Mirrorless Cameras for Presidents on Their Day

by | Feb 17, 2020

Today’s Post by Joe Farace

For readers living outside of the country, in the USA President’s Day is a holiday that’s celebrated on the third Monday in February in honor of George Washington, the first President of the United States, who was born on February 22, 1732.

Widely known as President’s Day the holiday has become an excuse to remember all presidents, not just George Washington or Abraham Lincoln, whose birthday is February 12’th. (When I was a kid,m we celebrated both Washington and Lincoln’s birthday on their actual days.) In many states, the day is a holiday i with some celebrating Washington and our third president Thomas Jefferson, whose birthday is April 13.

What brings to my mind the question of what kind of mirrorless cameras would these presidents use if they we’re alive today. Washington was known for his wisdom, judgment, courage on the battlefield, dignity and of course his honesty. There’s that whole cherry tree thing… He would, of course, be shooting with an Olympus.

All you have to do is look at recent Olympus cameras, especially the Pen-F. Heck the company even named it after a real camera and it looks a lot like a film camera. The film-based Pen F used a 18×24mm film format that’s pretty close to Micro Four-thirds 18×13.5mm format.

Lincoln was a hat guy and was known as The Great Emancipator although history has shown that he was actually slowly drawn to that position. Instead I prefer to think of him as The Great Pragmatist. That’s why I think he would shoot a Fujifilm X-T3; Don’t you think it’s time they dropped “film” from their name? The X-T3 looks like a real camera and uses an 26.1 megapixel APS-C format chip that sits comfortably in the middle between full frame DSLRs and Micro Four-thirds.

I’ll confess that Jefferson is a personal hero of mine, partially because he was such a Renaissance man who invested his time with new ways of thinking. That’s why I think he would love a Lumix G9, especially with the latest firmware update. Every new model of Panasonic’s G-series cameras seems to goes off in a different direction. If you look at all of the previous G cameras, the only things they have in common is the letter G on the front and the Micro Four-thirds lens mount. Like Jefferson, Panasonic is always looking for new ways of doing things even if they drive us all crazy while they’re doing it.

In the list of cameras above, I own both Olympus and Panasonic mirrorless camera as well as Canon DSLRs. And as I have said here before, I own a small number of film cameras as well, including a Leica M6 TTL, Hasselblad XPan, Zeiss SW, Minolta Prod20 and a medium format, gold-trimmed Seagull TLR that Mary gave me as a birthday gift several years ago. I firmly believe in the old sixties axiom—different strokes for different folks—and think people should shoot whether they like and can afford.

Happy Presidents Day

The above image is from Wikimedia Commons, the free media repository: This portrait was based on the uncompleted Antheneum portrait by Gilbert Stuart; the uncompleted portions were filled in by Peale. This copy has been published in pre-1923 materials, including p. 442 of The Life of George Washington[1] and p. 79 of Early American Painters. Source/Photographer: http://www.clarkart.edu/Collection/7577