Dear Reader, you may think I have taken leave of my senses, would I really take my lovely X70, X100 or XT1 into the sea? No. I would not. I am coming out in a sweat just thinking about it. I would, however, take the Olympus TG5 into the sea, as that is what it is designed for. I have long wanted to shoot in the sea, and in areas where sand, grit, dirt and so on would be too much for my Fuji cameras. After a particularly trying week, I ordered up the Olympus compact to cheer myself up. As cameras go, it is as hard as nails. Waterproof to 15m, shock proof and freeze proof to -10C, it is significantly tougher than I am. It has a 35mm – 100mm zoom (full frame equivalent) and despite the 12 megapixel sensor, which is low by today’s standards, it renders lovely shots. There is a shutter lag on it, which took some getting used to, and buffering can be slow when shooting in continuous. Having said that it’s a blast to use, and the fact that you don’t have to worry about it getting damaged means you can really get those shots that would otherwise risk your top end camera. It would be great for kids to play with too.
Last week, The Delightful Mr F and I were having a rather wonderful holiday on the Gower Peninsula in Wales. We found ourselves staying a few minutes walk from the gorgeous white sands of Broughton Bay. The weather was glorious, gorgeous hot sunshine, glistening sea, and not another soul on the beach.
The Delightful Mr F and I decided that it was about time the Olympus was put through it’s paces, so we waded into the water, which was crystal clear, and I had a go at shooting the waves. It transpires this is quite tricky to get the timing right. In the end, I don’t think we did too badly. Whether anyone will believe this is Wales, I don’t know, but I promise you, it is!