Photography

Photography is an important activity for me when being outdoors. I honestly believe that photography is a good way to see more, pay attention to the small details of nature and also motivate you to seek out interesting conditions (e.g. get up really early in the morning to see the sunrise).

I've gone through maybe five or six of different systems, in addition to some pocket cameras, since I bought my first SLR in 1990. In 2003 I got my first DSLR (a Canon EOS 300D) and haven't touched ordinary film since then. I used Canon EOS cameras until August 2011, when I traded it all for a Micro Four Thirds (MFT, m43) system. I haven't looked back. Currently I think m43 offers the best compromise between size, weight and image quality, at least for me. M43 cameras and lenses, are significantly lighter than traditional DSLR:s, while giving up very little in image quality. In 2013 I got the Olympus EM-5, which really is an excellent still photography camera. It is not as good on video, and therefore I still kept my Panasonic GH2, which really is an video excellent camera.



In April 2014, I made a radical gear move when switched out my m43 gear to a Sony NEX-7 with a few lenses. The reason was that I wanted to simplify my gear and get a single main camera for both still photography and video use, which I hadn't been able to accomplish with the m43 gear. The Olympus EM-5 was an excellent still photoghraphy camera, but sucked at video. With the Panasonic GH2 it was the other way around. The Sony NEX-7 is a superior still photography camera, with the exception of the fantastic IBIS (in-body image stabilizer) of the EM-5, and a sufficiently good video camera.

The gear is generally carried in a Lowepro Photo Sport 200 AW, an excellent camera backpack made for action sports. The gear fits fine and is well protected, and only takes a moment to retrieve the camera without removing the backpack completely.