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A few shots with my new E-P3

Discussion in 'Street, Documentary, and Portrait' started by wirehead, Aug 26, 2011.

  1. wirehead

    wirehead Mu-43 Rookie

    Aug 15, 2011
    So I just joined the world of Micro 4/3rds lately. Most of my gear is ancient film gear from the days of metal and clockwork, but I do like having a nice compact digital. Which used to be a Canon G7 but is now a E-P3.

    I wasted no time in setting up a shoot to try it out in the studio.

    All of these are strobist shots, with a link to flickr where I share the EXIF information and lighting setup:

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/cyberspace/6079128198/" title="From the first shoot with the E-P3 by wirehead, on Flickr">
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    "370" height="500" alt="From the first shoot with the E-P3"></a>

    This one's using a Canon FD mount FD 50mm f/1.8 lens on the RainbowImaging adapter:

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/cyberspace/6079454839/" title="Pinup by wirehead, on Flickr">
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    "375" height="500" alt="Pinup"></a>

    Here's a comparison between the G7 and the E-P3, which I think justifies why the Micro 4/3rds and the recent crop of large-sensor compacts are so popular, the G7 to the left and the E-P3 to the right:

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/cyberspace/6079454723/" title="New Camera vs. Old Camera: Old by wirehead, on Flickr">
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    "180" height="240" alt="New Camera vs. Old Camera: Old"></a><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/cyberspace/6079992076/" title="New Camera vs. Old Camera: New by wirehead, on Flickr">
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    "187" height="240" alt="New Camera vs. Old Camera: New"></a>

    If you click the link and compare full-screen, you can really tell a palatable difference. At least I can, and I'm the one who has to pay for the camera. :D 

    I do a lot of light paintings, here's an SFW one:
    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/cyberspace/6082913398/" title="Drawn by wirehead, on Flickr">
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    "500" height="321" alt="Drawn"></a>
    (I've got some that I took that might be acceptable, but I'm not sure what the policy is on that, so I'm not linking)

    Overall.. I likey. There's an interesting tonality to the E-P3 that I'm rapidly discovering myself fond of. I like that I can use my old FD gear where applicable. I also like that it's super-tiny, although I do confess to having a certain degree of Pancake lust now because the kit zoom lens is a bit bigger than I'd like.

    I shot RAW and used the Olympus converter. I'm not sure if there's a better option, but I'm not especially keen on upgrading to CS5.5 from CS4 just to get the RAW converter there..

    I think the big problem is that the autofocus didn't really like trying to focus against a textureless gray background. I turned off release priority in servo mode, so I ended up with some out-of-focus shots. I should have just left it in manual focus mode. Especially because the zoom button makes manual focus pretty damn handy.

    Other quibbles is that I wish for an electronic shutter to give me a faster X-sync speed. I'm kinda used to my G7's ability to sync up to 1/2000th or so and my RB67 with the leaf shutter that syncs at 1/500th. And the long exposure light paintings all seemed a bit noisy compared to stuff with a more normal shutter speed.
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