A Fresh Breath of (Olympus) Air

A new piece of equipment presents both excitement and a challenge.

The excitement is obvious. New gear! In this case, it's the Olympus Air - a 16 Megapixel Micro Four Thirds attachment for my iPhone that provides great image quality in a very compact package. I can use any of my MFT lenses with it, although I will probably attach the Olympus 14-42mm EZ zoom or Panasonic 20mm f/1.7 for starters.

I'll be able to field test it in Las Vegas for the upcoming Photoshop World. That's going to be fun on all counts. And I plan on it becoming a permanent resident in my camera bag.

Which leads me to the challenge. Where to put it? Something must go.

Sounds funny, doesn't it? Something so compact as the Olympus Air won't fit in my existing camera bag. Yes, it's packed that tightly. Remember, camera bag packing is an art form for me.

Reminds me of the time my aunt gave me a light box for my 25th birthday. I needed one to view slides. I was tired of holding them up to the desk lamp for viewing.

Problem was, I had a tiny studio apartment that was also used as my office. Everything had its place, and there wasn't an inch to spare. So my effort to work the light box into the configuration resulted in my tearing up the entire room.

One thing led to another, and two days later the place was still a mess. It took me a week to restore sanity to my abode. And yes, the light box survived the upheaval. I used it happily for years.

When I look at my camera bag, I like every item in there. I honestly don't know what I'm going to remove to make room for the Air. I have a few days to contemplate this.

I'll let you know how it turns out.