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My Photography Journey with Olympus OM-D (Part 1)

Two years ago, when I was still in the era of using a point-and-shoot camera, I asked my friend why he needs so many lenses. Aren’t they all the same?

Two years later, this is what I have today. Obviously, I’ve the answer already. =)

1) Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-40mm f/2.8 PRO
2) Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 40-150mm f/4.0-5.6
3) Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-50mm f/3.5-6.3
4) Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 9-18mm f/4.0-5.6
5) Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 45mm f/1.8
6) Panasonic Leica DG Summilux 25mm f/1.4

I really enjoy photography with Olympus Micro 4/3 System as it is much smaller and lighter than a DSLR. It’s also easy to use, and proved to be a good start for newbie photographer like me.

I’m glad to have a friend (ex-neighbour too!) who is always there to share photography tips with me. Yes, CY – that’s you, my Olympus fanboy friend. Thanks for adding fun to my photography journey, as well as your useful tips.

Here are three main reasons why I love my Olympus OM-D E-M5:

1) Its small size, classic design and timeless look,
2) The tilting screen that can be flipped out so that I can alter my camera angle easily – without standing or squatting in an awkward position,
3) The touch screen where I can adjust all my camera settings easily.

Back to my lenses now, I’ve recently acquired an Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-40mm f/2.8 PRO lens after months of consideration. It’s my first time owning a lens from the professional series, and I’m truly excited about it.

The lens comes at a hefty price tag of $1,388. An opportunity came recently and I bought a nine-month old lens from my colleague at $800. I was completely over the moon. He has kindly allowed me to test it for two weeks before I make my decision. But the first time I tried it, I was completely SOLD! A small pinch on my wallet, but it’s worth every penny. Faster and sharper, it delivers a crisp and colourful image.

Edison9Edison at the new playground, shot with Olympus M.Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8 PRO

It’s getting increasingly tough to get him to pose for photo-taking nowadays. So, each time I’ve such an opportunity, I’ll make good use of it.

Purple flowers at Bartley Residences, shot with Olympus M.Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8 PRO

Panasonic Leica DG Summilux 25mm f/1.4 is the prime lens that I use most often. Its large aperture makes it perfect for indoor and low-light environment. Because of its small size, I bring it everywhere I go. In fact, I’d say it’s a perfect lens for every occasion.

Edison dining at Shangri-la, shot with Panasonic Leica DG Summilux 25mm f/1.4

My Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 45mm f/1.8, on the other hand, was bought on impulse. But that doesn’t mean I’m regretting it now. This sweet lens gives me nice portraits with beautiful shallow depth of field. It’s also an amazing lens for product photography, which I often use for my advertorial pictures.

Edison at Club Med Bintan, shot with Olympus M.Zuiko 45mm f/1.8

Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 9-18mm f/4.0-5.6 is the new kid on the block that I recently welcomed into my lens collection with a red carpet. =)

It’s the first time I used an ultra wide-angle lens, and it was truly exciting. First of all, I was amazed with its compact and lightweight design with excellent portability. Shooting with an ultra wide-angle lens needs some real photography techniques – which I’m still learning.

D’Resort reception lobby, shot with Olympus M.Zuiko 9-18mm f/4.0-5.6

This will be the perfect lens to bring for my next holiday for shooting landscape as well as small and tight spaces like hotel room and interior.

This Olympus fangirl talk will be continued in Part 2 …

3 Comments

  • Reply
    CY
    October 30, 2015 at 1:09 PM

    Yep – I’m an Olympus fanboy.:)

  • Reply
    Joe ang
    November 5, 2015 at 8:56 PM

    I owned an olympus em-5 too…i am learning to shoot interior home shots…so the default lens 12-50mm which came together with my camera is abit tight for me for shooting small rooms…do you think 9-18mm will help? and will there be distortion ? I try not to edit or use software to crop or edit if can. oh…and what do you mean by “needs some real photography techniques” when using this lens? So sorry…i am still a newbie here.

    • Reply
      Emily
      November 6, 2015 at 4:53 PM

      Hi Joe,
      I feel that the kit lens 12-50mm is not suitable for shooting interior of small rooms. The 9-18mm is certainly better, though I’d much prefer 7-14mm f/2.4 PRO lens. The latter is quite pricey and still on my “good-to-have” list. Perhaps someday if I go crazy, I will just buy it. Lol..

      My friend told me that distortion is a common problem for ultra wide-angle lens, but it can be corrected at post-processing. I started using the 9-18mm recently, there is slight distortion but it didn’t bother me that much. I also didn’t do any post-processing for the pictures that I took at D’Resort using the 9-18mm. You can see it here: http://ourlittlesmarties.com/2015/10/dresort-downtown-east/

      Sorry that I’m unable to give you much advice about the 9-18mm yet. Still new to me. 🙂

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