I’m not complaining, but over the last month or so I’ve lost a bit of my usual mobility. Somehow I managed to hurt the plantar fascia on my right foot (that long tendon that runs from the heel to the toes and helps to form the foot’s arch). I have no idea how I did it, but to put it bluntly, it sucks. It makes simple walking a little bit painful. Worse, it’s not something that heals quickly (especially for us old guys). I remember when I used to be a regular runner a few years back. I’d hear about people with this kind of injury. And I still read about professional athletes who have to endure it. But I’ve never had to deal with it personally – until now. Which has forced me to cut down on my walking and hiking regimen.
Again, not a huge deal. It ain’t going to kill me or make me an invalid. But it does impact the kinds of things I can do (comfortably) photographically. I’m happiest when I’m walking around with a camera. I’m even happier if I’m hiking somewhere that’s at least a little isolated from the rest of the world. However, hiking isn’t all that much fun if you walk like Chester on “Gunsmoke” (my apologies to anyone who isn’t old enough to remember this ancient TV show).
Especially if you’re trying to get some experience with a new lens. I recently purchased the 9 – 18 mm f/4.0 – 5.6 wide angle lens for my OMD EM5. Until I received the 9 – 18, my widest piece of glass for that camera was the 17 mm f/1.8. A good lens, but not nearly wide enough for what I needed in southern Utah next month. Remember, a 17 mm lens on a 4/3 system will “act” like a 34 mm lens does on a full-frame 35 mm system. Not good enough for a slot canyon that narrows down in places to a few feet across. An effective 18 mm focal length should work fine, though. But it would be nice to be able to test the darn thing in a similar environment. Which, of course, would require a little hiking. Which brings me back to problem #1.
So I’ve been taking pictures of flowers and stuff just to see how it focuses and acts. While I can say that it seems to behave very well and certainly appears to be sharp enough, it’s not the same as walking through a narrow gorge somewhere down in the Finger Lakes area.
This image, by the way, is severely cropped (I removed more than 50% of the original image). At 9 mm, it’s still too wide for a closeup of a flower at the minimum focusing distance. It’s still pretty sharp, though. All in all, I really like this little lens (it weighs almost nothing). And weight is very important for certain areas on this next trip. I could, of course, carry the Canon 5D MK II with a very good 17 – 40 mm wide angle attached, but that “little” system is like carrying an anchor around your neck. Not to mention the fact that I’d also need my big tripod. With the EM5, things get a lot lighter and a lot easier.
Especially if one of your “wheels” ain’t working so well.