I have a fairly new camera and a very new lens which I tried for the first time today. After a walk to Borden Park, I sat down on a bench to get myself sorted out. Much to my dismay, I realized that I had left my camera on after I had used it two days ago. I thought I had carried to to the park only to find a dead battery, which is what would have happened with my previous camera. But, no. The battery was still full! This new camera must turn itself off when it realizes I have forgotten to do that. What a clever camera!
It is an Olympus OM-D E-M10 II with which I usually use a M.Zuiko 14-42mm f3.5-5.6 EZ MSC power zoom lens. This lens has been great for nearly every need and the only times I have wanted something else has been when trying to take pictures of birds and the one time I was on a whale-watching tour.
Now that spring is almost here, I can hear some of the returning birds in the trees and am hoping to be able to take pictures of them with my new lens. The M.Zuiko Digital ED 40-150mm f4.0-5.6 R zoom lens will make it easier to take their photos without scaring them away.
I didn’t actually see any of the smaller birds today, but I did see my first Canada Geese of the year. I also played with taking surreptitious photos of complete strangers, just to see how far away I could focus. When I took pictures of trees I realized I could keep both near and far in focus, which opens up a whole new world for me. So far, I am very happy with the new lens and I’m looking forward to seeing what I can do with it as more birds return and the fruit trees start to bloom.
Nice. I especially like the final shot. The composition is very soothing.
Went to buy flowers for a cake order yesterday and I rode shotgun to take photos.
We passed a magnificent mural of a sunbird that I had never noticed/seen before and …. dammit! I missed the shot, and we couldn’t turn round as we were on a fly-over on a duel carriageway. All I could think of was you and not being able to post it for you to see! My wife thinks I’m weird. 🙂
I’ll make sure the next time we go to the flower market we slow right down. I know you’ll love it.
How good of you to think of me when you saw a magnificent mural! Thank you. Please give my best regards to your wife and tell her she might be right. (Tee hee)
Wow awesome! Great photos! You were able to zoom in so close to the geese!
Thanks, Jamie. I was quite pleased with the zoom. I can’t afford the lenses that cost in the thousands, but this one will do nicely for me.
I feel as though I have learned a lot but will not retain much as I am not a camera person. However I appreciate photography and truthfully I have never given lenses a thought. I always thought the camera made the photo. Obviously I need to re-think my camera knowledge or lack thereof!
All that confessed and now I must say that the last photo the trees is amazing. Wondering if you might be able to take a similar shot of that when the leaves are out later this Spring? That is a framable picture right now. Thank you so much for sharing it with me/us!
I liked that shot, too, Mary Beth. I’ll try to remember to go to the same spot in a month or so.
Love the trees in that photo…congrats and have fun!
Thank you, June. That tree photo seems to have hit the spot!
Love these photos of the geese. Looks like your camera is working perfect.
Thanks. I’m glad to have a new excuse to get out and about!
Your experience with your camera’s battery reminds me of the modern irons. I appreciate that they automatically turn off, mostly. When I am sewing and ironing, if I left it on for over 10 minutes, I have to unplug my iron to turn it on again. Maybe it’s a little too safe!
That really is a mixed blessing. Having to unplug and plug it back in seems like more of a chore than it needs to be. There needs to be an On switch near the handle. You’d think they would have thought of that.
Maybe they did. It possibly is user-error😊
Nah. Couldn’t be! 😉