Sofia in Bulgaria

Last weekend I visited Sofia in Bulgaria. I had just bought a used copy of a Leica Summilux 75mm lens and have been dying to try it out properly. I found that its use was compulsive. This lens is a complete joy to handle, it’s quite compact but has a nice weight which seems to be perfectly matched for the Olympus EP2 body. The focusing movement is beautifully smooth but there’s no getting around it, manual focusing after years of auto-focus requires a lot of practice! Even with the focus assist (7x magnification facility) the EP2 provides, the depth of field on an effective 150mm f2 lens is so narrow, the slightest movement of the focus ring or the subject and you’ve lost it! The EP2 has an unfortunate requirement to have its OK button pressed before it returns your view from 7x zoom to ‘full view’. This means you have to take the weight of the camera by the lens barrel as you sort this out with your right hand, which can result in mis-focusing. The Panasonic GF1 simply needs a half pressure on the shutter release to return you to this view. Stopping down the lens could make up the difference but you don’t buy a lens like this to stop it down if you can help it so I’ll just have to keep practicing! Here are some shots which made it through, all shot wide open on the Olympus EP2


~ by Bollingthirst on March 31, 2010.

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