OMD EM-5

The Olympus OMD EM-5 is Camera of the Year.

What a difference a year makes. Last year at this time Olympus was embroiled in a massive financial scandal that almost cost them their camera division. 12 months later the Olympus OMD EM-5 was voted camera of the year at Digital Photography Review. It’s no surprise to me, I pre-ordered it as soon as it became available, and it has been my primary camera since it arrived at my house in May. The camera, while not perfect, is pretty damn remarkable. Olympus should be very proud of the award, and getting the camera division back on the right track.

By the way, the OMD EM-5 beat out the Canon 5D Mk III, and the Nikon D-800. Not bad, not bad at all.

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Old School meets New School. Vintage Lenses on the OMD.

A few weeks back I purchased a vintage Olympus OM 2N with 4 lenses on eBay. The purchase while sort of sentimental in nature, did have a couple of real world purposes. I wanted those vintage manual lenses to mount on my Olympus OMD EM-5. Using a Bower adapter, I did just that and the early results show promise. Taking some test shots with the 28mm f 3.5, the 50mm f 1.8, and the 35 to 70mm f 4.0 lenses over the last couple of days have turned out some OK results. Shooting in full manual mode all three lenses produced sharp, bright images with a creamy bokeh and when wide open a shallow depth of field that looks really nice. As I use these vintage lenses more, I’ll post more images and a more thorough review of the Bower adapter and any tips about shooting with these older lenses.

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It’s For the Birds

After spending all summer trying to capture some half way decent images of the hummingbirds in my yard, I think I might have found a better solution than the OMD on a tripod with a wireless shutter release. Really what I would like is the Bird Photo Booth to house my OMD with a wireless shutter release controlled by my iPhone. None the less for $150.00 Bird Photo Booth has produced some pretty amazing sample images.

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I love the retro design styling, and the fact that this can hold the GoPro Hero 3 as well as any iPhone, or iPod Touch. I also like the fact that is not software dependent allowing you to use your app of choice to talk to the camera you are using.

I just hope I can get some shots like the ones below in the future if I buy this.

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Shooting Wirelessly.

So a few days ago I received my shiny new wireless shutter release for the OMD EM-5. The reason for getting it was pretty straight forward. I want to be able to trip the shutter from a remote location so I don’t scare off the birds I want to get photos of. I have to say for the most part the RFN-4 does exactly what it is supposed to do (although the hummingbirds aren’t being very cooperative).

One issue I am having though involves black frames, especially if the camera is in rapid fire mode set to shoot at 9 frames per second. I’m not exactly sure what is going on. It almost feels as though the camera is out running the shutter release, recording data before the shutter can open but that doesn’t really make sense. This is probably a camera setting, and not the fault of the wireless rig.

For the most part the RFN-4 has worked really well. I’ve used it at a range of about 40 feet. There is a bit of a lag at times but nothing to bad, and it mostly happens when the receiver is coming out of standby mode, or the camera is waking up from sleep mode. The quality of the build is OK. The device is all plastic and the switches feel a bit flimsy at times, and for $70.00 I really did expect higher quality parts. Even though it feels a bit cheap this gets a thumbs up from me. It didn’t break the bank, and it preforms like it is supposed to. If you are an OMD EM-5 owner and you need a wireless release this is a good investment.