was one of the attractions of the Olympus OM-D cameras when they first appeared. The OM-D E-M5 Mark II introduction improved on the first version enough to make me bite. I ordered the E-M5 Mark II with the Olympus 12-40 f/2.8 Pro lens. Lightroom tells me that almost 90% of my images have been made with a 24-105 mm lens, so I think the 12-40 mm will be a good fit as a working lens. (The Micro Four Thirds crop factor is 2 times 35 mm full-frame.)

I've learned a lot, and I'm optimistic and excited about a mirrorless future.

Smoky Sunset
Sunset in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Near Clingman's Dome.