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Tribute to my OM-D

For a while I was running the risk of sounding like a massive Sony fanboy.  Most of you will know that this isn’t true, I’ve been using Canon DSLR’s for years and my first mirrorless was an Olympus OM-D E-M5.  Sony has always been an extremely innovative company that’s not afraid to push the boundaries.  Let’s face it, Canon and Nikon are too afraid to put a full frame (FF) sensor in their compact system cameras because that’ll destroy their sub $2000 AUD DSLR market.  Olympus is unlikely to make a FF OM-D because they have an extensive m43 lens range which happens to be extremely popular and extremely sharp.  Going FF would mean a whole new lens range for Olympus and Pansonic.

Don’t get me wrong, my OM-D E-M5 is one of the finest cameras I’ve ever used, some of my best photos were taken with the OM-D.

Sydney Town Hall, Taken with OM-D E-M5 and 12mm f2.0.  Speaking of lenses, the m43 range of primes is one of the finest out there for compact system cameras.  I have and still use the Olympus 12mm f2.0 and Panasonic Leica 25mm f1.4.  Sharpness is incredible, focusing speed is quick and build quality is as you would expect for a fast prime (especially in the Oly 12mm).  The versatility of the m43 lens system is worth mentioning too, in case you didn’t know, Olympus and Panasonic “mirrorless cameras” share the same lens mount, which means you can use either brand on their bodies.

Did I mention how good the in body Image Stabilisation (IS) is on the E-M5?  In short, it’s incredible.  I can shoot hand held 1/15 shutter speeds with no issues.  Definitely not something I would try with my 5D2 or even the a7.  Olympus seems to have 5 axis IS figured out before the other manufacturers.  The harbour bridge photo above was taken hand held with E-M5 and Panasonic Leica 25mm f1.4.

I can’t have a post about the OM-D without mentioning just how awesome the kit lens is.  Yes, I said it, kit lens .. and yes, it’s good, REAL good.  The bee photo was taken with E-M5 and 12-50mm kit lens.  It has a neat little push action to activate macro mode and the image above is typical of the kind of quality you would get.  Obviously a lot of luck comes into these photos with timing and lighting but you can rest easy knowing an OM-D kit straight out of the box has the ability to get you quality like that!

With all these qualities, it’s unlikely I’ll officially retire the OM-D.  There are too many lenses I have for it that I love and it has taken SO many great photos for me.  In fact, I might go get it out now to have a play around …

– Chris

PS. This post was mainly about the E-M5 but a lot of the qualities apply to the new OM-D versions as well.  Personally I prefer the look of the E-M5 over the newer and more improved E-M1.

Big Fish

It’s that time of the year again, where my good mate and I suit up for another unpredictable season of coaching high school basketball.  I love every aspect of coaching, sizing up each player, formulating a game plan, character building, and of course the wins.

For some reason I felt a bit different about this upcoming season, maybe it’s because it will be my 5th season as a coach, maybe because I’ve been around basketball for so much of my life.  I couldn’t quite grasp what the nagging in the back of my mind was.  So as any person would do, I went in search for some much needed inspiration, and what better place to find it than in a small time Division III school near Pittsburgh, La Roche College.

The story of Scott Lang, youngest NCAA basketball coach, who recruited players based on character rather than talent and was 100% dedicated to his team and community reads like a tragic tale.  Up until he was the age of 41, he had goals of his team taking part in the NCAA tournament.  In that final season he would say “This is the team to do it, we’ve never had this group of young men together before”.

On the court is where he lived, and on the court is where he died.  Midway through practice, Scott Lang suffered a heart attack center court and passed away.  Later that night when players were told the terrible news, they mourned in a way that would have made coach proud.  Some sat on the bleachers, others took to the court, shooting, reminiscing, trading stories and remembering the legacy.  La Roche Redhawks continued to win the rest of the season, the tournament, and was invited to take part in the NCAA Div III tournament.

Because of coach, this was a team who loved each and everyone with a La Roche jersey, these boys were willing to defend together, suffer together, and play together with and through the spirit of Scott Lang.

Me? I didn’t know him personally, but if I can be half the man he was when I step on the court with my team, then it’s going to be a great season.

Read more about Scott Lang here.