Saturday with the E-P3 - Images & thoughts

Discussion in 'Micro Four Thirds Forum' started by wolfie, Sep 14, 2011.

  1. wolfie

    wolfie SC Veteran

    Sep 19, 2010
    Had a weekend church camp - always an ideal photo op with people who are quite used to me hanging around taking pictures. However the day started at sunrise (as they do) down at the beach then back to camp proper. A good work-out for the Oly E-P3. The fast AF made that aspect worry free. The compact size and "amateur" look of the PEN did appear to make people even more relaxed than usual. Very bright sunshine did make the rear LCD viewing very difficult at times and I suppose that means an VF2/3 will go onto the GAS shopping list. But the worst aspect was the short battery life. I had two batteries and both had to be recharged during one day's shooting for approx 600-700 shots. With a DSLR that's one battery.
    It could be down to my style - single shot AF and lots of pumping the shutter on half-press to keep updating the AF while waiting for the decisive moment. So maybe get another battery or two.
    Very happy with E-P3 size and light weight. Borrowed a friend's Nikon D3000 with 18-55 lens - the OVF was a pleasure, but the camera felt so huge and made *me* self-conscious about pointing it at subjects (let alone what they thought!).

    Some pics




    Anyone for tennis?


    And a couple of B&W where the compact form of the PEN enabled me to discretely record some of this conversation. A bit of cropping, shot at ISO 1600. The IBIS worked well and I shot very few times with flash.


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  2. Briar

    Briar SC All-Pro

    Oct 27, 2010
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    My favourite is the picture of the shoe. Thanks for sharing.
  3. christilou

    christilou SC Hall of Famer

    Jul 13, 2010
    Sunny Frimley
    Love the beach pictures and the black and whites are very nice too :) I'm really enjoying my EP3, the fast focus is a revelation enabling me to snap people quickly at last!
  4. BruPri

    BruPri SC Top Veteran

    May 11, 2011
    Seattle, Washington USA
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    Bruce J. Pritchard
    My absolute favorite is the second one, the shell and glinting sand, what lens?
  5. gracefruit

    gracefruit SC Regular

    Jun 23, 2011
    central scotland
    Your photos are lovely. Did you use a different lens for the close ups on the beach?
  6. Ghosthunter

    Ghosthunter boo!

    Sep 8, 2010
    London UK
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    These are the nicest images from the E-P3 that I have seen so far!! Great quality images!!!
  7. Bill Gordon

    Bill Gordon SC Regular

    Of course I would like to know what lens that you used and of course they are great photos however the one that really hit the top spot....why? the reflection of sun on the mans' tooth....all the other were, of course, just great!
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  8. kyteflyer

    kyteflyer ~@¿@~

    Jan 31, 2011
    Newcastle, Australia
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    Just great shots, very impressive... now... do I want an oly? (oh yes I do!)

    My faves... the shoe, and the first shell
  9. BBW

    BBW Administrator Emeritus

    Jul 7, 2010
    betwixt and between
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    Good for you, wolfie - I, too, find the beach shots beauties, though the budding young tennis player is awfully endearing. Lookin' good - but I'm sorry about the battery life.
  10. wolfie

    wolfie SC Veteran

    Sep 19, 2010
    Battery life

    The shorter battery life is a given when it has to drive a fairly big LCD all the time. :cool:

    Robin Wong commented on it when he tested the E-P3, and its seems the Panny G-3 has similar performance judging from another thread.

    At least the batteries aren't too expensive, I can get generics for under $30 NZ.