*This is an initial production unit of the Olympus E-5. The features and performance of this camera may be subject to change.
*All images were taken using super high quality jpegs. Minimal post processing was applied accept some minor cropping and exposure correction. Please respect copyright and do not repost without attribution.
*Click here for Part 1 and Part 3
10 October 2010 is an auspicious day for the Chinese, hence many couples getting married on that day. However, I was not going to attend any weddings. I grabbed the Olympus E-5 with a couple of lenses [14-35 SWD, 7-14, 50 macro, 50-200 SWD) and made my way out of the house. The sky looked gloomy. It was about to rain anytime, hence I just thought of walking around the neighbourhood to take some images and test the JPEG output of the E-5.
The Zuiko 50 macro is Olympus' sharpest lens, and using it together with the Olympus E-5 exemplifies this fact. The E-5 seems to have a revised autofocus algorithm that makes the 50mm less prone to hunt when its trying to achieve focus. Couple that with the creamy bokeh, and you've got a winner in your hands.
I'm not really a macro enthusiast, so please forgive me if these bougainvillea flowers look a bit plain. What I'm trying to say is that the Olympus 50 macro lens really shines with the E-5!
Some have commented that my posts contain too many examples with art filters. For those who prefer to pixel peep and look and the same images with various ISOs and white balance settings, you can look elsewhere for examples. I'm just showcasing what images the Olympus E-5 is capable of in the hands of an average Malaysian who likes to take pictures around his neighbourhood. It is indeed very vibrant without looking too unnatural (without the art filters of course), and they're very usable straight out of camera.
This is the soft focus art filter. Olympus seems to advocate it for flowers and romantic looking portraits.
The cloudy weather acted as a huge softbox and diffused the light from the sky above for elegant looking flower macros.
Although shadow detail has increased for the E-5 sensor, its highlight capabilities are as the same as the E-3, even for low ISOs. With jpeg files, the possibility of restoring detail in the highlights is quite low, so make sure you get your metering right from the start before you click the shutter button.