Details with Olympus


Lately, I have been mostly using my Olympus 14-150mm f/4-5.6 II lens on my Pen-F camera when I walk around Homewood looking for outdoor pictures.  As an example, I made the above at 150mm and then crop-zoomed and upsized to get the above image.  I have been impressed with the details that I can capture in this manner at low ISO, with the help of Light Room.  I have been only making raw files and then tweaking them on my computer.

My next trial with the Pen-F will be to see if I can shoot in shutter mode and higher ISOs to capture events indoors here at Homewood.  Up to now, I have been using my faster Fujifilm X-T2 camera and lenses for those indoor images made in poorer light.  I have acquired a Panasonic 12-30mm f/2.8 lens to try for such work with the Pen-F.  Outdoors, I have been shooting mostly in program mode but that doesn’t work indoors since the camera keeps reverting to slow shutter speeds.  These are often 1/20 sec. which is too slow for people moving about.  I am thinking that with the aid of my faster prime lenses at f/1.8 along with the 12-30mm at f/2.8 that I might be able to use the Pen-F for all of my photography.

If I could use the Pen-F for both my indoor and outdoor images, I might not need the Fujifilm gear since its main advantage would be weather resistance, and I could avoid using it in the rain and snow.  There is no doubt that the Fujifilm gear is better suited for poor light imagery, but I prefer using one system, and in addition, the cost of one is less than the cost of maintaining and using two systems.  I consider the odds of switching to the Olympus for everything to be low, but I’ll give it a try.  If it doesn’t work out I will at least have alternate systems to use in a pinch if one fails.

I could use the Fujifilm gear for everything except for the heavy weight of the larger, longer focal length lenses, so I would give up the longer focal lengths if I only used Fujifilm gear.  That would rule out images like above unless I could get close enough.  It would also mean that the depth-of-field would be less and make it harder to get as much in focus; i.e. fewer details.