Street Snapshots with Olympus Pen F

“Welcome to My Tea Stall” ISO200 25mm F1.2 1/160

Recently I tested the Olympus Pen-F with the 25mm F1.2 Olympus Pro series lens.  I had the opportunity to do a round of street photography with the Pen-F at Georgetown Penang.

Flickr Pen-F Album


The size of Pen-F is compact and it is quite similar with my Fuji X-100T. However, when I fitted the body with the Olympus 25mm F1.2 Pro series lens, the size of the combo becomes bulky. All in all, I found that the overall size of the combo still allow me to shoot with inconspicuous.

ISO200 25mm F4 1/500
ISO200 25mm F5.6 1/1000
“Patrons at a Coffee Shop” ISO 200 25mm F5.6 1/100
ISO200 25mm F2 1/1250

Here are my overall impressions :

  1. Fast and accurate autofocus.
  2. Touch control AF at the monitor, it allows me to shoot by positioning the camera at the chest level and swiftly triggered the shutter by touching on the monitor. I achieve high success rate of good quality street photos. In contrast to the normal way of shooting through the viewfinder, the subjects tend to feel intimidated when they see me compose and focus at eyes level. I miss out the spontaneous gestures of the subjects.
  3. Superb optic quality of the 25mm F1.2 Pro Lens.
  4. Good “out of camera” jpeg files.
  5. Light and compact size of the camera. It allows me to shoot with discreet while on the street.

Flickr Pen-F

Thanks for reading.

Snapshot at Taiwan Xi Men Ding

Xi Men Ding is also called as the  “Harajuku” of Taipei. It is a pedestrian shopping haven, the place is packed with shoppers or tourists. It is a good location to do street photography.

During my short stop over at Taipei recently, I decided to shoot some street photos at Xi Men Ding. For this trip, I shot with my Fuji X100T. The X100T is small and compact camera, it allows me to shoot with discreet. Here are a few selections from the trip :

Xi Men Ding is truly a street photography heaven. There is plenty of subjects and motives. I hope you enjoy the photos presented.


Street Photography In Panoramic Format

When shooting street, occasionally I encountered a certain decisive moment where the subjects came together and were best suited to be frame in panoramic style. The Hasselblad Xpan is my preferred camera capturing panoramic street photos. The Xpan (bundled with 45mm standard lens)  is the most compact size film panoramic format camera. It is less intimidating to the subjects. Secondly the loading and unloading of film on the Xpan is simple, unlike the Mamiya 6 or 7 system, where you have use a special film adaptor in order to in 35mm panoramic format.

Taiwan Jiu Feng (臺灣,九分老街)Click on image for full resolution view



Georgetown Penang Malaysia (濱城 馬來西亞)

“Beggar 乞丐“






“Queuing at Food Store”




More at Xpan gallery:


In the seventh month of Lunar calendar, the Chinese community in Penang, Malaysia celebrates the Hungry Ghost Festival. Many believed that during this period the gate of hell is lifted spirits are free to roam the earth seeking for food and entertainment. I took this photo series at a ritual ceremony, where devotees offered prayers to the “大士爺“。 (Leica M, 21mm Elmarit-M, click on the photo for full resolution)