Monday, March 21, 2011

Why Should I Move Backwards?

It gets tiring explaining myself again and again, so I shall try to elaborate my thoughts with a response of one single image. The illustration in the image is very clear and straight to the point.

Bicycle vs Motorcycle

Olympus E-5 and 11-22mm F2.8-3.5

The motorcycle is newer, and technologically more advanced. Yes, people will still use bicycles, they are environmentally friendly, a good sport and much cheaper.

But tell me, if a motorcycle races with a bicycle, who will be faster, and who will travel further?

I want to travel far. I want to travel faster.

Now, this is my polite way of saying "stop asking me to shoot film".

My preference is not open for questioning. My choices are mine to make. Don't make me start making a list of the reasons why I won't shoot film.

Photography is about making photographs happen, regardless of what medium you choose to shoot with. My focus is on photography itself, NOT photography equipments.


  1. I see your point. Good Posting!

    When I stumbled upon your site I was amazed by the color brilliance and picture sharpness of your photographs.

    Here are my questions: How does the Olympus E5 compare to (a) a Nikon D700 full-frame camera (b) Nikon 300s APS-C camera when the photograph is enlarged? At what point will the Olympus system loose out to a larger sensor system (when both different systems are photographed in good lighting condition and the subject is also properly focused)?

    I have been planning to get a larger CMOS sensor camera when I saw your photographs and learned a great deal about the E5, I have started to re-evaluate my position. Though, I am still apprehensive about the Olympus 4/3 system, because of the smaller sensor size, I hope you could shed some like into my queries. Thank you.

  2. Hello Peter,
    Thank you so much for your compliments.

    I have used both Nikon D700 and D300s, but have not shot extensively, and done head-on comparisons side by side. Therefore my judgement is very crude, and may not be accurate. Based on my limited observation, I would say the Olympus E-5 matches (probably surpases) D300s in terms of resolution up to ISO1600. A magazine even claimed that it can match D300s up to ISO3200.

    Yes, the full frame is still a stretch better in terms of high ISO performance, but shooting below ISO800, I am very confident Olympus E-5 is no slouch. Nonetheless, I cannot give any comments on large prints, because I never printed anything beyond 8R, and the only time I saw my own photo in large print was not done by myself.

    I sincerely think E-5 is a viable solution if you do not constantly shoot in extreme high ISO settings. Anything below ISO1600 looks terrific on E-5. Else, full frame is the answer for you.

  3. Robin,

    Thank you for your reply. I am not too much concern with the 'ISO thing.' I am old fashion in this respect. I prefer to shoot at 100 or 200 ISO. However, my concern is really how big can I enlarge the photograph on a 4/3 system like the E5 before noticing degradation in picture quality.

    In actuality, I am also comparing the Olympus E5 system and its lenses to the Leica M9 full-frame camera. I see that the Olympus can hold its own ground with its unique picture 'look and feel' just as the Leica has its own unique 'look and feel.' Of course the price difference is tremendous. Besides, the Olympus is an all condition gear (superb all weather camera), which I like very much. Still, it would be great, if you could do some more research on the picture quality of the Olympus when the photographs are enlarged. Lastly, I would like to find out from you, where is the best place to buy the Olympus in Malaysia or elsewhere (Price & Friendliness), I have noticed the Olympus E5 body quoted in Malaysia is almost the same price with that quoted on However, the price of the Lens (i.e 12-60) is much more expensive in Malaysia than on Thank you.

  4. Hello again Peter,
    I am sorry I cannot help you much regarding the large printing, I have no experience with it, and I do not have friends who do large printing as well. The work that I did for my clients mostly involve album size prints only.

    I do have some contacts who sell Olympus E-5 at reasonable prices. Do leave me your email address so I can get back to you personally. Not everything in Malaysia is cheap, I agree, and some of the pricing here is questionable.

  5. Your blog is always enlightening and inspirational. Hopefully one of these days I can book an appointment to have a shutter therapy session with you in Malaysia. Just don't charge me too much...hehehe.

    Anyways just couple of questions...Did you use the same general setting when you first obtained your Olympus E5 especially when you did Macro photography? Do you also use a converter attached to your 50mm lens?( ie: Olympus EX-25 Extension Tube)to obtain such sharpness?

    Thank you for your time and more power to your website!!!