Friday, February 15, 2008

VILLEFRANCHE-SUR-MER, FRANCE. (February 2008). Street photography with an old, film manual focus lens and the slightly smallish optical viewfinder on an Olympus E-410 is an exercise in patience. Here at
dingobear photography, we have much respect for those old-school film photographers who shot in everything in full manual and still got great pictures. Picture available for sale as prints. Original photo properties: Olympus E-410 dSLR, OM Zuiko Auto-S 50mm f1.8 lens (100mm, 35mm equivalent), handheld, manual focus and exposure, matrix metering, 1/60s f4, ISO 100, 3566 x 2674 pixels (after crop), RAW.


  1. Shot at f4, eh? Brilliant. Nifty little lens you've got there. I love this photo - it's exactly what Europe is all about.

  2. At least I'm pretty sure it was f4 ... it might have been f2.8. Unfortunately, because my 50mm f1.8 is manual, the EXIF data doesn't record the aperture used.

    I like this photo, too. It feels very Europe to me.

  3. Heh heh heh. You probably though nobody actually read all those little numbers down there. I do!

  4. Well, how about that?! I'll try to be more careful ...

  5. Teehee, I pay attention to all those numbers (One main reason I just added this to my feed reader!). Nice to see such a skilled photographer using an e410, I kinda got the feeling a lot of people looked down on it as being a 'consumer' toy.

    Funny, I found this site as I was doing background research on the f1.8 50mm that I recently just bought.

    Brilliant photography, I love the extra details, thanks for sharing :D.

  6. Aegir, thanks for stopping in (and adding us to your feed reader)! Also, I appreciate the kind comments.

    In my opinion, the curious marketing angle that Olympus chose with the E-410 is one of the reasons why the camera doesn't get its due. Oly sells it as an entry-level offering, but for anyone who knows enough and is willing to actually read the spec sheet on the E-410, they'll see that Oly didn't cripple the model just because it's slotted in at the "entry-level" price range.

    Features like true spot metering, really flexible mirror lock-up, and LiveView depth of field preview can be invaluable to the serious photographer. In addition, the Zuiko 14-42mm (which I've tried to showcase a little bit here), is an excellent performer and though I admit I'm a little biased, I think it's the best zoom kit lens on the market today. As any photographer knows: everything else being equal, lenses are more important than bodies ... and at the enthusiast to semi-pro level, Oly's Zuiko line is probably unmatched and one of the best kept secrets in digital photography.

    I'm curious to see how the upcoming Olympus E-420 sells. Packaged with the new pancake Zuiko 25mm f2.8 it looks like a cracker, and I can definitely see numerous pros using it as a lightweight, go anywhere, travel cam.

    May I ask what camera you shoot with? Definitely enjoy that 50mm f1.8 that you bought for yourself ... I assume it's a Zuiko? If you haven't used such a fast lens before, you'll definitely love the low light possibilities and dollar-for-dollar, it's got some great bokeh. Happy shooting.