I’ve lost touch with photography in last year. I’m OK with that. I had other priorities in life, both professionally and personally, but now it’s time to look through the view finder again. I miss travel photography, urban photography and seeing the unexpected. Now I just need a camera.

Looking through the lens
Looking through the lens

I’ve been spoiled in the past, shooting with a Leica and various Canon’s, including an EOS-1D Mark IV. Now it’s time for me to splash some cash and invest. Pick a camera that I’ll have for years, and slowly build up a good inventory of lenses.

I like the retro, interchangeable lens look. Current contenders in my opinion are the Leica M9, Olympus PEN E-5, and the Fujifilm X-Pro 1.

The Beautiful Leica M9
The Beautiful Leica M9

I like the old school look and feel of these. They are smaller than the modern DSLR’s with the flexibility of switching out lenses. For me, it’s about being one with the camera. I don’t need the fanciest, latest models. But I do need quality, performance and options. The Leica, Olympus and Fujifilm may be similar in size and general look, but it stops there. There are considerable differences between the three – price, chip quality, lens options, performance in the field, image size, user reviews, video options, audio and so on. I think I’ve made up my mind, but at least wanted to throw it out there.

Am I ready?
Am I ready?

I know what you’re thinking. Buy a Nikon or Canon DSLR! I hear you. But no thanks. Of the three, what are your recommendations? Or, am I overlooking another smaller, interchangeable lens camera option?

Thanks for reading. Can’t wait to shoot again.