Testing Out the Olympus PEN-F

Ben at the National Mall

My new camera is here! After much back and forth, I decided on the Olympus PEN-F because it had all of the features that I wanted and was the only camera that I was actually excited about.

Having never used an Olympus, taking pictures for the first time was a confusing experience. I didn’t know what anything on the menu meant; I wasn’t even sure how to find the shutter speed.

Dolley Madison’s Dress

I first tried out the camera at the Museum of American History, but things really started to click yesterday when I was practicing at home.

The Houdon bust of George Washington

So far, I’m impressed with the lens, and how much sharper it is than the kit lens that came with my Nikon. It’s a Panasonic Lumix 20mm – it’s a fixed lens, meaning that it doesn’t zoom. I was a little wary of not having a zoom, but in my two days of picture-taking, I haven’t minded. In fact, I feel more engaged if I have to get up-close to what I’m photographing.

Random Thoughts

  • I’ve registered for an online skirt drafting class that starts on July 9. It’s the first in a series of courses that teach you how to draft your own patterns. I’m really excited.
  • I won a sewing contest! (See the blog announcement here). I made a sweater from fabric purchased at Girl Charlee, and they asked if they could include me in their Knit Picks contest for June. Some friends and family were kind enough to vote for me and gave me a healthy lead over the competition (a baby in a romper).
  • Ben and I celebrated our 11th wedding anniversary in Georgetown. We had dinner at Sequoia, which is becoming one of our favorite restaurants, followed by cupcakes at Baked & Wired. We also bought a full-length mirror at CB2. Buying furniture may seem like a weird anniversary activity, but we really needed a mirror, and we like browsing at CB2. I also discovered that they have cheap (but pretty) candle holders.

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