Photo, Video, Lighting, and Accessory Gear Reviews
No matter what kind of photographer you are, Olympus always strikes the right chord.
That’s why we chose to bring the Olympus OM-D E-M10 Black Kit w/ 14-42mm 2RK Lens to bring for an afternoon of rock, tunes and gear in the Pink Floyd room of Toronto’s Rehearsal Factory. Mercifully, the only feedback you’ll hear – will be about the camera.
Olympus’ OMD series have brought an engaging variety of features to all kinds of photographers, so the EM10 has an impressive lineage to follow.
While the OM-D EM10 is quite a substantial camera, its design made it easier to handle. The firmware and 3″ touchscreen provides almost limitless options for ISO, gradation, white balance, image stabilization, resolution and more, which are easy and intuitive to scroll through. Focus settings are also easily adjustable, which adds an amazing new dimension to old-school feel.
With its 16-megapixel Live MOS image sensor, Built-in 3-axis image stabilization and Fine Trupic VII Image Processor, Olympus creates top-notch image quality, and is totally adjustable to its wide range of lenses. Being that this was a room full of music gear, it was tough to move around too freely, which is why it was such a pleasure to be able to snap shots on the fly. Moreover, the EM10 shoots RAW – not something that every similar-sized/priced camera does.
Today, we’ve got something nice for those of you who didn’t get away from the non-stop cold of the Polar Vortex™. Our good friend Jon Finkelstein – SVP Executive Creative Director at Proximity Canada – brought Lee Filters 100x100mm ND 10 Stop Big Stopper along with his Canon 5D and some otherworldly shots were the result. Take it away, Jon!
Using a 10-stop ND on my beach holiday in Punta Cana?
I’m lucky. Every year my family and I go south during march break. Yet every year, I somehow manage to capture the exact same photographs – despite the different locations.
Lots of shots of my kids frolicking on the beach. Fast shutter to capture those ocean splashes. Portraits shot wide open for maximum tropical bokeh.
When Canada won its second, consecutive Olympic Gold medal for Men’s Hockey, Toronto fans took to Yonge-Dundas Square to celebrate. Luckily, we were there with the Canon EOS 70D and Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM Zoom Lens
This was more camera than I’ve ever dealt with myself. It was a pleasure to use, very intuitive and extremely simple to get started with right out of the box. Still being somewhat new to the world of DSLR photography, I chose to go with Auto mode. The large, spirited group environment made it a little bit difficult to play around with settings, etc. That all being said, the abundance of light made auto mode a given, as adjusting the ISO wasn’t necessary.
The result was a level of photography I’ve never achieved before. Gorgeous, colourful, vibrant shots that bring the joy of the moment back whenever I look at them. And remember: I am NOT an experienced photographer. Now, imagine what you’ll do with it.
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A few weeks back, our friends at Olympus Canada came for a visit, bringing their hottest new mirrorless camera – The OM-D E-M1 to demo. Even though we got a chance to review its features, we were left wanting more. Just our luck, Olympus came back and let us explore the E-M1 for a whole afternoon, so we took full advantage by packing up the camera and heading down to one of Toronto’s most scenic attractions – the Distillery district.
We covered the host of impressive features in our previous post, so we’ll just get right to it. Before we got the glorious outdoor shots, we wanted to see what the E-M1 could do in lower light settings. That’s when we found El Catrin, a moody, colourful, gorgeous restaurant (one of many in the Distillery). As soon as we walked in, we were caught up in the textures, lighting and colours. Your typical, point-and-shoot camera was going to miss the fine details, but not our E-M1. Using the Intelligent Auto feature, we were able to capture the mood and feel of El Catrin while producing sharp, crisp shots.
One thing we immediately noticed was how ridiculously easy to hold this camera was. Olympus has put a great deal of thought into creating a camera that you can ostensibly operate with one hand. The grip was attuned to our hands, and the camera’s firmware made it very, very easy to adjust to our specs with the flick of a button or turn of a dial. Speaking of which, Olympus has created a lock button on the E-M1’s function dial, making it safe for you to shoot to your heart’s content without worrying about sudden, accidental function switches.
Once we were done in El Catrin, we ventured out into the Distillery’s overcast alleyways. We chose this locale because the beauty of the place remains regardless of the weather. Here we had grey skies, which accentuated the textures, colours and classic feel of the place. For the next round of pictures, we put the E-M1 on manual exposure, to see what it could do at varying exposures.
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