Kara #3

Kara #3 - Austin, Texas

Kara #3 – Austin, Texas

Here’s one more of Kara and the last of the series of portraits from the Olympus Experience Weekend. After I made the slightly unorthodox portrait yesterday, I’m following up with a fairly standard one that I made in the same place.

The light levels were really dropping quickly and I had to slow down the shutter speed and boost the exposure compensation. This one came out great at 1/60th of a second, but a bunch after this were slightly blurry at 1/40th of a second. I experienced motion blur that shouldn’t have been there. After all, 1/40th is not very slow on a lens with a 50mm equivalent. Not with the excellent Olympus image stabilization.

What I later discovered was the in-body image stabilization (IBIS) was turned off. I remembered that I got my PEN-F firmware updated that day and it reset all my settings. The Olympus tech even cautioned me about this. The fact that IBIS is turned off by default seems odd to me. But, I’m glad that I found the root of the problem. Mystery solved.

This does, however, hammer home the point of how important IBIS is to the way I shoot. With the Olympus, I’m rarely concerned about the shutter speed, knowing that I get at 3 to 4 stops and maybe more of real-world stabilization. When shooting portraits in low light, I just warn my subjects to hold still. With this lens, I often achieve satisfactory results at 1/15 to 1/20th of a second.

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