Olympus E-M5 vs. Canon EOS 1Ds Mk.2: A “crazy comparison”!

You probably all know the "crazy comparisons" that Steve Huff frequently publishes .... taking the same picture with wildly different cameras that one probably should never compare because they are just uncomparable .... well are they? Currently, I still have a Canon EOS 1Ds Mk.2 with the trusty EF 24-105L f/4 lens and I really … Continue reading Olympus E-M5 vs. Canon EOS 1Ds Mk.2: A “crazy comparison”!

What have we E-M5 owners done to you, Olympus, that you NEVER give us a firmware upgrade?

I got my E-M5 in May 2012. They were fairly new at the time. I paid € 1.099 for the body which was the standard pricing of the day. So far, so good. From day one, the camera had its great performance, but also its ergonomic limitations and a few quirks in the firmware. Nothing … Continue reading What have we E-M5 owners done to you, Olympus, that you NEVER give us a firmware upgrade?

OM Zuikos vs. Panasonic 45-200: Here’s the last E-M5 telephoto competition – for now :)

I just sold my Panasonic 45-200 – and before I let it go, I quickly set up a last competition between this and my two OM Zuiko lenses. So here you go – from the same position, same distance (about 3 metres), and with the same E-M5 body: First the OM Zuiko 135/2.8, then the … Continue reading OM Zuikos vs. Panasonic 45-200: Here’s the last E-M5 telephoto competition – for now :)

That’s how an E-M5 looks with the OM Zuikos 200/4 and 135/2.8

I'm currently without any second digital camera, so I borrowed one to get these shots. If a new Olympus Pen with built-in viewfinder should ever appear, it could be a nice second body for me ;) Anyway, you can see how much bigger the OM Zuiko 200/4 is over its smaller brother, the 135/2.8 – … Continue reading That’s how an E-M5 looks with the OM Zuikos 200/4 and 135/2.8

Pocket manual focus supertele: Olympus OM Zuiko 200/4 MC on the E-M5

Another new arrival at my place: An Olympus OM Zuiko 200/4 MC. Just like the smaller 135/2.8, these old Olympus lenses have just something very special about them, regarding their design and feel in your hand. They are somewhat "delicate" but in a positive way. They are not heavy tanks like old manual focus Nikkors. … Continue reading Pocket manual focus supertele: Olympus OM Zuiko 200/4 MC on the E-M5

Yet another 135mm comparison on the E-M5 – OM Zuiko vs. Zeiss Jena vs. Pentacon

As fortune would have it, I currently have two good 135mm lenses for my Olympus E-M5: I already published some examples taken with a Carl Zeiss Jena 135/3.5 Sonnar here, but now I also got an Olympus OM Zuiko 135/2.8 with "MC" coating. I intend to use the 135mm mainly for some telephoto macro shots … Continue reading Yet another 135mm comparison on the E-M5 – OM Zuiko vs. Zeiss Jena vs. Pentacon

Just before the new Olympus 17/1.8’s arrival: Revisiting the Panasonic 20/1.7

If you are into the idea of a fast "almost standard wide angle" lens for your Micro Four Thirds camera – something like a "classic 35mm prime", with working auto focus and all bells and whistles that this system can offer – there are, as of late 2012, basically three options: The Sigma 19/2.8, the … Continue reading Just before the new Olympus 17/1.8’s arrival: Revisiting the Panasonic 20/1.7

Shooting Tele Macros with the Olympus E-M5 and Carl Zeiss Jena 135/3.5 Sonnar

High-quality tele and tele macro lenses are still the one thing missing from the native Micro Four Thirds lens lineup. For now, quality stops beyond the Olympus 75/1.8, there's only a great number of consumer telephoto zooms beyond that focal length. So, out of curiosity and also because I'd sometimes like to use a telephoto … Continue reading Shooting Tele Macros with the Olympus E-M5 and Carl Zeiss Jena 135/3.5 Sonnar