July 10th, 2012, 07:52 AM
Medieval Festival E-M5/E-PM1
For the second year in a row I found myself attending the local annual Medieval Festival. This is quite a cool event where the re-enactors really get into character and it's a great place to take a camera or two. Last year I was armed with my old E-P1 and some manual focus Canon FD lenses with my then new GH1 and 14-140mm. I got some nice shots but probably relied too much on the manual focus lenses which kept the shutter count and keeper rate well down.
This year I went considerably higher-tech with the E-M5 and 25/1.4 and occasionally the 14-140mm, plus an E-PM1 and 45/1.8 which are both new to me. The E-M5 and 25/1.4 is my standard street setup and the E-PM1 and 45/1.8 were for more portrait style and longer shots. I have had my eye on the 45/1.8 for a while but the E-PM1 wasn't an entirely planned purchase. I ended up being very impressed with both. I love the tiny size and minimal interface of the E-PM1 and even with no grip it balances very well with the 45mm. Most importantly, it is fast. Put the E-M5 sensor in this thing and it'll be amazing although having said that, using the E-PM1 with a great lens like the 45/1.8 and processing the raw files through Lightroom 4 proved to be a great combination.
The day was mostly overcast with some rain which makes the colours in some images a bit more subdued than they might otherwise have been at an event like this. Some images below with the camera and lens combinations noted. On the E-M5 I used the touchscreen focus and shutter about 80-90% of the time. The E-PM1 I used more conventionally with either one or both hands.
E-M5 + Leica DG 25mm f1.4
E-M5 + Lumix G 14-140mm f4-5.8
E-PM1 + M Zuiko 45mm f1.8