View Full Version : m43 75mm f/1.8 first outing

Bikie John
30th August 2012, 03:52 PM
I got my grubby hands on a new 75mm f/1.8 late last week. The main reason for wanting it (apart from lens lust, of course) is for shooting musicians playing in smallish venues,which are almost always badly lit. As luck would have it I went to a couple of gigs over the weekend and put it through its paces.

At Friday night's gig the lighting was hopeless, at least as far as seeing what the lens could do was concerned. Almost no light on front of the performers, lots behind and lots of dry ice smoke - atmospheric but not a sharp line to be had anywhere! Sunday afternoon was better, so here are a couple of samples.

This was at Southsea Blues Festival, held at a club in the town and I was at the afternoon session. There was a bit of daylight plus ambient room lighting, but no proper stage lighting. E-M5, ISO 800, 1/60 at f/2 handheld (not sure why I didn't use f/1.8, force of habit probably). Not much processing in Adobe raw, just pulling back the highlights and boost the shadows a bit, no sharpening or noise reduction.

This is the full frame, just resized for the web:


and a couple of 100% crops for the pixel peepers:



I like the way that in the second one we can see that the G string is vibrating and he is just in the act of plucking the bottom E.

Another full frame:


It's in the nature of the subject that there aren't have any in-focus details to assess in the corners. I'll attach another shot from bottom-left of this one in a separate post, as it is so wide it causes scrolling problems on my screen.

About all I can say about these is that they look fan-chuffin'-tastic.

And just in case you are interested, the musician is Andy Broad - http://www.broad.ology.org.uk/ - a very fine guitarist and singer based in Portsmouth/Southsea. Nice guy too!

Ciao ... John

Bikie John
30th August 2012, 03:54 PM
100% crop from bottom towards left corner of the last one:


Bear in mind that it may not actually be in the plane of focus, as I focussed on the face. I haven't done any noise reduction, I'm not sure whether speckles in the guitar body are noise or an effect of the gold paint.

Ciao ... John

30th August 2012, 03:57 PM
that'll be the metallic effect on the Les Paul. Good shots and the crops came out well too

30th August 2012, 04:08 PM
Nice captures, The 75mm is next on the shopping list for me.

All the best.


30th August 2012, 04:13 PM
I actually think these shots don't yet demonstrate the full potential of the lens because at the low shutter speed the camera may be steady but the subject is almost certainly moving.


30th August 2012, 04:37 PM
That looks one good lens, from your excellent shots. On my want list!

Bikie John
30th August 2012, 04:46 PM
I actually think these shots don't yet demonstrate the full potential of the lens because at the low shutter speed the camera may be steady but the subject is almost certainly moving.


Quite right Ian. I generally like to shoot this kind of music at 1/60 (unless it's with a huge lens) as it gets some movement into the musician's hands when strumming a guitar, hitting a drumkit etc. It strikes me as a good compromise between absolute sharpness and getting some atmosphere. It doesn't always come off, of course. But I still think these results are pretty damned good, specially for real-life in-the-wild (and trust me, Southsea on a Sunday afternoon is pretty wild).

Note to self. Really must pluck up courage to try Auto ISO some time. I quite like 1/60 at f/2, so maybe setting -1EV to keep highlights under control and letting the ISO adjust to variations in the lighting will work.

By the way, Andy Broad confirms that the paint on his gold Les Paul is indeed speckly :)

Ciao ... John

30th August 2012, 05:09 PM
Ooooh, what a lens to have, I suspect it's going to get a lot of use! *chr

20th December 2013, 05:04 PM
Hi, at the end I buy this lens....fantastic! I post 2 photos of a cat a f1.8 and f4 and a dog and a crop at f5.6 .