Friends: The Olympus OM-D and Me

Getty Villa Scenes

While looking around for a shaft of light, I glanced down and discovered this scene.

Last week, I drafted a post entitled “Holy Camera Batman!”. The draft is brimming with my gushing, over-the-top, emotional reaction to finally receiving my much anticipated Olympus OM-D E-M5. But I did not publish this post. It was too fresh. It was more emotion than substance. I wrote about why I bought the camera and the features that I was attracted to. I was giddy over the autofocus and its 9 frames-per-second frame-rate, but I I hadn’t yet shot a single image outside the 4 walls of my living room. I had no idea if I would like using the camera in real-world situations. Like an immature relationship, the sex was good, but would we be friends?

Today, finally, I was able to use this baby, as it is intended, for a little street photography. Off I went to the Getty Villa art museum, Roman Villa replica, in Malibu California. It was a typical Los Angeles summer day: hot and bright. It would test my vision and my vision would test the camera. What would I shoot? What would I find? Could the camera keep up with my mind and the situations that unfolded? Leaving my trusty Canon 5D Mk II at home, there was no back up. It was the OM-D or bust.

I am happy, giddy, to report that this camera and I will indeed be good friends. The lenses were sharp and the camera functions were compliant. Here is a walk through of my day – the top image was taken from an up-stairs gallery.

I started the day with a warm up exercise on this statue

Getty Villa Statue

But soon moved on to some people when I found this great shaft of light
Getty Villa Scenes

I couldn’t pass up the geometries and colors of this still life
Getty Villa Scenes

And finally ended with this overhead scene from the cafe terrace
Getty Villa Scenes

4 thoughts on “Friends: The Olympus OM-D and Me

  1. Morton Goldberg August 12, 2012 / 7:50 pm

    If I were buying a new camera body today, the Olympus OM-D E-M5 would be my choice. Mate that body with the Panasonic/Leica 25mm f/1.4 Summilux and you will have something truly awesome.

    Your Getty photos are excellent. I like the chiaroscuro and the window in particular.

    Enjoy your new camera in good health.

    • inancy August 12, 2012 / 8:46 pm

      Morton: I’ve been using the E-PL2 as a backup camera for a couple of years and am really happy with the upgrade. I have the Panasonic/Lumix 20mm f/1.7 – which I bought before the Panasonic/Leica 25mm f/1.4 Summilux was out. I might keep my eyes open for a used copy.

  2. neilwaybright August 12, 2012 / 9:13 pm

    Nancy, this is more amazingly great work. This camera seems to bring out your muse! I look forward to hearing about it over lunch some time.

  3. Morton Goldberg August 13, 2012 / 6:08 am

    Nancy, I had the 20mm pancake for a while. I traded it in when I got my 25mm Summilux. The 20mm was a good little lens, but the Summilux is much better.

    If you can find a used 25mm Summilux in good condition, grab it. They have been hard to find even new for a long time.

    My collection of m-4/3 prime lenses is currently: 14mm f/2.5 pancake, 25mm f/1.4 Summilux, and 45mm f/2.8 Macro-Elmarrit. All three lenses are reasonably fast, but the two Leica branded lenses produce noticeably better images than the pancake. There are compromises that must be made in a pancake design that reduce image quality.

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