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DavidJ1609
7th February 2013, 05:24 PM
Snaarman suggested in my first OM-D night (http://e-group.uk.net/forum/showpost.php?p=212564&postcount=10) thread I try up to 6400 ISO and so when I bought my new 45mm f1.8 lens I went snapping in the evening. I wanted to upgrade my E-400 as one area of photography I wanted to do more of, especially here in Asia/China, is night/street photography.

The 45mm f1.8 is a beautiful lens. Here is a 400ISO shot. 400ISO! This lens lets in so much light!
http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/1561/45mmNight05.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/57222)

ISO 2500
http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/1561/45mmNight04.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/57221)

ISO 3200
http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/1561/45mmNight03.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/57220)

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/1561/45mmNight13.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/57224)

ISO 5000
http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/1561/45mmNight18.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/57226)

ISO 6400
http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/1561/45mmNight15.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/57225)

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/1561/45mmNight16.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/57223)

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/1561/45mmNight02.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/57219)

I am amazed at the lens and camera performance. The light was almost non-existent, yet the camera catches it and gives results like these. There are only minor colour/noise adjustments in CS5.

Overall I'm a happy chap and now enthused to see what I can capture of the night life here; even if sometimes the locals don't appreciate cameras.

A worthy upgrade, and the 45mm lens is stellar!

David.

Ian
7th February 2013, 05:56 PM
You've ONLY just discovered this? :D

Ian

Fearless Leader
7th February 2013, 06:15 PM
Nothing wrong with that! Well done.

DavidJ1609
7th February 2013, 06:16 PM
You've ONLY just discovered this? :D

Ian

Yep! I'm sure you've all seen this before, but as my wife and colleagues have no interest I've only got you guys back in dear old Britain to share this with! :p

David.

Imageryone
7th February 2013, 07:22 PM
More and more impressive.

Seonnaidh
7th February 2013, 08:36 PM
Every time you post images they keep getting better.
Being an old dinosaur in photography I can remember when cameras came with a 50mm 1.8 lens as standard.
I set my heart on a Nikkor 85mm f1.4 lens (manual focus only in those days) and was
thrilled to bits with it.
Glad to see someone else discovering the joys of 'fast' lenses and eminently usable high ISO numbers.

PeterBirder
7th February 2013, 08:38 PM
Really excellent shots David.

I knew you would like the OM-D/45mm combination.

Now try pushing the ISO even further, you might be even more amazed.:D

With the OM-D I now quite often use Auto ISO, something I would never do with the E-xxx cameras.

Regards.

Ulfric M Douglas
7th February 2013, 09:23 PM
Good lens, good size & focal length too for being a bit discreet.

Falk
7th February 2013, 11:11 PM
You certainly got some atmosphere across with those photos.
[I wish I could have these capabilities implemented into my old trusty E-30 body, or an "E-7" for havens sake ...!]

DavidJ1609
8th February 2013, 02:13 AM
Thanks for the kind comments from all of you.

Glad to see someone else discovering the joys of 'fast' lenses and eminently usable high ISO numbers.
I always wanted fast primes/lenses but budget was too tight and I'm careful with spending as money doesn't come easy. By the time I'd got an FL-36 and the 9-18mm for my E-400, there was doubt about the future, so I waited. I wanted better high ISO just because I remember back in the film days using my Canon 24mm f2.8 with Ektachrome 1600 when on holiday in Egypt. With this and some high ISO Ilford B&W film I got some reasonable night shots. That stuck with me.

With the OM-D I now quite often use Auto ISO, something I would never do with the E-xxx cameras.Regards.
Yes, that's why I'm so happy. I think I'll get put a 'MySet' for night shooting.

Good lens, good size & focal length too for being a bit discreet.
It's so tiny I get less attention and fewer frowns from people.

I wish I could have these capabilities implemented into my old trusty E-30 body, or an "E-7" for havens sake ...!
I was waiting for a replacement E-xxx for my E-400, but gave up. I heard the E-P5 is imminent and may have a better built-in viewfinder and perhaps improved specs, but this camera ticked *all* the boxes and I've been saving a year. When the price dropped (Currently GBP780 with the 12-50, free Olympus case.) I took the plunge! I wasn't going to wait for a rumoured 4/3 body in my budget. :)

David.

Phill D
8th February 2013, 07:27 AM
OMD for £780 inc lens and case where was that deal?

DavidJ1609
8th February 2013, 07:32 AM
OMD for 780 inc lens and case where was that deal?

Official retailer here in China - but no "Free" grip/lens as in the UK; so I guess it balances out.

David.

rutwij
8th February 2013, 04:53 PM
Wow spectacular clarity and colour saturation for low light and high ISO situations! Don't even see a flash. I guess the OMD and MFT lenses need to be added to my already long wish list! My bank balance and credit cards are already groaning in anticipation :)

Zuiko
8th February 2013, 06:29 PM
A fantastic set, David, full of interest and atmosphere. Keep posting! *chr

gregles
9th February 2013, 01:44 AM
These are excellent David and really show the outstanding capabilities of this combination in low light situations*yes

Greg

DavidJ1609
9th February 2013, 01:45 AM
Wow spectacular clarity and colour saturation for low light and high ISO situations! Don't even see a flash. I guess the OMD and MFT lenses need to be added to my already long wish list! My bank balance and credit cards are already groaning in anticipation :)

4,5 and 6 needed adjustments in PS to bring back the colour as it was a bit muted, but it was easy in RAW. The others are as taken.

No flash is why I wanted to wait for a High-ISO camera and better lens. Flash can ruin the atmosphere of night time shots, even with slow sync, and although a bit of movement blur can sometimes help, slow shutter speeds give too much.

David.