Photography has become such an integral part of, not only my personal, but also my professional life. I always had a suspicion that it might. I can’t remember the last time I went anywhere without a camera… and from the age of 13 I was never without my OM10 manual camera that my dad had given me.
Pockets bulging with film and the thrill of dropping them off at the local chemist and then the waiting… 6 days I think it was… before I could collect them. Then I’d inevitably discard about 60% of the photographs before gently sticking the others in a carefully curated album. (A ritual I’ve lost but need to regain asap).
Today photography is different. It’s immediate, it’s in my phone, it’s sharable and it’s editable at the touch of many a button. For a while I resisted the change. I wanted the click and clunk of my camera. I missed the messiness and I longed for the nostalgia of the process… but slowly, slowly, I came around to the digital age and now I couldn’t be more in love with it.
However, the whizz bang cleverness of digital photography is nothing without the camera, and this is why I want to introduce you to my new favourite photography chum – the Olympus E-M10 MKIII. And before I go any further you should know that you can get 20% off this camera, and any other camera for that matter, when you buy in the Olympus web shop, using the code POPPY20. True story.
I love this camera for a number of reasons, but I want to start with the way it looks, because its retro-ness alone beings me so much joy. It reminds me of my old manual Olympus and that in turn evokes memories from happy times and oodles of nostalgia.
Now, the lens. I’m using the 45mm lens with this camera and it’s fab. It’s dinky, it’s fast and with an f stop of 1.8 I have been able to get some lovely shots with a beautiful bokeh effect behind my subject. It’s been great for snapping Izzy close up as I LOVE HER LITTLE FACE!! Sadly I can’t show that face to you but trust me – she’s a lickle pickle. Oh! And you can get this lens FOR FREE at the moment, if you buy any E-M10 MKIII Kit – this offer is available until the end of May, so wik wik wik!
The camera is lightweight, gorgeous and small, so it’s not a huge decision to take it with us wherever we go. On the contrary, it always comes along for the fun – it’s part of the family and is so easy to use for both me and LM. So we can both take family snapshots, which we can both be in when using the remote control function… and I know we’ll treasure these spontaneous family snaps for years to come.
I LOVE that fact that it has a viewfinder (I’ve really missed this feature with other cameras) and I also love that there are some key design features that make it easy to use for even total novices… for example, the menu is SO EASY to navigate (I’m very much over fancy pants menus that turn my brain into cheese) and I can find my way around the E-M10 MKIII in a way that I’ve never been able to do so fast before with any other camera.
Because it’s so easy to navigate, I have found myself stumbling across features that I’d never normally employ, as I’m happy in my comfort zone (auto!) But I’ve been dabbling with the touch select “scene modes” which have allowed me to experiment and paddle a bit in new waters… it’s been fun. (And handily, because the camera is so slick, I can always find my way back again).
All of the above barely scratches the surface of what this camera can do, and I’m still learning myself. And if you’re new to Olympus, all their lenses are interchangeable, so you can begin with one and build upon your collection as you go…
Oh and finally, this camera has a lovely click ;) But it’s nice and quiet, so you won’t draw attention to yourself or startle your subject… happy days. Clickety click.
I’ve loved using this camera and fiddling about with it… and I look forward to discovering more tricks and its clever capabilities… it’s a box of tricks and I’m just getting started.
This is a sponsored post and all thoughts and opinions are my own.