First day with the Olympus EM-1 system

I love photography. I also love the freedom and flexibility traveling light brings. Those two usually conflict. Very often I don’t have the heart to check my camera, lenses and the underwater housings when traveling, because they will get damaged or stolen. The hard cases they go in –even though they are cabin-sized– already exceed the  weight limits on most airlines before I put anything in them. Then I feel like an idiot paying excess baggage fees to airlines like Lufthansa that won’t give in to my bargaining skills. In addition, having too much luggage makes me vulnerable when traveling solo, not to mention ungraceful.

Wanting to get lighter, and also not being anywhere near the point in my life where I could afford  top-of-the-line lenses, I  made the decision to move from a DSLR system to a micro-four thirds system. I am now the proud owner of an Olympus EM-1 body, and four lenses: 15 mm (effectively a lens-cap), 60 mm macro, 12-50 mm standard, and 75-300mm telephoto. I’m particularly excited about the telephoto lens, because its 35 mm equivalent is a 150-600mm –which I would never be able to afford on a DSLR system. I took it for a test shoot this morning. So far I’m liking the results. The entire system is compact, light and cost me less than a fancy DLSR lens.  I could reach into my bag for the macro lens, stare at it and think: “I must have accidentally picked this up from my niece’s Barbie set”.

I took the following photos  with the Zuiko 75-300 mm telephoto lens (scroll down for photos taken with the Zuiko 60mm 2.8 macro lens) . This is my first telephoto lens, so I’ll have to wait until I can shoot with a Panasonic Lumix 100-300mm to decide if it is as slow as some reviews say it is.

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The following are with the Zuiko 60 mm 2.8 macro lens.

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