Candid Street Portraits with the Olympus 75mm f1.8

Candid Portrait, Dia de los Muertos Parade - Austin, Texas

Candid Portrait, Dia de los Muertos Parade – Austin, Texas

Yesterday, I posted monochromes from the Dia de los Muertos Parade, shot with the Olympus PEN-F with a 50mm equivalent. Today, the same event with a distinctly different lens. The Olympus 75mm f1.8 mounted on a OM-D E-M5 Mark II, which gives a 150mm equivalent focal length. I like both looks, although the photos have a very different feel.

The Olympus 75mm is one of my finest quality lenses on the Olympus micro 4/3 platform. I love the way it renders, both the sharpness as well as the soft bokeh. No wonder it’s a preferred lens to create portraits, though at a 150mm, it’s on the long range of what I find comfortable. Unless it’s a head and shoulders portrait, I find the distance to the subject farther than I prefer.

No distance problems at the Dia de los Muertos Parade, however. In fact, the lens worked so well, I might make it a stable for these kinds of events. Both before and during the parade, it worked wonderfully, isolating subjects from potentially cluttered backgrounds. Even though I used a f2.8 aperture for most the photos, the background was pleasantly defocussed. Perhaps next time, I’ll even experiment wide open at f1.8.

Here’s a mix of candid portraits from before and during the parade.

Interested in the lens? Here are other posts where I used the Olympus 75mm f1.8.

Candid Portrait, Dia de los Muertos Parade - Austin, Texas
Candid Portrait, Dia de los Muertos Parade - Austin, Texas
Candid Portrait, Dia de los Muertos Parade - Austin, Texas
Candid Portrait, Dia de los Muertos Parade - Austin, Texas
Candid Portrait, Dia de los Muertos Parade - Austin, Texas
Candid Portrait, Dia de los Muertos Parade - Austin, Texas
Candid Portrait, Dia de los Muertos Parade - Austin, Texas
Candid Portrait, Dia de los Muertos Parade - Austin, Texas
Candid Portrait, Dia de los Muertos Parade - Austin, Texas

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8 thoughts on “Candid Street Portraits with the Olympus 75mm f1.8

  1. I keep this lens on one of my E-M5.2 all the time. These days, I cover a lot of political events, demonstrations and marches. This lens (along with the Oly 12-40mm 2.8) works really well in a large crowd for picking out individuals or a few people and capturing expressions and reactions to speakers or he action going on. Last week I had a night
    time demonstration with a light but persistent rain/mist. Shooting wide open (@ISO 6400) I came back with some great shots that were picked up by local media. I can’t say enough good thing about this lens.

    1. Hi Rene, yes, I can see why it will work really nice for political events and crowds. That paired with the 12-40mm will make a nice combo. Thanks for your visit.

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