Who says old Chinese ladies only play mah jong?

Who says old Chinese ladies only play mah jong?

So I’ve had a few weeks to fool around with my new Oly EPL5 along with the Oly 45mm 1.8 lens. As I mentioned in an older post, it’s not as user friendly as my old Panasonic Lumix GF2 which I left back in my place in Bangkok. Along with my 20mm f1.7 prime lens too which I shouldn’t have because it would have made a better addition to my new EPL5.

The EPL5 is hell of a lot better in terms of picture quality of course. And it’s functions and extras outshines the GF2. But that’s not a fair comparison obviously because the EPL5 is way newer. But that’s not my biggest quirk, you see I shoot my photos on aperture mode 100% of the time and on the GF2 there is a dedicated ISO button which I always select on my own. For the EPL5 I have to press two buttons to bring up the ISO selection. Now if there is a quicker way to select ISO on the EPL5 that I don’t know about, please let me know.

Some creamy looking bokeh with the 45mm f1.8...

Some creamy looking bokeh with the 45mm f1.8…

Okay, to some people that’s not a big deal and you might be calling me a cry baby. But to me ISO is very important and it is just recently that I learned that sensor sensitivity is an important aspect to proper photo exposures. As I mentioned before, learning the art of photography is still an ongoing albeit slow process for me. And mastering of proper ISO settings is critical for perfect pictures. At least from my experience.

Got just a bit too close...

Got just a bit too close…

It was quite cold for most of the past week but there was one day where the weather was nice and warm. So all of the pictures you see on this post were taken on the same day. Oh and I have to add all the shots were JPEGs right from the EPL5. This camera is amazing with JPEGs in which the Lumix GF2 is lacking. Yeah I know it’s unfair to compare both cameras since one is newer than the other. I’m just saying that I like the Oly a lot because I don’t have to rely solely on shooting RAW. But anyways since I SD cards with a lot of memory I’ll just shoot JPEG+RAW out of habit.

Taking a picture of a guy taking pictures of a boot...

Taking a picture of a guy taking pictures of a boot…

I hate adjusting pictures. I use Adobe Lightroom 4 and I think it’s a great tool. But to me I just hate opening a picture up and spending the time to tweak the photo. Especially when you take hundreds of photos and especially if you are OCD like me.

Anways I’m going to continue playing around with the EPL5. And I’m still kicking myself over leaving my Panasonic 20mm in Bangkok. I believe it would make an awesome combination with the EPL5. Don’t get me wrong, I still like the Oly 45mm lens (yes I know it’s a portrait lens) but I prefer wider scenes and it’s the only lens I have on hand for the EPL5. So far it is a nice camera and I’m looking forward to learning more about its functions, settings and customizing the camera to my liking.

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