ESSENTIAL OLYMPUS CAMERA ACCESSORIES
Buying a camera is just the first step in photography. Whether you start with a compact or a system camera in the PEN or OM-D ranges, pretty soon you’ll want to add to your kit with personalised touches that enhance your enjoyment and help you get the results you really want.
Here’s a few essential accessories from OLYMPUS that I couldn’t live without, together with a handful of luxurious items that enhance your camera, whatever your style.
OLYMPUS VF-4 ELECTRONIC VIEWFINDER
Call me old fashioned, but I still like to hold my camera to my face and view the scene I’m shooting through a viewfinder. While the LCD screens on the PEN series are great in so many ways, there are a number of situations when a more traditional viewfinder will make life easier.
In bright sunlight, a viewfinder blocks out the ambient light, giving you a much brighter view of the scene in front of you. The VF-4 Electronic Viewfinder still provides all your essential shooting information as you shoot, and its bright and crisp electronic screen lets you check your focus is pin sharp.
Similarly, when in low light having a viewfinder can reduce camera shake and ensure sharp images. This is simply because your arms are tucked in and stabilised by your upper body, while a third point of contact and added stability is provided by the camera’s position on your face. Add to this Olympus cameras’ superb image stabilisation and you can shoot at lower shutter speeds than ever before with tack-sharp images every time.
OLYMPUS FLASH SYSTEMS
Whatever your needs, OLYMPUS has a flash for you. The built-in flash can you get you out of a scrape at a party, but if you want more control, then consider one of the more advanced OLYMPUS flash units.
Models such as the FL-14 and FL-300R offer more power and are perfectly designed to augment the cameras’ aesthetics, but for the ultimate in control you should consider the FL-600R. This professional spec unit has a powerful output reaching up to 50m at ISO 200, together with full movement, so you can bounce and soften the light off nearby walls or ceilings.
OLYMPUS POWER BATTERY HOLDERS AND GRIPS
There’s no denying that the small form of the OLYMPUS OM-D and PEN series cameras is a major part of their appeal. For a big-handed lug like me though, adding an additional vertical grip to the camera provides a little more security and stability when shooting.
As a beauty photographer, I shoot a lot in portrait format and the secondary shutter release button and control dials are a godsend. Furthermore, these accessories give you the opportunity to add a second battery – this allows you to double the power available without constantly swapping batteries. Extra power is essential on a long day in the studio, or on trips when power sockets to recharge aren’t always readily available.
Check out the HDL-8 for the OLYMPUS OM-D E-M5 Mk II, or the HLD-7 for the OM-D E-M1. If you have a PEN-F, pick up the ECG-4 camera grip, which lacks the extra battery compartment, but does provide improved purchase and handling. Similarly, the OM-D 10 Mk II takes the ECG-3 camera grip.
PERSONALISE YOUR CAMERA TO YOUR STYLE
Without a doubt OLYMPUS produces some of the best looking cameras and only the most stylish people own them – but why stop there? OLYMPUS also makes some fantastic accessories to augment and personalise your camera even more. Break away form utilitarian camera kit with these choice accessories.
Lovers of the OLYMPUS PEN E-PL6 or E-PL7 can add a necklace strap, bringing a unique and sparkly glamour to their camera instead of a boring old black camera strap. Alternatively, a slim and luxurious leather strap can be complemented with a leather shoulder bag or glittery clutch bag that break the mould of how camera bags should look.
For the ultimate touch of class, OLYMPUS PEN-F users can enhance the old world charm of the camera with the PEN-F Decoration Kit, to add a beautiful teak shutter release button cover and hot shoe cover.
When your camera looks and feels this good, you’re sure to want to take it out every chance you get!