Old Man Loves Tilt Touch LCD

The Olympus E-PL5 has a tilt, touch LCD.  It is one of the reasons I bought this camera, and this old man loves it.  I can photograph flowers, etc. from a low view-point without problems.  The thing that is unique with the above pictures is that they were all taken using the tilted LCD with the focus point and actual clicking of the shutter controlled by my finger touching the point on the screen that I wanted to be in focus.  I was able to hold the camera down low and look down at the horizontal screen and just touch the flower I wanted to be in focus.  The focus was very fast with an almost immediate snapping of the shutter.

I used the Olympus 17 mm lens and let the apertures stay wide enough to emphasize the point of focus so that I could easily see how well it worked.  It does great, and I love it.  I was checking something else at the same time.  I wanted to make sure that the sun light didn’t blank-out my view of the LCD.  It didn’t, and I never had any problem as long as I wasn’t wearing my very dark sunglasses.  I have two problems wearing my glasses.  As well as being dark they are for distance only.  They are not bifocals and the screen isn’t in perfect focus when I wear them.  Holding the camera out away from my body some I can see well enough with the glasses to compose and take the picture, but if I want to carefully check the results in the LCD after I take the picture I usually take the glasses off and hold the camera closer.

For you older photographers who might be worrying about holding the camera steady out-a-ways from your body at arm’s length, I haven’t had a problem yet.  If/when I am worried; I keep the camera strap around my neck and short enough so that it is stretched taut when I take the picture.  If my elbows are against my sides while the strap is stretched taut, it provides plenty of support for holding the camera steady if it becomes necessary.  I obviously can’t hold it that way when I’m holding the camera down low as I did for most of the above pictures, but I had no problems with good light and fast shutter speeds.  The camera image stabilization did its job.

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