Okay this adapted 4/3rds lens is soft as hell and half the time doesn’t even focus right. I might get the classic travel zoom, the 14-150. It’s about $200 used, so I reckon that ain’t bad, and then I don’t have to carry around a telephoto zoom in addition to normal stuff. Fast telephoto zooms are expensive so there’s no way in hell I’m doing that. For fast apertures, I’m just sticking to the primes. Here was my kit for the walk. The E-PM2 was the main camera (and it has functioning image stabilization), so that’s what the big boy lens went on. The E-PM1 was the backup, and so I brought along the still not that likable 17mm 1.8.
Both the E-PM1 and 2 were shoved into pockets. In hindsight, I could have definitely brought along an E-M10 with a pro lens, but I was concerned about size and I did want to do some telephoto stuff. In the future it’ll be the 12-40 f/2.8 and a prime.
I had problems all day with the lens front focusing. It did it in the example above, but I think the image is cool enough that I kept it. I also used some film presets from DxO Filmpack. I like to make everything look like Velvia anyway, might as well actually make it look like Velvia.
I spotted some ducks, which are standard camera testing fodder for any photographer, and I noticed a few issues. 1. The lens is soft. Really soft. These ducks you see above you went through a round of Topaz Sharpen AI. 2. There’s heavy heavy color fringing. 3. It can’t focus for shit.
Not even Topaz Sharpen AI can save these things. They’re hella soft, and I had to correct for color fringing manually then can’t even get a usable image out of it because AI sharpening software can’t do anything!
I did see this muskrat, and the AI sharpening software helped a little bit. Actually I think this image is really a great example of what software can do. That’s an unusable ISO for a 10 year old camera and I missed focus here, or really, the camera did, and here it is. Perfectly tolerable for internet sharing. If you zoom in and look at it at full resolution you’ll see the artifacts from the software cleaning up what it could.
Back to wide angle for me! It’s remarkable how sharp these Olympus primes are at 1.8.