Olympus OM-D Day 2

As I mentioned previously, being new to the world of Olympus digital cameras means I’m initially finding the menus somewhat bewildering.  Thanks to a setting buried a couple of levels deep in the menu, here’s what happened to me last night.

Here’s an example of shot I took.  This is my buddy Bill Yim doing some magic tricks for a couple of Japanese girls sitting at Spicy Fingers bar.  Here is an unedited export of the JPG file:

The above is exactly what I saw in the LiveView when I was taking the photo.

Then I got home, brought all the pictures into Lightroom, and here’s the RAW file:

It took me about 10 minutes with the manual before I could figure out what I’d done wrong.

The other thing I did wrong yesterday was to change the Auto ISO setting, moving it from a maximum of 1600 to the highest possible setting of 25,600.  Shooting in manual, with a fast enough shutter speed to freeze motion, in dark bars, with that Olympus 12-50mm lens that only opens up to F6.3 on the tele end, I ended up shooting quite a lot of pictures at that 25,600.  They’re not very useful.

RAW file, ISO 25,600, F6.3, 1/125th of a second. Only processing was to import it into Lightroom and then export to JPG.

On the whole, it would appear that the Olympus 12-50mm F3.5-6.3 kit lens is fine for daytime outdoor shooting but I think I’ll be leaving it at home when I go out at night.

On the other hand, the Panasonic Leica 25mm F1.4 appears to be a lovely lens, possibly compelling enough to justify jumping into the Micro Four Thirds format as I did.

Unprocessed RAW file, ISO 640, F1.4, 1/160th of a second.

Extreme crop from the above image:

At ISO 6400, one needs to apply quite a bit of noise reduction to the RAW files.  Of course that means quite a bit of detail goes away but the shots are usable enough.

The following export is from the camera JPG of the above picture.  I haven’t applied any noise reduction in Lightroom, this is all from the in-camera processing.

This one is at ISO 3200, from the RAW file, cropped, a bit of processing but no noise reduction.

So I may set 3200 as my upper limit for the auto ISO function.

Auto focus on the camera is very fast.  Of course it’s slower in dark situations with the AF Illuminator turned off, and perhaps slightly less accurate, but it still seems noticeably faster than the Fuji X-Pro1.  Last night I “got” many shots with the Olympus that I would have missed with the Fuji. (ISO 20,000, luminance noise reduction slider at 50.)

The next shot was done using the small flash unit that comes with the Olympus.  I had to bump this up by one stop in Lightroom.

Same girl, about a minute later, no flash, ISO jumped up to 16,000.

And another minute later, ISO now at 25,600

(Sorry, guys, she’s married.)

Some more random shots:

(ISO 25,600 – oh well)

Now that I’ve figured out more of the settings, time to venture out again and shoot some more.  It’s also pretty clear that I need to get a fast wide angle lens and maybe a fast telephoto prime lens, but those are going to have to wait.

 

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