Playing with my EP-2 tonight, I learned to appreciate one of it's nearly infinite number of built-in features: continuous autofocus with tracking. When you partially press the shutter, a big green box with small cross hairs poking out each side will appear in the center of the LCD, over the part of the composition that will remain in focus. Then, with your finger over the shutter, as you recompose the photo by moving the camera, the box will track that area, making sure it still stays in focus. This is very handy for close focusing and/or shallow depth of field with lenses set at their widest aperture.
|Figure 1: Lucy with her paw out. The paw is the center of focus.|
|Figure 2: Lucy with her paw in. Her eyes are the center of focus.|
The E-P2's automatic tracking, where the focus area moves around the screen, is phenomenal and fun to watch all by itself (yes, my inner geek is showing). It makes composition so much easier. Nothing is more aggravating to select focus, then have the point of focus shift behind where you want it when you swing the camera away from the initial focus point. This eliminates that annoyance. I just wish this feature were on my E-3.
So far constant autofocus tracking is very fast, a lot faster than I anticipated, and I believe a lot faster than when I first purchased the E-P2. There was a major firmware upgrade to the E-P2 earlier this year, and it more than likely helped this feature out quite a bit. It's something I'm going to leave enabled for the time being. One set of lenses it won't work well with are going to be any of the regular 4/3rds lenses adapted to the E-P2. This feature is for native µ4/3rds lenses only.
Finally, a little more fun with street shooting. Nothing monumental, just some photographs taken
one evening while out getting supper for the family.
|Smoothie shop outside of Bubbalous at Kirkman and Conroy.|
|Standing in line to get a couple of burrito bowls|
at Chipotles on Kirkman across from Walmart.
All photos were post-processed using Lightroom 3.2. The photo outside the smoothie shop was corrected for perspective. Lighroom's post-processing features are a joy to use as well.
Olympus E-P2 and M.Zuiko 17mm f/2.8