This lens reflects the way you see the world: natural, straightforward and undistorted; what you see with your eyes is what you see in the images you capture. This amazingly thin, pancake-type lens is a lightweight single-focus standard lens with an overall length of just 0.9 inches resulting in an easy-to-store, easy-to-carry camera system with go-anywhere portability. This convenient lens is ideal for daily use and provides great-looking pictures.
Shooting Guide: Enhanced Detail Shot
E-620, Program Mode, 1/160 sec., f2.8. ISO 200, focal length 25mm (Equivalent to 50mm on a 35mm camera.)
Why this Lens?
This 25mm pancake lens has a light-weight design that complements a go-anywhere photography lifestyle. Packed in its small design is a lens construction that produces high-quality, detailed photographs.
- A photograph can change depending on the distance from the subject of the picture. Prior to shooting, determine how to best frame the subject. Getting closer and focusing on the key part or subject will result in a bold photograph, while taking a step back and adding surrounding elements into the composition can bring life into the picture.
- Change position from front to back as you like, or place the camera upward or downward to determine the best composition for the photograph. This will make images more lively and active, and can give viewers a sense of what emotion was felt during the shoot.
- For beginners, set the camera to AE mode—often indicated by a P on the camera mode dial. When in AE mode the camera automatically selects the shutter speed and aperture. Using this mode will allow a photographer to focus less on the technical aspects of photography and more on composing the images within the frame of the lens.
Shooting Guide: Reflections
E-620, Program Mode, 1/80 sec., f3.2, ISO 200, focal length 25mm (Equivalent to 50mm on a 35mm camera.)
Why this Lens?
This single focal length lens creates high-quality, clear images with a true sense of depth that results in vivid, rich photography.
- Taking a picture of a window, or subjects behind a window, can prove to be difficult. Pay attention to the amount of light inside and outside of the window. When outside light comes through the window the reflection made becomes less visible. A reflection will become more visible when a picture is taken in low levels of light—such as in the shade—because it makes the subjects behind the window more difficult to see.
- Consider at what angle and position the camera is in when setting the composition of a photograph. Changing your stance slightly may affect the amount of light in the picture and the visibility of the reflection.
Shooting Guide: Environmental Detail
E-620, Aperture Priority Mode, 1/60 sec., f2.8, ISO 200, focal length 25mm (Equivalent to 50mm on a 35mm camera.)
Why this Lens?
This 25mm lens has the perspective of a standard lens with an angle of view closest to the human visual field, so what you see with your eyes is what you see in the images you capture. Therefore, you can take images as you see them without thinking about the composition of the photograph, making this lens a perfect fit for a “snap shot” photographer.
- Don’t worry about any variations from what is seen through the lens to what is seen through your eyes. What you see is what you get with this lens so take pictures at various angles and don’t worry about having to re-adjust the composition of a photograph.
- Snap photos on impulse. Taking pictures of various objects with a fixed focal lens will help to improve photography skills.
- If the subject you are shooting is hidden under a dimly lit environment, utilize the F2.8 stop to help capture the image without blurring, as shown in the picture above.
- Take photos of the details in your environment, for example the basket of wine at the local winery while you are there to help tell your story.
Shooting Guide: Selective Focus
E-30, Aperture Priority Mode: 1/500sec., f2.8, ISO 200, focal length 25mm (Equivalent to 50mm on a 35mm camera.)
Why this Lens?
This compact and portable lens is perfect for taking pictures on-the-go.
- Focusing on the main subject within a photograph will make the subject stand out resulting in an impressive picture. In the photo above, the lens was focused solely on the antique street lamp which made the background out of focus. The red tail lamp of the car was also added in the frame of the shot to make the photograph more dynamic.
- Under dimly lit environments, without a flash, use the F2.8 aperture to effectively capture a subject.