In honor of
Robert Joseph Flaherty and Lionel Rogosin
That was the question over at the Rangefinder Forum. Well, they banned me some time back, so let me answer it here…
The Olympus Pen M4/3 is one helluva little street cam. I used the M4/3 extensively in all type of conditions for a year.
Even though I loved the results, I eventually gave up the M4/3 because of the hard to adjust on-the-fly controls. I shoot manual a lot and all the push buttons on the little Olympus Pen was just too much for my shooting style. I don’t want to end up fondling my cameras and missing the shot.
I hope someone makes an old school manual controlled M4/3. Something like the Fuji-X or Leica. (The above series and the 2 below were shot with a Fuji X-E1)
I could never shoot anything like this with the M4/3…I just could not get it adjusted fast enough before the shot is gone.
The Olympus Pen produces beautiful results. The high end glass is $$$, but it offers superb IQ. I’d love to keep shooting the M4/3 if they had simplified manual controls. Sadly, the camera fondling engineers keep making things worse. They have added touch screen to the mix. Now, the M4/3’s keep getting screwed up almost if you breath on them.
I discuss camera fondlers in depth here:
The beauty of manual controls is that you can adjust your cam without even looking at it. In Amsterdam’s Red Light District photography is banned. The shots below are all candid’s and done with a Fuji X. I could adjust the Fuji by counting the clicks and didn’t have to even look at it.
Here is my report on the Fuji-X E1
If they made a manual controlled M4/3 I could have possibly used it. The worse thing the engineers ever invented was program dial to replace the shutter speed dial. Then they made it even worse by replacing the program dial with push button menus. That is what happen when camera fondling engineers design things. If they were doc photogs they would know better.
Leica perfected eons ago what was needed in a documentary camera. All the Japanese had to do was copy it and make it affordable. What do we get, dummied down lenses with no focus scale, no aperture ring, hard to adjust manual controls and Fuji’s ‘wonderful’ focus-by-wire.
Well, enough talk. Here are a few sample shots done with the 12 mp Olympus Pen M4/3.
BTW…the cover of my latest book project was shot with a M4/3.
Photos use in this post are from the following limited edition artists’ books by Daniel D. Teoli Jr.
De Wallen: Amsterdam’s Red Light District
Bikers Mardi Gras
The Americans: 60 years after Frank
The Secrets of Candid Photography