Playing on the streets of KL with the Olympus E-M1

Bukit Bintang

I am back in KL for a short visit again and that means its time to hit the streets and do a little more street shooting (and also update this blog).  This time I was able to catch up with some friends, Robin Wong and Nick Wade, to have a very short night shoot on the streets of Bukit Bintang - an area where there is nearly always something happening. Robin was able to grab an Olympus OM-D E-M1 with a M.Zuiko 12-40mm F2.8 lens for me to have a play with during this little shutter therapy session (thanx again Robin).  Just picking this camera up and holding it, you already know that you are holding a camera that is aimed at a more professional level then the OM-D E-M5.  It feels solid and being a long time Olympus shooter the menus are simple and the various options are where you expect them to be, even though some of the dials and buttons have changed location. Being a night shoot I really wanted to try to push this camera and at times I was shooting at some ridiculous shutter speed and iso level - see Robin's blog entry for his comments on shooting hand held to below 1 second shutter speed.  I really didn't think Olympus could improve the 5-axis image stabilisation but they really did mange to pull off some great improvements here. I am so used to shooting the great prime lenses that are available for micro four thirds that the hardest part for me was remembering that I had an actual zoom lens on the camera and the 12-40mm F2.8 really is a pleasure to use.  

The images here are based on my first use of the  Olympus OM-D E-M1 with a M.Zuiko 12-40mm F2.8 lens on a night shoot where my focus was more on what I could do with this camera and lens in low light and deliberately slowing down the shutter speed.  If you are wanting to know more about the camera I was using have a look at the hands on practical reviews that Robin Wong has on his blog at

Texting in the dark - 1/13th sec shutter, ISO 400

Support structures - 1/25th sec shutter ISO 1600

Reflections - 1/25th sec shutter ISO 1600

The Durian Man - 1/100th sec shutter ISO 1600

Quick snacks - 1/320th sec shutter ISO 400

OMG - 1/20th sec shutter ISO 1600

Teksi time - 1/25th sec shutter ISO 1600

Road crossing at Bukit Bintang - 1/50th sec shutter ISO 1600

Curious - 1/100th sec shutter ISO 3200

Pavilion Lights - 1/250th sec shutter ISO 400

The cooks - 1/25th sec shutter ISO 1600

A discrete smile - 1/40th sec shutter ISO 640


Glad to have you here in KL again Shaun! And finally we have some shutter therapy happening. I am glad you enjoyed the E-M1, and whoah, you are pushing it harder than I ever did! Some lovely shots, surely keepers.
Shall do some more shooting soon!

By Robin Wong (not verified)

Thanx Robin - really liking the E-M1!  Looking forward to more adventures :-)

By Shaun

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