Firstly, I would like to express my deepest gratitude to you all beautiful people who have shown your support and encouragement towards myself and my beloved country. Special thanks to Kirk Tuck and Ian Davis for featuring my BERSIH entry on your websites, it means a lot to me. For those of you who have shared the photographs and spread the word, thank you for the effort, I am sure in the long run, Malaysia will be reformed into a better nation and we all hope for the better tomorrow. The world needs to know the truth, and I am doing my small part, together with your help to spread the awareness that Malaysia needs change. I am deeply moved and touched by the encouragement and kind words from you all, and this is a strong reason and inspiration for me to keep my shutter clicking, and this blog rolling on. Again, from the bottom of my heart, thank you very much.
The Malaysians have made a bold move to march on and protest on the actual day. In history, we have not seen any event of such scale and magnitude: estimated 300,000 Malaysians regardless of race, class, religion and age, came together on the BERSIH rally, setting side our diifferences, in hope to fight for a better and cleaner nation. For my own safety, I shall not continue to blog on the BERSIH topic. Malaysia is not exactly a country that tolerates freedom of speech, there have been many cases where bloggers who were politically vocal being detained with no proper justifications. I have so much I wanted to say and blog here, but I know best that I can only fight, if I am not in jail. I shall thread carefully and not do anything foolish. The fact that I have shared out so many photographs from the actual day BERSIH Rally itself was a dangerous risk, but it was an action worth taken. Therefore, I sincerely wish you understand my situation, where it is best not for me to be too "extreme" in my opinions raised here.
Lets move on to what this blog has always been about: shooting, and sharing more images.
I have loaned the batteries of my Olympus PEN E-PL1 (the tiny BLS-1) to a friend lately who traveled far, and the batteries have been missing from me for months. That explained why I have not been shooting with my beautiful PEN at all lately. Having the batteries back, I was very eager to make the shutter click.
Together with a large group of friends, we attacked the Petaling Street this morning.
All images in this entry were taken with Olympus PEN E-PL1 and 14-42mm kit lens.
I think I can hear some people say "WHAT? Robin, seriously, kit lens?" With all the hype and craze of faster and sharper prime lenses: the Olympus 12mm F2, the Panasonic 25mm F1.4 and the Olympus 45mm F1.8, people were shocked to find that I used neither of those lenses and only the humble, much looked-down upon kit lens: 14-42mm. Some people hated the lens so much they sold it off immediately and replaced it with better prime lenses.
I do not disagree that the kit lens may not be a wonderful lens to work with. I admit the AutoFocus is rather slow, hesitant at several occasions, and I did miss quite a number of shots because of the poor AutoFocus of this old kit lens on the E-PL1 (all the newer PEN cameras from E-P3 onward have blazing fast AF). I also admit that the F3.5-5.6 did not give me much freedom to use my conventional style of blurring everything in the background off, when I shoot my usual street portraits. The sharpness of the kit lens is not bad, but nothing to write home about. Then why did I not just throw this lens away and spend my hard earned money on the other wonderful lenses?
To me, my PEN will be my secondary camera, a camera which I can bring with me everywhere I go to, due to its small size, and almost non-existent weight. However, I shoot primarily with my DSLR E-5, and lovely Olympus Zuiko lenses. That being said, when I shoot with PEN, I did not expect it to outperform my E-5. When I need to get serious, and when I expect the camera to deliver, I will use my main gear. When I took out my E-PL1, all I wanted to do was to have fun, and shoot without thinking too much. The 14-42mm kit lens, for what it is, does wonders and it does its job very well. I have little complains, and for a mere kit lens, I am very happy with what it can do. It provided me with versatility: wide angle 14mm, 3x zoom for a little medium tele-photo work, shooting from far, and decent close up shooting, to get close.
Avoiding the sun
Seeing the future
Olympus PEN cameras: Original Version
Super Wide Lens
Luke and GR Digital
Will I ever change to micro 4/3 fully, perhaps using the OM-D? Maybe I will, but now its not the time. After coming home from shooting BERSIH Rally, I realized how important zoom lenses were to me. I cannot live without good zoom lenses. Olympus did it right in the first place when they designed marvelous Zuiko 4/3 DSLR lenses: they have some of the best zoom lenses in the world. I may not be using their legendary 14-35mm F2 and 35-100mm F2, but shooting with the 11-22mm F2.8-3.5 and 50-200mm F2.8-3.5, I know, with those two zoom lenses, I was given the flexibility to do almost everything I wanted to do. In such situations, prime lenses will slow me down. How I wish Olympus would start to concentrate on making fast, fixed aperture lenses for their micro 4/3 line. If they can come up with something like that, the number of people switching over to the OM-D bandwagon will be historical.
Have you read the official review on DPReview.com? For the first time ever, Olympus received a GOLD award from DPreview. Well played, Olympus !! The OM-D E-M5 is a game changer indeed. I felt a strong relief when I saw the reviews there, and I believe it is well deserved for Olympus.
Scott Chung, and we had Japanese Ramen for lunch.
I have so much more I wanted to say here, but lets just have a pause here. There have been some very interesting debates on photography philosophies, such as film vs digital, black and white vs color, or even how to define a good critic being discussed amongst the photography communities I am currently active in. I have things to say, and I will share my thoughts here.
Until then, my sincere thanks again to you all for being here with me, and I know in my heart that this blog would not have come this far, and I would not be here, without the support from you all. Cheers !!