Cotswold Lavender - Leica M8, Olympus E-PL1


Video shot hand-held with Olympus E-PL1 14-42mm kit zoom - edited in iMovie.

For no obvious reason there is a lavender farm in the Cotswolds. At this time of the year, just before harvesting, it is at its most intense colour.

Olympus E-PL1 Voigtlander 75mm f/2.5 Heliar
Olympus E-PL1 Voigtlander 75mm f/2.5 Heliar - Multi image panoramic stitch.

Olympus E-PL1 Voigtlander 75mm f/2.5 Heliar
Olympus E-PL1 Voigtlander 75mm f/2.5 Heliar

Leica M8 Voigtlander 75mm f/2.5 Heliar
Leica M8 Voigtlander 75mm f/2.5 Heliar

After 5 minutes I was thinking I had brought the wrong cameras - Olympus E-PL1 and 14-42mm kit lens and the Leica M8 plus Voigtlander 28mm f/2 Ultron and 75mm f/2.5 Heliar. I was having trouble with the Olympus viewfinder and focusing on the lavender using the M8 rangefinder system wasn't easy. Using one of the Nikons and a zoom would have been much easier.

However, I didn't have the option so carried on. In the end I was pleased with the images. The Voigtlander 75mm on the Olympus worked very well.

Olympus E-PL1 Voigtlander 75mm f/2.5 Heliar
Olympus E-PL1 Voigtlander 75mm f/2.5 Heliar

I also used the 14-42mm kit lens on the Olympus. I've always rated this lens and this copy seems especially good.

Olympus E-PL1 14-42mm
Olympus E-PL1 14-42mm kit zoom

 Olympus E-PL1 14-42mm
Olympus E-PL1 14-42mm kit zoom

There was a tour party from Japan there also. I've never seen so many Nikon D5100's in one place before! A large proportion of the group were using them. Interesting to see that in about 100 people they were all using compacts or DSLR's. Not a single CSC. Doesn't prove anything of course but interesting.

The two girls in the following picture went and put on "posh frocks" and were photographing each other in the lavender for about an hour.

Olympus E-PL1 Voigtlander 75mm f/2.5 Heliar
Olympus E-PL1 Voigtlander 75mm f/2.5 Heliar

In terms of cameras yesterday was a bit problematic. I ended the day unsure as to where to go. I was a bit frustrated with the Olympus and using the EVF, and focusing with the Leica was difficult. Part of the problem is my back is still not great, which is one of the reasons I didn't take either of the Nikons.

I'm a little unsure as to where to go next. What I really want, and have always wanted, is a small, light rangefinder styled camera, but with AF, decent sized sensor, good lenses and an optical viewfinder.  There doesn't seem to be anything like that available, nor does there seem to be anything like that on the horizon. I really want to find one camera I can work with and stick with rather than use a lot of cameras that give me part of what I want. The Nikon D5100 is OK for size and weight, but the zooms are heavy. The Leicas are wonderful, but there are times when I want AF. The 4/3 cameras I use are the closest but I'm having problems with EVF's and the polarised sunglasses I have to wear.

Ho-Hum!

Leica M8 Voigtlander 28mm f/2 Ultron
Leica M8 Voigtlander 28mm f/2 Ultron