Street Snapshots with Olympus Pen F

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“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.

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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.

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

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Olympus E-P5 Does Street of Taiwan

Recently I had the opportunity to travel to Taiwan for some business matters as well as some leisure time to do street photography. I brought along the Olympus E-P5 (with EVF2 attached) body and two lens (Olympus 17mm F1.8 and the kit lens 14-42).

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Throughout the 5 days trip, I really enjoyed using the Olympus E-P5 to shoot street. Why ?

1. The system is very compact and not too visible to the subjects or people that I intend to take candid shots. (Click the photos for larger and sharper view)

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2. The autofocus of the E-P5 is fast and accurate especially with the Olympus 17mm F1.8 (equivalent to 34mm) lens. The camera is able to get good focusing on the subject even on a low light environment.

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3. The camera is able to produce superb jpeg files. The files are sharp, rich in color and details.

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Here are the additional photos captured with the E-P5 system:

Street of Taiwan Gallery

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