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Olympus E-M1 Mark II
Panasonic Leica DG Nocticron 42.5mm f/1.2 ASPH

Examples: Around the Neighborhood

These examples were all shot handheld walking around on a rainy day. I wanted to evaluated the combination of image stabilization of the Olympus E-M1 Mark II at f/1.4 with the Panasonic 12mm f/1.4— a sort of practical look at what a fast lens might do for me.

While f/1.4 on Micro 4/3 is equivalent to f/2.8 on full-frame for depth of field, one nonetheless has an advantage in shutter speed from the f/1.4 aperture. And the Olympus E-M1 II image stabilization is outstanding, so let’s see how the combination fares down to some very slow shutter speed.

I was quite annoyed that the E-M1 II reverted to banging the shutter at lower speeds in single-shot mode—as I later realized, the single shot with a heart symbol icon has to be chosen (“Silent mode”). What does a heart symbol have to do with photography? If indeed that’s what that tiny smudge of a symbol is? I really dislike obtuse symbols in any user interface.

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f1.4 @ 1/100 sec, ISO 200; 2017-01-08 16:33:07
Olympus E-M1 Mark II + LEICA DG SUMMILUX 12/F1.4 @ 25mm equiv (12mm)

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