E-PL5 -+ Rokinon 7.5mm Terrific Parade Pair

Discussion in 'Olympus Cameras' started by isabel95, Dec 9, 2013.

  1. isabel95

    isabel95 Mu-43 Top Veteran

    The sun was low and bright and I had to shoot a lot of subjects backlit by it, so I knew I was going to be challenged.

    From previous experience I knew that the Rokinon was a great lens to capture parades from the inside out, so I popped it on my e-pl5 which was wearing a temporary cellphone lcd protector, set the distance scale at infinity and shot away, watching the histogram to make sure I didn't blow out the sky too much because I had to make sure people weren't silhouettes.

    When I started working on the images I was amazed that even though the sky looked well blown on the camera screen I was able to get back lots of detail in Photoshop, testimony that the dynamic range of the e-pl5 is excellent. I also had some shadow lifting to do on faces, because of the strong backlighting, but that too worked out well.

    I found a touch of Topaz Adjust HDR filtration brought out some nice detail too.


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  2. clbaker

    clbaker Mu-43 Rookie

    Sep 30, 2013
    I like it. Pretty inexpensive lens, too. Lots of fun.
  3. isabel95

    isabel95 Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Thank you, clbaker!
  4. Ron Evers

    Ron Evers Mu-43 Regular

    B&H have the lens on sale (Bower badge) for $200.
  5. rusteel

    rusteel Mu-43 Regular

    Mar 15, 2011
    Kansas City, KS
    great capture isabel95! i have the Rokinon too and my E-PL5 5 will arrive tomorrow hopefully. can't wait to pair these two gadgets...
  6. RevBob

    RevBob Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Jun 4, 2011
    NorthWestern PA
    Very nice! An old trick that I use on bright days is to set the camera to manual, then meter off a clear blue area of the sky. Just point the camera at a relatively clear, blue section and use the meter to set exposure. Then I shoot without paying anymore attention to the camera's exposure meter. It works surprisingly well. With the Rokinon set to infinity there's nothing to do but press the shutter.
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  7. rusteel

    rusteel Mu-43 Regular

    Mar 15, 2011
    Kansas City, KS
    got my E-PL5 (refurbished) today and tried mounting my Rokinon but didn't work. i'm new to Olympus so i don't know what adjustments to make. tried my Sigma's 19 and 30, same issues. what am i doing wrong, help! can't wait to play with Fisheye on my E-PL5. guys, gals anyone?
  8. wjiang

    wjiang Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    What didn't work? If the native electronic Sigma lenses are not working, the refurbished E-PL5 body might have a problem...
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  9. rusteel

    rusteel Mu-43 Regular

    Mar 15, 2011
    Kansas City, KS
    thanks for the quick response Wjiang. i figured it out and it did work. the lenses were not turned all the way/secured/lock. i was dumb, way too excited and got paranoid after i failed. but i'm happy now that every lens i have is working. LOL
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