Life With The OM-D

I totally love the Olympus OM-D. The Pana-Leica 25mm, Olympus 12 and 45mm M. Zuiko primes, and the body itself all fit in my camera bag with plenty of room to spare, so I can take the entire kit wherever I go.

The OM-D checks a lot of the right boxes. Fast, responsive, quiet, well-built, small, light, good-looking. It’s weather-sealed, has a great tilt and swivel touch screen, an awesome EVF, plenty of physical control points, plenty of amazing lenses to choose from, and the new 5-axis stabilization works so well it’s scary.

Grainy-Filmy look brought to you by VSCO (Kodak Portra 800). Black and whites are out of camera. I’m really looking forward to logging more time with this system.

Olympus OM-D E-M5 | 12mm f/2 | 25mm f/1.4 | 45mm f/1.8

34 thoughts on “Life With The OM-D

  1. Nice photos and nice camera, congratulations! Are you going to make a comparison between the OM-D and the x-pro1 / x100?

    Best regards, Mattia!

    1. Thanks! I might do some comparisons later, but I haven’t had the OM-D for long enough yet. So far, I can say that the Fujis offer a little more when it comes to overall image quality, but the OM-D beats both of them in handling, responsiveness, and especially auto-focus.

      1. No Problem! could ya swing pass my site and check out my photos? im a beginner at this photography thing. It would be nice if I could get some advice and feedback!

  2. Love reading your insights. Photo quality seems similar to V1.
    Your review of the V1 was one of the decisive factors for me in deciding to buy the V1.
    Recently I’ve been lustfully eyeing the OM-D and can’t decide if it is the ONE for me.
    Will you be doing a comparison of the OM-D to the V1?

    1. I still love the V1, which really feels like the speed king among mirrorless cameras. The only things holding it back compared to the OM-D are lens selection and lack of manual control points. Image quality is pretty close, however.

  3. lovely shots and lights, OM-D seems more “soft” than Fujis … I’m not sure(?!?)
    SF is always special, I hope my new X10 too!
    Thanks for your inspiring photos!

    1. It’s hard to tell by looking at low res shots with VSCO applied, but I wouldn’t necessarily say that the files from the Fujis are sharper than the OM-D’s. All three cameras produce some beautiful files though, that’s for sure.

  4. Beautiful lighting in this set! I just recently started using VSCO more often and am loving all the different variations. I’m digging the fuji 800z+ one.

  5. The Olympus OM system was a great one…try using the OM4Ti if you can find one. They still have the best spot meter system.

    1. Yeah, I got a little lazy on this post and didn’t add the exif like I normally do. That shot was taken with the Zuiko 45mm at f/1.8, 1/100, ISO200 with the camera on its monochrome setting. I promise I’ll put more shot data on my next post about the OM-D 😉

  6. Absolutely loving the look of that film man. How do you keep getting more cameras? lol. The amount of gear you have is insane haha. Good stuff though, love the mood in the first one with Bridget playing her guitar and Suki sleeping away.

  7. Lovely photos, Jonathan. I have had an x100 for the last 9 months, and love the handling and image quality. The autofocus, however, drives me nuts, especially as I have a 4-year old who never stays still, and am getting more interested in street photography – I still haven’t mastered zone focusing.

    I’d love to hear a comparison – especially with regards to these issues.

    1. Well, nothing quite beats a DSLR for chasing a 4-year old around. The OM-D can acquire initial focus lock very quickly, but it can’t focus track continuously as well as a proper DSLR. That being said, I’ll see how it does at the dog park with Suki, my 4-year old 🙂

  8. Beautiful images! I am almost certain there were pictures of Suki looking up like that, but i just can’t get enough of her looking into the camera like that.

    I am seriously considering trading in for a OM-D

  9. Your photos are amazing!! I just got the om-d a few days ago and recently started trying to take pictures…. and Im loving it. I’m saving up for the 25mm f1.4 at the moment.. cant wait to get it!!
    Anyway great shots!

      1. No worries, your blog is great.
        I’m currently using the 12-50mm f3.5 kit lens.. But yeh hopefully I’ll get the 25mm soon. It’s hard to find it here in Sydney… Might have to order online. If I had the money, I would get the two m.zuiko primes as well. But for now, the pana/Leica should be plenty!

  10. Sometimes I wonder how in the world can you get your hand on these new toys. As soon as a good camera with good reviews comes out, I always think “Ahh, I’ll wait Jonathan to try this out.” And your shots always makes me want to buy these babies! *drools*

  11. Hi Jonathan,

    How does your pictures look so grainy or soft like? I have the Kodak potra 800 VSCO presets but it doesnt come close to yours :S

    1. Hi there! I added a little more grain to taste in Lightroom, and played with the VSCO toolkit presets to tweak the Portra settings as well. Try to experiment with those to get the look you desire.

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