Trying Out A New Lens

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.

15 Comments

  1. 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.

  2. 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!

  3. 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!

    1. 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.

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