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Discussion in 'Olympus Cameras' started by jim_khoo, Jul 26, 2011.
Inspired by Ray to open this thread...
i posted this at SC and thought it might be good to know for those
who are curious about the e-p3+1442 II R shooting at bright light.
testing the e-p3+1442 II R shooting directly at the sun; here are
a couple of photos direct jpg, resized...
Sun 1 (partially behind cloud)
& Sun 2 (completely exposed)[/I]
I'll add the few I've done (yesterday was the first decent weather since I got the camera). Just horsing around with the art-filters and I found I really like the "dramatic tone" art filter. You give up control of your settings if you use the "art" option on the mode dial, but you can set an art filter in the picture settings menu (or 2-3 of them if you want to use art mode bracketing). The dramatic tone filter looks a bit like the "bleach bypass" filter in Color Efex Pro, and it does its own borders too if you want it to and I kind of like it, so I got carried away yesterday, just messing around with it. I doubt I'll use it much once I can process the raw files out of this camera, but since I'm shooting jpeg for now, it doesn't cost any extra to turn on the bracketing and get one clean image and one with the art filter.
I should add that I didn't find myself using the touchscreen a lot in the field. I did some, but found myself just defaulting back to the focus and recompose option using the half press, or just trusting the face recognition when people were involved. Which makes me think I may take a look at the EPL3 yet and keep the one I like the most. As well implemented as the touch screen is, I think I still might get more actual benefit from the flip screen. Also, the EVF is still a really good idea in very bright sunlight. Yesterday was a bright day and I found myself using the EVF a good bit after experimenting with the OLED for a while. I don't know - time will tell on that one - I doubt the flip screen will be any better in bright light. Too bad - that's one area where the Nex really excels...
So, here you go...
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No comment from me on the IQ from the clean files. I don't tend to notice IQ unless it really jumps out at me as exceptionally good or exceptionally bad and these didn't do either - they're fine. They're also jpegs, though, so I reserve the right to re-rate after I get familiar with the raw files...
something i'd like to share here on the Bamboo photo...
(comment by "flash" at SC)
so, i made a comparison (also posted at SC) on two similar lighting
condition by e-p3+1442 II R, direct jpg re-sized, from flickr; as follows:-
Left - Photo commented by Gordon
Right - Photo taken today for comparison
edited vs original
i appreciate any advice/ highlight on the fringing pointed out by Gordon.
how is the double images done at photo #2 done?
Nice images all.
Wow, 2 eggs, homefries, and a coffee for 2.99? Thats a good deal...lol.
I was standing on top of a building, looking down at the windows of another building across the street, and saw the reflections of people walking on the sidewalk below, then zoomed in with the 14-150 and took a few shots. So the "double image" is probably just the result of a double paned window or something? Not sure, really, but its just a reflection - no processing trickery...
the double images is kinda cool...
EP3 at a ballgame
Took the EP3 to a Phillies game last night, with the 14, 20, and 100-300. It worked well. A very competent jack of all trades if not exactly a master of any one. With the 100-300, I actually had a higher rate of in-focus keepers than I did with the GH2 (at a day game, so the GH2 had better light to work with). This surprised me because the GH2 was an AF revelation to me, but I guess that's the norm now, the EP3 seemed to be slightly better. Here are some samples - I've sort of fallen in love (temporarily, I'm sure) with the dramatic tone art filter, so a lot of these are with that, but I've left a few in their pure jpeg form to give you a better idea of actual OOC IQ.
First, some long lens shots of action on the field. These are from the highest reaches of the upper deck, about 8-10 rows from the very top row in the stadium. So most are at full 300mm extension. In rapidly fading light...
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Some long lens candid crowd shots:
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And some wandering around the stadium "street"-ish shots:
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A long night for this little guy - it was a 2-1 pitchers duel, which is manna for the hardcore baseball fan, but not much fun for the little ones:
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And finally, one telephoto cityscape of our fair city:
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A good capable camera - I'm gonna keep it (or the EPL3 once I have a chance to play with one - one of them for sure). I'm sure there are better sports/action cameras, but this one is quite capable for anything I'd ever want to do. There are better street cameras, but this is very good for grabbing some street shots when this is the camera you have with you. Its not the best low light camera I have, but its good enough. It's gonna be the center of my travel kit for some time, I believe.
Those are excelent images. It seems like the E-P3 is a capable and versatile camera.
Great shots, Ray. Gotta try that Dramatic Tone filter. Hey, I've got to try any filter!
Fantastic work, Ray, as always. The content of your shots supercedes any considerations of gear/image quality for me.
I don't tend to like the filters for the most part - I'd ALWAYS rather use Silver Efex Pro on a color file than trust the grainy B&W for example. And the other ones, like the diorama, pop-art, etc, just don't do ANYTHING for me. But this 'dramatic tone' filter does to a color image what I often try to do in Color Efex Pro, but it seems to do it better than I usually manage. I'm finding that I sometimes like to de-saturate the image somewhat from how it comes out, but otherwise, I really REALLY like the results of this filter. I can see it being a crutch for a while, if not longer, before I figure out how to incorporate it into my long term workflow with this camera. I tend to shoot raw, but when I find a jpeg mode that does a better job than I can with a raw file, I'll let it do its thing. I shoot jpegs almost exclusively with the X100, for example, because I just can't beat 'em with raw and there's PLENTY of latitude in the jpegs to do good B&W conversions using them as a starting point...
My wife smiling for the new camera:
(E-P3 and PL45)
Sure, show off your skills with such an easy subject!!!
Love the colors with the PL45. I just want it to be 2.0 or 1.8. I hope the PL25 is as nice.
Show us some more!
This photo is brilliant!!
I am wondering if the color I'm finally getting is the famous "Olympus color", which I never have really seen (being in RAW all the time), or it's the 12mm lens or the E-P3. Subject not that interesting, but this jpg is straight OOC. On my monitor the colors are amazing:
Oly 12, f3.5, iso 200
Ray I weakened and succumbed and ordered the E-P3 (black)
Will shoot RAW with it using CS5 Color Efex Pro which I love
Should arrive late next week
Its your fault you gave it such a good wrap up
Ye life's too short need to enjoy
Great shots your REALLY using it ;-)
Looks very natural on my Calibrated Eizo LCD