Wednesday, February 10, 2016

More Adventures with the Olympus PEN-F

So I have a few days of Chinese New Year holidays and I have spent them all with plenty of sleep, catching up with friends, watching a few movies (I have caught Deadpool and it was FREAKING AWESOME!!!!!), read a book and more importantly, I have brought the new PEN-F out to the streets for some shutter therapy!

Unlike previous sessions of using the PEN-F, this time I was not shooting with it for review purposes. There were no particular objectives to be met, and I did not have a set of guidelines to follow, hence I was shooting any subjects that caught my attention, just like how I normally would on my weekly street hunting sessions. It was a different experience shooting with the PEN-F just for myself, and quite frankly I must say this is one great street photography machine. I had some small and fast prime lenses with me, M.Zuiko 12mm F2, 25mm F1.8 and 45mm F1.8. 

Instead of my usual go super close and shoot tight portraits of strangers, I decided to step back a lot more this time, and use wider angle lenses. Always, always be experimenting with new concepts and compositions, and who cares if they don't work, you will never find anything new until you try them out!


Good Morning KL
Woke up early on the second day of CNY and shot this Sunrise scene. I was lucky that the weather was good, and I managed to capture the starburst effect!

Sunday, February 07, 2016

The 35mm Street Adventure Continues

I have not had much time to shoot for myself lately. Since my return to KL (after a hiatus of about a month away to Kuching), I have been busy with all the reviews of Olympus latest products, the M.Zuiko 300mm F4 IS PRO lens, and of course the beautiful, sexy PEN-F which was just launched about 2 weeks ago. I have spent most of my previous two weekends shooting for the reviews of the above-mentioned products and the remaining hours writing my blog review entries. 

Thankfully, I am having a short holiday of Chinese New Year celebrations, which is a huge deal in Malaysia. I am not celebrating this year, and will be spending my holidays in Kuala Lumpur. That also means, plenty of opportunities for shutter therapy and catching up on my much needed rest. The first thing that I did in the weekends to kick start the holiday was to spend an entire day roaming around the city with a 35mm perspective. I brought along the Olympus PEN E-P5 and mounted a 17mm F2.8 Pancake lens on it. I was joined by Ananda Sim, who is based in Melbourne, Australia but is currently home in KL for Chinese New Year celebrations. 

I have loaned Ananda the new PEN-F and he has put in a great deal of effort in penning his thoughts down. Do pay a visit to Ananda's write-up on PEN-F at his blog: Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3. 

Oh how I have missed the Olympus PEN E-P5. I only brought my OM-D E-M10 Mark II home to Kuching during my one month disappearance from KL. Now that I am back, I find myself drawn to the E-P5 for street shooting!

Monday, February 01, 2016

Olympus PEN-F Review Part 2

Important Notes:
1. I am an Olympus Malaysia employee. 
2. This is a user experience based review, based on my personal opinion which can be subjective.
3. All images were shot in RAW and converted directly to JPEG (High Quality) via Olympus Viewer 3 Version 2 (unreleased at this moment)
4. General camera settings, Noise Filter = OFF, Contrast/Saturation/sharpness = 0, White Balance = Auto (with an option maintain warm color = OFF), Gradation = Normal
5. Minimal post-processing applied to the images, with slight brightness/contrast balance tweak. All images were almost as good as straight out of camera, with minimal cropping for better presentation.


This blog entry is a continuation of Olympus PEN-F Review Part 1, so please do read the Part 1 before proceeding further. 

In Part 1 Review, I have discussed about the improvements of the new 20MP LiveMos Image Sensor in the PEN-F, the image quality of the new sensor in terms of overall sharpness as well as high ISO performance with plenty of samples and comparisons with OM-D E-M10 Mark II, as well as general handling and comments on the camera ergonomics and design. 

In this subsequent Part 2 Review of PEN-F, I will explore the following items:
1) Effectiveness of the Olympus 5-Axis Image Stabilization System
2) 50MP High Resolution Shot feature
3) Color Profile and Monochrome Profile Control


Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Olympus PEN-F Review Part 1

Important Notes:
1. I am an Olympus Malaysia employee. 
2. This is a user experience based review, based on my personal opinion which can be subjective.
3. All images were shot in RAW and converted directly to JPEG (High Quality) via Olympus Viewer 3 Version 2 (unreleased at this moment)
4. General camera settings, Noise Filter = OFF, Contrast/Saturation/sharpness = 0, White Balance = Auto (with an option maintain warm color = OFF), Gradation = Normal
5. Minimal post-processing applied to the images, with slight brightness/contrast balance tweak. All images were almost as good as straight out of camera, with minimal cropping for better presentation.

Olympus releases the latest PEN series camera today, the Olympus PEN-F. This new PEN-F is not a successor to the previous PEN E-P5, and is a unique PEN in it's own category. The classic design of the camera styling was inspired by the original Olympus PEN F 35mm Film camera of 1963. Despite the retro and nostalgic camera appearance, the new Olympus PEN-F houses a new 20MP image sensor, 5-Axis Image Stabilization, and all the latest imaging technology Olympus Micro Four Thirds system has to offer. 

Immediately after shooting and reviewing the M.Zuiko 300mm F4 IS PRO lens last weekend, I started shooting with the Olympus PEN-F for the remaining weekend, torturing the camera in real life shooting conditions. Based on that shooting experience and tonnes of images I have collected and scrutinized, this is my user experience review of the new Olympus PEN-F.