In my continuing evaluation of my new Olympus OM-D camera, today I'm going to talk about the incredible sharp and accurate focusing of this camera. First let me talk about the back story of main photo I included in this post.
When we came to Tokyo during Spring Break, I was disappointed that we just missed the spring Japanese cherry blossoms. In fact, we were about two days too late because a storm came through the day before and the day we arrived and pretty much took out any of the last remaining remnants. I did have some hope of finding some cherry blossoms and that was when I was asked to drive my wife and mother-in-law to their family cemetery up near Mt Fuji so she could visit the gravesite of her parents. When we arrived, I was thrilled to see many cherry blossoms still on the trees, and I was fortunate enough to have understanding wife and mother-in-law who were happy to let me go out and take an hour or so to take photos of the beautiful area.
I decided to convert this one to B&W. I can't quantify why but I liked the look better than keeping it in color. I have a few other color versions of cherry blossoms that I will share another time.
Now back to a discussion about the camera... When I was researching this camera one of the most touted features was its fast autofocusing and it's touch screen focus capability. I also have a friend who has this camera and he was very happy with the touch screen focus/shooting as well. To be honest, I thought it was kind of cheezy and I would rarely use that feature. That's fine for an iPhone but not something I would use for a "real" camera. I would look through the viewfinder and focus using the shutter because that's what "photographers" do. I WAS WRONG! Shooting these cherry blossoms were a perfect example of how this touch screen focus/shoot was perfect for the situation. Here's why. When you focus using the shutter button the camera will focus on the subject but it's a real challenge to keep a moving flower in focus when its bouncing around due to the wind. Here's where the extremely fast autofocus and the touch screen are invaluable. I first prefocus on the flower using the shutter, but then as the flower is bouncing around I will wait for it to come into where I want it compositionally and then the flower on the screen; instantly the camera fine tunes the focus and takes the photo. The other part of this feature is the incredibly sharp and clear photos it takes. I included a 100% crop of the photo above but completely unretouched and you can see the stamen is dead on in focus. I rarely got this level of detail with my Canon gear; I get it all the time with the Olympus. The video below is a quick 30 second spot showing how the autofocus works on the camera
in addition, addressing the post yesterday "Let's Talk About Bokeh" because I zoomed all the way in, got very close and had it on its widest aperture, I was able to blur the background even with a Micro 4/3rds camera.