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.
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