On a somewhat unimportant note (to most people), Olympus announced the release of a new camera called E-M1 on Tuesday (news here). As my Olympus E-620 DSLR is getting older, I am thinking about upgrading the equipment to improve my photography skills. However, this new camera is very very expensive and I need to buy an addition adapter for my current lenses (which kind of defeats the purpose of using a small and lightweight system like Olympus). So eventually I will be in a dilemma of continuing with the Olympus brand or switching to a new system (e.g., Nikon) that is more well-supported by the company and its customers.
In the mean time, I will continue to enjoy my E-620 and the photos that I can get with it. Today, I hiked around the Lady Eaton Drumlin before going to school to do some work, because I seriously needed to be outside and enjoyed nature a bit.
First wildlife I saw was a Downy Woodpecker (Picoides pubescens).
A smaller bill (relative to the size of its head), contrary to the larger-billed Hairy Woodpecker.
A wasp visiting goldenrod flowers. The ability to take good macro photos with my telephoto 70-300 lens is one reason why I like using my E-620.
While walking, I noticed something on a dead leaf. Looking closer, it was a Robber fly with a prey.
The prey was a leafhopper. I spent a few minutes photographing the pair, but when I stood up, the Robber fly got spooked and dropped the prey and flew away. Sorry.
Something was making the cocoon-like things out of the sumac leaves, I wonder who.
The weather was really nice today.
Walking through the forest.
At seeing the flowers of this plant, this is what the berries of Star-flowered Solomon's Seal (Maianthemum stellatum) look like.
A similar shot was taken this Spring from the same spot where the sumac leaves weren't out yet. The second reason why I like Olympus is because of the excellent straight-out-of-camera (SOOC) JPEG photos, especially of the pleasant colours.
I picked some apples at the bottom of the drumlin and then photographed these handsome and young geese on the field.
Canada Goose (Branta canadensis)
The third reason why I like Olympus is because of the 2X crop factor of the sensor. Therefore, my 70-300 lens is actually 140-600 lens, which is very useful for photographing wildlife.
I am hoping for Olympus to come out with another camera (without the hefty price tag) so that I can continue to enjoy the system and use the equipment that I currently own.