The Olympus OMD E-M10 Mark II and Giffords Circus
Before you read on I want you to know this is not a geeky review of the Olympus OMD E-M10 Mark II (well that bit sounded geeky I admit), it is purely the story of my street photography day trip to Oxford which just so happened to be combined with the lovely people at Olympus and the amazing circus artists at Giffords Circus.
The revolution has begun and the end of the world is nigh. Olympus cameras are my new favourite thing which is going to spell the end of my Canon 5D Mark III sometime in the near future. I had a feeling this was going to be the case but now I know this for sure after spending the day with the Olympus team at one of their regular free events. The reason for going was to try the 17mm M.Zuicko wide angle prime with my newly purchased street photography camera the OMD M-10 Mark II as well as give their top end OMD E-M1 Mark II a whirl as well.
The 17mm (35mm equivalent) is a perfect lens to match the compact style of the M-10. I’ve been looking around for a new street photography camera for a while, actually since before I went to the USA in October for my dad’s Slim Harpo book tour (if you haven’t seen the photos from that head on over to my BLOG). The M-10 is a bargain price for the quality of image you get out of it. As they say the best camera is the one you have on you, and I am a firm believer of that and that you don’t need to spend a fortune to make great photo’s. Just look at the images I took at Giffords Circus. The M-10 looks cool and most importantly fits in my pocket (jacket pocket admittedly). Plus if you buy an Olympus you don’t have to be one of those sad Fuji fan boys 🙂
Before you nod off, I’ve almost sent myself to sleep to be fair I just want to say the top end M-1 Mark II is also brilliant. It’s like camera technology has finally caught up with the modern world and it does some amazing things. The most impressive is the Pro Capture feature which starts shooting the moment you press the shutter release button half way down, in theory you will never miss that magic moment ever again. However, you need to be a bit careful you don’t fill up that memory card to quickly. When I scrolled back through the images it was almost like watching a video so many frames had been taken.
Lastly, I just want to say thanks to all the team at Olympus for looking after us on a very hot day and a huge thanks to the Giffords Circus team who posed and performed for everyone all afternoon. Of course I was supposed to be there to take pictures of all the performers, but as usual I like to do something a little different and just spent the afternoon documenting life around me. You will be able to see the street photo’s I took before and after the event in Oxford over on my new website when it gets released real soon.
If you want to ask anything about the M-10 just give me a shout.