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jamaljan
10th June 2014, 08:53 AM
hi..

are there any accessories that I should be looking at for EPL-5, like screen protector and case? there are a few available on amazon. Can someone please share which one are you using?

Also, which is the best lens for shooting children, prime or zoom. My only concern with prime lens is that its focal length is fixed and it can't be zoomed in and out. I'm not sure if prime lenses are a good option to shoot children. Please advise which lens should I go with. I currently have the kit lens 14-42 mm.

IainMacD
10th June 2014, 09:14 AM
Accessory wise a screen protector is essential, I would also recommend the larger grip and the wrap around case. I also find the viewfinder very useful and is rarely off the camera unless it needs to go in my pocket.
I don't do many people shots, but having seen the results from the 45mm f1.8 I would be tempted to go for one of those.

jamaljan
10th June 2014, 09:23 AM
Accessory wise a screen protector is essential, I would also recommend the larger grip and the wrap around case. I also find the viewfinder very useful and is rarely off the camera unless it needs to go in my pocket.
I don't do many people shots, but having seen the results from the 45mm f1.8 I would be tempted to go for one of those.

thanks Iain. Can you please recommend or share the link of the protector/case I should go with?

Should I go with any of the protector or any specific ones because I'll have to import from amazon and it will almost cost me double the price...:(

IainMacD
10th June 2014, 09:29 AM
Wrapping Case (http://www.olympus.co.uk/site/en/c/cameras_accessories/pen_om_d_cameras_accessories/pen_om_d_cases_straps/pen_wrapping_case_ii/index.html)
I can't remember which protector I bought but they were from Amazon

jamaljan
10th June 2014, 11:10 AM
Thanks Iain.

Can someone please recommend me about the lenses plz... ;)

OlyPaul
10th June 2014, 12:42 PM
hi..

Also, which is the best lens for shooting children, prime or zoom. My only concern with prime lens is that its focal length is fixed and it can't be zoomed in and out. I'm not sure if prime lenses are a good option to shoot children. Please advise which lens should I go with. I currently have the kit lens 14-42 mm.

It depends, if you can get with in 12 feet of them or they will pose for you the 45mm f/1.8 is great especially in low light.

For distance work you will find the 40-150mm f4.5-f5.6 R11 very good.

Most of the photos here were taken with either of those two lenses if you want to see what they are capable of all the lens exif is under the images.:)

http://www.pbase.com/paulsilkphotography/just_kids

jamaljan
10th June 2014, 06:06 PM
It depends, if you can get with in 12 feet of them or they will pose for you the 45mm f/1.8 is great especially in low light.

For distance work you will find the 40-150mm f4.5-f5.6 R11 very good.

Most of the photos here were taken with either of those two lenses if you want to see what they are capable of all the lens exif is under the images.:)

http://www.pbase.com/paulsilkphotography/just_kids

Thanks Paul. I had already looked at your pictures. But my little girl is around 1.5 years young...so she doesn't sit in one place. That's the reason why am not sure if getting 45mm would be best for me or not... please advise...

BTW, is 40-150mm lens this one...http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/827291-REG/Olympus_V315030BU000_40_150Mm_F_4_5_6_R_M_Zuiko.ht ml

OlyPaul
10th June 2014, 08:40 PM
Thanks Paul. I had already looked at your pictures. But my little girl is around 1.5 years young...so she doesn't sit in one place. That's the reason why am not sure if getting 45mm would be best for me or not... please advise...

BTW, is 40-150mm lens this one...http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/827291-REG/Olympus_V315030BU000_40_150Mm_F_4_5_6_R_M_Zuiko.ht ml

Yep that is the lens.

I've not had a problem with them at that age using the 45mm especially indoors where the f1.8 aperture is a boon.

A few of scarlet when she was about 18 months old not in my gallery.

https://farm3.staticflickr.com/2918/14390056901_772bc2bce8_o.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/nVANzk)Scarlett (https://flic.kr/p/nVANzk) by Paul Silk Photography (https://www.flickr.com/people//), on Flickr

https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3884/14390057331_cba0ba58dd_o.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/nVANGK)Scarlett (https://flic.kr/p/nVANGK) by Paul Silk Photography (https://www.flickr.com/people//), on Flickr

https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3913/14370304596_1d82358673_o.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/nTRyUm)Scarlett (https://flic.kr/p/nTRyUm) by Paul Silk Photography (https://www.flickr.com/people//), on Flickr

https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3874/14392033142_d09c83692d_o.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/nVLW3s)Scarlett (https://flic.kr/p/nVLW3s) by Paul Silk Photography (https://www.flickr.com/people//), on Flickr

baldyb
10th June 2014, 08:49 PM
The 14-42 and 40-150 kit lenses mentioned are both very good but of course carrying two lenses necessitates changing, often at inconvenient times. I'd just mention the 14-140 mkii (panasonic) which I think has the same aperture range, IMO produces generally very good results and gives you a much more flexible zoom range for general use.
It's a bit of a trade really -you either zoom with the lens or, if you go for the primes (which are undoubtedly sharper) then you zoom with your feet!

jamaljan
11th June 2014, 04:52 AM
Yep that is the lens.

I've not had a problem with them at that age using the 45mm especially indoors where the f1.8 aperture is a boon.

A few of scarlet when she was about 18 months old not in my gallery.

https://farm3.staticflickr.com/2918/14390056901_772bc2bce8_o.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/nVANzk)Scarlett (https://flic.kr/p/nVANzk) by Paul Silk Photography (https://www.flickr.com/people//), on Flickr

https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3884/14390057331_cba0ba58dd_o.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/nVANGK)Scarlett (https://flic.kr/p/nVANGK) by Paul Silk Photography (https://www.flickr.com/people//), on Flickr

https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3913/14370304596_1d82358673_o.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/nTRyUm)Scarlett (https://flic.kr/p/nTRyUm) by Paul Silk Photography (https://www.flickr.com/people//), on Flickr

https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3874/14392033142_d09c83692d_o.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/nVLW3s)Scarlett (https://flic.kr/p/nVLW3s) by Paul Silk Photography (https://www.flickr.com/people//), on Flickr

Nice Bokeh in picture 2 & 3. Is it possible to blur the background more with the 45mm?

jamaljan
11th June 2014, 05:56 AM
The 14-42 and 40-150 kit lenses mentioned are both very good but of course carrying two lenses necessitates changing, often at inconvenient times. I'd just mention the 14-140 mkii (panasonic) which I think has the same aperture range, IMO produces generally very good results and gives you a much more flexible zoom range for general use.
It's a bit of a trade really -you either zoom with the lens or, if you go for the primes (which are undoubtedly sharper) then you zoom with your feet!

well..but does the 14-140 or 40-150 lens produces any Bokeh effect or can it only be done with primes..? :confused:

OlyPaul
11th June 2014, 06:39 AM
Nice Bokeh in picture 2 & 3. Is it possible to blur the background more with the 45mm?


no2 was at f/2 as I wanted Chelsea in the background recognisable so I could have stopped down to f/1.8 to blur it more.

What you have to take into consideration and learn is that out of focus backgrounds depend on f stop, focal length and distance to subject and how far away the background is from the subject and not just one of those equations.

For example if you were to use the 40-150mm f/5.6 wide open to frame one of those 45mm images at the same distance the background would be five times more in focus. to get the same blurring of the background and to frame it the same you would have to be shooting at 150mm and be about 15 to 20 feet away from the subject and if indoors instead of being able to use ISO 200 as here in the one of Chelsea you would need ISO 1600.

In image 3 Scarlett was about three feet away from the toy box so I think it blurred it pretty well.:)

To try and get it into perspective for you, both using the 45mm this one was taken at f/2.8 it is sharp from the tip of her nose to nearly the back of her hair and the blurred photo behind her is 4 foot away.
http://www.pbase.com/paulsilkphotography/image/154077383/original.jpg

This one was at F/2 and her hair is going out of focus just after her ear and the umberella is about 6 inches behind her head.
http://www.pbase.com/paulsilkphotography/image/154352389.jpg

To get any where near this amount of blur with the 40-150mm you would have to be 20 feet away at a 150mm and shooting at max aperture of f5.6 and even then the background would not be as blurred as you can see from the boy who was 3 feet behind the girls.
http://www.pbase.com/paulsilkphotography/image/151149722/original.jpg

As you can see till you get your head around all the equations its not simply a matter of which lens but to try and make it easy for you for the two taken with the 45mm f/1.8 they win out up to 4 to 10 ten feet away from the subject for blurring the background and for the last one the 40-150mm f/5.6 wins out for subjects 15 to 20 feet away.

Of course the ideal would be the new 40-150mm F/2.8 lens when it comes out as you would not have to change lenses but I doubt if I will be able to afford it.:eek:

Not much else I can add to this and I hope it helps you in making a decision or perhaps confused you more.:)

byegad
11th June 2014, 06:40 AM
Viewfinder! Buy the best you can afford. It transformed my EPL5 from a good camera to a great camera. Mine lives on the camera permanently.

timg
11th June 2014, 09:44 PM
But my little girl is around 1.5 years young...so she doesn't sit in one place. That's the reason why am not sure if getting 45mm would be best for me or not... please advise...

I was a bit reluctant to go to primes but you soon get used to it, and the extra light gathering capabilities and thinner depth of field are a bigger plus than the lack of zoom is a negative.

I have 2 daughters, 18 months and nearly 5 and I don't feel the primes hold me back... I even use the Panasonic 20mm 1.7 which is known as being one of the slowest focusing lenses in the m43 lineup:

http://www.e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/500/P6244703.jpg

http://www.e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/500/P1000622.jpg

Zuiko
11th June 2014, 11:36 PM
For screen protectors I highly recommend these:-

2 x SWIDO Anti-Reflective Screen Protector for Olympus: Amazon.co.uk: Camera & Photo@@AMEPARAM@@http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41u7GiB2kKL.@@AMEPARAM@@41u7GiB2kKL

jamaljan
6th July 2014, 11:34 AM
can we use this kind of lens hood with 14-42mm and 45mm lens? if so, which one should I buy...

http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/31VP%2Bs0dUxL.jpg

jamaljan
7th July 2014, 07:11 PM
For screen protectors I highly recommend these:-

2 x SWIDO Anti-Reflective Screen Protector for Olympus: Amazon.co.uk: Camera & Photo (http://www.amazon.co.uk/SWIDO-Anti-Reflective-Screen-Protector-Olympus/dp/B00A3A1KFG/ref=sr_1_18?ie=UTF8&qid=1402529691&sr=8-18&keywords=screen+protector+olympus+e-pl5)

hi...are these only available in uk? tried searching them on amazon.com but couldn't find it... :confused: