Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mk.II and a bunch of lenses
A surprise for me yesterday. I called into one of my favourite "family" camera dealers, Chiswick Camera Centre, for a chat with the boss, Andy Sands. He said he was just about to call me because Olympus had sent along a box of goodies for the man from Macfilos.
I was a bit hesitant, because it was unexpected and because I have a lot of reviewing to do. But I couldn't miss this chance, especially since I have criticised Olympus in the past for not wanting to come out and play with this humble blogger. Panasonic, on the other hand, is all sweetness and light and this is one of the primary reasons I chose Lumix when setting up my micro four-thirds system.
Delving into the box, I discovered a new OM-D E-M1 Mk.II body and a couple of lenses. One, the 12-40mm f/2.8 Pro, is a known quantity and an old favourite. The second, though, is something new for me, the 40-150mm f/2.8 Pro which offers a very useful 80-300mm full-frame-equivalent focal range. It's my opportunity to try some wildlife stuff.
See if I can out Bailey David Bailey. Probably not, but I'll have a go. I carried all these goodies back to the office and made a mental note to add the 25mm f/1.2 Pro, which I already had on my shelf, to the test outfit.
Despite being snowed under with lenses at the moment — the Zeiss 35mm f/1.4 Distagon review coming soon and the Voigtländer f/1.2 Nokton on the stocks — I will give the Olympus a fair run over the next couple of weeks. The weather looks set to turn summery, so I'm looking forward to an entertaining time.
By the way, Chiswick Camera Centre is a wonderful traditional camera shop with a good supply of second-hand stuff and a ready source of advice. They specialise in new Nikon, Fuji and Olympus and keep their prices very much in line with the going rate — plus you get that invaluable bit of personal service that you cannot find on eBay or Amazon. They don't build 'em like this anymore.