Olympus OMD for Wedding, Location and Studio Photography: West Sussex Photographers

Good Afternoon Folks,

This is my second post featuring images from the Olympus OMD and today I am going to talk about the 12-35mm and 25mm lens that I have now purchased for the camera.

When I first purchased the body it was priced such that to buy a kit, which included a lens was just as cost effective as buying the body only so I obviously plumped for that. The only other agonising decision was the choice of a silver or black body. I went for the black as they were taking delivery of those first, so no contest!

Anyway back to lenses; the kit lens was a 12-50mm (24-100 equiv) 3.5-6.3; it also had the benefit of a 40mm (90 equiv) macro. I am going to be honest I do not like the varying range of aperture for the photography that I like to do so the range was too much for me personally, I do however use it for its macro element. I do love a plain an simple 50mm prime lens and I decided there and then to purchase the 25mm (50 equiv) Panasonic/Leica 1.4 and I have not been disappointed. I also like the fact that the lenses are supplied with hoods; the Olympus ones are not and have to be purchased separately and this irks me somewhat. I think I am used to buying lenses for my work cameras and it would be unheard of to not have a hood. So Olympus this is something that I think you should address.

In my work I really love my 24-70mm 2.8 and it seemed so strange not to have one with the Olympus. Panasonic came up trumps again with the 12-35mm (24-70 equiv) 2.8; it was not cheap but again was worth every penny and when the camera comes with me to weddings or pre-wedding shoots, this is the lens of choice. I do love using the 25mm in the studio though.

In my next post I will chat about my zoom lens a little bit and provide an image to show the Olympus OMD working at a higher iso.

So today's image was taken just as the sun was setting; such a beautiful time of day and Tony was looking out to sea just enjoying the last of the sun's rays. Technical information iso 250, 1/250 @f4 using the Panasonic 12-35mm 2.8 at 29mm.

This was taken whilst we were on holiday where the same gang gather together every year; ahh happy days :)


Olympus OMD-E5 for Wedding, Studio and Location Photography: Photographer West Sussex

Good Evening Folks,

In keeping with what I fondly call geek week, which is the annual international convention hosted by The Societies I really thought that today's post should be about something geeky.

Last year I was on the lookout for a personal camera that I could take with me when having a day off. I love my work cameras and they really are like faithful friends but I think they need time off too! Joking aside I did not always want to carry bigger and heavier gear around with me when I was on leisure time, but was there a camera out there that would not limit or frustrate me?

One rare free Saturday and on a whim, my husband and I trotted off to Park Cameras in Burgess Hill, which is quite close to us. I had seen and heard a lot about mirrorless cameras; and every photographer lusts after a Leica but there are some new kids on the block and the Olympus OMD is among them. As luck would have it Park Cameras had an Olympus representative with them that weekend, so it really was a good chance for me to chat extensively about the camera and put it through its paces.

My business consists mainly of wedding, portrait and location photography and when I have my wedding and location hat on a camera that is exceptional in low light is a must. I just couldn't bring myself to purchase something that would not pass muster even when photographing for pleasure. I spent a long time really testing the low light capabilities of the OMD and I was most impressed at the quality of the imagery at a high iso. After about 2 1/2 hours of questions, tests, questions and deliberations I took the plunge and made the purchase; have I regretted it? No, and it was agony having to wait because at that time the cameras were on back order!

This little gem made its way from being a personal camera to being fully incorporated into my business! I use it alongside my faithful friends at every commission and it is a fabulous little minx in the studio. I thought that I would make 2013 the year to blog and post pictures from this little beauty.

So today I am starting off with an image I took last summer!!! Yes it was summer folks!

I used the Olympus OMD with the Panasonic Leica 25mm lens; although the weather was awful the light was good and I was able to use iso 200. I will try and vary the imagery so you can get a real feel for how this baby works in varying light conditions. I will also chat about the lenses I decided to buy and why.

Enjoy your week and now things have settled down from Christmas and the convention I am hoping to get back to my usual twice a week blog.


If you would like to see more of my work pop along to my website Woodland Hill Photography and I would love to hear your comments too :)