Synchronicities

Synchronicities

There are coincidences that just surprise you, and there are coincidences that make you wonder... Especially if they can be considered somewhat rare statistically.

I'm currently using Micro Four Thirds cameras and lenses; this has been a very conscious decision for me, switching from Canon DRLSs sometime ago, since I believe MFT provide the ultimate balance between IQ, performance, system size/weight, options and cost. More specifically, I use Olympus cameras and I admit I have a soft spot for the company; I even have three older film cameras that I use semi-frequently.

Today I had an appointment with a friend in Athens' Fleamarket (Monastiraki Square, for the tourists amongst you). This would be a semi-arranged photowalk, so we both had our cameras, and she also uses an Olympus.

Having arrived a few minutes earlier, I noticed a guy with an older Olympus DSLR (a E-620) casually shooting around. Before I had the chance to comment on his choice of camera (and having my E-M1 on hand) he was joined by another guy... holding a Olympus E-1 (with adapted OM lens of all things!).

Now, for those not too well versed in what goes on in the camera market, Olympus is generally somewhat of a rare sight. In Greece, as well as in almost all other parts of Europe, and the US, you normally see 20 Nikons and Canons for every one Olympus camera.  

I had to initiate discussion, of course, and they soon told me they await a third friend, for a photowalk. "Don't tell me", I said, "he's got an Olympus too". Yes he does. At which point, I noticed another guy standing not 2 meters from us... holding a E-M5. "Is that your friend over there?", I asked.

He wasn't.

So... here we were, four people using the same oddball camera make. To cut a long story short, we were soon joined by their friend as well as mine, making a total of six Olympus cameras (seven, if you count the film OM-40 I had in the bag...).

A pretty rare coincidence that totally made my day; not to mention having the chance to meet and talk with interesting fellow photo-geeks.

And here is a photo to commemorate the occasion:

  Six Olympus cameras meet by sheer coincidence. From left to right: E-PM2, E-1, E-620, two E-M5s and the E-M1 taking the picture

Six Olympus cameras meet by sheer coincidence. From left to right: E-PM2, E-1, E-620, two E-M5s and the E-M1 taking the picture

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