The Most Pocketable Zoom Lens for Street Photography

The Most Pocketable Zoom Lens for Street Photography

Have you ever wanted a camera that is small enough to fit in your pocket yet versatile enough to capture stunning street photography? Look no further than the Olympus OM-D E-M10 and 14-42mm EZ lens! This tiny pancake lens offers a full frame zoom range of 28 millimetres to just short of 85 millimetres, making it a game-changer for street photographers.

This camera is a micro four thirds mount camera with a 16 megapixel, four thirds size sensor. Despite its compact size, the OM-D E-M10 is packed with features, including a touchscreen interface for selecting autofocus points and activating the shutter. The lens delivers a full frame zoom range of 28 millimetres to 84 millimetres, with a wide end of 14 millimetres equivalent to 28 millimetres – a popular focal length for street photographers.

The f-stop at the wide end is 3.5 and 5.6 at the long end, which may not sound ideal for videographers, portrait photographers, or wedding photographers who typically prefer shallower depth of fields with f 1.8 or f 2.8 lenses. But in street photography, the deeper depth of field actually offers a better chance of getting your subject in focus, even if you're shooting quickly or blindly. The deeper depth of field can also lead to more compelling compositions.

The one drawback of this lens is adjusting the zoom accurately. It works beautifully from powering on the camera to taking a photo, but can be fiddly when it comes to adjusting the zoom. Unlike the LX 100, this lens doesn't have the option to set stopping points for the zoom range. The zoom ring on the OM-D E-M10 operates like a zoom by wire and requires a bit of time to set the desired focal length, especially for street photography.

In conclusion, the Olympus OM-D E-M10 is an incredible camera for its compact size and versatile features. Whether you're a street photographer or just looking for a small yet capable camera, this interchangeable lens camera is a must-have. So, what are you waiting for? Get your hands on the OM-D E-M10 today!

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