E-5 in Antarctica

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davidrm Senior Member • Posts: 1,366
E-5 in Antarctica
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Back in January I spent two weeks on an Antarctic cruise.  For what it's worth, there were about 85 passengers on board, and only 1 (me) had an Olympus brand camera.  Now & then I wished it was a little less cumbersome, but then when I saw how much more cumbersome Canikons with equivalent lenses were, and how many of those when kaput in the rain, seaspray and snow, well I felt a little happier.  And although my photography is not to everybody's taste, I can't say that any deficiencies are down to the E-5, 12-60, 50-200 and 150 lenses.

If I was going again tomorrow, the E-5 would be just fine.

AF-C worked fine here. Who says penguins can't fly, and Olympus can't do AF ?

On the same trip I spent about a month travelling around in Argentina, and there I really sometimes regretted not bringing my m43 kit (or buying an E-M5 as I considered) instead. But even then, there were times when the long, fast telephoto range of 4/3 was irreplaceable.  Just in cities, I prefer something more discrete.

Would a Nikon D800E with similar grade lenses have been better ?  No, because if I'd bought that I wouldn't have been able to afford the trip.  And it wouldn't have fitted in an Aerolineas Argentinas carry-on approved bag.

Conclusion: if you really need the features that an E-5 provides, it's worth the trade-offs.

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Kevin Sutton
Kevin Sutton Senior Member • Posts: 1,055
Re: E-5 in Antarctica : Great images

Hi David

Thanks for sharing those great images.  Antarctica is on my "bucket list" but, as you say, very expensive to get to.

Cheers Kevin

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alxdava Contributing Member • Posts: 754
Re: E-5 in Antarctica

Excelent photos! Fantastic landscapes you saw there!

Martin.au
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Re: E-5 in Antarctica

Great shots.

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OP davidrm Senior Member • Posts: 1,366
Re: E-5 in Antarctica : Great images

Kevin Sutton wrote:

Hi David

Thanks for sharing those great images. Antarctica is on my "bucket list" but, as you say, very expensive to get to.

Cheers Kevin

It's worth it, Kevin. The biggest problem is, you'll want to go again. And again. And again

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Ianmacdonald
Ianmacdonald Regular Member • Posts: 117
Re: E-5 in Antarctica

A beautiful series of photographs. These show there is not too much wrong with E-5

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Re: Beautiful photos (nt)
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OP davidrm Senior Member • Posts: 1,366
Re: E-5 in Antarctica

Ianmacdonald wrote:

A beautiful series of photographs. These show there is not too much wrong with E-5

Exactly. And in fact, I'm getting up and away from this computer and taking it to stretch its legs, right now!

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battybob Regular Member • Posts: 191
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Great set of pictures. The pain is worth the effort when you can look back on images this good. You are lucky to have gone there. Which ship were you on and where did you go to in Argentina ? Very impressed with captures 3 and 4. Can you say if these were captured as one of a sequence as so hard to predict when something comes out of the deep. Also curious about which exposure and focus modes you used. The exposure compensation is not showing on exif if plus or minus, assume plus ? . Sorry for all the questions, but genuinly interested.

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Martin.au
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Re: E-5 in Antarctica

AF-C worked fine here. Who says penguins can't fly, and Olympus can't do AF

Wow. Look at all the mafic xenoliths, Oh, and a flying penguin!!

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xtforest
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Re: E-5 in Antarctica

Great captures; I would've taken my E-5 & SHG glass too. Pics of a lifetime-thanks!

Rob

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19andrew47
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Re: E-5 in Antarctica

A very nice set of images, a small sample I am sure of a great collection.

Andrew

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Silverback46
Silverback46 Senior Member • Posts: 1,371
Re: E-5 in Antarctica

Beautiful set David! I understand your thoughts on the E-M5. It is a nice small package to carry when you want small and the image quality is excellent. But these photos are excellent and on a trip like this it's good you achieved results you are happy with.

Silver

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Roger Engelken
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Thank you for sharing these beautiful pictures of a far away land, and for sharing your observations.  Given the camera and lenses you have listed, I would have to agree they do a very fine job.  That is certainly a unique landscape, and the last one is quite stunning.

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CollBaxter
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These are absolutely awesome. And pray what's wrong with  tastes these are brilliant. The last one left me stunned.

Thank you.  for posting.

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LouHolland
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Re: E-5 in Antarctica

Wonderful David, I can't get my eyes off those beautiful images, the best I've seen from that amazing continent so far. Really, really great.

Lou

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davidrm wrote:

Back in January I spent two weeks on an Antarctic cruise. For what it's worth, there were about 85 passengers on board, and only 1 (me) had an Olympus brand camera. Now & then I wished it was a little less cumbersome, but then when I saw how much more cumbersome Canikons with equivalent lenses were, and how many of those when kaput in the rain, seaspray and snow, well I felt a little happier. And although my photography is not to everybody's taste, I can't say that any deficiencies are down to the E-5, 12-60, 50-200 and 150 lenses.

If I was going again tomorrow, the E-5 would be just fine.

AF-C worked fine here. Who says penguins can't fly, and Olympus can't do AF ?

On the same trip I spent about a month travelling around in Argentina, and there I really sometimes regretted not bringing my m43 kit (or buying an E-M5 as I considered) instead. But even then, there were times when the long, fast telephoto range of 4/3 was irreplaceable. Just in cities, I prefer something more discrete.

Would a Nikon D800E with similar grade lenses have been better ? No, because if I'd bought that I wouldn't have been able to afford the trip. And it wouldn't have fitted in an Aerolineas Argentinas carry-on approved bag.

Conclusion: if you really need the features that an E-5 provides, it's worth the trade-offs.

Skeeterbytes Forum Pro • Posts: 16,566
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Fun, fun, fun set, and a trip of a lifetime. Some of those critter shots are extraordinary.

If I should ever encounter another Oly shooter I'm going right over and accusing them of being a weirdo. That will make two. 

I too have a leg in each camp, E-series and OM-D series. Horses for courses, tools for the task, etc., both cameras have their strengths and weaknesses. What I do appreciate with both is the weatherproofing (at least with select lenses), which keeps me going when others are scrambling for shelter.

Cheers,

Rick

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dave gaines
dave gaines Veteran Member • Posts: 9,187
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These are great photos. I like all the compositions you created. The colors are very subdued, due to the nature of the place I suppose.

Thanks for the comparison of your E-5 to other systems. The weather-proofing of Olympus is a very usefull feature. Even here in dry arid So Cal I find it useful. It also reduces dust too. Great photos, Thanks for posting.

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OP davidrm Senior Member • Posts: 1,366
Re: E-5 in Antarctica

battybob wrote:

Great set of pictures. The pain is worth the effort when you can look back on images this good. You are lucky to have gone there. Which ship were you on and where did you go to in Argentina ? Very impressed with captures 3 and 4. Can you say if these were captured as one of a sequence as so hard to predict when something comes out of the deep. Also curious about which exposure and focus modes you used. The exposure compensation is not showing on exif if plus or minus, assume plus ? . Sorry for all the questions, but genuinly interested.

Hi, thanks for the feedback.

The ship was the Akademik Vavilov, run by OneOcean Expeditions - highly recommended. Shots 3 and 4 are from the same zodiac outing, but different whales. There were a lot of humpbacks around, and you could start to anticipate their beviour. For exposure I was always in A mode, or rather my own custom mode based on aperture priority. Usually S-AF, because I'm not very good at using C-AF, and anyway I very, very rarely use multiple shot drive mode. Tbe exposure comp would always be positive. Like pretty much all cameras, the E-5 underexposes snow...

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