Friend and fellow photographer Dade Freeman fancied the challenge of a Canon vs Olympus showdown around the streets of Brighton. Dade armed with his trusted Canon 5D MkII and me with my OM-D we both seemed at ease as we set off. Unfortunately there was thick sea mist covering Brighton today but that didn't stop us, after both agreeing to shoot at a 50mm focal length in manual mode and with similar exposure settings the fun began. All the images shared in this post were captured on the OM-D by both Dade and myself and are OOC jpeg's (except the one where Dade is shooting with the OM-D of course). The link to the images captured on the Canon 5D MKII can be found here Dade's website
Brighton streets full of Sea Air Mist, captured with Diorama at filter.
Dramatic art filter applied.
Classic Brighton door bells. I loved this angle of the bells.
looking through the garden wall
Dade testing out the OM-D, very quickly he was starting to use a lot of the functions available in the OM-D and was enjoying the shooting experience.
Canon 5D shooter trying to capture low level shot. I have to say whilst Dade was crawling the streets of Brighton I was using the touch screen OLED flipped out to capture the image and walked on, sorry Dade.
Angles and curves of Brighton architecture.
As we headed onto the beach a group of break-dancer's were happy for us to shoot them as they practiced their stuff. Dade was very impressed by the frame rate, although he did find a slight annoyance where the EVF blacked when shooting this way.
Stepping onto the beach we could just see a life guard patrolling the shoreline through the thick sea mist, standing side by side Dade attempted to focus on the subject but the 5D was unable to, I passed the OM-D over to him and it locked on first time every time. This is one thing that I have always been impressed with since owning the OM-D, no more lens hunting and great in low light.
A rare sight to find Brighton beach tables empty (thanks to the British weather).
Brighton beach club lights with the Pop art Filter applied.
We stubbled upon a Start and Finish line, what bester way to test the OM-D's AF performance than a quick sprint. Sorry Dade I had the camera first.
So there you have it, 2 hours out on the streets of Brighton. Whilst the purpose of this street session today was to compare the experience of shooting with two very different styles of cameras, what was also evident is that it is good to shoot with friends. You can share experiences and advice and often things are spotted that you may have missed. During the walk both Dade and I highlighted view points, framing and angles to capture something a little different.
Clearly from Dade's comments he was super impressed by the the OM-D and I had a feeling as we parted company today that it wouldn't be too long before he picked one up again. Great afternoon, thanks Dade.