Monday, November 4, 2019

Cropped Close-Ups II, Olympus Zuiko OM 24mm F2.8

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Olympus E-P5, Olympus Zuiko OM 24mm F2.8

Cropped Close-Ups II, Olympus Zuiko OM 24mm F2.8

'Digital Moments - Five cropped close-up frames with the Olympus Zuiko OM 24mm F2.8 wide-angle lens mounted on the 2x crop-sensor Olympus E-P5'

Compared to the ultra-wide Olympus Zuiko OM 21mm F3.5, the 24mm F2.8 has a 10° narrower angle of view and is considered as the widest of wide-angles. Lenses at these focal lengths tend to have a strong rendition of the perspective when used in the context of the surrounding. For cropped close-ups, however, this is not necessarily something you have to delve too deeply into.

Olympus E-P5, Olympus OM Zuiko 24mm F2.8
Mounted on the 2x crop-sensor MFT (Micro Four Thirds) digital camera, a 24mm lens will give you the 35mm full-frame equivalent focal length of 48mm, close enough to that of a 50mm focal length lens, which is considered as the standard for a 35mm full-frame camera.

The H.Zuiko 24mm F2.8, as used in this assignment, is the earlier version of the series, 8 elements in 7 groups construction with floating elements design, weighs 180 grams, and focuses down to 0.25 meters. The floating element design incorporates an automatic close focus correction mechanism that counters possible aberrations while keeping the excellent optical performance of the lens intact.

Though the lens is actually a cheaper and lighter alternative to the acknowledged Zuiko 20mm F2.0, the F2.8 version is still as formidable as the former. The lens is equally capable of delivering high contrast images that are sharp with minimal flare even when used in slightly unfavorable conditions. As an added advantage, the lens one of the lightest and most compact in its class.

Olympus E-P5, Olympus OM Zuiko 24mm F2.8

Shooting with the lens wide open, i.e. at its widest aperture, is shooting with a very narrow DoF (depth of field). Getting the perfect focal point in the composition you are looking at, as in the case of these sample images, may take a bit more time and experience to master. And, of course, I am in need of the same.


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