Olympus 12mm f/2 - Review and user experience - Part 6 - Location shooting on my bike

Olympus E-P3 12mm f/2

My favourite cycleway goes through the heart of Warwickshire countryside. Its an area of farmland and intense agriculture. This time of the year its full of fields of ripe crops, all very useful for stock photography. Its only accessible on foot or on a bike, and I love to combine a ride with the photography.

Olympus E-P3 12mm f/2

Normally I would take a zoom lens with me, but I decided to take the 12mm only this time.

Olympus E-P3 12mm f/2
Often as in the image above I'll shoot wide panoramas with multi images.

Handy for a few cyclist shots as well.

Olympus E-P3 12mm f/2

We're having a mini heat wave in the UK at the moment and it was hot work, but very enjoyable.

I don't have any special way of carrying the camera, just on a strap over my shoulder and behind my back. 

Olympus E-P3 12mm f/2

The images here are again from jpgs. On the raw front, I downloaded a copy of Olympus Master 2 yesterday to see if it was any better at processing the E-P3 raw files. It wasn't! Pretty rudimentary software, it seems to be constantly trying to make the files look like the Olympus jpgs, which makes the whole process somewhat redundant. Yesterdays tests with the E-PL1 showed just what is possible with files from the 12mm and Photoshop development and I'm somewhat impatient for the ACR update as I really want to see if and how the E-P3 is different to the other Pens. 

In the meantime I still get the best conversion from Rawker via dcraw. This however means the files are somewhat noisy and have to be "cleaned up" in Photoshop. ACR does this much better and in a much shorter time. I'm thinking that if the Photoshop raw update doesn't get released very soon I may finish off this review of the 12mm with my E-PL1. At least I'll be able to get a proper assessment of what its capable of.

Olympus E-P3 12mm f/2

Olympus E-P3 12mm f/2