Project P Upgrade
It’s been a while since I started the Project P, a little experiment to build a powerful yet compact and cheap camera system.
Goal was to build something you can carry every day and a perfect substitute to a camera phone. As much as I admire Apple, Nokia and Samsung for trying, a phone is a phone, not a camera, at least not yet. Convenience cannot compromise with image quality and ergonomics.
Therefore I chose the cheapest micro four thirds camera available, with decent specs and room for customization: Olympus E-PM1.
It’s cheap, just a little more than €100 refurbished, and you just need to add an inexpensive adhesive grip to greatly improve the so-so stock ergonomics.
Then you buy the 15mm Body Cap Lens and you’re good. Snapping galore 😉
That covers pretty much image department, but nowadays we want also to share those images. That’s why I added an Eye-Fi SD card.
- Image Quality? Check.
- Ergonomics? Check.
- Photo sharing? Check.
That was pretty much it. I tried several alternatives, like a ubercheap 35mm surveillance camera lens, which was not bad for portraits, or a russian Industar-69, an half frame 28mm lens. We’re talking about $20 average…
I carried it around for a while, but since I shoot mostly film, it was soon left in my cabinet. Both 15mm and 28mm were soon transferred to my wife’s bag, so they’re in good hands 🙂
A while ago, my Ricoh GR1s died. Suddenly I was missing a compact camera. I managed, kind of, using the phone for a while, but I can’t help it: shooting with a phone is a painful experience. So I decided to dust out Project P again and find an appropriate lens for it.
Since my budget was VERY limited, I thought of borrowing back the body cap lens, but I didn’t. That’s my wife’s now.
Instead, I patiently scavenged until I’ve found a perfect candidate: Panasonic 14mm f/2.5 lens. A little overkill, considering that I paid the same price of the body alone (which was cheap, but €100 was my budget limit).
Here it is:
Now, the real life shots, all OOC JPEG.