Every now and then someone asks why I shoot micro four thirds (a smaller sensor size) now that Sony has full frame (bigger sensor) mirrorless cameras. The answer is the lenses. Because a micro four thirds sensor is one quarter the area of a full frame sensor, the lens only needs to cast light onto one quarter the area. This allows for much smaller and light lens designs. When we start talking about really expensive glass elements in the lens, it means less expensive too.
Sony and Panasonic have both recently announced 400mm equivalent f2.8 prime lenses. Both are serious sports and wildlife lenses capable of ultra fast auto focus, super shallow depth of field, and working in low light. While the Sony works better in really low light, in the majority of cases (day light or stadium lighting) most people would be hard pressed to tell the difference between the final images. Yet the Panasonic lens costs $3,000US and weighs 1.2kg while the Sony costs $12,000 and weighs in at 2.9kg.
Panasonic 200mm f2.8 vs Sony 400mm f2.8, image courtesy of camerasize.com
If I was shooting the Olympics or the NFL, I might consider the Sony, but for everything else, it’s micro four thirds for me.
For the second year in a row I had the immense pleasure of photographing Mothercraft Ottawa‘s Touch A Truck event. Hundreds of families marvelled at, crawled all over, and honked the horns of a wide variety of trucks brought in to support the charity. City Services, Construction, Logistics, Military, Public Safety, and more than a few recreational vehicles showed up to show off and bring the joy of big machines to little kids.
Most the trucks had their engines on display.
Getting the trucks ready for showtime is a family affair.
A little girl excited by what’s outside her truck.
Two storm troopers from the 501st checking out Dante’s Pride.
Okay, this isn’t the Firefighter photo my wife was hoping for, but I think he’s a photogenic fellow.
Did you know Ottawa has an Ambulance bus?
There were a number of police officers from both the RCMP and Ottawa police – all were super friendly and engaging with the kids.
A kid put the hand cuff on his Mom, only to learn that the police officer didn’t have the keys to them (or so she said with a smile)
A kid tries his hand at boxing thanks to the Ottawa Academy of Martial Arts.
MAybe I’m getting old, but it feels like excavator operators get younger every year.
I’ve never seen a line-up to get into a garbage truck before – but the kids loved it!
I’ve photographed every Ottawa Art Battle but one (I was really sick) for nearly three years now. Last week was my first try at making a video while also photographing the event. Let me know what you think.