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Musician and photographer with a day job

rodriguezPhoto's current gear

Canon EOS 6D
Olympus E-1
Olympus E-3
Admittedly, I haven't used this camera as much as I expected or as often as my 4/3, m43 gear, but when I pick it up, using it is a joy. It's easy to operate, handles low light with aplomb and the menu system beats the Oly approach hands down.
The closest thing to Kodachrome that you will ever find in a DSLR. Also a light weight option to toting the E-3 when light is good.
The build on this camera is like nothing else. The bright viewfinder is wonderful. The heft of the camera is not a problem as it sits well in the hand. Buttons are easy to find and identify, even with gloves. Unfortunately DR is rather narrow and it needs to be coddled to get best results. When in the sweet spot however, output can be wonderful!
Olympus OM-D E-M1
Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II
Canon EF 100mm f/2.0 USM
New to me in 2018. It's showing me what my lenses, even film era lenses, are capable of. Despite this I am giving it 4 stars because it simply doesn't have the build quality I am accustomed to from the E-1 and E-3. A great camera in a not so great package. Recently (09-2020) had its ills repaired. It's still a winner and worth keeping.
The silver one. :D And a black one too. I'm set! While the jump from the original E-M1 is only from 16 to 20MP, the improvement in image quality is quite noticeable, from the first photo on. Definitely a good upgrade.
An oldie but goodie. Wide open with a high contrast scene it can produce a lot of purple and green fringing but this cleans up very easily in LR. A good inexpensive option for the occasional need for a fast lens. Additionally, it works very well on the E-M1.1 using the Metabones Smart T adapter.
Canon EF 135mm F2L USM
Canon EF 17-40mm f/4.0L USM
Canon EF 24-70mm F4L IS USM
While this lens is not well regarded owing to its corner softness, its flare resistance is awesome and the reason I chose it over the 16-35mm f4.
Canon EF 28-135mm F3.5-5.6 IS USM
Canon EF 300mm f/4.0L IS USM
Canon EF 35mm F2 IS USM
It suffers from zoom creep from hell but covers a very useful range, is reasonably light, has IS and offers good image quality.
Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L USM
Canon EF 50mm F1.8 STM
Canon EF 70-200mm F4L IS USM
Now a legacy lens, this lightweight (for its focal length), quick focusing lens is a joy to use. Great color and contrast! Just keep the shutter speed up!
Bokeh isn't as pretty as the more expensive 50s but it gets the job done.
Canon Extender EF 1.4x II
Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-100mm F4.0 IS Pro
Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-40mm F2.8 Pro
I cannot praise this lens enough! Image quality is simply wonderful, and shooting wide open is never an issue. The built in stabilization allows for unheard of shutter speeds with great clarity in the final image. Absolutely a keeper!
Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-50mm 1:3.5-6.3 EZ
Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12mm 1:2
Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 14-150mm F4-5.6 II
Fast (focusing and aperture) and fun. When you want to go light, this is the one. I just wish that focus peaking worked when the manual clutch is engaged. It does on Panasonic, apparently, but not Olympus.
The perfect size on the E-M1. Light but well balanced on the camera. Good range, excellent bokeh, and quite sharp for a consumer lens. For best results stop down a bit.
Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 45mm F1.2 Pro
Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 8mm F1.8 Fisheye PRO
Olympus Zuiko Digital 1.4x Teleconverter EC-14
Love the output, and on the E-M1.2 and above, jpegs are defished in camera.
Olympus Zuiko Digital 14-54mm 1:2.8-3.5
Olympus Zuiko Digital 2.0x Teleconverter EC-20
Olympus Zuiko Digital 25mm 1:2.8 Pancake
Surprisingly good! This 95g lens made my E-410 pocketable, and today, even with the MMF-2 adapter, makes for a very compact lens on m43.
Olympus Zuiko Digital 35mm 1:3.5 Macro
Olympus Zuiko Digital ED 12-60mm 1:2.8-4.0 SWD
Olympus Zuiko Digital ED 14-35mm 1:2.0 SWD
Makes a great, lightweight, walk around lens. Very sharp, fast enough for good light and not too long.
Can't beat it for all around versatility. Great travel lens!
After owning and using an E-3 for many years, the boost to IQ that this lens provides makes the E-3 into a new camera!
Olympus Zuiko Digital ED 18-180mm 1:3.5-6.3
Olympus Zuiko Digital ED 50-200mm 1:2.8-3.5 SWD
Olympus Zuiko Digital ED 50mm 1:2.0 Macro
Almost identical in size to the 14-54, it provides a lot of inconspicuous zoom power in a small package. Careful focusing can yield great results. Performs much better on E-M1 than its native models although focus acquisition can be slow.
Owing to its macro nature it can be slow in focusing, but the results are well worth the wait!
Panasonic Lumix G Vario 35-100mm F4.0-5.6 ASPH Mega OIS
Sigma 50mm F1.4 EX DG HSM
Not the sharpest tool in the drawer, but I love it for its diminutive size, which makes it something of a stealth lens for the unwitting.
Beautiful at f2 but oh so sloooow to focus in difficult light. Silent and accurate focus on the E-M1.1. It produces images with warmth and character rather than clinical sharpness. Mine is the 4/3 mount version.
Other gear:
  • Olympus MMF-1, 2 and 3 lens adapters
  • Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 6
  • Canon Elan 7E (35mm SLR)
  • Canon Rebel T2 (35mm SLR)
  • Metabones Smart T Canon EOS to Micro Four Thirds adapter
  • Minolta MD Rokkor-X 45mm 1:2
  • Olympus FL-36R (2)
  • Panasonic DMW-MA1 lens adapter
  • Pentax H1a (35mm SLR)
  • Pentax Super-Multi-Coated Takumar 24mm 1:3.5
  • Pentax Super-Takumar 200mm 1:4
  • Pentax Super-Takumar 300mm 1:4
  • Pentax Super-Takumar 35mm 1:3.5
  • Pentax Super-Takumar 50mm 1:1.4
  • Pentax Super-Takumar 55mm 1:2
  • Pentax Super-Takumar 85mm 1:1.9
  • Too many Sears T-L-S cameras
  • Vivitar Auto Telephoto 135mm 1:2.8 (Komine) M42 mount
  • Yashica Mat-124G (TLR)

rodriguezPhoto's wish list

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OM System OM-1
Sigma 56mm F1.4 DC DN | C (X-mount)
Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 75mm F1.8
Added Feb 15, 2022
Added Dec 17, 2021
I have so many near this focal length that I probably never will, but the quality of softmarmotte's images with this lens make it a very appealing option.
Added Aug 7, 2021
I've seen too many examples of the wonderful output from this lens. On the list now. :)
Panasonic Lumix G Vario 100-300mm F4-5.6 II Power OIS
Olympus M.Zuiko Digital 300mm F4 IS Pro
Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 100-400mm F5.0-6.3 IS
Added Mar 17, 2021
Probably the sensible choice in a m43 long lens.
Added Feb 28, 2021
Another dream on choice since I usually draw the line at $1000 (although I made exception for the 50-200, 14-35 and 12-100 when on sale). Still, it's much more of a possibility if I get to the point where I have the time to really make use of it.
Added Aug 6, 2020
This would probably be better than the 50-200 with EC-20 that I usually use to get to 400mm. But because I only do this occasionally, and can also adapt the Canon 300 f/4 to my Olympus E-M1.2, maybe I won't byte on this perhaps final offering from Olympus as we knew it.
Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 150-400mm F4.5 TC 1.25x IS PRO
Added Jul 12, 2020
This is my dream on choice. Don't need it, not gonna get it but is still something to imagine having. If I have a real reason to use one, renting is a distinct possibility. :)

rodriguezPhoto's previous gear

Olympus E-410 (EVOLT E-410)
Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3
Olympus Zuiko Digital ED 9-18mm 1:4.0-5.6
A very capable camera and my introduction to digital photography. The only reason I let it go is that I wanted to have 4/3 cameras that all shared a common model of battery.
My introduction to m43. A lot of capability in a tiny package! It is limited though by few physical controls which have to serve multiple purposes.
Lovely lens. I just never used it. Opted for the 8mm f/1.8 FE instead since when I did use this one, it was always at the widest setting.
Olympus Zuiko Digital ED 14-42mm 1:3.5-5.6
Samyang 7.5mm F3.5 UMC Fisheye MFT / Rokinon 7.5mm F3.5 UMC Fisheye MFT
Shows little to no flare when catching the sun in a corner. Despite the claims otherwise for best results it is still important to focus carefully with this short FL lens.
Other gear:
  • Olympus OM-System Zuiko Auto-Zoom 35-105mm 1:3.5-4.5 Wonderful sharp lens, but I have several auto focus lenses in the same range so I let it go.
  • Olympus OM-System Zuiko Reflex 500mm 1:8 A great stealth lens on 4/3, m43 bodies but just too hard for me to focus. I hope the next owner does better with it!