January 17, 2011
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December 20, 2010
I would like to see some changes for the future (E-7): The same finish like E-1, the E-5 finish looks like an industrial tool, not very elegant. Get read of the mirror. Would make the camera silent. After having live view you don't really need it any longer. For sunny days you can include a sun screen. The screen should be De-touchable and usable as remote control. You have already the wireless flash, so what is the big deal with the screen ? Of course it should be a touch screen. All camera adjustments are done on the screen. You can get read of all the buttons and wires inside. Saves a lot of money since the camera is better protected (no openings). Since you have now more space, make the screen larger. The art filter is not necessary, when I want change the picture I can do this on the computer. It's like the function to print direct from the camera, nobody is really using it. A function to put a voice tag to each picture (like other cameras have) would be a good addition. Better adjustment to light condition, if you make photos with flash of people from different races (black and white), the white faces are often totally wiped out. What is with tethering - would be a good idea. When attaching the HLD-4, it should also supply the flash with power when the batteries are empty (by choice) and perhaps other way around.
December 03, 2010
¶ Background: My first Olympus camera was the incredible and revolutionary C2100UZ, which I still consider was the best digital camera for its size and price that anyone ever built up to that time. It was way ahead of anything else on the market. It went with my wife and I on a trip to Hawaii and gave us hundreds of gorgeous images. My only complaints were (and still are) the long shutter lag and limited ISO settings. I wish I hadn't sold it to a person who refused to learn how to use it! But I digress.
¶ Over the years I worked my way through a number of consumer level Olympus point/shooters until I traded up to an E-500 (which I later sold) and then a pair of E-510s that, ever since their release until now were my main cameras as a freelance photographer (now I use them as backup cameras). However I found myself needing some features that they didn't have (such as high noise-free ISO settings, swing-out swiveling view screen, fast focusing in extreme low light, weather resistant body), and finally it came -- the E-5! It was time to trade up again.
¶ My first substantial shoot with the E-5 was a big banquet at a Los Angeles university faculty center. I used it with an 18-180 (36-360 2xFOV) Zuiko zoom, which I keep on the camera all the time. The only exception is when I need my 70-300 (2xFOV 140-600) which I usually leave on one of the 510s. I noticed right away how the AF was faster. The images on the monitor have even more gorgeous color than my 510s (that color palette is one of the reasons I went with Olympus in the first place). With the E-5's special new circuitry, the image details are superb. (I also used an FL-50 flash with a bouncer, which made for a lovely diffuse umbrella-like lighting effect.)
¶ One surprise was the Level Gauge! I didn't realize that the camera even had that feature until it popped up! One of the "problems" I have is my bad habit of tilting the camera slightly, and as a result I was constantly having to rotate the image back to horizontal in Photoshop. No more of that, thank you very much!
¶ Another refinement: Sometimes the nature of the shot needs you to stop even the least amount of camera shake. Enter anti-shock. You can control mirror vibration from interfering with the shot by delaying shutter opening until the mirror has ascended and completely stopped vibrating. Perfect for astrophotography.
¶ One thing that distracted me -- until I learned how to turn it off (I thought something was wrong with the camera) was a special feature that makes the LCD monitor picture switch back and forth among dim, normal and bright according to the light falling on a special sensor. Some may like that (it saves battery life), but I like the image brightness to stay constant.
¶ Another thing I found extremely useful that I at first thought was going to be one of those silly "bells and whistles" is the facial recognition feature, which I now use when subjects are shifting and moving fast. I found out that when I turn it on, along with selecting the "all target AF mode," it will quickly glom on to faces wherever they are in the shot and focus on them (or at least the first one it comes to), enabling me to take pictures quickly "on the fly" without having to take the time to pick a face to focus on and then recompose the shot. All I have to do is grab the shot and trip the shutter.
¶ And speaking of shutters, one of the very greatly appreciated features of this camera (which I think should be standard on all DSLR cameras) is the eyepiece shutter, which, with a flick of a small lever, blocks excess light from shining through and spoiling the exposure. This is essential when using Live View, and especially useful when the camera is mounted on a tripod for long exposures or self-timer shots. Thank you, now I don't have to jam a piece of black cardboard into the eyepiece any more!
¶ I find the one-touch white balance feature essential for when I'm in a situation with a weird light source. That feature is so important that I assigned it to the Function Button. All I do is aim the camera at something white and trip the shutter. Presto, the camera is perfectly white balanced. There's even a preset I can select for using a flash as the primary light source. On the other hand, if there's no "something white" around and the light source falls in the cracks between what the presets can provide, I use a device that fits over the lens that blends all the light sources into one, so the camera absorbs the exact blend of light, thereby giving me a spot-on accurate white balance.
¶ Yet another totally unexpected and welcome goody from the whistle/bell list is the ability to enter my name (invisibly) into the Exit information of each and every shot as the copyright owner! For me, this is extremely important in this digital age of email and the web, where pictures go out and land who knows where.
¶ Also another very neat refinement: the camera can set the images to the optimum dpi for one's printer (in my case, 240). It is truly amazing what the E-5 is capable of.
¶ Another important feature (on all E-System cameras) for me is the way that the four thirds system allows for a smaller sensor and therefore a smaller lighter camera and lens combination. I did a major shoot for a local railway with my 510s that lasted three years. During that time I had need of my 70-300 (2xFOV 140-600) zoom lens much of the time. I was able to take shots that would have been impossible had I been using other brands of cameras that, because of the size and weight of their zoom lenses mandated the use of cumbersome tripods and monopods. The Olympus cameras and lenses allowed me to get shots without all that burden. All I had to do was get into position, aim the camera, and take the pictures.
¶ Lastly: One of the more astonishing surprises on the E-5 bells and whistles list is that this camera plays music! You can set it up to play a slideshow through your TV and select music to match the mood: NOSTALGIC, JOY, MELANCHOLY, and a few others. Wow!
¶ I look forward to incorporating more and more features of this superb feature-rich camera into my photography. Needless to say, I recommend it to one and all.
November 03, 2010
I started in photography in my younger years using analog cameras of different brands and I remember I got to use an Olympus point and shoot that belonged to my mother, who always attracted me by the quality of the reproduced colors . I never had the opportunity to use at that time an Olympus SLR.
In 2002, I realized that digital photography had matured and that it was time to purchase a digital camera.
I evaluated the cameras were on edge in the market and I chose between all offers available, the Olympus C-740, which I used to photograph the exotic locations of the trips I made. Spectacular pictures I took in Argentina, Venezuela, Dominican Republic and other Caribbean Islands.
In 2006 I had the opportunity to make a trip to Europe, so I decided to buy a more advanced camera model, (I had already purchased the Olympus C-765 primarily for photographs of the work in Engineering and Architecture, but I preferred still use the C-740, mostly by the type of battery that used my old camera) and I chose to buy a SP-500UZ.
I took very good photos on my trip to Europe, which made me even more enamored with the Olympus brand.
In December 2008 I decided it was time to move into the DSLR camera and I decided to re-evaluate the market, which was evidently inclined towards the use of two brands and none of them was the Olympus brand. However, previous experience with the brand, and the simplicity of the choice of models and lenses led me to the choice of E-520 camera, which I bought with zuiko lenses 14 - 40 mm and zuiko 50 - 150 mm.
My passion for photography grew and while I was preparing a trip to the Mediterranean with my family I decided to buy other objectives (Zuiko 12 to 60 mm, Zuiko 50 mm Zuiko 70-300, Macro Extension Tubes, etc.).
As expected, the Mediterranean cruise was a great show and my camera Olympus E-520 with my Zuiko lenses were there to demonstrate it.
Then came the moment of truth, and I wanted more, not because the E-520 is not capable, but because it was time for the next step. The Olympus E-5.
I have only 4 days I received the E-5 and in this short time the E-5 has filled all my expectations, and may be demonstrated by the fact that my presence in the photographic community to which I belong is more prominent.
In connection with the E-520 I can say that the auto focus is much more efficient, however, by normal I frequently use manual focus; the screen has a higher degree of definition and a very functional mobility.
The display is very bright and has the appropriate information for sub-expose the image efficiently and to make a precise focus.
The shots with manual focus using live view allows accurate focusing, because if you have activated the automatic extension of the image, with the simple act of turning the focus ring, it automatically expands the image of the LCD to allow much more focus accurate.
The commands are easily deduced if you've had experience with previous Olympus DSLR. The use of the new features is very dynamic and efficient; the sensitivity is extremely efficient even at ISO 3200 and in some cases to 6400. The only complaint I have is that the drivers for iphoto and photoshop to handle RAW images are not available yet, but the camera comes with a version of Olympus Viewer 2 that manages the camera's raw files, and works quite well but slow compared with iPhoto or Photoshop.
I'm adding two images that prove the benefits of the camera and software, the first is a sunset taken in RAW and processed later in Olympus Viewer 2 by simply adding to the image of Pop Art filter (12-60mm Zuiko lens at 20 mm, f/22, 1 / 40 ", ISO 100) and the second is a picture of a sea wall which I took just as it was in the E-5 without any modification by some software, just used the filter Dramatic E-5 and S1 stabilizer ON without the use of a tripod. (12-60mm lens Zuiko 21 mm, f/16, 1 / 4 ", ISO 100).
October 23, 2010
Last year, I wanted to take my photography to the next level, so after looking at different companies, I decided to go with Olympus as the value seemed better, and it was a little bit smaller; and being I like shooting landscape and nature I'd much rather carry a smaller body with just as much reach than one of the tanks from the other companies.
I have really enjoyed my E620, and over the past year added on more lenses, teleconverters, and the FL36 for a better flash, but reading about the E5 got me excited, so I decided to pick it up.
I got lucky and some came in this past week at a camera store. It arrived yesterday, and after my first outdoor shoot with birds I've really enjoyed it. It's quite durable, focuses quickly, and is pretty easy to use. No control dial on top was a little worrisome at first, but it's easy to figure out how to change modes quickly.
Another great feature: the digital level bar. The manual says hit "info" to get it to show up, but that didn't seem to work so a call to technical support helped me quickly; you simply go into the menu and can add it there. I rotate a lot in Photoshop but having this is so nice to get a straight picture. The noise is also very good. I shot hand-held birds, and at 1/1000 shutter speed needed a higher ISO of 1600; noise wasn't an issue at all.
The only other difference with the E620 I noticed was there are no quick "scene" modes; but with a "MyMode" setting one can quickly dial in settings you like. I'm still tinkering with the art filters, but really enjoy them on the E620 and to have them in all the other modes now is so wonderful.
All in all my first impressions have been great. It's fun to use, and easy to navigate too. Olympus has really done a great job.