The Olympus Pen has become the holy grail of blogging cameras, it’s impossible to go to an event and not see 10 of them hanging from necks by Vogue leather straps.
I took the plunge and bought one in January and, as someone who also owns a lot of much higher end photography equipment, it was a brilliant decision. Whipping out a big DSLR isn’t always appropriate either to the location – I like to keep things as low key as possible in restaurants, for example – or to your poor shoulder lugging it about.
The Pen is lightweight and versatile but the kit lens is extremely limiting. With the right lens (and understanding of manual settings) you can produce imagery that is easily as high quality as that of a much more expensive camera. The 45mm is usually the natural progression and is definitely a worthwhile investment if you hope to take your photography a bit more seriously than point and shoot.
It’s got a lowest level f stop of 1.8 which is very, very good for a lens that is firmly on the cheaper end of the scale. That essentially means that it produces a really nice depth of field, or background blur.
One of the things I see people getting a bit stuck with is how to take full length outfit shots or basically cope with how ‘zoomed’ in it is. The 45mm is a Prime lens which means that it doesn’t possess a zoom function, it’s fixed at a 45mm focal length. Which means you’re gonna have to move yourself!
I think it’s easier to show rather than tell so below are two shot scenarios taken on both the kit lens and the 45mm, with each shot taken twice in the same place – once with each lens!
Olympus Pen 45mm vs. Kit Lens
This was taken as far back as I could stand in my bedroom! I was probably about 2 metres away from the subject and held the camera down at around waist height to get an ‘eye level’ perspective.
For this shot – my preferred style to the one above! – I stood about a metre away and angled the lens downward. By being so close on such a low f stop (1.8) the lens is forced to choose where to focus and using manual settings I opted for the ‘body wash’ bottle in the middle.
This one was taken in my kitchen about 2-3 metres away from the subject (that lil babe of a donut)…
One of the best things about the 45mm is that lovely creamy background blur you can achieve with relative ease. It’s not a macro lens but it does a pretty good job of capturing detail! This was taken about half a metre away from the jammy babenut.
OUTFIT SHOTS IVE TAKEN ON THE 45MM
I hope that’s somewhat helpful in showing you what the lil 45mm can do and goes some way to ease your ‘zoom’ concerns! My heart is currently lusting after the 75mm but my bank account is screaming a big fat no.
PS. I am taking bookings for blogger shoots so feel free to hit me up on IG or Twitter DM, or email! xo