A Different Looking Glass

IMG_5121IMG_5130After filming my snorkel safari video, my “tough” underwater camera decided that it was time for us to part ways. Although I was quite upset, I was comforted by all the great memories that camera have captured for me. Having decided to commit myself to more blogging after finishing university, I found myself in need of a new camera that is small and light to travel around with.

I finally made the decision to go for a mirrorless camera as it features amazing quality images and great manual controls found on DSLR with the convenience of a compact camera. I was tossing up between the Olympus OM D E-M10 mark II and the Olympus OM D E-M5 mark II. The only difference between them was the weather sealing and the flip screen. I couldn’t justify the price based on those things alone and therefore decided on the more affordable E-M10 mark II.

A few things about this camera caught my eye. Aside from the enabled full manual control and the size of the camera, the touch screen focusing was something that I found useful. It took a little while to wrap my head around what all the AF / MF / Tr abbreviations mean, but once you understand it, it is quite easy to use. Another thing that drew me to this camera was the large variety of lenses available for this camera. Most micro four thirds have very few lenses to choose from. Lastly, the added wi-fi capabilities and remote live view is amazing and allows for a better Blogging workflow which I will write about soon.

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M.Zuiko Digital ED (left:  40-150mm f/4.0-5.6 R, middle: 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6II R, right: 45mm f/1.8)

Having only purchased it last night, I don’t really think I qualify to comment about the quality of the camera and to really know whether I love it or not however, so far, it has exceeded my expectations! One thing to note though, the 45mm 1.8 lens that came in my triple lens kit did not fit. It feels tight to put on and I just couldn’t bring myself to force the lens around so I will have to bring that lens back to get checked and fitted. If you decide to purchase a lens for your very own olympus OM D series, make sure you try on the lens first! It will save you a trip back. Updates to come!

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