Tagged: Olympus 14 – 150mm lens

Olympus Colors

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I like the colors of Olympus pictures better than the colors of Fujifilm cameras.  The Fujifilm colors tend to be bluer and cooler and darker while the Olympus colors tend to be brighter and warmer.  I have tried to tweak the in-camera controls of the Fujifilm to match the Olympus colors and while I can get them closer, I have not been able to match the Olympus colors across a wide range of colors.

I have both Olympus and Fujifilm camera systems and while there are many differences in size, weight, dynamic range, controls, etc., I am currently focusing upon the colors as I decide whether to sell one system.  It is a difficult decision since I am an engineer by training, education, etc. and the camera features are not easily quantifiable in a way for making a rational decision of the merits of one vs. the other.

Whether I sell one or not seems to be coming down to a non-rational gut decision and I’m wondering whether to make the decision based on feelings rather than technical differences.  The question is, how much emphasis should I give to colors?

The Color Orange

I walked with the OM-D E-M1 with the 14-150mm lens and looked for the color orange.  These are a few examples of what I found.  My purpose was to continue my learning about how to best use the E-M1 along with the new LR Classic upgrade.  So far, I’m liking everything I find.

One question I am asking myself is “Would I have made these pictures if I wasn’t testing or learning?”  Will I continue making and posting similar images?  It depends.  If I decide to continue using this blog as sort of a visual diary of what I see, the answer is yes, but probably not as many of them.

Visual Notes

One reason that I like the E-P5 with the 14-140mm lens is that it is good for making visual notes of things I see.  As an example, I made all of these pictures while sitting in one chair for just a short time.  I often like to pick a site and see what I can make out of the things I see.

I don’t always post them, but the pictures are fun to play with while processing them on my computer.  They also serve as a visual diary to remind me of where I was, what I was seeing, etc.

Replaced my Pentax K-7 with an Olympus E-PL2 Micro Four-thirds Camera

I finally mailed off my Pentax K-7 and all of my lenses for it.  While I loved the camera for its capabilities, I decided that I wasn’t going to carry it with me enough to justify keeping it.  Even though it is one of the smallest weather resistant DSLR systems (including lenses), it is still a very sturdy and heavy camera system.   It feels like a miniature tank, so if you are off to do serious battle, it’s a great camera.

After deciding to sell the K-7, I was down to having only one camera and no long focal length lenses.  I only had my micro four-thirds Olympus E-P1 which I love, and since I never travel without a backup camera, I needed to find a replacement for the K-7.

If you have read my earlier postings, you know that I have always carried the weather resistant K-7 or a small waterproof P&S camera for backup and to use in the rain or during extreme dust conditions.  Since I don’t like the weight of the K-7 and I don’t like the image quality of the waterproof P&S cameras, I was faced with a dilemma.   After much thought, I decided that in all reality I wasn’t going to be traveling as much in the rain forests or deserts in the future, and that if I bought a small camera I could suitably protect it inside a zip-lock plastic bag, and just not take pictures in hard rain or dust storms.  I decided that the merits of having an interchangeable system out-weighed the weather protection qualities.  I decided to stick with the micro four-thirds system and expand around my E-P1.  I bought the latest Olympus, the E-PL2.  I decided to get it rather than the E-P2 since it was lighter and had some other features I liked, and since I already had the E-P1.

Rather than for me describing the virtues of the E-PL2, it would be better if you read the review in dpreview.com so that you can decide if the camera will work for you.  I have included their picture of the camera along with a few of their final words below and you can click here to read their review.

“Life is full of compromises and buying a new camera almost always inevitably ends up in one. Before the arrival of the mirrorless camera you could either get a DSLR with lenses that would give you great image quality across the ISO range and a comprehensive control interface, but would require you to carry a camera bag and possibly result in severe back pain after a long day of photography. At the other end of the spectrum you’d find compact cameras that would easily slip into a shirt pocket but offer, compared to a DSLR, mediocre image quality at best.

Mirrorless system cameras have given consumers a third option, providing DSLR-like image quality in a more compact package. None of them have been able to totally solve the dilemma described above and buying into a mirrorless system might for many still be a compromise. However, in the case of the Olympus E-PL2 it’s not a bad one at all.

Its image quality in good light is excellent and at higher sensitivities is pretty much on the same level as many entry-level DSLRs. The focus speed has noticeably improved over previous models and is now amongst the best in class. The camera is more customizable than many entry-level DSLRs and you get all of this in a camera/lens package that is currently as small as it gets if you want a large sensor in your camera.”

In addition to getting the E-PL2, I got the new 14 – 42mm collapsible kit zoom lens, and the 14 – 150mm longer zoom lens.  These lenses give me an 35mm effective focal range between 28mm and 300mm.  Since all of my lenses and cameras are now interchangeable, I can switch lenses around on either camera depending upon the travel situation and always have a backup system to use if anything happens to a lens or camera.  I can also keep a zoom lens on one camera as a walk-about system and the 20mm lens on the other camera for use inside museums and at night and not need to be changing lenses out in the field.

To summarize, I now have a totally interchangeable light-weight, small, micro four-thirds system which includes:

  • Olympus E-P1 and the E-PL2 cameras,
  • Olympus 17mm, 14 – 42mm, & 14 – 150mm lenses
  • Panasonic 20mm lens