I know, many of you while moving around from place to place see things, compositions; even you see a potential masterpiece if your eyes could capture a single frame. But you feel those amazing moments getting lost just like a PUFF! I also do feel the same. Then, I got this amazing set-up of an OMD EM5 and a 45mm f/1.8 M.Zuiko lens. This combination gives me a light-foot; a lighting fast AF, now I hardly miss moments while moving around by my car.
We are clearly aware of the fact that, how good the Olympus M.Zuiko 60mm f/2.8 is if you concentrate upon tiny objects, like insects. Here is my review-blog link for that - http://www.samudranil.in/blog/?id=68879476799
Traditionally enthusiasts with a steep budget always prefer to invest in a macro lens for both portrait and macro subjects, instead of investing in two different fast lenses. Lens-makers are also very aware of this trend and their macro lenses give reasonably good performance when you take some head-shots of people. A Macro Nikkor 105mm or a Canon 100mm f/2.8 Macro L lens gives strong performance when you try some portraits. Now the question is, if Olympus’ new gem 60mm f/2.8 Macro can be as satisfying as the competition while being cheaper.
Hindu Wedding Ceremony is fun! It is colourful, cheerful, glittering and full of noise. I Love it! The only thing that bothers me is the ‘photographers’ in it. They use D-SLRs! That is not the only thing that bothers; they also use flashes! And they use it probably in all of their shots. I think, I haven’t used a flash for at least one year during my work assignments and hobbies. I prefer natural lighting; and what I know about my clients, they also want their picture to look naturally-lit as well.
But, the regular D-SLR holding wedding photographers of India make those clients understand that, if they are ‘unflashed’ they will look bad; horribly darker in complexion! And in India, where fairness-cream is probably the second best-selling thing ( next only to Condoms ), is a big NONO! So, professional wedding photographers keep their D-SLRs flashing while making money and creating the most boring ever wedding albums of photographic history and the history of wedding. Then, I dare to propose something New!
First of all, let me clarify it to you that there cannot be one lens for only one purpose in digital era of photography. A macro lens is very versatile for shooting portraits; likewise a tele lens of 300mm is awesome for portraits as well as wildlife and sports. A wideangle lens can be used with awesome success if you want some environmental portraits. Here also, an Olympus M.Zuiko Digital 45mm f/1.8 (90mm in full format), which is made for MFT camera-bodies can be used for different purposes like, landscape and ’astrophotography’ as well.
Admit it or not, we all LOVE Macro lenses! So far as I can remember myself, I started ‘photography’ with a close up of some colourful flower; and so did my cousins, and some of my friends too; and I guess, likewise the 80% of people with their first digital camera. It is basically the nature of human eyes to get attracted by tiny colourful details of things. The idea of a Macro lens is rooted deep inside this basic concept. Give a small digicam to a kid and teach him to press the shutter, and if you follow him, you will see he is going to the garden or some colourful object, very close, and clicks with a trembling grip. I love that! A macro lens actually brings out that kid inside me… It reminds me of the ‘fun’ for which I chose to take photography as my hobby.