For our Montreal trip back in November, I bought an Olympus TG-5 because it was crazy cold and snowy, and I wanted a camera that would be good in such weather. I wasn’t overly impressed with the results, but I had gotten the camera right before we left so my first time using it was during our trip. The pictures weren’t bad by any stretch of the imagination. I just had higher expectations. However, I realized at the time that I hadn’t taken much time to learn it before starting to shoot.
I hadn’t used it much after the trip, but I recently made an effort to work with it a little more closely and am more pleased with the results. I invested some time in testing out the aperture priority mode. I had used that in Montreal but didn’t fully take advantage of it.
Holly and I went out for a walk on a nice early spring Saturday, and I brought the Olympus with me. I was much more pleased with my results.
You can click on any of the photos to open the gallery.
But the more impressive feature is its macro mode. I tested it out with some household items, and was really happy with the pictures.
I also took these two macro photos when we stopped for a drink along our walk.
The TG-5 also has a focus stacking feature for macro photos which I still need to try out. And, in general, the camera does a lot more than I’ve gotten a chance to use so far.
I liked some of the macro photos enough that I was curious how they would print out with the thought that they could make nice kitchen decorations. As a test, I ordered a small (5×7) thin wrap photo printed on canvas from Bay Photo. I’m really happy with the way it turned out. The image looks great and I really like the thin wrap and the way it is mounted. It was a bit pricey ($44), but you get what you pay for, as they say.
I am much more satisfied with my purchase now that I’ve had a chance to play around with it some more, and I look forward to learning its additional features.
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