Nice.. Me like B&W
I'm no pro, just a very passionate enthusiast. I dunno too much about pixel peeing, so my impressions are based on normal usage in common situations - streeting, architecture, urbanscapes, landscapes and family&friends photography. YMMV
This review was originally posted on my blog. Reproduced here for the sharing with the PM community.
I enjoy taking photos on the street. Candid, unassuming photographs of people i see on the street. Sometimes, i stalk these people for a little while, if i find them particularly interesting. Follow them around for a bit, hoping to catch them in that "decisive moment" when interesting transforms into art. It doesn't always happen, but that's part of the fun.
The camera you choose to take with you to the street does have a direct impact on the ease or difficulty in how all of this is achieved. Generally, larger is worse, smaller is better. A large camera (say, a full frame DSLR) attracts a lot of attention due to it's obvious size -- point the camera at someone and odds on you'll be noticed; being noticed will almost certainly affect the behaviour of the subject. A smaller camera reduces the risk of being noticed, and also often provides additional mobility to take photos from unconventional angles. Plus the fact that streeting = walking, and walking around with 5-10kgs of gear gets tiring very quickly. Smaller = lighter.
How does the OM-D fare as a street camera? Very well. We've already covered how well it handles in High ISO/low-light scenarios. A lot of street shots, those in the evenings, can be done in very low-light settings. How about the 5-axis image stabilization? It works great here. While streeting, you're moving a lot, your subject is probably moving as well and chances of motion blur can sometimes be high. This is mitigated somewhat by the built-in IS.
And finally, the tilt-screen. In 3 of the 5 photos below, the photos were taken by swiveling the screen upwards 90 degrees and looking directly downward into the camera to get the photo, almost like how you would should with a top-down viewing medium format camera. Being able to see the subject without even looking into his direction is what this feature allows you to do; and it works great in reducing the chances you'll be noticed, thus adding to the level of candidness in the shot.
The following photos we taken with a mix of lenses: Olympus 45mm f/1.8 and the Panasonic 14mm f2.5. Click on them for the larger version.
Angel in white by aizuddindanian, on Flickr
Always open by aizuddindanian, on Flickr
Thank you, come again by aizuddindanian, on Flickr
Thank you, come again. Down the hatch.
Leaning to exist by aizuddindanian, on Flickr
Leaning to exhale.
A chance meeting by aizuddindanian, on Flickr
A boy meets man.
SEE ALSO, other Olympus OM-D Posts here on PM:
Lens Choices: http://www.photomalaysia.com/forums/...mpus-OM-D-EM-5
First Impressions: http://www.photomalaysia.com/forums/...mpus-OM-D-EM-5
Low-Light Performance: http://www.photomalaysia.com/forums/...mpus-OM-D-EM-5
Last edited by adic88; 21-06-2012 at 10:55 AM.
Nice.. Me like B&W
nice series of photos, and beautiful B&W!
Nice series. Looks like the Olympus is a good 'weapon' for street shoot!
One more thing i forgot to mention is the fast AF. This also contributes significantly to effective streeting because it allows you to "drive by shooting" and "ninja sniping".
In two of the photos above, i only had a second to get the shot. I didn't even have time to look at the LCD or the EVF. I just pointed the camera in the general direction of the subject, pressed the shutter and prayed i got it. The AF lock was almost instant in both cases and the shutter released immediately. Can you guess which two photos were taken this way?
I'll bet it's hard to guess, the photos are critically sharp despite the hurried shots (and motion blur coming from my hands moving and shooting the camera, but that's thanks to the 5-axis IS).
looks really good. are pics heavily edited? thx
I like it, the composition esp buka 24 hr cobbler.
The image entitled "Always open" is a good capture. I've only had a brief encounter with the OMD but it does look and feel quite nice. Very impressed with the image output. Nice set you have there by the way.
I'm having problems with my OMD when I put my eye to the view finder it does not turn on. I have to put my eye to it several times to turn it on. Any suggestions?
Nice....hope you could post more in future time..
nice B&Ws !! great inspiration for newbie like me.
Nice! Great how you captured some of the subjects interacting with the camera!
I like the B&W tone flavor you use. I like the contrast also. For fast conversion the exposure must be good. Nice series!
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