Olympus OM-D E-M5


Professional UK travel and portrait photographer Neil
Buchan-Grant shoots on the Olympus OM-D E-M5 flagship
compact system camera. He has been taking travel commissions since 2004 and using Olympus equipment
since 2010.

“I am very impressed with the quality and compactness of the Olympus PEN and OM-D bodies,” says Neil. “I initially paired them with Leica M lenses, but have since discovered that the new Olympus lenses, having been designed specifically for these cameras, offer a considerable improvement in optical performance, with the additional benefit of blisteringly fast auto focus.

The Olympus Micro Four Thirds lens range is so small and light, I no longer have to choose which ones to take with me; I can just take them all, all of the time. But in general, if I'm going out at night, I will only take fixed length primes with me.

Commissioned travel photography demands a lot of walking, often in high temperatures. The last thing you want is a lot of weight to deal with, so these cameras and lenses are ideal. Publishers demand the highest standards when it comes to image quality and here again, the Olympus gear more than delivers. Whether shooting portraiture on location or in the studio, these lenses exhibit forensic levels of sharpness with real character and charm.

Quality aside, the latest Olympus cameras and lenses are so compact you can carry them with you everywhere. So you'll not only be better equipped to make great pictures, you’ll also find yourself, as I did, reconnecting with the spontaneity of image-making.”

M.ZUIKO DIGITAL 45mm 1:1.8

As well suited to shooting video as it is stills, this high power prime lens is ideal for creating portraits that really stand out. A fast f/1.8 aperture delivers a shallow depth of field – or background blur – effect that’s flattering to any subject. On top of this the lens itself looks great, thanks to a compact design and a sophisticated metal-look exterior complete with swappable decorative rings that can be matched to the colour of the Pen camera on which the lens is being used.

Neil says: “This lens is one of the most impressive portrait lenses out there. Its incredible sharpness and delicious out of focus rendering will give your portraits that extra-special edge.”

M.ZUIKO DIGITAL 17mm 1:1.8

An ultra bright wide-angle lens that allows for tripod free shooting in low light and the ability to achieve attractive shallow depth of field effects. And all from an extremely compact and lightweight design available in either silver or black.

Neil says: “Another great prime lens to have in your bag. Its features and performance enable slick, discreet and optically stunning street photography.”

M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 60mm 1:2.8 Macro

Take macro shots at close range at true 1:1 life-size ratio, as well as being able to focus right to infinity; this is one versatile lens. It features an internal focus system with floating lenses that is capable of producing equally high image quality whether shooting, portraits, landscapes or close ups. A relatively fast f/2.8 aperture also allows for shallow depth of field effects. It’s built to last too, in being dust and splash proof, whilst a display on the lens indicates the actual focus distance for more hands-on control over your imagery.

Neil says: “I really have enjoyed using this macro lens more than any other I've owned. It’s very well designed and gives me a great deal of control to create extremely professional macro photography.”

M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 75-300mm 1:4.8-6.7 II

Impressively compact super telephoto lens offering the equivalent focal range of 150-600mm on a 35mm film camera that can bring the faraway closer with a simple twist of the wrist. This high-power lens has two additional benefits. It comes with a unique screw drive mechanism, which is especially quiet for shooting films and has a very fast auto-focus function (MSC) for taking rapid-fire still shots.

Neil says: “This is such a useful lens to have in your bag. As someone for whom composition is critical, this long zoom offers me the ability to crop any scene in camera, leaving just the details I want to show.”