Kowa 8.5mm

Shapes, lines and beauty underwater

Shapes and lines underwater

The new Nauticam housing for the Olympus OM-D EM-5 II finally arrived a few weeks ago and while I was rushing things a little getting all the gear prepared, I decided to head to Pulau Redang on the east coast of Malaysia to test it out and just get comfortable with the photography side of the gear.  A new camera and housing always takes time to work out and this trip was no exception with some silly mistakes being made - need to remember to never rush things!

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What does a workers camp, a Kampung, a Kowa, a Veydra and a Nocticron all have in common?

New and old

I think the answer is – just a really awesome experience for shooting and capturing the moment! The Kowa 8.5mm, Veydra 16mm and Leica Nocticron 42.5mm are all just brilliant native mount micro four thirds (m43) lenses. And, a workers camp and kampung just make for an exciting day out with these lenses. A couple of weeks ago as I was transiting from Malaysia to Vietnam where I caught up with a good friend of mine, Bjorn, for a few hours of shooting before I caught a plane. We swapped lenses and casually explored the local area trying to get the most out of the equipment that we were using and really just wanted to document the local area. I know that it won’t be long before these areas are eventually bulldozed, given their location near Mont Kiara.

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A quick look at shooting wide with a Kowa Prominar 8.5mm lens

Into the brisbane sun

I often think of my shooting style as being quite varied, but, I do like to shoot with a good quality manual lens.  The Kowa Prominar 8.5mm is a lens that was first introduced to me a couple of weeks ago by a good friend, Bjorn, who is currently living in Kuala Lumpur.  I shot with it for a full shooting session in Kuala Lumpur and the results were brilliant.  Likewise, I also shot with the Veydra 16mm on the same day and again found the results brilliant – but obviously at nearly twice the focal length, the final photos had a very different p

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