Quick Shot: Olympus Pen-F
Here is my submission for the Quick Shot post.
Last year, I sold my entire pro Nikon studio and simplified my life with a Leica SL, an M9, and some nice primes. The SL is a marvel, and is my first choice when the purpose is explicitly photography… for example a photo trip, or a wedding, or a portrait session. However, the SL is big and expensive, and I found it a burden when on vacation or when the purpose is not explicitly photography… when photographs are secondary to actually living my life.
With this in mind, and based on reviews from this site, I bought an Olympus PEN-F and couple of the inexpensive primes. I have to admit, it is a revelation… so small, so fast. It just gets out of my way and lets me take pictures. For an everyday shooter, it is practically perfect.
The image below was taken this past month on vacation in Aruba, and was totally unplanned (the shot, not the vacation!). My wife shouted over to me that she was going to jump. I crouched. She jumped. ONE frame. We got lucky! I especially like the way her shadow is hugging my son.
For those interested in the details, the image is basically an OOC JPEG. I never shoot RAW for personal work… JPEG is perfectly acceptable for recording everyday life. In this case I did apply a very slight skylight filter in Color Efex Pro, just to compensate for the (very) blue skies. The lens is the very capable 17mm f1.8 (apparently set at f5). As far as I can tell, the little Oly’s autofocus nailed it. The same image with the SL may have had more pop and character, but I doubt it would have gotten the focus in just one frame. And the lack of noticeable shutter lag on the PEN gave me the confidence to time the shot quite well.