Thursday, November 21, 2013

Meeting a German Professional Wedding Photographer Who Uses Olympus OM-D

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I feel very privileged to have blog audience reaching far outside of Malaysia, and whenever I have foreign visitors dropping by Kuala Lumpur and requested to meet up, I get extra excited. This is especially true when I get to connect with photographers from different culture and background, yet sharing the same faith in the Olympus Micro Four Thirds system (sounds like a religion, now that I have typed that wordings out). This evening, I had a great chance to get to know a wonderful German professional photographer, who visited Malaysia. 

The cool thing about this guy is that, he name is also Robin. This was probably the first time I was writing an email starting with 'Dear Robin', and ending with "Regards, Robin". Nonetheless, this Robin Schimko from Germany has earned my respect after he showed me his photographs, both from his professional work as well as his personal street photographs. For his professional work, he has used Fuji and Nikon cameras, and recently made a jump into the Olympus system. Robin claimed that he was very happy with the output from his Olympus system (he now uses OM-D E-M1 and PEN E-P5) and was amazed by how reliable and blazing fast the AF performance of the Olympus system. He has also shown me some of his works in prints and was amazed by the quality he could accomplish even shooting at high ISO on the PEN E-P5. I admire his style of street shooting, which was completely different from mine, as he prefers environmental portraits and uses dominantly wide angle coverage, which I rarely practise. 

 Robin Schimko 
 his blog here: http://www.fotodesign-rs.de/


Although I have been a long time Olympus believer, it is reassuring to hear another photographer tell me wonderful things about his choice of using Olympus. I guess I have been shooting with Olympus all this time, and being an Olympus meaning I have been in the minority group and most of my other friends actually shoot with... well, what else if not Canon and Nikon cameras. My friends have always been supportive and understanding and not many people questioned my work or choice of equipment. Nonetheless, it would be a dream come true to form a larger group of Olympus community, and have more people realize the wonderful things that Olympus gear is capable of. Instead of me telling others how great Olympus is, it was rewarding to hear someone telling me instead!

A great thank you to Robin Schimko for having time for me, and it was great knowing you. I surely hope we can find a bit of time for shutter therapy! It would be my genuine pleasure to show you around Kuala Lumpur streets, and I am curious to see what you can do with your street photography style here. 

15 comments :

  1. Excellent portrait! Very Robinesque :-)

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  4. EM1 is the bomb ... seriously need to avoid reading your blog Robin !!! hahaha !!

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  5. Will sure to contact you myself Robin when I visit Kuala Lumpur. Was there last year for the first time and will visit again. Love the food and culture.

    Question on E-M1. What's your thought with the issue with EM-1 handling of noise over 60 secs being a lot worst than EM-5 with NR off. Any potential firmware fix that you may know of? It doesn't effect me since I don't do long exposure shots much, let alone astrophotography but wonder if you have an insight to it and potential fixes.

    Thanks.

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  6. Hi Robin, I received my OMD EM-1 great camera. WOW.
    You can find the photo's on my new domain :

    http://www.oldersom.nl/blog/de-nieuwe-olympus-omd-em-1-eerste-fotos/

    Kind regards

    Rick

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