Doctor Who S8E04: Listen

“What’s that in the mirror, or the corner of your eye? What’s that footstep following, but never passing by? Perhaps they’re not just waiting. Perhaps when we’re all dead, out they’ll come a-slithering from underneath the bed.”
— The Twelfth Doctor.

I tuned out of Who in the Matt Smith era, didn’t like the actor, the companions, the storytelling. This new season 8 has lured me back in, mostly through Peter Capaldi’s performance. He’s both scary and hilarious and endearing and rude and bonkers. Proper alien.

WTF, MFT

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I’ve had this Olympus E-P2 since 2012 and I’ve used it on and off, with a 17mm/2.8 Oly lens. I’ve used it mostly for travel/street-type photography. It worked particularly well for me in March when I went to Tokyo for just one day and had little time to focus on photography. I hung it around my neck and the wide angle lens did its job capturing my impressions.

In three weeks time I will be going to Japan again. This time I will be there for 12 days and I really want to take the time to take pictures rather than snap everything in sight. I’ve debated which of my camera’s I will bring. I am reluctant to bring an SLR. I haven’t touched my SLR for months or years. Yes, I bring it out when I’m shooting a show, but other than that the body and the many, many lenses just sit there gathering dust. It’s too much hassle. Plus, my 30d died and the 550d feels like a cheap toy.

Instead, this is the camera line up for my trip:

  • Olympus E-P2 (daily use)
  • Sony RX100 (low light)
  • GoPro clone (for fun)
  • iPhone 5s (social)

Which means I was stuck in wide angle land. The Sony zooms to 100mm, but I don’t like using it at that length. So today I invested in the Oly 45mm/1.8. I think that’s like a 90mm equivalent? It looks a little weird on the camera, it’s long and quite narrow. I haven’t shot anything real with it yet, but it feels like a big change from the 17mm. It’s super sharp, that much I know. The manual focus on it is very nice, very smooth, so I’ve set the camera to MF and perhaps I’ll spend more time learning to work with this camera rather than just keep it on automatic like I have so far.

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