This blog entry is not really a review, but I thought many would like some extra sample images to look at. One of the important consideration of using the Olympus M.Zuiko 75mm F1.8 lens would be for stage shooting. Last Saturday, I have brought the Olympus OM-D E-M5 together with the 75mm F1.8 lens to a traditional Chinese Opera show at Panggung Experimen, ASWARA.
I originally intended to use the Chinese Opera shots as my main review image samples, but I decided against it. I thought the stage lighting would pose a challenge for the camera to handle, but I managed to get away with extremely high shutter speed even at just ISO400 shooting at wide open F1.8. Furthermore, my seating position was a little too far for that "impact" shots, and to properly present these images, I might need to crop away the negative space, which would not show the true characteristics of the lens. Most disappointingly, the Opera show was not as grand and as entertaining as I expected, and I really did not have that much chance to produce many interesting shots. Not having the right opportunity to "torture" the lens and not being able to produce good enough images, I made a separate shooting session at Petaling Street and in sheer luck (sometimes I think there is such thing as Photography God and this was one time he smiled on me) I stumbled upon the Kung Fu showcase, which was a more appropriate testing scenario for the 75mm F1.8 lens.
I did spend an evening shooting the Chinese Opera, and not using the images somehow felt like the effort was a waste. Hence, I am providing full resolution JPEG files (uncropped, RAW converted to JPEG directly via Olympus Viewer 2 version 1.31, all parameters and settings left at default) for your pixel-peeling pleasure. There are 12 images in there, all opera photos, except one baby portrait headshot as shown further below.
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I realized I have not mentioned anything about Chromatic Aberration, corner softness, distortion or vignetting. I find very little problem with chromatic abberation, with minor purple fringing at very high contrast situations. I did not see any noticable trace of vignetting or distortion. Nonetheless, for such technical analysis of the lens, I am sure there are many other better and more elaborate review sites you can go to, and one of which I like a lot is the 75mm F1.8 lens review done by Pekka Potka (click). Since Pekka Potka has done such a great job, I believe I should just be concentrating on using the 75mm lens to make good images instead ! I admit I am not technically equipped to challenge his results either.
Before I round up my 75mm F1.8 review work, allow me to draw your attention to the following photograph:
100% crop from previous image
At first I thought: oh dear, out of focus !! As I scrutinized the shot further, the eye was actually in perfect focus, but the depth of field was so narrowly paper thin, that the eye lashes being just a few mm apart from the eye ball were already thrown out of focus !! This image was different from my earlier close up headhots, because the baby's head was very small and I went in very close to fill the frame, hence that dramatically reduced the depth of field when I was shooting at wide open F1.8. Stopping down to F2.8 or F3.5 would have solved this problem.
I hope you beautiful readers have enjoyed my reviews on the Olympus M.Zuiko 75mm F1.8 lens, as well as those extra images I am providing in this blog entry. Thanks to all of you, my work here has been truly fulfilling. If you purchased the 75mm F1.8 lens, or the OMD, all I ask is for you to share your wonderful images taken with them to the world. Beautiful images are meant to be shared, not hidden.
Kelvin Ng caught me chimping !!
Weekend is near, and I shall be having my shutter therapy !!