Photography News Issue 59

Photography News | Issue 59 |

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Shoot the cover challenge Cover image by RodOrrell

“To have my picture on the front cover has absolutely blown me away and made my day, I can’t stop smiling. To be published on the front cover of such an illustrious magazine is a privilege and the start of more to come, I hope. “Thank you to PN , Olympus, Jay and Tara for giving me this opportunity. “I’m already an Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II owner but I still wanted to attend the event. The day was a huge success because I could trial more lenses and the Olympus team gave me plenty of advice and showed me where to set up various settings in the menu, ie. back button focus. “A few minutes with the OM-D E-M1 Mark II and I was up and running. The camera has so much potential and far exceeds the capabilities of my full-frame DSLR in terms of functions. The five-axis IS is stunning, which together with the 60fps shooting rate opens up opportunities for low-light sports and wildlife images. “For portrait work the ability tomove the focal point to the right place was good. I adapted the camera for back button focusing, too, which is what I amused to. “I used nine lenses during the day from the 7-14mm fisheye zoom to the superb 300mm f/4 prime. I was surprised at the image quality from the 12-40mm f/2.8 lens. The 45mm f/1.2 is a lovely lens but focus on the leading eye is hyper-critical with such a shallow depth-of-field at its wide aperture settings. The diminutive 45mm f/1.8 does a great job for the money and it’s so

I am continually amazed at what the OM-D E-M1 Mark II has to offer. “I’ve recently moved to Olympus from a full-frame DSLR. Last year, I went on holiday with my full-frame camera and some lenses, which was a mistake because it was so big and heavy. Then I happened to read a profile on a professional photographer who had switched from full- frame, so I did the same going to the OM-D E-M1 Mark II. Everything on the body is within reach and the two- way function lever means I can shoot without having to take my eye away from the viewfinder – and I can see the result in the viewfinder, too.”

Alan Gordon

Clive Trusler

“Firstly, just to say thanks to Olympus for providing the opportunity. I’m not sure that many other m a n u f a c t u r e r s provide such support and encouragement for their customers. “I’ve owned Olympus cameras for seven years and recently upgraded to the OM-D E-M1 Mark II because it is so good. It is a complex camera and whatever you want to throw at it there is a way of setting it up to cope with the situation. You have the whole package in one camera and now I have five lenses, yet the whole lot fits in one case for travel.”

light. The 60mm macro 2.8 also doubles up as a very creditable portrait lens and makes for some interesting facial detail shots – so this is a really good-value alternative. “The OM-D E-M1 Mark II was a delight to use and the overall impression is of a professional camerawithunexploredpotential and performance.”

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