Damselflies and a New Camera (Three Photographs)
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I was very cautious in going out to buy a new camera. I wanted a walk-around camera, small, light, and was ready to accept a trade-off between quality and size. I chose Olympus’ new OMD EM 5II over a Fuji. They say the menus on the Olympus are confusing and after many days if not weeks of wrangling with them I agree (two hours alone to figure out how to activate the flash that came with it in a way that was useful to me). There are a few things I would like to see on the OMD, but the most annoying thing is that most adjustments need a button press and a dial turn. This is not a camera review, more about going into a new technology relationship with eyes open. These photos were taken with the 60 mm macro Olympus lens. It goes to 1:1 which is true macro but it is not a replacement, as is implied, for a 120mm lens (the crop factor of 2x due to the micro four-thirds sensor, means an angle of view equal to a 120 mm lens). 60 mm does not give you the magnification 120mm would. This means you need to get a whole lot closer with the 60 mm than with a true 120 mm lens. Technically the OMD paired with a macro lens should be the best of all worlds if only because of the greater depth of field that comes with a smaller sensor. In the shots in this post I used focus peaking, where the camera highlights what is in focus. These were taken hand-held and cropped. From my perspective the OMD is a small camera where it is possible to get very high quality with patience and a thorough knowledge of the camera and especially the two-steps needed to change almost every setting. The problem is I would prefer to spend that time on my subject and not on the technology. Am I pleased with the OMD, it won’t replace my D7200. Time will tell if it fits the niche (walk around camera) that I wanted it to fill.