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There are so many photography sites on the web, so much written about equipment, which, due to the digital revolution, changes almost weekly. At the outset of the digital era, I began to wonder if cameras would continue to assume the predominant form factor they had for so many years — that of the SLR? Why, I asked myself, wouldn't they assume the form of a Cephalopod or a pine cone, since everything except the lens would now be electronics shaped around a lens?

Well, it took a while, but water is streaming over the dam. New form factors are appearing. Sure, they still have a lens and a sensor, but manufacturers like Panasonic and Olympus have found a way, not only to miniaturize, but to improve the function and manageability of their mirror-less μ43 models.

On my μ43 cameras, besides the Panasonic/Olympus lenses available, I also use an array of cheap, manual focus lenses with Fotodiox adapters. That's because I started back in the fifties, with a Brownie, later moving to a Rolleiflex. I still have some of my old equipment.

I knew more about photography then than I do now because everything was manual. I had to load the film, advance it, calculate the exposure, set the controls accordingly, develop and enlarge in the darkroom. Yes, I knew more, but I take better pictures now. Seems it's a function of knowing what to aim the camera at, something I really didn't understand back then. Am I a good photographer? I don't think it matters that much. Digital images exist in a virtual world; it doesn't cost anything to shoot and shoot again. Just keep aiming the camera and you'll capture the moment, if you practice enough. At very least, you'll measure up to your own standards.