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Before I go on covering this Olympus PEN E-P5 Touch and Try event organized by Olympus Malaysia over this weekend, allow me to summarize my rather hectic and overwhelmingly exhausting weekend. I had a wedding assignment in Malacca on Saturday, so I travelled down to the historical state from Kuala Lumpur by bus on Friday night, immediately after work. I spent the whole Saturday shooting the wedding (which was beautiful, congratulations to Zachary and Jovyn!!!) till late night. I could not make it to the first two sessions of the Olympus E-P5 event which was on Saturday, thus I was doing my best to attend the final session on Sunday. Earlier this morning, I arrived at the Malacca Sentral (bus station) and got myself an 8am bus back to KL. In all the rush, thank goodness I managed to make it to the last session of the E-P5 Touch and Try session, and in the midst of the fatigue and exhaustion from the previous day's full day wedding shoot, I managed to pull out some shots with my camera !!
The Olympus PEN E-P5 Touch and Try session was organized to allow loyal Olympus users (the event was open to all, but of course existing Olympus users were prioritized) to have the first look and try on the just launched E-P5. The event was very well coordinated, allowing participants to have an enjoyable session, throughout the afternoon. To me, it felt like I was having a good movie experience, plus the additional bonus of getting to participate actively, in terms of shooting and trying the latest PEN E-P5 and assortment of lenses and accessories. Upon arrival, the guests were required to register, and they were given: two coupons to redeem freshly brewed coffee, one token to redeem the door gift, a lucky draw form. What was the first thing that I did? Obviously, I went for my COFFEE, and that has successfully kept me awake and going for the rest of the afternoon. That amazing fresh brew of coffee was a life saver.
All images in this entry were taken with Olympus DSLR E-5 and Zuiko Digital lenses 25mm F2.8 pancake, 50mm F2 macro and 11-22mm F2.8-3.5 with external flash FL-50R.
The venue of the event before it started. The "attraction of the day" was veiled, and displays of the legendary PEN cameras.
Fellow Malaysian Olympus user and professional photographer, Ming Thein was present to give his talk about his photography, and then conduct a hands on live demonstration of product shooting with the new Olympus PEN E-P5! Had a brief catch up session with Ming right before the event started.
Hiew Family!! I always see them in the same session of any Olympus events! Nice seeing Chung Ka, who was a young photographer, now taking the role of the President of his college's Photography Society. Proud of you Chung Ka!
Surprise bumping into Carmen Hong, who is a recent Olympus PEN convert!! She told me she was enjoying her E-PL5! Welcome to the world of micro 4/3.
Out of a sudden people started coming up to me and said hi!! Really very happy to see some of my beautiful blog readers at the event. You all made my day! What would my blog be without you guys, seriously thanks for the support and visits.
How to redeem the door gift: 1) slot the given token into the machine 2) Twist the dial/knob thingy 3) get that egg-shell thingy 4) And you have a miniature Olympus camera!!
not functional camera!!
How cute can a camera be?
Sanjit enjoying his cup of coffee with me, just before the event started. That coffee was GREAT!!
Checking out print samples from the new E-P5!!
The event started with welcome speeches, and introductory note for the PEN E-P5 by Kee Nyap with live hands on demonstration of the new wi-fi function-ability by Tang. That was then followed by Ming Thein speaking about his experience using Olympus Micro 4/3 gear in his professional work, and sharing some of his amazing photography work over the slideshow. Some of Ming's work were technically challenging (he shoots commercially) and he found the Olympus OM-D system together with the micro 4/3 lenses to be able to deliver results that he desired. As usual, his photography speaks for itself. He also had some of his photographs being blown up large in prints, and displayed around the event space.
The next session after the speeces/talks was broken into three parts: 1) Live Shooting Demonstration with Ming Thein with on-the-spot printing 2) Olympus PEN E-P5 Touch and Try and 3) Olympus Technology Corner.
I wanted to say that the highlight of the day was the PEN E-P5 touch and try event, but I was mistaken, as Ming Thein stole the show with his live demonstration voodoo going on. He was showing the audience a very simple product shooting demo, being carried out live, from 1) setting up of lightings and small tent (with black backgrounds), 2) him actually shooting the product in front of everyone 3) showcasing his shooting result immediately through a 32inch LCD TV 4) and printing that selected image at the adjacent printer, sponsored by Epson Malaysia. This was really impressive to say the least, it covered all the basic workflow of a photography, from preparations/setting up, then actual shooting to the last part of output: printing. Ming Thein was not allowed post-processing, and the image was straight out of camera, and printed directly! The result was great, and Ming Thein commented positively on the JPEG engine of the new Olympus E-P5, being better than what he experienced from the OM-D E-M5. Now I am eager to find out how true this is! Olympus JPEG Engine was already the best out there, how much better can it get, seriously?
Alright, alright I admitted the highlight was not the touch and try session because, well, I have already had a private session with Olympus Malaysia a week ago (hence I could do my blog preview of the E-P5), so for everyone else the main event was really to have their hands on the real deal: working pre-production units of the E-P5, at the touch and try corner. Props were being set up so everyone has something to shoot at. All kinds of lenses were provided for trying with the E-P5, and the new electronic viewfinder, VF-4 was also available for testing. The last part, but surely not the least, was the technology corner, where the pioneering technologies and amazing engineering breakthroughs from Olympus since the earlier days of their digital imaging were proudly displayed. Olympus has always been known for the corner to corner sharpness, the award-winning SSWF (super sonic wave filter) for dust-protection on their image sensor and also that revolutionary 5-Axis Image Stabilization which was first introduced in OM-D E-M5, and now available even on the latest PEN E-P5!
Event about to start!
Yong introducing the E-P5 and its features.
Tang doing live demonstration on the wi-fi connectivity functions on E-P5, and live shooting through his I-Pad.
Ming Thein delivering his talk.
And the Olympus PEN E-P5 was unveiled!!
I still like the SILVER one.
Ming Thein doing his live demonstration product shooting stunt. Setting up with two LED light panels, and black background. By the way that was Sanjit in the background doing his video magic, covering the event.
Ming Thein in action. You do not get to see this often guys. You only get to see it here exclusively on robinwong.blogspot.com!! Alright, kidding, but it was nice to see the live performance.
Previewing the image on large TV, and zooming in (beyond 100% I think) to check the details and then, the image was ready for PRINT!!
The printed image. Erm, apologies for the weird composition, I was not quite myself, the coffee overdose and exhaustion did not help with my creative execution.
After all the sessions, there was light refreshment, which I did over-indulge myself in. Hey, I skipped breakfast and lunch so that I could make it to this Olympus event in time, so eating a little too much was forgiveable, ok? But the food was good and I did not mind eating more. And I admitted having more coffee than I should. At least the side effect kept me awake so I could finish processing the images (have you counted how many images I have put up on this blog entry?) and blogging before I go to sleep soon.
On the whole, I really did enjoy myself tremendously in this particular Olympus event. Over the years, I dare say this was the best event Olympus Malaysia has organized. The entire experience was purely satisfying, from the good brew of coffee, to the smooth flow of events and zero hiccup, and having awe-worthy live product shooting demo by renowned professional photographer Ming Thein, where everyone got to take home a few pointers about product photography. The Olympus Malaysia representatives (staff members) were also present to reach out to the users and answer any questions, or give live guidance if requested. Everyone was super-friendly and helpful, and connecting to the Olympus users was one important step in customer care which many other manufacturers should really look into. The care, attention and effort put into making this event and the participants were nothing short of praise-worthy. I must give my two-thumbs up to Olympus Malaysia, and for those of you Penang people (even non-Olympus users), do sign up to your coming event on 26th May 2013 before the seats are FULL!!
I was told that the review unit will be made available for me, but it will not be anytime soon. Apparently it has not been released from Japan, so guys, do bear with me, but when I do get the review unit, believe me when I say I will do my best to blog about it!
Olympus PEN E-P5 says: COME AND TOUCH ME! HOLD ME! FEEL ME!
No doubt this was the most anticipated part of the event: Touch and Try!
Everyone got their hands full!
The technology corner, all things amazing about Olympus!
Olympus E-1!!! The first professional grade DSLR from Olympus' 4/3 format system.
Seeing the live-effect of 5-Axis Image Stabilization in action.
Carmen giving the E-P5 a go!
I have been monitoring the overall feedback and comments on the Olympus PEN E-P5, and many mentioned that they were taken aback with the rather high pricing. After all the E-P5 is a "Premium" camera, and it does have almost all the important features of OM-D E-M5.
Nonetheless, Olympus Malaysia did have special offers for the E-P5 pre-orders, with MASSIVE discounts given for bundling with the amazing Olympus M.Zuiko 17mm F1.8 and the new electronic viewfinder VF-4!! With the bundles, you get almost 50% slash off the price of the VF-4 and 17mm F1.8 lens, and surely with such offer, the E-P5 is VERY well worth considering. You also get additional free gift which are worth a lot of money, and if you have not done so, please do check out Olympus Malaysia's main page for the E-P5 pre-booking.
I was glad I made it to the Olympus PEN E-P5 Touch and Try event. It was grand, professionally held and enjoyable. I had a great time catching up with some familiar faces, and making a few new friends. Also a very important part, I get to SHOOT!! After using the Sony gear for a while now, coming back to Olympus for this weekend, it FELT AMAZING!
Like I said, the Olympus E-5 had soul. It is hard to explain, but it is true!
For those of you who attended this event and are reading this, do say hi and share what your experience and what you think of the E-P5, and the whole event. Those beautiful people who said hi to me, please do leave a comment on this blog, I would really like to hear from you all!!