I had (somehow) ended up with another EM-5 body, I intended it to be used as a spare but it has sat unused in the box. So I’m thinking what do I need that would be used, and could I do a swap for this body? I have been lusting after a 25mm in black for sometime but they are so pricey, I couldn’t justify the outlay. Ker-ching! lightbulb moment!
I am a member of a group on Facebook that is for buying/selling of Olly kit, so I stuck an add on there for anyone interested in a swap, lens for a body. It took a while, but eventually I struck up a dialogue and the deal was done.
The lens arrived a day late thanks to Royal Mail, (to be honest I have done lots of mailing lately and it’s the first time I’ve had any problems). Anyway I was due to be out and about in London the next day so it would be a good time to take it for a test ride.
The lens is light, compact and in black it is nicely discreet fitted to my EM-5. the focus ring is smooth and is quick to focus. The only downside for me is the lack of zone focusing distance scale markings, something which is on the 17mm and is very handy for street photography.
On AF it is lightning fast and super quiet, it’s also very sharp and gives a nice bookeh, although I’m an f8 kind of guy so not too interested in this.
Overall I’m very pleased with my swap, it will be a well used addition to my Olympus street kit.
It has come around quick but this week saw the return of London Fashion Week, I was there on the first day, to grab some shots in the court yard at Somerset House. The weather was pretty awful but that did not deter the Fashionistas from turning out dressed to impress, as usual there was the varied looks, from very smart to the completely outrageous! All good though.
The camera I used was the Olympus OMD EM-5, I set on aperture priority and auto ISO, letting it do all the work, which it did as usual. As the weather was so dull and wet, I used the little pop up flash that comes with the Olly, this was just to give a bit of a lift and set to ‘fill’ mode. I’ve not really used this flash much before as I prefer to use natural light, but I’ve got to say I was happy with the way it worked and produced nice well lit images to which I have not had much to do in the way of post production, other than adding a little ‘punch’ in Lightroom and maybe converting some to black and white.
Lens wise, I did something I don’t normally do when street shooting, and that is bring more than one lens. My OMD is normally permanently attached to the lovely Zuiko 17mm f1.8, this is my ‘go-to’ lens for street shooting, but as there was a chance I might get into a catwalk show, I brought a few options to get some distance covered. I had the 45mm Zuiko f1.8, the Olympus 12-50 kit lens and the Lumix 45-200, which in real terms equates to 90-400!… that should do it.
So after ducking and diving the rain, here’s a few pics of the day….
Shooting in central London recently, experimenting with my new Zuiko 17mm F1.8 lens. I think this is a perfect focal length for street photography as it equates in real terms as a 35mm focal length, and works perfectly with the OM-D. The guys jeans stood out and complemented the blue sky in the background.