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22nd July 2013, 08:49 PM
Firstly I am a bit supprised that you have to have 6 posts before you can introduce yourself, I thought that would be the first thing you would post.
Anyway I am thinking of getting an Olympus OM-D E-M5 and a few lenses. Does anyone use it for studio work and if so what lens do you use.

22nd July 2013, 09:23 PM
I do a fair bit of studio work and depending on what I'm shooting I use the 12-50 kit lens (full body work), Panasonic 35-100 f2.8 for head and shoulders + full body + product work and the Oly 45 f1.8 for specific purposes

I find the 12-50 is a reasonable match to the canon 24-105 LIS

Here are a few recent shots of a studio shoot of a milliner friend's hats, using the 35-100 (still being processed and uploaded)


As you can see, the lens selection covers what I consider my normal studio range for FF, 24-105mm, 70-200mm and 90mm (closest to the 85mm )

The only downside for me is that it doesn't work tethered

22nd July 2013, 09:41 PM
Thank you Brian thats very helpful. What is the image quality like with the kit lens.

22nd July 2013, 09:55 PM
Sorry, I shouldn't do these things when I'm tired. I checked and that image was from my 5Dmk2 + 17-55 f2.8

I'll try to post correct images later today

couldn't sleep, too darned humid, so dug up a few more or less random images using the kit lens here


23rd July 2013, 06:45 AM
looking back and comparing these images again I have revised my thoughts on the IQ of the 12-50 and am now clear that it is not up to that of the 24-105. The images lack the glass like clarity and smooth feel that images from the canon lens has (not really surprising but with my copy this only became apparent when doing close comparisons)

So, not a bad lens but from what I've read the panny 12-35 would be a better match to the 24-105 in IQ terms

23rd July 2013, 06:57 AM
Brian those images are quite impressive. For a kit lens it seems quite sharp. Do you shoot in RAW?

23rd July 2013, 07:18 AM
Mostly RAW but for the simple work I'm finding LSF jpg is very good.

My copy of this lens is sharp, there it does match the 24-105

The Technician
23rd July 2013, 08:04 AM
Have a look at Damian McGillicuddy he is doing some great stuff with the OMD


23rd July 2013, 08:11 AM
For portrait work it's hard to beat the 45mm f/1.8.:)

23rd July 2013, 08:19 AM
A bit of product work in the studio, using the 35-100 (which does seem to have become my main studio lens)


and a portrait using the 60mm macro, a lass with a lovely smile and gorgeous eyes (I see that I have used this lens a fair bit for head & shoulders shoots)


23rd July 2013, 12:35 PM
For portrait work it's hard to beat the 45mm f/1.8.:)

How does the 45mm f1.8 compare with the 4/3 50mm f2 in terms of IQ?

23rd July 2013, 04:21 PM
How does the 45mm f1.8 compare with the 4/3 50mm f2 in terms of IQ?

Apart from the macro capability then in my opinion it is much better for portraits than the 50mm and a amazing piece of glass for the price.

E-PL3 and 45mm at f1.8 background about 3 feet away from subject.


23rd July 2013, 05:42 PM
Thank you all. I am very impressed with the quality of these lenses especially considering their price. I would have to pay a heck of a lot more money for Canon equivalent.
Can't wait now to sell my gear and get Olympus gear.

24th July 2013, 10:55 AM
If snappy AF isn't a requirement look at a used 4/3 glass the 12-60mm or the 14-54mm mk I. The 14-54mm mk I can be had for a song these days.

The 14-54mm Mk II offers better AF on m.4/3 but costs considerably more than the Mk I on the used market.