After having some laksa at Chong Choon cafe this afternoon, I brought my rig out for some tests to see how it performs in natural light. I will be focusing on its similarities / differences as compared to the Olympus E-3 that I've used before. I utilised aperture priority and auto white balance most of the time for these images. These images were shot in jpeg mode using the picture controls (eg. standard, neutral, vivid)and some of them were lightly edited in Lightroom to bring out the best colours and exposure. D lighting was left on 'standard' to preserve the highlights and increase detail in the shadows.
First of all, I must say that its metering is infallible. Whether in bright light or shade, it just gets the exposure right most of the time. I'm very impressed.
The above three images are examples of what I regard as pleasing pictures using the 'Vivid' picture control setting. Why these three images look natural while the previous two doesn't appear so perplexes me. The colours of the blue sky and green foliage look awesome as what I would expect. Normally with the E-3, the metering system would get the exposure of the clouds right but the buildings would look a tad darker than desired. But with this rig, the exposure is spot on. The active D-lighting feature ensures no highlights of the clouds are blown out. This is great!
I am very pleased with the results of the photo walk today because it shows me how I can use my rig effectively to get pleasing colours (albeit not as good as the Olympus ones) and great results.