Revisiting the OM-D E-M5

As the highly anticipated release date approaches for the next Olympus OM-D (rumored to be the E-M5II), I thought I’d take some time to revisit some of my favorite images from the original OM-D, the E-M5.

Panasonic 25mm f/1.4

The E-M5 is a wonderful camera and captured my interest from the moment it was announced in early 2012.  It has a great 16Mp sensor that is capable of rendering some terrific images, and the camera is very customizable.  It comes in a nice small package (and the lenses are relatively small, too), and has that excellent 5-axis IBIS (In Body Image Stabilization) system that allows you to use almost any lens made and have it stabilized.  In fact, I don’t think any camera manufacturer has managed to equal the Olympus IBIS system.  Yes, the new Sony A7II has a (sort of) 5-axis IBIS, but it doesn’t quite measure up to Olympus (IMHO) … Plus, the new OM-D is “supposed” to have an Improved IBIS.  We’ll see soon!  🙂

Olympus 12-50mm kit lens
Olympus 45mm f/1.8

Panasonic 25mm f/1.4

Olympus 45mm f/1.8

Storm over the valley

Scotch on the rocks.

Time for that afternoon energy boost!  🙂

Olympus 60mm f/2.8 Macro

Spring Time in the Rockies

Spring time in Colorado brings snow and cold one day, and bright, beautiful spring flowers the next. These two images were both taken just 2 days after a spring snow storm blew through, dropping 10 inches of fresh snow in the foothills of Colorado.
Both photos were taken with the Olympus PEN E-PL1. For the top image I used my new Pansonic/Leica 25mm f/1.4 lens which I am really loving after just one day. As you can see, it gives great color and contrast and what I think is a beautifully smooth, soft bokeh. Plus, at f/1.4 it’s still sharp enough to give nice sharp photos and also allow you to hand hold in some very challenging low light situations.
For the bottom photo, I used the Olympus 14-42mm kit lens which continues to impress me with it’s sharpness and detail.

Images from the Olympus PEN E-PL1

I’ve had the little Olympus PEN E-PL1 for just over two weeks now and thought I would share some sample images.

I’m enjoying the camera a lot but find I REALLY need a viewfinder when shooting outdoors in bright light – the screen just isn’t bright enough, plus since I don’t wear glasses (and I need to) I have a hard time telling if it’s in focus or not.

What I love about the camera is that it takes high quality images up to a reasonable ISO of about 800 and still okay for some applications above that. As a habitual “tinkerer”, I also really appreciate the deep menu system that allows a high level of customizability. Lastly, at current prices – I’ve seen body only for $150 online – I think this camera is a steal, especially if you’re a micro four thirds (m43) user and can share lenses with another m43 camera. (Like the Olympus OM-D E-M5 whenever it finally gets here!)

These images were all taken with the Olympus PEN E-PL1 using the 14-42mm kit lens. They were shot at various ISO’s and some have had some processing done.

This black and white was done in Nik Silver Efex Pro.

The following two images were done with “Light Painting” … darkened room, 10 second exposure, and lighting with a flashlight.