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Portraits with an EM5 Mark ii and Voigtlander 25mm f.95

Eric B at the start of Trans Iowa V11 - Olympus OMD EM5 Mark ii with Voigtlander 25mm f.95

Back in early 2015, I shot a cycling event and used an Olympus OMD EM5 Mark ii and a Voigtlander 25mm f.95 lens as my starting line portrait camera.  I had always wanted to try this lens out. I've read about it since it's inception but never given the opportunity to shoot it so when the opportunity was there to get this set up on loan, I took it.  This post goes back to April of 2015, but it's part of my overall plan to continue to add content here at Oly All The Time. Hope you don't mind, but I think the content is still both current and relevant as this lens and camera combo are still quite sought after and I've gotten questions numerous times about these photos. 

Quite honestly, the EM5 ii and this Voigtlander lens is quite the portrait and low light combination. The EM5ii has the best IBIS to date and rates just a smidge better at high ISO than my EM1. I shot all these pictures in almost complete darkness with nothing but street lights illuminating the riders. You can see in a few of the pictures below that a bit of flash would have been good, but I didn't have that and just did my best to expose the riders faces and not go to slow in my shutter speed.

I shot almost all of these images below ISO 1600 at either .95 or 1.2. I set the top custom function button to magnification for focusing. I did not use focus peaking. The slowest shutter speed of these images is 1/15th of a second and I did my best to focus on their eyes, which is sometimes challenging through their clear glasses. At 1/15th it was also difficult to get the riders to stand still. I shot in short bursts and chose the best ones.

The color images are pretty much straight RAW conversions in Lightroom and the couple of black and whites are quick conversions with VSCO presets. No serious editing or noise reduction.  My intent was to just have fun with this combo. Fun was had and I think it was a successful side project.

What I found was that this is truly a great combination of body and lens. I was able to keep the ISO low and get some great portraits. You can see some CA in these and a little softness, but again, overall very pleased. Honestly, as I look back over these images, I love them. The used prices of that original Voigtlander 25mm f.95 are coming in around $500 with occasional mid $400's for folks exiting m43. It might be a good time to pick one of these up.

The slideshow below has about 20 images so take some time and enjoy. The Previous and Next arrows will appear on hover. Please leave a comment if you have any questions.  

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Welcome to the newly updated Oly All The Time website

Welcome to my newly updated website.  Since I couldn't shoot the last two days due to crummy weather, I took the opportunity to fully update this site.  I'd like to take a moment to walk you through what you will see here and on those pages linked at the top of every page.  

Blog - This is my journal and sharing page for images, words and experiences. Sometimes those are single image posts and other times they are longer experience posts about places or gear.

M43 Gallery - This is where I place some of my favorite images taken with m43 cameras in a gallery format. Every time someone tells me m43 stinks, I like to look at my images and remind myself that I am pleased and this system and format just work for me. I hope you are inspired by some of these images too.

Reviews - While my reviews are more of an impressions than a formal review, I am putting some words and notes as well as links to the longer articles on this page. If you are like me and like gear, that is where you will find the more gear focused articles on this blog.  

So....Again, welcome. Hope you enjoy and come back often! 

 

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Rainy Day = No Morning Shoot

Another rainy morning means no mornin ride and shoot. Guess it's coffee inside this AM. One of these days I will get out for a solid morning shoot.   

Morning cup - GX85 with 15 f1.7

Morning cup - GX85 with 15 f1.7

Time for a second cup.   

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World Photo Day

And all I captured on this rainy day is a cat picture.  Oh well.  That's all I got.  

The Empress - GX85 with Oly 75 f1.8

The Empress - GX85 with Oly 75 f1.8

Hope you all had a little more luck with your shooting than I did.   

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Symmetry at Mall Of America

I had my camera (GX85) with me the other day while spending the day at the MOA.  You will see more of these photos in my GX8 review that I have started working on.  

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I shot both the 15 f1.7 and the 42.5 f1.2.  Really loving this combo.  

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Portraits with the Panasonic GX85 and 42.5 Nocticron

Had a great portrait session out in Minneapolis, MN at Minnehaha Falls. The GX85 and 42.5 Nocticron really performed incredibly well.  Here are a couple of close up portraits from last night.   

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One last shot showing full body length depth and isolation. This one was in camera RAW conversion to vibrant so the colors are a bit saturated but I like the image none the less.  

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I pick up a used 75 f1.8 again tonight. Can't wait to give it a whirl    

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Morning Light

I grabbed this shot on yesterday's morning bike ride. I carried the GX85 with both the 15 & 42.5 Panasonic Leica lenses. This right here is why I ride my bicycle in the morning. So thankful to have carried my camera too.  This image was shot with the 15mm f1.7 and processes on my phone using Snapspeed. 

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Four Corners

Spent Sunday afternoon at the beach with the GX85 and 15 & 42.5 Panasonic lenses. Still going with strong with this combo.   

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I am starting to really know the GX85. It's an incredibly good camera. I am finding a few niggles too and compared to GX8 I am missing the extra resolution (I didn't know I cared until it's not there).  It's not perfect. But I am pleased enough to keep it.  

More to come. 

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Baby Mohawk

Baby Haakon came by the house last night. I couldn't resist taking a few photos and portraits. Here's one of my favs from last night.   

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He sure is perfect.  I shot this with the GX85 and Panasonic 42.5 F1.2. 

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X's and O's

A quick shot from today.  This is from the new Panasonic GX85 and Panasonic 15mm f1.7.  Just liked the lines and the X's & O's.   

This image was processes in camera and sent to phone. It has a slight crop but I noticed when I uploaded it I accodently cropped it to 3:2.  I got some good stuff though and am getting to know the little GX85. Will share more pics in a few weeks when I do a GX85 review.  

This image was processes in camera and sent to phone. It has a slight crop but I noticed when I uploaded it I accodently cropped it to 3:2. 

I got some good stuff though and am getting to know the little GX85. Will share more pics in a few weeks when I do a GX85 review.  

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1st Shots with New Panasonic GX85 and Nocticron 42.5

Yep, it's been 6 months since my last post. My mind and interests wonder and this time I had to try other things, in this case both Fuji and Sony, and am now back shooting m43 again as my primary fun and travel camera. Today, I share two of my first shots with the new camera, a Panasonic GX85.  It's smaller and lighter than the GX8 and the new shutter is even more silent and even less shutter shock prone.  I've honestly shot less than 20 images with the GX85 but I can say straight away that this is a beautiful combo.

New Cousin - My sister adopted a young girl from Columbia, South America..

New Cousin - My sister adopted a young girl from Columbia, South America..

Morning light on our morning walk

Morning light on our morning walk

These are both quick images, shot RAW and processed in camera. The GX85 has the same amazing in camera RAW converter I loved in the GX8.  This is a perfect camera for both the Panasonic Leica 15 f1.7 and Nocticron 42.5. I'll be shooting this camera quite a lot in the coming weeks and will do a full impressions review once I have a bit more experience with it. So far so good.

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A soothing float with EM1 and 7-14 Pro

I am having an incredibly busy and stressful week. My coping mechanism is to go riding or reminiscing. Today I chose the later and found this picture from this fall.  It was a glorious day in the woods and on the water.

I brought only the 7-14 with the intent of capturing the scene in a big and wide way bringing the water, sky and landscape together. This is what I ended up with and today it has brought me peace of mind. Just what I needed.  

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Fatbiking with EM1 & Pro Zooms

Grabbed both the 7-14 and the 40-150 f2.8 Pro zooms today for my ride with my son today.  This is a combo that makes just about everything possible.  I remember carrying a huge pack just a few years ago with my d700, wide angle and 70-200 zoom that almost broke me!  The EM1 with these zooms are so good. Here are a few shots from today. All shot RAW, Processed in camera and sent to phone. 

I processed each of these differently in purpose to show you the latitude of processing from this combo. Just having fun.  

 

over the river and through the woods - EM1 with 7-14 Pro f2.8 

over the river and through the woods - EM1 with 7-14 Pro f2.8 

Masked Man - EM1 with 40-150 Pro f2.8 - at 150mm f2.8

Masked Man - EM1 with 40-150 Pro f2.8 - at 150mm f2.8

Pinning it - EM1 with 7-14 f2.8 Pro

Pinning it - EM1 with 7-14 f2.8 Pro

Long Shadows chased us all morning - EM1 with 7-14 f2.8 Pro

Long Shadows chased us all morning - EM1 with 7-14 f2.8 Pro

It's days like today I remember why I switched to my EM1 and haven't looked back. 

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Turkey Day Trail Trot with EM1 & Pro Zooms

Happy Thanksgiving folks. I Have been ignoring my EM1 ever since I purchased the gx8 so for today's Turkey Trail Trot I grabbed the EM1 and 40-150 Pro zoom.  It was perfect for the sleet and snow today. This combo is truly remarkable and so versatile. Need to shoot this combo more! 

Anyway just a few pics. Processed in camera and sent to phone for final a fitting and posting.  

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Enjoy your day. Happy Thanksgiving!!

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Waiting

I am a bit behind in my digital asset management. Not sure what I have been waiting for? Just being lazy I guess. This weekend I emptied and filed 2 away. One more to go.  Here is one of the gems I found on a card in my Panasonic GM5. Its from the Taiwan National Fine Art Museum.  I only shot the GM5 as. Back up but very pleased with the results.  More to come after I process all the images. 

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Pour Over Perfection

Went to my favorite coffee bar, Angry Catfish, to get some fresh Ruby beans this AM and treated myself to a nice pour over. I sat down and the light was perfect.  Thought I would share!

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Shot with the GX8 and 20mm f1.7

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Packing the GM5 in my jersey pocket

I got two morning rides in a row this weekend. What a glorious fall weekend here in MN. The trails were perfect. the temps were cool. The light was breathtaking.  

I am not always in the mood to carry my back pack with a larger camera body and larger lenses. This weekend I wanted quick and light. I packed the GM5 with a small prime. Saturday it was the 20mm f1.7 mounted and Sunday it was the 14 f2.5.  I barely knew I had the camera with me it was so light and small. 

The results? Here they are. I have to shoot the GM5 in RAW + jpeg to use the Wi-Fi function so these are jpegs transferred to phone for a fitting and posting here. 

Hope you got out too and hope you enjoy the pics. 

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Yep. Pretty much perfect and two of the best riding days of the year.  

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Panasonic GX8 with 20mm f1.7

When I got into m43 with the original Panasonic GF1, my favorite lens was the Panasonic 20mm f1.7.  As soon as I. purchased the GX8, I had this lens in mind. This week I found a used, LN- condition 20mm f1.7 series II at KEH.COM. it arrived at work today and I am so excited to shoot it. I mounted it up immediately and snapped this picture with my phone. 

A very special set up......just right!

A very special set up......just right!

A very special mountain bike....also just right!

A very special mountain bike....also just right!

I just had to shoot it and by the time I left work this evening it was pitch dark. So I walked through our facility and took a few pics. I work in bicycle & bicycle parts manufacturing. I snapped a few pics of a Salsa Cycles carbon Bucksaw in the bicycle assembly line. Nothing great from an image perspective but I can see clearly that I will get along nicely with this combo. It's a perfect pairing of size and performance for my carry with me everywhere camera. 

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Morning walks with the dog and my GX8

Autumn in MN is a beautiful time. In fact, it's my favorite season of the year. While I enjoyed my trip to Taiwan it came at a time of year here in MN that represented peak outdoor fall time. To compensate for my missed time, I have been taking my camera with me on my morning walks and shooting. Not every day shooting, but shooting when I see something.  I think these walks have been good and mixing my camera into my morning dog walks had helped the therapeutic impact of my walks as well. 

I am currently enjoying the GX8 with the Nikon F mount, Zeiss 50mm f1.4. It's far from sharp at f1.4 but I love the rendering and the often talked about Zeiss color and pop. Here is one of my favorite pics from my Morning dog walks.  This was this morning. Stunning light and color in the sky. This was shot RAW, in camera Raw to Jpeg conversion and transferred to phone for posting here.

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Our fall season is ending and soon will turn to snow, darkness and black & white photography. 

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A Muddy Ride with the EM1

I had a plan. Rain or shine I was going to ride my bike. Rain won out over sunshine but I had to go anyway. I needed time in the country with my bike and my camera. I grabbed my Oly EM1 and 17 & 45 f1.8 lenses and headed out into the cold wet headwind. 

I didn't stop much given the conditions but I did grab 2 shots I like. The making tracks photo is one of my favorites in a long time. Hope you all have been getting out too.  

Fall riding is the best

Fall riding is the best

Making tracks

Making tracks

I really do love being in the country with my bike and my camera. Can't wait until next time. 

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