Olympus OM-D E-M5 – First Pics

Well, I have been playing around the photo aspect of my new toy, the Olympus OM-D E-M5. I’ve been getting a feel for the different types of shots I could set up. Everything was semi-new to an amateur photographer like myself. I knew the modes P, A, S, and M because of my 60D, but the SCN, iAuto, and Art modes and their different functions are new to me. I should have kept up more religiously on the camera specs as they were released.

Let me confirm that, yes, there is a humming noise when the camera is on. Just like one user on youtube described it, they could hear the ocean. It’s a sort of white noise that fades into the background. Besides, the digital sound of the shutter is way louder than that.

The 14-42mm kit is okay, but I really wanted the macro function of the 12-50mm lens kit. I know there are better ones out there, but having it on hand when the camera arrived would have been fun. The 14-42mm will not focus nicely onto “in-your-face” objects, so I have to pull back a little and allow it to do its thing.

One of the things I find a little frustrating is the switch from the touch screen back to the EVF. I love the fact that I can touch any part of the screen to focus, but the sensor around the EVF is very sensitive. If you put your finger 1/2″ away from the viewfinder, the screen will switch back to the EVF. It gets to be a problem sometimes when I see a shot, then the touch screen accidentally blacks out because of my fingers.

The 9fps shooting mode was terrific, but I do need more practice in focusing on the subject moving. I need to know how to make it continuously track the subject. This mode helped me capture a lot of moving actions from my dogs which look more intense than when I just used my 60D with a 50mm f1.8 (yes, I have the budget of a college student).

Those are my initial thoughts of the camera. I’ll be updating more as I try to learn the cute little camera. I’ve been trying to sort out which lenses I would need, so if anyone has any suggestions, please leave a comment.

It’s taken so long for me to upload these because Yahoo.com had disabled my account and the whole thing has been frustrating and didn’t even yield any results. Suffice to say, I made a new account to upload my pictures. I didn’t process any of these photos except resizing them. Without further adieu, here are some sample shots from the OM-D!

PineapplePiggy BankSkyPiggy Bank 2Pan and KaiKaiPanBeer Lime ShrimpBeer Lime Chicken Shrimp with Wild Rice

Insanity – Day 3 and Dogs

Could not finish the circuits again! Due to my weak leg muscles, the exercises had them feeling like jelly. I’d have to rest and pick back up maybe at around the last 2-3 jumps, or whatever, and stop. I also felt a bit dizzy from going up and down, so I had to stop momentarily to get my bearings together.

So for those wondering if this is right for them, I’d say that if you have good stamina and are already active, this is for you. I’m continuing this insanity (sorry I had to say it) through to the end because I’m deathly afraid of Zumba… for some reason. During the long periods in which I have to work, I’ll probably have to do this after I get home.

Note to future dog owners:

If you own dogs (two Australian Shepherds in my case) and you are sitting on the floor trying to type on your laptop, they will repeatedly flip your arm towards them with their snout and try to get your attention. In worst-case scenarios, they will try to lay on your lap and try to expose their bellies for you to scratch. Either way, these fuzz-butts will try to act irresistible and extremely cute.

I gave in.