The day started off with a light scattering of clouds and bright sunshine so I had high hopes for a beautiful sunset. But all that changed at the last minute, the clouds thickened and there was little chance of the sky lighting up tonight. This didn't dampen my spirits as I was determined to get out with my new best friend (Olympus 17mm f/1.8). So it was time for a change of plan, I headed towards the foot of the downs were within 5 minutes I knew I had the well known windmills of "The Jack and Jill", the Clayton tunnel and Clayton Church. With clouds thickening fast and shutting out whatever remained of the evening sun (hence the title of this blog) I made the most of what the weather had dealt me.
First image was captured walking up past Jack and Jill. I saw this old farmers trailer abandoned next to his farm track. Captured handheld at ISO400, f/2.5 @ 1/30
Looking back up at the windmill, captured handheld at ISO250, f/5.6 @ 1/8
Stumbling across an old mill stone, aperture open wide to f/1.8. The image below was captured at ISO640 1/10 handheld.
The Olympus 17mm f/1.8 is soon becoming my new best friend, and whilst I didn't think it would replace my Panasonic 25mm f/1.4 after using it for 24 hours I actually wonder how much use the Panny will get. Focusing is snap sharp and on initial testing AF can lock on considerable closer than the Panasonic 25mm. I love the feel and accuracy of the snap ring and I know I will find myself manually focusing a lot more as a result of this. The build quality is what I have come to expect from olympus (amazing), and it feels and looks right at home on the OM-D. I can't believe it has taken me this long to invest in this lens and for anyone out there who wants the traditional 35mm focal length this has to be without a doubt the lens to buy.
Heading down the hill stopping at Clayton church, captured handheld at ISO640, f/4 @ 1/6
Across the road is Clayton tunnel, captured handheld at ISO640, f/4 @ 1/15
I intend to write several more reviews of this lens testing it's capabilities so be sure to stay tuned.