If you viewed my flower pictures from yesterday enlarged at 100%, you might have noticed that on my E-520 DSLR, I now have some “hot” and/or “dead” pixels. Not that much of an issue at the moment, but still it got me thinking.
So today I borrowed Mitchie’s MMF-2 adapter again, so I could mount my macro lens onto the E-PL1 “Pen” camera. No, not to see if that one has dead pixels as well, but just to get the hang and the feeling of it. With that combination, I took these:
The first one was with our halogen room light dimmed pretty low. The lens was almost fully open at f=2,8 and I had to correct the white balance from 2900K (which was set in-camera) to about 2500K during post to get it more in the direction of daylight. Focusing was automatic, and the E-PL1 focused that macro lens more or less as fast (or slow) like the DSLR would have done when using live view. The ISO was set to 400, which gave me half a second. Using an electronic viewfinder for taking this picture was really good, because I saw that I had to overexpose 1,3 stops to get the most of these settings (using a method called “ETTR”, or “expose to the right”). With using the DSLR, I would have ended up with underexposure and several tries to get it correct, using the other method called “chimping” (at the rear display with a look at the histogram or the blinking highlights). So there’s definitely a point to using electronic viewfinders, and sometimes (or maybe most of the times, depending on what you’re doing) it’s really faster to get good results.
For the second photo I used my Simock E300 studio flash bounced over the ceiling at full power, which gave me an aperture of f=11 at ISO 100. Here I focused manually, using a 14x magnification onto the (dirty) watch (which also reflected me and other stuff).
The 50 macro still handles well on a Pen camera. You’ll hold the combination more with your left hand than the right, but it doesn’t feel unbalanced. This is how it looked when shooting the watch:
Or – to see it better – here’s the combo from the other side:
I took these last two with the E-520 and its kit lens. Oh, and the E-PL1 had the viewfinder off for the watch photo of course, because I needed the hot shoe for the remote flash sender. An OM-D E-M5 would give you both an EVF and a hot shoe (and so would a Sony Nex-6 or -7, or some Panasonic Micro Four Thirds cameras).
No big art here today, just my thoughts and doings during my spare time.
That table tripod you see is wonderful by the way. Its small ball head even holds my DSLR very nicely.
Thanks for reading.