Behind the scenes at the Theatre. Using an Olympus EM5-2 camera and two Panasonic Lenses. The 25mm Summilux and the 42.5mm f1.7.

Back in 2015 I was using the Olympus EM-5.2 cameras and a bevy of lenses from Panasonic and Olympus as second system alongside my full frame Nikons. Needless to say I enjoyed the process of shooting with the Olympus cameras much more. It was the combination of a great EVF along with state-of-the-art image stabilization that made that format so much fun. 

I was sorting and deleting old files and folders in Lightroom when I unexpected came across these images. I'd almost forgotten that I'd taken them. We did it for a project that never found its footing but it's alway instructive for me to look back and see what we were doing two or three years ago. We build mythologies about cameras and lenses but it's alway nice to be able to go back and sort fact from fiction. Fact: Those two little lenses were very, very good and the files from the Olympus cameras were so easy to work with. 

Now I find myself doing the same thing with Sony and Panasonic (with an Olympus lens tossed in for good measure). I hope to look back in two or three years and be happily surprised at what we were able to accomplish. 


  1. Great stuff.

    The E-M5 mark II, those 2 lenses, and the 15mm 1.7 are my go-to kit, for the most part. I get pangs of oohshinyitis every so often, but looking through images I've been able to make with my Micro Four Thirds kit usually relieves me of it,

  2. Having been involved with theater for over 30 years, I always enjoy your Zach posts, but these are really special. Designers and techs don't get the credit they deserve and working portraits like these are all too rare. The costumer behind the clothing rack is really something special!

  3. I may shots other formats but I keep coming back to 4:3.

  4. I really enjoy photos that show what goes on behind the curtain. To me, this is as interesting in it's own way as the production out front, and I am a big fan of live performance of all kinds.


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