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Pitt-Addington Marsh, Greater Vancouver (Oly75mm & Konica 200mm f/3.5)

Discussion in 'Scenic, Architecture, and Travel' started by MAubrey, Dec 10, 2012.

  1. MAubrey

    MAubrey Photographer

    Jul 9, 2012
    Bellingham, WA
    Mike Aubrey
    My wife and I took advantage of the semi-sunny day on Saturday (in Vancouver, you have to on the rare occasion it comes around in October-May).

    And of course, I brought the OM-D along with me together with the Oly 9-18mm, PL25mm, Oly 75mm, and my manual Konica Hexanon AR 200mm f/3.5 AE. I haven't used that last lens for a while and I was looking forward to enjoying it again.

    I haven't used the 75mm (because its so new) or the 200mm for landscapes much and I thought I'd give it a try. The latter plenty sharp at closer distances, though with a bit of a glow at f/3.5 that's gone by f/4. Contrast isn't great, but it isn't bad and the CA is poor, but those are easily fixed in post. And the 75mm, well, as you'll see, there's absolutely nothing to complain that with that lens. Just perfect.

    All of the 200mm images were taken at f/5.6.

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    I have a few shots with this lens from my G2, but now that I've used the OM-D's IBIS with it, I don't think I could ever go back to the G2 with a lens like this. It's just ideal.

    I didn't do much with the PL25mm (and none with the 9-18mm), but here's one (f/2.2):

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    My new 75mm got the most use. I've only had it for a few weeks and I love it. All these are shot at f/4 to balance frame sharpness and close(r) infinity focus. This lens has superb resolution at closer focusing distances and at infinity. I can't get enough of it.

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    Suffice, to say, I can't get enough of the 75mm. The marsh is on the south end of Pitt Lake and the rising coastal range summits on the north end work will with the compression of a telephoto lens. Whether at closer distances or at infinity, Olympus has made just about as close to the perfect lens as I could imagine.

    The Konica Hexanon AR 200mm, on the other hand, doesn't do quite so well at infinity. The resolution is still generally good, but it looses a lot of contrast at those kinds of distances (~475 meters at f/5.6), so much so that the amount of post-processing goes up quite a bit and with it comes more noise than I would prefer. Though its probably not noticeable in these images, f/5.6 again & ISO400. If I had been shooting at base ISO, things would have been better I'm sure. The second one was getting closer to sunset, hence the pink on the snow.

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    Generally, speaking the 200mm f3/5 is a very good lens. It's sharper at f/4 than the Olympus 70-300mm f/4-5.6 is wide open at 200mm and stays that way when you stop down as well. But I have to say, if I'm going to be manual focusing a 200mm f/3.5 that weighs 900g, then perhaps I should just cave and get the 50-200mm f/2.8-f/3.5 SWD and enjoy a lens designed for the smaller sensor. If anything, I could do without all the CA correcting...
     
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  2. savvy

    savvy Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Sep 28, 2012
    SE Essex, UK
    Les
    They're all great images, but like you, I really like the 75mm ones - just wish I could afford one :frown:
     
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  3. MAubrey

    MAubrey Photographer

    Jul 9, 2012
    Bellingham, WA
    Mike Aubrey
    I hear you. I'm not buying any more glass anytime soon. And I sold two lenses to bring the cost down. My 14-45mm is gone, as is my 70-300mm.

    No regrets though. That's for sure.
     
  4. RevBob

    RevBob Super Moderator

    Jun 4, 2011
    NorthWestern PA
    Bob
    These are terrific photos - the 75mm is an amazing lens! :thumbup:
     
  5. IcemanYVR

    IcemanYVR Mu-43 Regular

    105
    Nov 16, 2012
    Vancouver, BC
    Allan
    very nice... that 75mm is something else :thumbup: looking forward to heading up there for some night photography.
     
  6. MAubrey

    MAubrey Photographer

    Jul 9, 2012
    Bellingham, WA
    Mike Aubrey
    I've been considering taking a canoe and doing some camping on the north end of Alouette Lake next summer for that very purpose, maybe hiking up Mt. Robie Reid or something like that.
     
  7. IcemanYVR

    IcemanYVR Mu-43 Regular

    105
    Nov 16, 2012
    Vancouver, BC
    Allan
    yeah, I can't wait that long. Planning something as soon as we get a few days of good weather
     
  8. MAubrey

    MAubrey Photographer

    Jul 9, 2012
    Bellingham, WA
    Mike Aubrey
    Today might be a decent day for it. Looks like we might be getting some of those coveted "sunny breaks" today...
     
  9. IcemanYVR

    IcemanYVR Mu-43 Regular

    105
    Nov 16, 2012
    Vancouver, BC
    Allan
    looks good, I'm heading out with a client today tho... I'm waiting for a couple of clear nights in a row and then going to photograph the Tantulus Range up in Garibaldi area.
     
  10. MAubrey

    MAubrey Photographer

    Jul 9, 2012
    Bellingham, WA
    Mike Aubrey
    Be sure to share so images when we finally get a few nice nights in a row!