Friday, October 25, 2013

40-150mm Olympus Budget Zoom

150mm 1/250, ISO 200 f/5.6

138mm, ISO 200, 1/60s, f/5.5
This lens is the Olympus 40-150 f/4-5.6 that I picked up prior to this past summer. It is a budget class lens in the Olympus line-up. Although it does not excel as other, more expensive,
150mm, f/5.6, ISO 200, 1/320
Olympus zooms do, it is pretty decent and gives a lot of bang for the buck.

It is really good all the way up to 100mm and then softens a bit after that. On my EPL-5 I found it quick to focus, and very light to carry.

Because of the excellent 16mp sensor on the EPL-5 I had little difficulty getting good clear shots on higher ISO settings thereby maintaining a good shutter speed to compensate for this fairly slow lens. I have no regrets. Many of my better shots this summer have been taken with this lens.

Here are a couple of shots that I was testing at the long end to see if there was good detail and I am pleased - not tack sharp, but pretty good nonetheless. Even makes a pretty good macro lens with decent, not perfect, bokeh.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Fall feel in the air

 A cabin in the woods. While it looks like it has been there forever it was actually moved from Kemptville, Ontario about 20 years ago, piece by piece and reassembled on this site. I tried capturing it in the setting sun to give the shot a little drama. It is very cozy inside and it has a second floor where the bedrooms are located. This is now a cottage and it located about 10 minutes drive (on the same lake) from our own cottage.

We sent a glorious weekend at our cottage as I mentioned in previous posts and while we were there we celebrated Thanksgiving.

As many of you may know Thanksgiving is celebrated in Canada earlier than in the US. Not really sure why. Being close to Halloween we decided to carve some pumpkins as backdrops to our full course turkey dinner. The second photo was taken by J. Boychuk on his Olympus E410 while the two others were taken with my EPL-5.

For some reason oak leaves turn from yellow to very dark brown, somewhat odd I find. In the last photo you can see a red maple leaf resting on a fallen poplar tree with oak leaves in the background. Please enjoy the photos and comment if you wish.