When I think of an iconic camera I instantly think of the Olympus Trip 35. In the 70's it was endorsed by David Bailey, and its ease of use coupled with the stunning images it produced gives it a legendary status. It's natural predecessors are the Micro-Four thirds range that Olympus has specialised in over the past few years, and I had the chance to take an OM-D E-M10 out on the streets of London, Farringdon to Shoreditch in fact, and give it a whirl with some street photography.
The experience was fascinating. It was so easy to use and carry, fitting into my pocket when I wasn't using it and taking less than a second to switch on and focus when I wanted to grab a quick shot. The most useful function by far it its automatic facial recognition focussing - which in plain English means that it automatically focusess on faces! For quick portraits, candid snapshots or even selfies it was no effort at all getting it to take a tack-sharp photo each time.
The quality of the photographs themselves is very impressive. Being that the entire system only costs less than £450 it's to be expected that it doesn't match up exactly to the £1000+ full frame D750 (with various lenses costing above £450 on their own), but they are perfectly acceptable photographs that I would be happy to present to a client. They are certainly comparable to the results you might get from a comparably priced Nikon D7100, but with a much easier process to take the photos - which for street style is a very welcome trait.
Aside from the camera, these photos were a joy to take. Having recently moved out of London it's always a pleasure to head back in and wander around every so often. My walking journey today took me from Kings Cross to Haggerston via Farringdon and Old Street. I visited my favourite coffee shop in London, Workshop Coffee, discovered a market I didn't realise existed at the Barbican and had a hot dog from the world famous Candogs in Shoreditch, all whilst taking awesome photos. All in all, a good day!