Lives in United States MA, United States
Works as a Landscape Architect
Joined on May 22, 2009
About me:

Director of landscape architectural design for a New England based planning/engineering firm.

My interests include sailing (Catalina 27), watercolor painting (mostly landscapes), photography (mostly landscapes), music, autocrossing my Miata and travel.

Favorite photo haunts: Stony Brook Nature Sanctuary in Norfolk MA, mid-coast Maine shore/harbors, Corkscrew and Ding Darling preserves in FL, St. John USVI.

I've enjoyed photography since the late 70's using compact/lightweight SLR's. Began with a fondly remembered Konica TC ('77-84) with 50mm Hexanon lens I toured South America with, followed by an Olympus OM2S ('85-02) with various lenses, and last a Minolta 5 bought in 2003 at the twilight of film cameras.

My first digital camera was a Panasonic FZ3, a small superzoom, followed by a Panasonic TZ5 and then an Olympus E-510 DSLR (a natural choice given the SLR's owned earlier). Enjoyed the E-510 for its small size, sturdy build, nice handling, excellent IQ, and great JPEG colors.

Followed it with an E-620 DSLR to solve E-510 blown highlights. I shot with both cameras along to minimize lens swapping (14-42, 40-150, 9-18, 70-300) and compare IQ. I ultimately preferred the E-620's features/handling. Also tried and sold an E-PM1 (unusably small 2.3" LCD in native 4/3's).

I now use an E-M5 with 12-50mm, Pan 20mm/f1.7 and 75-300mm MkII zoom along with a GM1 with 12-32mm zoom. I love the convenience of small mFT lenses which fit in my jacket pockets and have sold my 4/3's equipment as it was gathering dust.

sderdiarian's current gear

Olympus OM-D E-M10 II
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1
Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 60mm 1:2.8 Macro
Just purchased, so basing my rating on initial impressions for now, will update later.
Still getting to know it (purchased on 1/2/14), but I've found it to be a highly capable mighty mite of a camera, don't let its size fool you. Panasonic's engineers and designers deserve an award for what they managed to include in such a small and intuitive to use body.
Just purchased, so basing my rating on initial impressions of its quality design and build, will update later.
Olympus M.Zuiko ED 75-300mm 1:4.8-6.7 II
Panasonic Lumix G 20mm F1.7 ASPH
Panasonic Lumix G Vario HD 12-32mm F3.5-5.6 Mega OIS
Wonderfully sharp at 75-150mm, trickier at 200-300mm, but a great lens in terms of size and reach.
My favorite mFT lens: sharp, fast and very compact.
Perhaps I was fortunate in getting an unusually sharp copy, or maybe they're all this good, but a wonderful small lens that I enjoy using on both my GM1 and E-M5.

sderdiarian's wish list

Sorted by most recently added.

Olympus OM-D E-M1

sderdiarian's previous gear

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ5
Olympus E-510 (EVOLT E-510)
Olympus E-620 (EVOLT E-620)
A great compact camera for its day, but Panasonic's JPEG rendition of sky and water was a bit unnatural, something they've remedied in their current crop based on my experience with the GM1 .
After much research, my first DSLR. It's JPEG's still draw compliments for their sharpness and colors, a great camera.
My standard bearer for ergonomics of the digital cameras I've owned. Beautiful, small and loaded with features. I hated to sell it, but after buying my E-M5 it just wasn't seeing much use anymore.
Olympus PEN E-PM1
Olympus OM-D E-M5
Olympus Zuiko Digital ED 9-18mm 1:4.0-5.6
Never liked the 16:9 screen which left only a 2.3" usable area in native 4:3's, unacceptable in a camera without an EVF .
A 3 year love affair with my refurbished E-M5 (never a lick of trouble). A great camera for its day and still made upgrading to take advantage of new features difficult. Built like a truck, yet a beautifully compact design packing a great sensor. I'll miss it.
A great lens, hated to let it go along with my DSLR's. Even though I had an mFT adapter for it, I wasn't using it much due to its size and my satisfaction with 12mm as being wide enough with my 12-50mm (and now my 12-32mm as well). A very sharp lens with nice color rendition.
Olympus Zuiko Digital ED 14-42mm 1:3.5-5.6
Olympus Zuiko Digital ED 70-300mm 1:4.0-5.6
Olympus Zuiko Digital ED 40-150mm 1:4.0-5.6
Olympus M.Zuiko Digital 14-42mm 1:3.5-5.6 II
Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-50mm 1:3.5-6.3 EZ
Not as sharp as my Panasonic 12-32mm f3.5-5 and much more bulky, its one redeeming feature was its macro which i very much enjoyed. Wasn't seeing much use, so traded it in on a new 60mm macro.