I was downtown a few days ago, testing my new gear — the Olympus PEN-F and Olympus 75mm f1.8 lens. Though I primarily got the 75mm for portraits, I was testing its capabilities on the street, at night. I naturally shoot wide angles and telephotos are a stretch, but my experimentation with the Panasonic ZS50 superzoom has somewhat retrained my brain, to see better at longer focal lengths.
Even so, I struggled making compositions that I liked. This image is one of my favorites of that night. I also was getting more camera shake than anticipated, needing around 1/60s to get decent shots. That’s only a little more than one stop of image stabilization with the 150mm equivalent focal length. With some effort, I got some decent shots at 1/40 of a second. The super control panel indicated that I was set on S-IS Auto.
What I didn’t realize, until the next day, was that while the image stabilization was set to auto detect, the system wasn’t turned on. So getting clear images at 1 and sometimes 2 stops under was actually very good. Perhaps my technique has improved over the years. Now, with the image stabilization actually turned on, I was getting clear photos at 1/8 of a second at 150mm. Which is more like it. What a relief.
The grainy black in white is using the Tri-X type film simulation on the PEN-F, which I like very much. I lifted the shadows slightly in post. With the image stabilization properly activated, and my film selection control easily at hand, I’m looking forward to my next outing.
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