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Night rider — Shinjuku, Tokyo

I grabbed this shot while we were walking around Tokyo looking for a Japanese barbecue place that my wife had read about on the web. While getting around on the Tokyo Metro is pretty easy,  navigating the streets was a different matter entirely for us because the street signs are in Japanese.

I had my Olympus E-M1 and the Oly 12-40mm f/2.8 zoom on the camera. I usually leave the zoom at home when I’m walking around the city, opting for one of the lighter, faster primes — usually the 45mm or the 17mm. However, on this night I took the zoom because it’s weather sealed and there was a chance of rain.

Interestingly, Chase Jarvis listed his Top 5 Lenses for the Micro Four Thirds system, and neither the 12-40mm zoom or the 45mm or 17mm primes made the cut. Instead, Chase gave kudos to the Voigtlander lenses — 17.5mm, 25mm and 42.5mm. I’ve got the 25mm f/0.95 and I’ll second that opinion. He also lists the Panasonic-Leica 42.5mm f/1.2. I’ve rented that lens and it’s a sweet portrait lens. I’m debating whether to purchase it at some point. Also on his list is the Olympus 75mm f/1.8.

I’ve owned this lens since the beginning of my time with MFT but it might be one of my least used lenses. I leave it at home, mostly because of its weight and size. However, so many people rave about this lens, it really makes me feel guilty for neglecting it. I’ll have to take it out soon and post some pics.

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Joe Newman

I'm Joe Newman, multi-media story teller, non-profit do-gooder, international street photographer, serious poker player, intrepid traveler. Bourbon drinker.

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