The Olympus OMD-EM-5 and the Panasonic Lumix 35-100/F2.8 make a wonderful combination. These photos were taken in Kangaroo Island, Australia with this combo.
I do like my Panasonic 100-300 for longer reaches but the 35-100 (70-200 full-frame equivalent) is leagues ahead in all other respects – color, contrast, sharpness and bokeh. When this lens came out it was the only premium 70-200 equivalent lens for the micro 4/3 system. Since then, Olympus has come out with the 40-200 f/2.8 Pro lens, which is fantastic according to all reviews. Nevertheless, it doesn’t appear that in terms of sharpness, color and contrast, there’s much to choose between them. Hence, I’ve decided to stick with this lens and not “upgrade.”
During our Easter trip to Phuket, I shot a lot of film. had taken one roll of Velvia 50 as well. While I really like Ektar and also Portra and Fuji Pro, there is something special about slide film as opposed to color negative film. True, there’s almost no exposure latitude. So if you’ve blown a highlight or your shadows are too dark, bye bye. But when you do get it right, it is just beautiful.
And there is simply no other film like Velvia. Yes, its not everyday stock. And just don’t try and capture people with it. For landscapes, it is like magic. Too saturated? Yes. A bit removed from reality? Yes. But nothing else can make something boring relatively interesting like Velvia can.