Venice on drugs….and crutches

At the end of 2013 my life was turned upside down by a diagnosis of motor neurone disease. I couldn’t carry my Canon full frame camera kit anymore because of the weakness I was experiencing. I had to find an alternative if I was to continue taking photographs.

Olympus were making a fanfare about their new lightweight mirrorless cameras, so I took the plunge and bought two!

Soon afterwards I spent a week in Venice putting them through their paces. They lived up to the hype and were a joy to use. Because of the small size and light weight (and with the added help of pain killers and crutches) they helped me get these pictures.

Make yourself a cup of Italian coffee, sit back, click on the thumbnails and enjoy:

All photographs © Miles Pilling

All photographs © Miles Pilling

For the gear-heads –

I had an Olympus OMD EM1 with the 12-40mm “pro” 2.8 lens on a black rapid strap at my side and an Olympus OMD EM5 with a Panasonic 35-100mm f2.8 zoom on a strap around my neck. It was a fantastic travel photography combination for somebody who was using crutches like myself.

I’ve since bought the bigger and heavier Olympus 40-150mm 2.8. It is a beautiful lens and helps create beautiful images but it’s too heavy for me so I’m going to keep the Panasonic. That lens really is a feat of engineering brilliance – crisp clear shots, extremely lightweight, weatherproof, with internal zooming and a fixed 2.8 aperture!