From Fuji X to the Olympus Pen-F

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About Daniel Stocker

“My full name is Daniel Stocker and I live in the south west of Germany near Stuttgart. Photography is a main part of my free time and of course on vacations my wife and I take. The second passion is traveling the world and getting to know new people and cultures. I have been photographing for the past 14 years building up more and more knowledge on it. I never went to any class, it is all self taught.”

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Since 2011 I have been using Fujifilm X cameras exclusively. Starting with the first and original Fuji X100, the X-Pro1 with the XF 35 1.4 to the X-E1 and the X-T1, X-Pro2 both with the awesome XF 16-55 2.8

I think I have used nearly every native Fujinon X lens, all three Zeiss Touit lenses and some Samyang lenses on the Fuji body´s you can think of. Except for the telephoto lenses! This is due to the fact that I am no telephoto guy. The last camera I had and used was the X-Pro2 with the XF 16-55 2.8 which delivers some stunning files to the SD card. Why then, you might ask yourself, why did I switch from the awesome X-Pro2 to the Olympus mFT gear?

The answer is simple. Size!

Sunburst through the tree, edited raw file with Lightroom 6

After using the X-T1 with the XF 16-55 2.8 in Myanmar and the X-Pro2 with the XF 16-55 2.8 in Ireland I realized that even the quite small X gear is still too large for me. In Myanmar I also had the Sony RX100M3 with me and figured that I had been using it more than I thought. It was actually only meant as a backup camera in case something went wrong with the Fuji gear.

The path, edited raw file with Lightroom 6

After weeks of thought what to do, a befriended photographer gave me the hint to take a look at the Olympus Pen-F with the small prime lenses! This is just what I did. The Pen-F was ordered and with it came the Olympus M.Zuiko 12mm f/2 and the M.Zuiko 17mm 1.8. These two lenses are just so small. Incredible!

After using the Olympus Pen-F for some two weeks now I can honestly say that this camera is made for me. I love the retro design of this masterpiece.

Lavender, edited raw file with Lightroom 6

The image quality is all I need. Yes it is not right up there with the Fuji X-Trans III files but let’s be honest even for larger prints like 80cm x 60cm or even larger ones like 140cm x 105cm the image quality is more than enough.

That mode dial on the front works magic and I did not think I would use it that much but found that I was. Like a lot of people who use or have used this camera the monochrome mode 2 is also one of my favorites. The tones in the finished jpeg files are just purely amazing.

Hay bale and a tree, edited raw file with Lightroom 6

This should not be a full review of the Olympus Pen-F, it is more a first look to show you some of the first images I have taken with the camera and the by now three lenses I own for it. As stated above I have the two prime lenses M.Zuiko 12mm f/2, the M.Zuiko 17mm f/1.8 and I also got myself a travlezoom namely the M.Zuiko 12‑40mm 1:2.8 PRO. Naturally the Pen-F is not as compact as with the small Olympus M.Zuiko prime lenses but it is a very good travel combination.

Now lets get to some more images to show you what I have shot with the Olympus Pen-F.

Picknick, edited raw file with Lightroom 6
American Style, edited raw file with Lightroom 6
Porsche Speedster, edited raw file with Lightroom 6

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Olympus Pen-F
Olympus M. Zuiko Digital ED 12mm f/2.0
Olympus M.Zuiko 17mm f1.8
Olympus M Zuiko Digital ED 12-40mm f/2.8 Pro


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