Fine Art Photography from the CatPad…

OTM – Olympus Pen E-PL1 – June 18, 2012

Okay. Yet another new camera into the fatcatimages collection. I ordered the Olympus Pen E-PL1 from Cameta Camera (body only) for $149 and the 17mm f/2.8 M.Zuiko Digital lens from for $166. How could I pass up this deal (or steal)! Let me tell you that this is a fun little camera to operate. I love using the artistic filters in the camera. There is Pop Art (super saturation), Soft Focus, Grainy Film (black and white),  Pin Hole, Diorama (tilt shift) and Gentle Sepia filters. I had been using the Pin Hole built-in filter for a lot of shots of abandoned buildings in Saline, MI. All these shots were in the art mode (mostly pin hole but one grainy film) from that shot in Saline. So we now venture into Micro Four Thirds photography…

And I also ordered the 25mm f/1.4 CCTV lens off eBay for $25. It came with a C-Mount to Micro Four Thirds Mount adapter.  Now, since it uses the adapter, this is a completely manual lens. But the view finder would help you determine the exposure. So very easy!

I love the bokeh from the 25mm f/1.4 CCTV lens. The shot of Josie above was shot wide open at f/1.4. Now I did get to use the camera in aperture priority mode too. There was an impending storm about to hit this afternoon when I shot the following at 1/80 of a second at f/5.6 on the 17mm f/2.8 M.Zuiko Digital lens. I’m not sure the sensor did as well as the artistic filters. There is some chromatic aberration in this shot. I guess the 17mm f/2.8 lens is known for such…

But still a fun little camera to use. Hmm. I’ve uploaded 10 images from this camera to this post and only one had the  chromatic aberration. Yes – it was a challenging light situation. Heavy dark clouds above and very bright in the middle. Not bad. I think I will like using this little guy…

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