Birthday and a new Nikon D7100

So it’s my birthday today and my wife has bought me a D7100 body to go with the D800 I already have and with that, I think my transition from Olympus to Nikon is complete. My remaining two Olympus bodies, the E-30 and the E-1 together with their battery grips and lenses will be packed away, probably never to be used again. It’s sad, I have loved those cameras but with 4/3 now giving way to M4/3, it’s not the route I want to take and so earlier this year I decided to move to Nikon.

An abortive liason with the D600 because of copious amounts of oil gave way to a D800 and now the D7100 has also arrived. It’s a good deal smaller than the D800 and so will be easier to take on holidays without my better half moaning about the weight of the camera gear I am taking. It will take me a while to build up the pantheon of lenses I want from within the Nikon marque, but the deed has been done.

Au revoir Olympus.

Out and About – Batsford Arboretum

We left Coventry under dark clouds and pouring rain, but once south of Stratford, the weather cleared up and by the time we got to Batsford Arboretum (after a delicious lunch at Prego in Broadway) the sun was out and it was very warm. In October? Go figure!

It looks like once again we had mis-timed the visit to the arboretum to see the changing colour of the leaves, as very few were actually in their autumn colours. Nevertheless we took the opportunity to have a wander around one of our favourite places in the Cotswolds.
I had decided to take the old Olympus E-1 out for a run today together with the Zuiko 14-54 MKII lens. This is such a good combination, and the E-1 is just a really nice camera to use. Yes, it’s only 6 megapixels and has a LCD screen only marginally bigger than a postage stamp, but ergonomically it is a delightful camera to use. The various buttons and wheels just fall right for the hand, the shutter is whisper quiet and the colours from the Kodak sensor are superb. I had removed the battery grip for this trip, as I am beginning to appreciate the reduction in weight and portability of bigger DSLR’s without this encumberance, and the solid, immensely strong E-1 is quite a weight on its own.

Here’s one from the day:

Batsford Arboretum
Batsford Arboretum – Olympus E-1