Macro with no viewfinder…


Let me just say I like my Olympus EP-1, but it’s not a great camera for macro work. I’ve never tried a DSLR four-thirds kit for macro, but I reckon it would be excellent: it’s the smallest format being taken seriously in regard to high quality lenses, camera bodies and sensors, and the inherent extra depth of field offered by the smaller sensor would make handling a bit easier. Olympus has lots of experience building macro lenses and equipment too, so if I were looking at a kit for shooting close I’d be having a long hard look at the new E-5.

But I found myself on visiting family in Perth and the annual flower festival at Kings Park was on, so I went along for a look. Unfortunately the EP-1’s screen is difficult to use in bright, sunny conditions, and Perth is one of the brightest and sunniest places in the world.

So I had to trust the camera, the electronic viewfinder only really being visible enough for composition: I was essentially unable to check critical focus… but I still got some nice images. Here’s the first one, I’m sure a few more will make it into My Photo Today.

Olympus EP-1, Zuiko 40-150 with MFT adaptor @ 150mm (35mm eq. 300mm), ISO 400, 1/1500 @ f/9.5
Cropped, saturated, vignette, contrast boosted in Aperture 3.

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