danieladougan

Joined on Mar 17, 2014

danieladougan's current gear

Olympus OM-D E-M1
Olympus PEN E-PL5
Olympus M.Zuiko Digital 45mm F1.8
This camera is wonderful, but it has gotten a little long in the tooth now (which is how I was able to buy it for under $500 used). The focus is lightning fast, and the burst rates leave nothing whatsoever to be desired. Could it have more PDAF points? Yes. Would it be nice if it offered 4K video or even 1080p / 60? Definitely. Would a few more pixels help? Sure, especially because I crop a lot. The Mark II version corrects these things, but it's still a lot more money than this one is used. And this is good enough for many situations.
This is one powerful little camera that can produce usable images at full size up to ISO 1600 and at smaller sizes up to ISO 6400 as long as you don't crop too much. Paired with the superb VF-4 viewfinder, it's fast and wonderfully compact. The flip-up LCD screen is handy, but I would have preferred a flip-out articulating screen instead. Like most Micro 4/3 cameras, this one falls down when it comes to tracking fast-moving subjects. I have been thoroughly betrayed by it on many occasions with birds in flight and sports action. And my expectations aren't all that high for the images I get in those situations -- just something usable. The grip is not as deep as I would like for a camera this size - perhaps I shall invest in a slightly larger one. But even compared to my old E-PL1 it's not as comfortable to hold. As long as you're not worried about capturing action, then it's quite a fine camera.
This lens is compact, affordable, and sharp enough to use confidently wide open in most situations. Perfect for portraiture, and since I don't currently own a true macro lens, it works very nicely with the MCON-P01 macro converter...ideally at f5.6. Highly recommended.
Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-40mm 1:2.8 PRO
Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 40-150mm 1:4-5.6 R
Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 40-150mm F2.8 Pro
You. Yes, you! Go out and buy this lens immediately. Place your order right now. And if you don't have an Olympus camera, this lens is reason enough to get one. You will absolutely not regret it for a moment. It's so versatile for everything from wildlife to portraits to even macro. It's ridiculously sharp, even wide open at f2.8. The focus speed is downright absurd, and it's built like a TANK. It's pricey, but if you think about what an 80-300mm f2.8 full-frame lens would cost, then it's a steal. Add on the MC-14 1.4X teleconverter, and it's even better.
Olympus M.Zuiko ED 75-300mm 1:4.8-6.7 II
Panasonic Leica Summilux DG 25mm F1.4
Panasonic Lumix G Vario 14-42mm F3.5-5.6 ASPH OIS
This is a very sharp lens if you know how to work with a 600mm equivalent focal length. Even with the glorious 5-axis stabilization in my OM-D E-M1, I still had to learn how to hold it steady when framing my shot because it just reaches SO FAR. Weather sealing would certainly help, as would in-lens stabilization, but those things would increase the price and reduce its value proposition. This thing is a tremendous value.
This is my go-to lens for street photography, and it really shines at night. Sharp enough to shoot wide open with confidence. And, boy, does it open wide at f1.4. It's incredible how much latitude that gives you to shoot handheld in the city at night at reasonable ISOs like 1600. An exceptional piece of glass.
It's a basic, cheap kit lens. I have it, but I almost never use it because the prime lenses for Micro 4/3 are so much faster. But, as kit lenses go, it's pretty decent. I have gotten a few good shots out of it before it got permanently relegated to my backup camera bag.

danieladougan's wish list

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Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II
Panasonic Lumix G Vario 100-300mm F4-5.6 OIS
Panasonic Leica DG Vario-Elmar 100-400mm F4.0-6.3 ASPH Power OIS
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8
Olympus M.Zuiko Digital 300mm F4 IS Pro
Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12mm 1:2
Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 75mm F1.8
Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 60mm 1:2.8 Macro

danieladougan's previous gear

Olympus PEN E-PL1