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There’s been a lot of talk lately about photographers getting tired (physically tired) of lugging around massive camera systems. In fact, you can almost read daily about another photographer making the switch to some brand of smaller system. My aha moment came after lugging my Nikon D3s all over New England, and Glacier National Park. I remember thinking, there has to be a better way… and indeed, there was.

I was originally looking for a smaller high grade camera that wouldn’t leave me wishing I had brought my larger gear on vacation. I never thought I would be interested in a micro 4/3 system until a friend of mine at Robert’s Camera introduced me to the OMD EM-5. After taking a few shots around the store, and outside, I was pretty much sold. I bought the EM-5 with the 12-50 kit lens, and as they say, the rest is history.

On our next adventure to the Utah National Parks, I carried my new EM-5, Panasonic 12-35, 35-100, and Olympus 75-300 II. Wow, what a difference! I had a camera that I loved carrying, got great images from, and was water and dust proof (good thing because it rained a LOT).

As we were traveling back from Utah, my friend at Robert’s called to say that he had the new EM-1 on hold for me. Now, how did he know that I might want the next generation Olympus camera…hmmm? Since he went to all the trouble of setting one aside for me I felt obligated to give it a try. Saying I was impressed would be an understatement! After spending a little time with the EM-1 I was ready to try it out on some more serious work. I had a portrait session booked, and decided that would be a good first try. I was in studio and had full control of my lighting and environment. Don’t worry, I had my tried and true Nikon D3s nearby just in case. Of course, I didn’t need it.

Next up, was an opportunity to try the EM-1 on a real wedding. I asked a friend of mine, Stuart Meyer of Stuart Meyer Photography if he had any upcoming weddings that I could second shoot with him. With permission from the bride and Stuart’s blessing, I loaded up my new gear and headed for the wedding.

There were a lot of things I needed to test out before taking the Olympus system on a paid wedding. Let me say up front that I had no doubts about the camera and lenses doing a great job. My concern was could I make the transition to the Olympus way of working and come away with images that I would be proud to present to my clients…that was the goal of the day.

In this post, I don’t intend to go into all the nuances of the camera menus, and settings. I just want to present the photos I took and you can decide for your self if the EM-1 and pro lenses worked or not. Personally, I’m very happy with the results. Keep in mind, I was trying to get decent shots but yet stay out of Stuart’s way. I wanted to make sure he had the best angles and best lighting. That’s not an excuse for poor work, just the reality of the day.

Oh, I should say that the equipment I used was one EM-1 body w/grip and two batteries, lenses were: 7-14, 12-40, and 35-100. I own various primes but didn’t want to deal with changing lenses all day. I also used the Olympus FL-50 flash, bounced on camera when needed.

All images were shot in RAW and processed in LR 5.4 using the SLR Lounge Preset System.

With that, here are a few photos from my first Olympus wedding…

 olympus test wedding-1

 

  1/1600 @ f/2.8 iso 200

 

  

olympus test wedding-3

 

1/8000 @ f/2.8 iso 800

 

 

olympus test wedding-4

 

1/250 @ f/2.8 iso 800

 

 

olympus test wedding-5

 

1/500@f/2.8 iso 800

 

 

olympus test wedding-6

 

1/25 @ f/2.8 iso 400  I have to file this under “what was I thinking”! Luckily Oly’s IBIS saved me.

 

 

olympus test wedding-7

 

1/40 @ f/2.8 iso 400

 

 

olympus test wedding-8

 

1/640 @ f/7.1 iso 200  Posing is hard work!

 

 

olympus test wedding-9

 

1/40 @ f/4.0 iso 400  I think the new 12-40 pro lens did a decent job of close up work.

 

 

olympus test wedding-10

 

1/125 @ 2.8 iso 800

 

 

olympus test wedding-11

 

1/125 @ f/2.8 iso 800

 

 

olympus test wedding-12

 

1/80 @ f/4.0 iso 1600

 

 

olympus test wedding-13

 

1/80 @ f/2.8 iso 1600

 

 

olympus test wedding-14

 

1/80 @ f/2.8 iso 1600

 

 

olympus test wedding-15

 

1/2500 @ f/2.8 iso 200

 

 

olympus test wedding-16

 

1/60 @ f/ 2.8 iso 500

 

 

olympus test wedding-17

 

1/100 @ f/ 2.8 iso 640

 

 

olympus test wedding-18

 

1/30 @ f/2.8 iso 400  Again, What was I thinking!

 

 

olympus test wedding-19

 

 1/60 @ f/3.5 iso 800