With Canon 60D I’ve used Samyang 8 mm as my fisheye lens. Obviously, I needed a fisheye for Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark 2, and I had three options: Samyang 7.5 mm 3.5, Panasonic 8 mm 3.5 and Olympus 8 mm 1.8. It wasn’t an easy choice, but I ended up choosing Samyang 7.5 fisheye.
Olympus 8 mm 1.8 is definitely the best of these three, but it also costs the most. For the price of one Olympus one could buy 4 Samyangs, so I just couldn’t afford it right. […] Read more!
To begin with, I have to say that I wasn’t even going to buy Olympus 45 mm 1.8 lens, which is the cheapest wide aperture lens Olympus has to offer. Not because it would be a bad lens, but because the focal length is hard for me. You can’t really use it indoors to shoot photos of your friends, because you can’t fit them into the picture unless you go very far away. Additionally, it’s not suitable for vlogs either, even if someone else is doing the talking, since at the time you get far enough from the talker, there too is too much reverb included. […] Read more!
Olympus released a new flat profile dedicated for video in E-M5 Mark 2 firmware update 2.0. The profile makes it possible to shoot less contrast footage, which suits well for post processing. Here’s the same frame shot with flat and muted profiles (sharpness -1, contrast -2, and saturation 0), so you can see the difference. Videos are shot with Olympus 14-42 pancake zoom, and I used the same shutter speed, aperture, ISO, and white balance for each frame pair. […] Read more!
In my first post about Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark 2 I mentioned that I will write another post about how to customize function buttons. There are six function buttons, two wheels and a switch in E-M5 Mark 2, so there’s plenty of ways to assign your favorite actions. I’ve been using the camera for few months now, so I’m ready to show my layout.
I’ll start with the switch and Fn1. I use the switch to change between auto-focus and manual focus modes. […] Read more!
I didn’t like the bundled strap that comes with E-M5 Mark 2, so I started looking for something else. Since I never have the strap around my neck, I decided to go for a wrist strap.
When I started the search, I noticed quite quickly that BlackRapid seems to be most bought option around. It is connected to the tripod socket with a screw, which different from most other hand straps. It definitely feels secure and it should be able to carry even heavier cameras. […] Read more!
As I said before, the 12-40 2.8 pro lens is relatively big lens in the MFT field and it would be nice to have an external hand grip while using the lens with Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark 2. Olympus has to different hand grips: HLD-8G and ECG-2. In Finland they both retail for 160 euros, which is quite much so.
Olympus HLD-8G has electronics in it. It adds one external shutter button and a headphone out port. […] Read more!
From the start I knew that 2.8 constant aperture zoom is the lens that I need the most. There are two two such lenses for micro four thirds: Panasonic 12-35 and Olympus 12-40. I decided to go for Olympus mainly because it’s Olympus (and I have Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark 2), and here’s what I think about this lens.
Compared to small primes that MFT cameras are known for, this 12-40 Pro lens is big. […] Read more!
I got the Olympus M.Zuiko 14-42/3.5-5.6 EZ ED pancake kit lens with my Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark 2. Since it’s my only lens right now, I have to shoot every situation with it. It’s really compact while the camera is turned off, so E-M5 mark 2 combined with this lens fits in my pocket. As the camera is turned on, the lens extends a bit, but is still very little.
The lens has a fully electronic focus. […] Read more!
In February this year I wrote a blog post about what do I want from a new camera in 2015. In the end of the post I said, that Olympus might be the one that I choose. And you know what! Now I have Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark 2 with the kit lens M.Zuiko 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 EZ ED!
In February I made a list of things that I wanted from my new camera, and they were like this:
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