We’ve had a fairly busy day as we drove down to Lakeside to do the routine refresh of house paraphilia at Costco etc so I didn’t have a lot of time.
It was sunny though and I wanted to capitalise on the colour that has appeared in the garden thanks to the alliums that I planted many years ago, which have once again sprung into life.
I did try the telephoto 70-210mm (eqv 140-420mm) but had to be at the other side of the garden to get anything in focus!
So I switched to the 50mm (eqv 100mm) which came with my OM10 SLR.
Reviews always rave about this lens and I cannot say I blame them as this is a nice sharp lens with a great aperture.
Even with some signs of age, the photos still come out really clear.
I took several photos on the Alliums and one of the ferms and am very impressed with the crispness of the shots.
I also like the colour rendition from the Pen f. These are straight out of the camera with the Natural colour profile (which is the same one I use on my EM5 MKII).
I have had trouble getting the focus peaking to work on the Pen f which is annoying as I use it quite a bit on my EM5 MKII, especially when using the manual lenses.
The EVF and screen are clear enough to see what I am focussing on but it’s still nice to have the additional help of the peaking marks.
I have searched online but cannot find any recorded reason why I have the peaking issue, it may be because I am using a manual lens – does anyone know?
The 50mm is a nice size on the Pen f and doesn’t feel particularly heavy or large given its construction and age (built in the 80’s).
We are planning a day out over the bank holiday and I am considering taking the 50mm manual lens with me as it’s so sharp.
It also provides a good level of bokeh. The lens stops down to f/1.8 and given the distance I have to be from the subject, there is decent separate from the main subject and the background.
As you can see the Alliums come in various shapes and sizes but I do like the structure they add to the garden.
This is the only shot that is not straight out of the camera:
This is a focus stack of 4 shots as I wanted to see how it would turn out. I like the focus on the centre of the flower with the blur at the edges.
I really should try the stacking built into the Pen f but know that it was not worth using it today as it’s too breezy and the flowers are swaying around too much.
I am enjoying learning how to use the Pen f and the manual lenses broaden my options.
Whilst at Costco I bought myself a new backpack, the Manfrotto Metropolitan Backpack. I intended to use it as my photography rucksack for trips and travel but now I have it home, I think I will use it as my work bag.
The split section in the backpack means I can keep my Pen f in the bottom, my work laptop in the back sleeve and my other bits in the top. I’ll give it a test run when I am back in the office on Tuesday.
It’s a well-constructed bag and fairly light, I look forward to trying it out. (The price at Costco made it a steal so I was mad not to!).