9-18mm, 20mm, 45-200mm and Canon FD 50mm on Öland, Sweden (C&C welcome)

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9-18mm, 20mm, 45-200mm and Canon FD 50mm on Öland, Sweden (C&C welcome)

Last week I was on vacation on Öland (an island on Sweden's east coast) and I was able to make full use of my new m4/3 system by carrying a full bag of lenses and frequently switching lenses.

Some general comments I made during this trip:

  • Changing lenses takes a bit of time and I often felt that I was using the wrong lens for the opportunity. I sometimes switched lenses five times in just 30 minutes. Maybe it takes a bit of practice to anticipate which lens works best for different situations.

  • Auto-focusing with the 45-200 is difficult. I had to take about 50 shots to get one decent photo of that butterfly in focus. Maybe this is the fault of the E-P1 but it often wanted to focus on the background rather than the butterfly, so I had to focus on something nearby first and then hope that the camera/lens didn't skip passed it when auto-focusing. (Manual focus is even harder with the 45-200, unless you turn the MF assist off and use a bit of faith, which is difficult without a decent viewfinder).

  • The 9-18mm is harder to use than I thought. When I owned the LX3, I almost always shot my photos in 24mm equiv. but with the 9-18, I have to more carefully compose the photo and often find that 9mm is too extreme. I think I need more practice to find good uses of the lens.

Olympus 9-18mm:

Panasonic 20mm:

Canon FD 50mm f/1.4 (stopped down to f/2.0):

Panasonic 45-200mm:

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Olympus PEN E-PM1 Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 9-18mm F4.0-5.6 Panasonic Lumix G 20mm F1.7 ASPH Panasonic Lumix G Vario 45-200mm F4-5.6 OIS Olympus M.Zuiko Digital 14-42mm 1:3.5-5.6 II R +1 more
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