Bought myself a 2nd hand Olympus 14-150mm f/4-5.6 zoom lens for every day walkabout stuff, very pleased with how good the images are for such a small and light lens (compared to my f/2.8 PRO's) and how large the zoom range is in practise.
Also ordered an EM10 Mk2 today (should arrive end of the week) as a 2nd body for when I'm at a race meet, as swapping the 12-40mm f/2.8 for the 40-150mm f/2.8 can be a pain sometimes, and I only use the 40-150mm f/2.8 for action shots so don't care that the EM10 is not on the same level as the EM1 Mk2 as far as auto-focus is concerned. Ordered it as a kit with the 14-42mm EZ pancake lens so it'll hopefully double as a fairly pocket-able everyday snapshot camera for the missus to use on holidays and days out etc. as well (had to justify the cost to her somehow!!).
A little backpacking trip in Scotland last week. Love the E-M5ii and 14-150 combo for this sort of thing. Weather proof and pretty lightweight and being a superzoom, I can just keep it in a belt pouch and have the camera ready for anything I come across without having to faff around taking the bag off and swapping lenses. Really works brilliantly for me. Weather wasn't all that kind but did get this panorama. Need to take another look at the raw files to see if any more detail can be extracted from the brightest part of the sky.
Out today walking the dog by the canal near Pocklington. Took the camera with me on the off chance of spotting a little wildlife. Came across this little family of swans, they seem to come her every year.
Suddenly the male, I'm guessing, took offence to us perhaps getting too close and he sort of growled before very dramatically taking flight down the canal, his wings were huge and he looked an impressive sight. He didn't go very far and he was soon back with his brood having made his point. Unfortunately I wasn't prepared for him, the camera wasn't even on continuous and the shutter was far too slow but I did manage this. Its not one of the best of its type but I like it and it sort of shows the drama of the moment.
I'm not sure if I should mention it here as it's not really Olympus EM, however I discovered Topaz sharpening can do an amazing job on birds. It doesn't work on all things but here is a file from my Em1ii which I sharpened up. It was destined for the bin. I was amazed at it - not sure if it will show here. The first is focus sharpened and the second SOOC.
Stalked this little fella at lunchtime down at a small pond near work. Saw some leaves moving and so I hid as best I could behind a post and just waited. Man was he skittish. Most of the time I just saw his nose and whiskers popping out of the undergrowth then straight back in, but then he made a dart for it at what seemed light speed. Had the EM1 MK II with me with just the 12-100mm F4 Pro (so not an ideal wildlife lens) - Shutter priority 1/500 sec, F4.5 Auto ISO (1250), continuous Low release (silent mode), C-AF with C-AF sensitivity set to +2. To be honest he moved so bloody quickly I just pointed the camera in the general area and hoped for the best. Pretty impressed all things considered, especially when he just suddenly ran from the undergrowth and the camera picked up on him immediately. Out of the 12 shots taken, 2 are OOF (focused on the grass before or after him), 3 are very slightly soft, and the remaining 7 are acceptably sharp. Not the best framing and quite messy, but considering I had probably a second or so to capture him before he was gone, I'm still quite pleased. In hindsight, I think a shutter speed of around 1/1000 sec would have froze him better, but then I'd have quite high ISO levels.
After all that when I viewed the images, I then realised it wasn't a vole (as I had originally thought as I couldn't' see his whole body), but what I think is a "common" brown rat ?