It has been about two weeks since I last acquired the Sony DSLR system (A350 body, 2 lenses and a flash) and I have been shooting with the Sony only since then. It was earlier this evening, coming home from work with itchy hands for shutter therapy, I decided to go back to Olympus, which I am missing for a while now. Then that sky threatened to rain, which it did, and it poured like it never poured before, until there was flash flood happening downtown in KL. You know me, if I do not get my shutter therapy, I won't be happy. That forced me to dig out my older shutter therapy sessions with the Olympus and found some unused photographs, and oh my..... what a discovery.. or more appropriately put, re-discovery !!
All images were taken with Olympus DSLR E-5 and Zuiko Digital 50mm F2 macro lens
Bear in mind that all the photographs in this entry were sort of recycled from my older collection, that did not make it to my first selection process of usual blogging routine. I have my reasons for not choosing these photographs, so they were perhaps not the best of the bunch to be used. However, having a second look, I do think these images, re-selected from a few sessions, would be sufficient to illustrate what I wanted to describe in this blog entry: Why I love Olympus so much.
Lets begin with the amazing resolution. Take a look at the image below.
I know, not my best portrait shot, there was lacking the "connection" with the portrait... but then again... look at the 100% crop below......
Looking at this image suddenly made me wanting to throw away the Sony. I am not kidding.
Everything about the Olympus DSLR E-5 is just so right. The great signature Olympus colors, the crazy amazing amount of details captured, the unbeatable skin tone... everything just feels right. There really is very little to complain about the image output. Then there is that "pop" of the subject, that seems so real and alive, even in such a simple portrait as the image above. The clarity of the image was very impressive, it was as if shooting with the Sony, there was a veil covering the front of the lens, blurring details away. Perhaps some would say it was not fair making comparisons because I was utilizing the Olympus super legendary 50mm F2 macro, but hey, I know, even if I was using the budget lenses, such as the pancake 25mm F2.8 or even the lowly budget kit lens 14-42mm, the results would far surpass what I could do with the Sony. No, I am not bashing Sony, that camera system is respectable, and I am warming up to it. But if I were to place it side by side with Olympus that I have, well, you know what happens next. I don't even have to spell it out.
Coming from All directions
In my conclusion of the Olympus E-5 review about 2 years ago, I mentioned that the E-5 has soul. Many Olympus users, or people who connect very well with their camera can understand this and relate to the "soul" I was describing. At the same time, I got ridiculed and slammed for making such conclusions, mainly because the "soul" cannot be measured and quantified. It is very true, the soul is a very personal thing, and it can never be justified by any means, or put down into meaningful numbers. Shooting with the E-5 for almost two years now, I felt that the camera does what I want to do, responding very well to my command and vision. It just gets what I have in mind out into the final images right. It is the camera that I enjoy so much using, that it encourages me to take it out again and again and again, week after week, without fail. I do my shutter therapy all the time with the E-5, and I never got tired or bored with the camera. In fact, even after shooting so long with the E-5, I love the camera even more, and my desire to shoot has not receded even the slightest bit. I have evidence on this blog to show: more than a thousand of blog posts showing my shutter therapy sessions with dozens of images in almost each blog entry.
Believe me, that Olympus E-5 has soul !!
Something in the eyes
Wiping hands clean
Family outing on Saturday morning
Black framed glasses
I understand my judgment and conclusions may not be valid since the Sony DSLR A350 is 4 years old, but then the reasons why I have stayed with Olympus and still actively continue to use the E-5 and few amazing Zuiko lenses, are real.
I also have thoughts of switching to fully OM-D E-M5 and micro 4/3 lenses, but there is no equivalent offering of two very critical lenses that I use a lot: Olympus Zuiko 11-22mm F2.8-3.5 and 50-200mm F2.8-3.5. If you are going to suggest the Panasonic 12-35mm F2.8 and 35-100mm F2.8, please, those lenses do NOT even come close to the previous mentioned Zuiko lenses.
I shall be staying with the E-5 for quite a while longer, for now. At the mean time, that Sony shall be doing its job to shave away some shutter count, and take some beating while I abuse it instead of my main Olympus system, especially during my street shooting sessions.