The Valencia Experience- Street photography using a PEN F. By Roger Odermatt

The Valencia Experience- Street photography using a PEN F. 

By Roger Odermatt – 

Hi Steve,
I hope you’re doing well.  First of all thanks again for all the great reviews and for your really helpful and cool website. 
I am a portrait, wedding and street photographer located in Switzerland and I love to work with my Olympus OMD em1 mkII and with the marvelous PEN F.  A couple of weeks ago my family and I went on a city trip to Valencia. Valencia is known to many as ‘Little Barcelona’, but the city offers far more than a substitution to the Catalonian capital. There is something unique about this city. With a combination of beach, culture and city life, everybody finds something of their liking. For this city trip I decided to use my PEN F combined with the 12-40mm f2.8 and the 25mm f1.2 pro lens. 

All of the images were shot in RAW and were then further processed in Lightroom.

Click them to see them the right way!

The Pen-F is currently $200 off at Amazon HERE!


  1. I own the em1 and often hear owners who love the pen f. Is it the nostalgia of the F body?

    • Why I love the PEN F? Good question 🙂
      The functionality is great, it’s comfortable and intuitive to use. The retro look is aesthetically pleasing. And in a way, that too inspires me for my work – more than a regular camera would do.
      At the very core, a camera is just a tool for capturing light and the pen f seems to be a great tool for my way of photography.

      • Many Pen F owners are great advocates for the camera as a fun camera that takes great pics. I have 2 Oly bodies EM1 and ONE 10 and have thought of trading up the 2nd one for a Pen F.

  2. Pen F is great camera that not only looks great, but also produces nice pictures. I especially like the picture of a little girl with blue glasses. The background rendering (bokeh) looks really nice.
    Side note on the camera itself: my copy released a humming type noise when pressing shutter button half way (regardless of IBIS on or off). It could only hear it in quiet environment. For this reason I returned the camera (as I like the process of taking pictures as much as the result itself). Is your body humming too?

  3. Excellent images, great eye and capture. They make a nice survey of a variety of street life.


  4. Wonderful photographs! Your photographic eye does the Pen F justice.

    Neil Buchan Grant switched (according to his Cuba article) to Olympus 12-100mm f/4 Pro and 25mm f/1.2 Pro, very similar to your mentioned kit. Have you given any thought to switching to the 12-100mm Pro?

    I ask because I’m a Pen F owner looking at one of the two zooms as my next lens acquisition. I’m very interested in the opinions of those walking the streets with the Pen F and one of the better (heavier!) zooms.

    • Thanks James, I did try the Olympus 12-100mm f/4 Pro lens and it is really good!
      For traveling the combo of the 12-100mm and the 25mm f1.2 Pro lens seems to be a great kit. I personally have the 12-40mm and 40-150mm Pro lens and for the moment I don’t see the need for the 12-100mm lens. But who knows 🙂


  5. Wonderful pictures. I too use a Pen F with the 17mm and 75mm lenses. I am unable to convert the ORF files to DNG using my Lightroom 5. Any advice would be most appreciated. Thanks.

    • Go download the free Adobe DNG converter and convert your orf files to DNG and problem solved. Afterward just delete the original raw files, I also shoot with a small jpeg so I csan see whaty is going on—ron s.

      • I did download the Adobe DNG Converter 9.1, and even created a Watched Folder which I copied the ORF from the Olympus Viewer 3. But when I launch the Converter, all I get is a message:

        “The source folder does not contain any supported camera raw files.”

        I must have missed out something. Could you help me ? Thanks.

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