Olympus OM-D E-M1X for indoor sports

Thanks to Olympus Bulgaria In early February, I had the opportunity to test the new OM-D E-M1X how to handle indoor sports shooting the Sofia Open ATP250 tennis cup.

For more than 2 years, I have been constantly shooting with OM-D E-M1 II, and part of my work included extreme sports, but it was my first indoor shooting and shooting tennis in general.
As an Olympus shooter the camera and interface were pretty familiar, although many changes and improvements needed a short adaptation, and perhaps in about 1-2 hours, my camera was tuned according to my style of work.

The biggest problem was the adaptation to tennis as a sport because it is very different from everything I’ve shot. Here the action is not permanent by one person or group, but there is a transfer to two or more people and I have to watch for the ball that is constantly coming in and out of the frame with the close-ups.

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Long tele photo or macro lens

In the last few months, with the coming of spring and the return to life, I began to shoot quite intensively wild animals and birds.

The combination of the Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II + 300mm f / 4 PRO (+ TC-1.4) offers excellent hand-held shooting capabilities, the equipment is lightweight and compact enough to be carried all day lon, and dual stabilisations that are working in sync helps for much easier framing and sharper shots, even with a teleconverter that equals 840mm equivalent to 35mm.

The bird shooting situation is such that there is plenty of waiting and searching moments, and it’s always good to have enough time to fill these pauses.

Thanks to the extremely close-up capabilities of the m.Zuiko 300mm f/4 PRO, only 1.4 meter, the lens provide great opportunities for shooting flowers, plants and insects, and I would not say that it is far from a macro lens.

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Olympus 45mm f/1.2 PRO impression

Last november I was very happy to touch and try for an hour a preproduction copy of the brand new Olympus 45mm f/1.2 PRO lens. The bad weather conditions and the short amount of time were a problem for some general conclusion, but I spent more time with the lens from the end of this January on.

It was my third year shooting “Surva” masquerade games and last year I used a pair of Olympus PRO zooms and the year before that it was a mix of my Olympus and Nikon gear.

For this year event I tried to use mostly prime lens including the new 25mm and 45mm f/1.2 lenses and to shoot portraits as main priority.

The location is in a city center and it’s full with street lights, trees, hanging flags and a lot of banners and I thought it’s the perfect scenario to test such lens with it’s feathered bokeh.

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