I have to confess that I haven’t used my Olympus OMD EM-5 as much as I should have. Even on our last trip west it didn’t come out of the bag all that often. I guess I figured that if the shot had any chance at all of being any good I’d go with what I was used to – the Canon 5D MK II. It’s heavy as hell with the battery pack, but I’m used to that. So it got most of the work.
There was one other reason as well – the EM-5 is much smaller than I’m used to. Compared to the Canon, you’d hardly know you had a camera in your hands. And I really don’t care for how it feels when you decide to go vertical with it. It just seems awkward.
In any case, I’ve ordered the battery pack made for the EM-5 (and, of course, an additional battery). Aside from adding a little weight, the battery pack provides more stuff to hang on to and it will make handheld vertical shots much easier. It will still be much lighter than the Canon, though. Which is a good thing.
In terms of image quality, I really can’t complain. It still looks very good, even though it’s sensor size is only about 1/3 that of the 5D MK II. I think that’s why (if you look hard enough) you can see little bits of noise in the image as soon as the ISO setting starts to increase above 250 or so. Nothing at all serious, but it’s there.
The image above was shot with the EM-5 in Torrey, Utah. For some reason, there are a fair number of old signs in that town. Actually, the whole town is kind of antiqueish.
I’ve never heard of “wool soap”. Wikipedia says it’s soap wrapped in a couple of layers of wool. But Wikipedia doesn’t say that it floats (or floated). Maybe there was more than 1 kind. Who knows. If you happen to find any in the store, let me know.
Call me a dirty old man if you want, but what drew my attention to this sign is the picture on the left. If you look at it closely, you might start to wonder what’s going on. I mean, why doesn’t the kid on the right have any pants on? And what are they doing with their hands?