Olympus OMD E-M1

Olympus OMD E-M1

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If you’ve managed to stomach my rambling up until this point then it’s pretty obvious that I’m enamoured with the Olympus OMD E-M1. I’ve only been shooting with it for 2 weeks but I love it. If you want to see what this camera is capable of, please see Steve Huff’s review of the E-M1 and the real-world images shot by him.

The most amazing thing about the E-M1 is how, I feel, it is able to capture the feel of the moment; the colour rendering is always different, but perfectly suited to the mood of the scene.

Most of my images on the blog from 7 November onwards are shot with the E-M1 and I can feel the shift in quality. Perhaps this is partially due to the Panasonic Leica 25mm f/1.4 lens I’m shooting with – but the camera body’s processor is pretty awesome. I’ll just get into point form rather than continue elaborating and conclude with some of my own real-world images.

Pros

– Lightweight, sexily subtle and of magnificent construction

– Incredible low-light shooting capability, particularly when paired with the Panasonic Leica 25mm f/1.4 (giving a field of view of 50mm on full-frame)

– Incredible noise control

– Beautiful colour rendering and in-camera corrections for lens and chromatic abberations

– In-built Image Stabilisation !! This is so awesome and makes shooting in low-light much easier

– Excellent ergonomics and custom-control assignment

– Weather sealed and FREEZE proof (down to -10 degrees celsius) – Although you will need a weather-sealed lens to fully take advantage of this function

Cons

– Expensive! I paid S$1,800 for the body alone

– At a maximum resolution of 16 megapixels, this camera does not do well for shots where fine detail is an absolute must. Low maximum resolution swings both ways though – the E-M1 is an extremely forgiving camera that is more than capable of taking care of most of your photographic needs, save for “situations where studio” standard performance is needed.

– MFT sensor (2x crop factor) means that this camera may struggle to produce photos with significantly shallow depth of field and bokeh. I think, however, that this can be remedied by using a quality lens. The Panasonic Leica 25mm with a maximum aperture of f/1.4 has not disappointed me when I’m looking for shallow DOF or bokeh. If I can afford the Voightlander 17.5mm f/0.95 Nokton, I’m pretty certain shallow DOF/quality bokeh is not going to be an issue. Here are some of Steve Huff’s sample images, shot with the E-M1 and Voightlander 17.5 f/0.95 – I’m not seeing any issues !

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