While the masses hit the stores for Black Friday bargains, I decided to start putting together a Christmas wish list from the comfort of my home. Why go to the store, when the store can come to you I say.
One of the things I want for Christmas this year is the Olympus EP3. Since I already have an older EP, and a variety of lenses and accessories, I want to upgrade to the EP3 so I can take advantage of faster auto focus, better image stabilization, more art filters, and cool retro styling. So far I have only seen the EP3 sold with a lens kit. I just want the camera body so that is a second part to this wish list item.
Since I am asking Santa for a new Olympus camera, I figured I should head over to the photojojo website and look for some additional items to use with my micro 4/3 Olympus gear. It only makes sense to buy a really solid digital camera, and then get some accessories to degrade my images with a distinct lo-fi flare. The wish list below fulfills just that and has a couple of useful items too.
First up the “Lo-fi Micro 4/3 camera lens“. For $90.00 this lens will give me manual focus, vignetting, a tilt shift look, soft bokeh, vignetting, lens flares, low contrast, and crazy shallow depth of field.
Since I am going for the lo-fi look this holiday season, why not take it one step further and add the 4/3 pinhole lens to my arsenal of analog looks. The “Pinwide Micro 4/3 Pinhole Lens” With this lens I’ll get shots where everything from a blade of grass in the foreground to the trees in the distance are in focus. This lens will give me natural vignetting, grainy film-like images, and amazing lens flares.
Now that I’ll be shooting with these lo-fi lenses I better think about some things to help me keep my camera level, safe, and steady. Things like the “Level Camera Cube” a $15.00 3 way level that mounts on the camera hot shoe. I know that I can turn a grid on in my digital viewfinder but since I am shooting with lo-fi analog looking lenses, I might as well go old school on keeping my camera level and straight.
One of the things that I love about the EP series is the size. I get DSLR quality shots, interchangeable lenses, and a camera body that is small and compact. With that I don’t always like the idea of using a full size camera strap. In fact I really like the idea of having a short strap that keeps my camera safe and doesn’t get in the way. That is where the “Handy Dandy Hand Strap” comes in. This $40.00 bit of leather mounts to your camera body and then adds a full tripod mount connector to the bottom of your camera for those moment you need to quickly lock the camera down on a set of 3 stable legs.
Speaking of locking your camera down, nothing says old school like a wooden tripod. Now I personally wouldn’t want to haul this thing around. I’d take a nice aluminum, or carbon fiber tripod any day of the week, but since I am talking it up about making my digital camera gear all retro and lo-fi, I have to mention the “Expedition Wooden Tripod“. At $290.00 this is not for faint of heart. This is the tripod for the photographer that needs to make a bold statement. It does look gorgeous though, and if I had a need to display a camera on a finely crafted piece of hardware this would be my choice.
So Santa, this is my first wish list. If yo bring me this wonderful stuff from photojojo, I’ll snap a few pics of you and your reindeer for your 2011 Christmas scrapbook.