The more people see me shoot with Sony, the more I blog with Sony photos, the more assumptions people started to make. I have been getting questions like "have you given up on Olympus?", "what made you switch to Sony from Olympus?", "did Sony Malaysia pay you?". In all seriousness, those are the questions I have least expected! No, I never gave up on Olympus, I don't think I ever will. I still am very much in love with Olympus gear, and I have not sold off anything just yet. Olympus will still remain as my main workhorse, and whenever I do something more serious that requires me to be absolutely critical about performance and results, Olympus is the answer. No, I never switched or jumped ship. I bought into the Sony system as a means of cheap back-up system, which worked well enough for my needs, and I have little complains so far. I do wish Sony Malaysia pays me though, so I don't have to be too poor suffering day and night for my engineering job.
Yes, I admit I have been using Sony and only Sony for most of my recent shutter therapy sessions. I have not been out shooting much lately, not as much as I would want. Today, Patrick, the dude visiting from Sweden asked for one more shutter therapy session before he leaves Malaysia. This time, I brought along the Olympus, and boy, did I miss using it on the streets!
All images were taken with Olympus DSLR E-5 and Zuiko Digital Lenses 25mm F2.8 pancake and 50mm F2.0 macro lens.
A friendly stranger
The locations of shoot were Chow Kit and Kampung Baru. Chow Kit has always been my favourite street hunting ground and I always, always find something interesting to shoot there.
When I was handling the Olympus E-5, there is that certainty I have nailed my shot, even without chimping much. I have no problem with focus accuracy, which bugged me with the Sony A350 and A57. Perhaps it was the cheaper lenses I was using, or I still failed to control the Sony cameras well enough, my miss-focus rates were high. Not alarmingly high, but still dangerous enough for me to feel uncomfortable, and obviously not very confident that I need to take so many shots just in case the first few were missed. I have checked the lenses and I have no back focus or front focus issues. It is just that the focusing can go all over the place, and that is something I will worry when I need to deliver results. The Olympus on the other hand, was superbly reliable. I guess there is a difference using a professional grade DSLR, versus the lower and cheaper entry level cameras such as the Sony A350 and A57. Perhaps the story would be different if I was using the amazing A99 or A77 coupled with some higher grade lenses.
And then there was that crazy amazing Olympus 50mm F2 macro lens. I already knew how amazing that lens is all this time, being one of the sharpest lenses out there, and it renders a certain look that is so pleasing I do not see from any other lenses in the same class (lets not compare with Zeiss or Leica lenses which are many times more expensive). After using the Sony prime lenses, the 50mm F1.8 and 35mm F1.8 for a while now, I started to realize another beautiful thing about the Olympus 50mm F2 lens. The bokeh rendering is really, special. The out of focus area of the image, was distinctively smooth, and has a unique quality to it, that I do not find on the cheaper Sony primes. Yes, yes, I know again, it is also not a fair comparison, because those prime lenses were budget, cheaper lenses, and are not in the same league with the Olympus macro. So why compare at all? I guess, there is just something about that Olympus 50mm F2 macro that I have come to love so much, that it is difficult to let it go. I am willing to bet that even the Sony 50mm F1.4, or the future incarnation of the Zeiss lens for Sony won't have the beautiful bokeh rendering capability of the Olympus F2 lenses. My personal opinion, you can choose to disagree, but what I stated here are based on my own observation, and you know I love my images to have shallow depth of field. I openly admit, I love bokeh.
Look at the bokeh rendering!! And this was shot at F2.8.
Five Foot Way
Patrick from Sweden and that amazing Olympus M.Zuiko 75mm F1.8 lens!
After the walk, we went to Pavilion and had Chinese food for dinner. It was Patrick's choice, and I do admit the food in the restaurant was rather good. So I took the opportunity to shoot some food photographs. I suck at food photography. I just could not get it right somehow. But the delicious food must be shared, and I enjoy shooting food photos, and even more, I enjoy eating itself!
Xiao Long Bao, meant to be eaten with ginger dipped in light soy sauce and brown vinegar
I did not even use the macro lens on this, the close up capability of the 25mm pancake lens was amazing.
Spicy Jelly Fish
Pork and Shrimps Wonton Soup
Fried Shrimp with Mango
Final photo of Patrick!
To Patrick, it was great fun having you around, hope you enjoyed the walk in the afternoon, though it was quite a long one! Hope to see you again when you do drop by KL in the future!
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