Castles, Animals And A Church At Merthyr Mawr

Today we visited a castle we had never been to before, a beautiful church we had never been able to enter before and an area which is one of the most beautiful areas of South Wales. Merthyr Mawr, taking in Candleton Castle, Ogmore Castle, a beautiful church in a very exclusive village and so much more was a fantastic few hours out. Of course, it rained, as it always does when we come to this place, but it was worth it!

Today I had my X-T3 with the 50-230mm lens, plus my Olympus with my 14-42mm lens. With the Fujifilm, I wanted to see if I could spend the day happily with 50mm for most of the time while I decide about getting the Viltrox 56mm F/1.4. As it was, I didn’t do too badly, but I think I should concentrate on the Fujifilm 14mm F/2.8 or Viltrox 13mm F/1.4, as I think I would get much more use out of those lenses.

All images are edited from raw in Darktable 4.

It may have been dark and wet, but it was a great day. Here you’ll find the Fujifilm and the Olympus images side by side. The EXIF reveals which camera they are from, but also the focal length of the images will give it away of course.

I am working on a YouTube video (I know! My first one for ages!) where I tell you what I think of the Olympus, and its all good news really. As you can see in these images, the Olympus with its small micro four thirds sensor really holds it own!

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Published by Mark G.Adams

Fujifilm And Olympus Documentary Photographer, YouTuber & Blogger.

2 thoughts on “Castles, Animals And A Church At Merthyr Mawr

  1. Hi Mark, A 50mm is recommended by many professional photographers to buy as a must have lens. Only those pros are usually on a Sony or Nikon full frame.
    50mm is a great lens, but for limited subject range. Nevertheless, indispensable at events, weddings, etc.
    But even then, you don’t want to change lenses at weddings because you often need a wider angle.
    That’s why I think a zoom like, say, the XF 16-55mm f2.8 WR is a better choice – I was about to buy it just before going to Olympus.
    Now I have an Oly 12-40mm f2.8, and I couldn’t live without it.
    Great series of photos from both cameras!

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    1. I really dislike the 16-55, much too big for me and too heavy. I will get the 56mm 1.4 at some point, but it’s second on my list now as I can use my Yashica 50 F/2 for general photography.

      Talking of the Olympus, I really enjoy the 17mm F/2.8, it gives a very different look to my Fujifilms equivalent lens I have (the 23mm 1.4). I couldn’t live with just the Olympus though, I think it’ll always be just a second system for quite a few reasons, but it’s handy as a second system.

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