Shamed by an older woman

I used my small and light M.Zuiko 9-18mm lens to take this picture, from the High Line. And while walking around the High Line, I passed by an older woman, old enough to be my mother, carrying a DSLR with a really huge lens, probably a full-frame f/2.8 zoom. Obviously, I was very wimpy to complain that the M.Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8 is too heavy when an older woman carries around a lens twice as big and heavy.

Perhaps that’s why Olympus cameras aren’t popular in America, American men are too macho to carry small cameras while their womenfolk carry huge full-frame DSLRs.

In Japan, where Olympus cameras are popular, the smallest Olympus PEN cameras are especially popular with women. This is not the case in the United States, where women more commonly gravitate to Canon DSLRs, and alternate brands like Olympus, Sony, and Fuji are disproportionately favored by men. (Hey, just an observation, don’t shoot the observer.)

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This picture was taken from a crowded tourist area, the High Line park, so this alley has probably been photographed a huge number of times, making any photograph at best non-unique and at worst a cliché.

Japanese love Olympus and sunflowers

Olympus is a brand that’s not that popular with photographers in the United States. So when you visit the #Olympus tag at Instagram, you will notice that the majority of photos are posted by Japanese photographers.

One thing I learned about the Japanese from Instagram is that they love taking pictures of flowers, and in the month of August, their favorite flower is the sunflower. Who knew that sunflowers were so popular in Japan? Here’s an article at English-language Japan Monthly Web Magazine: Sunflower Fields Colors [sic] Summer in Japan. Yes, sunflowers are really big in Japan, no pun intended.

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I’m pretty sure that the eighties song “Turning Japanese” by the Vapors is a reference to the then-stereotype of camera-toting Japanese tourists obsessively taking pictures. I prefer the original song, but the 2009 cover has a much better music video starring Kirsten Dunst.

Olympus E-P5 shutter shock at 1/320 second

1/320 sec
100% crop 1/320 sec
1/200 second
100% crop 1/200 second

The menu says that when you set the anti-shock to “0 seconds” that causes the camera to use electronic first-curtain shutter (EFCS) for speeds of 1/320 second or less.

However, I often (not all of the time, but often enough that I’ve noticed the pattern) have images ruined by shutter shock when the picture is taken at 1/320 second. For example, the 100% crop shown above was taken at 1/320 second.

I have a theory that someone mistranslated from the Japanese, and that the Japanese menu has the correct instructions, that EFCS is used for speeds of LESS THAN (but not including) 1/320 second.

Anyway, it’s very annoying that this happens. I don’t think I’m pixel peeping either, the image looked unsharp even when I was looking at it scaled down to fit on my monitor. I hope this is something that Olympus fixed on its newer cameras.