I’ve been following your blog for some time and really appreciate all the great info you have on there. It’s been very helpful for me in the past and I’m sure will be in the future too.
I discovered you whilst searching for rumours and reviews about the latest in Mirrorless cameras.
Ending up buying a Panasonic Gx1 and then selling and upgrading to an OMD the moment it was announced. I have not regretted that decision one bit. The OMD has helped reignite my passion for photography and I’ve been slowly using it for bigger and bigger jobs. I’m now about to sell the rest of my Nikon gear and rely on mirrorless systems for my work and fun photography. A little bit scary but I think it is the right thing to do.
I’m a full time pro. By that I mean relying on photography for my main source of income.
I started shooting on film and been through many many cameras. Always searching for a camera that was a pleasure to use and still delivered great quality. The OMD and Fuji X100s are the closest to that perfect camera I have found.
I thought I’d submit some of my skateboarding images because I feel like I’m pushing against the limits of what the OMD is capable of here and it seems somewhat unique to choose to rely on a mirrorless system when shooting action like this. I often use it with pocket wizards and several off camera flashes too. I’ve even discovered a technique to cheat the flash sync in certain situations and shoot action in full sun with flashes at any flash speed, which is exciting. Still trialling it, but it’s looking very promising and will be useful in specific circumstances.
Also the fact that I can buy a cheap tilt adapter then use a nikon 50mm as a tilt lens is incredible. It’s just such a small kit and so cheap compared to a real tilt/shift lens on a dslr.
I’ve numbered the images 1, 2 and 3 then written all the info about each one below for you.
Pekka Rousi, ollie over some old nautical artifacts.
Shot on Olympus OMD at 1/1600 of a second iso 200.
Using a tilt adapter off Ebay (about $100 if I remember correctly) with a Nikon 50mm f1.8 AF-D attached. It was shot at about f2.8 I think, fstop data not record in exif. Pretty amazing to be able to get an effect like this from such a lightweight camera bag if you ask me.
Scott Hetherington, tre flip.
Shot on Olympus OMD and Samyang 7.5mm f3.5 fisheye lens.
iso 1250 f3.5 at 1/1000 sec
The sun was fading and I didn’t have my flash equipment with me as I didn’t expect to be shooting that day. But I brought the OMD and a couple of lenses along anyway because it’s not a burden to carry it around all day at all. I would never have done that with a DLSR.
Tex Hadley, crail grab on a backyard mini ramp.
Shot on Olympus OMD and Samyang 7.5mm f3.5 fisheye lens. iso 250 f5.6 at 1/60 sec
For this one I used pocket wizards and three off camera speed lights. One with a shoot through umbrella above my head and slightly behind me. Then another at ground level to my lower left, lighting up the ramp and the underside of Tex. With the third actually in frame with a grid on it, pointing towards the group of spectators on the other side of the ramp. The grid helped hide the flash somewhat so I didn’t mind it being in frame for this one, usually a no no of course.
I’ve been using the OMD and Fuji x100s for all kinds of jobs lately. Having shot fashion editorials and a lookbook with the kit as well. So if you’d be interested in something like that I am more than happy to send them through for a look. Just thought the skateboarding might be more interesting for your readers as it’s a bit different.
Hopefully these are useful for you. I’d love to see one or all of these images on your website.
Have a great day and I look forward to enjoying more great content from you in the future.