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Date: 20/05/2016 | By: Heather

On The Road in Nicaragua with the Olympus OM-D E-M1

Captured at Masaya Volcano on the 07 January, 2016 by Chris Eyre-Walker.

On The Road in Nicaragua with the Olympus OM-D E-M1

I’ve owned my Olympus OM-D E-M1 for well over 1.5 years now. As many have done before me and have since, I switched from a heavy DSLR because I wanted something lighter, newer and more compact. My biggest reason for this was that I had long term travel plans.

Captured at Nica Surf Tours on 26 of February, 2016 the by Chris Eyre-Walker.
Captured at Nica Surf Tours on 26 of February, 2016 the by Chris Eyre-Walker.

You see, I’m a professional photographer and back then I used to shoot mostly surf. This means I need a high fps, fast focusing and a durable, weather sealed camera. With it I need a housing and ports to fit my lenses into. A mirrorless camera offered all of that at a reasonable weight – well, actually half the weight and size of my DSLR gear.

Captured at Somoto on 20 Feb, 2016 by Chris Eyre-Walker Photography.
Captured at Somoto on 20 Feb, 2016 by Chris Eyre-Walker Photography.

It wasn’t exactly the easiest choice to make to ditch my old and trusted gear, but once I settled on the E-M1 and the PRO lenses (the 12-40mm f/2.8 PRO and the 40-150mm f/2.8 PRO) I really never looked back again. Additionally Olympus makes a dedicated underwater housing for the E-M1. Perfect for dive and surf photography!

Captured at Punto Miramar on 27 of February, 2016 the by Chris Eyre-Walker.
Captured at Punto Miramar on 27 of February, 2016 the by Chris Eyre-Walker.

I’ve now been on the road for 10 months and carried my camera equipment with me pretty much everywhere I’ve been during this time. 3 of those months I spent in Nicaragua, exploring and documenting a less travelled country in Central America with my E-M1.

Captured at Jinotega on 16 Feb, 2016 by Chris Eyre-Walker Photography.
Captured at Jinotega on 16 Feb, 2016 by Chris Eyre-Walker Photography.

Nicaragua is a prime example for my choice of gear. It ranges from incredibly hot and dry to humid and wet, from diving below sea level to climbing through slot canyons, from crawling up active volcanoes to boarding back down them, from long hikes in the mountains to countless hours on a boat going down a river in the jungle. You name it, Nicaragua has it!

Captured at Somoto Canyon on 19 Feb, 2016 by Chris Eyre-Walker Photography.
Captured at Somoto Canyon on 19 Feb, 2016 by Chris Eyre-Walker Photography.
Captured at Cerro Negro on 25 Feb, 2016 by Chris Eyre-Walker Photography.
Captured at Cerro Negro on 25 Feb, 2016 by Chris Eyre-Walker Photography.
Captured at Reserva Natural Macizos de Peñas Blancas on 14 Feb, 2016 by Chris Eyre-Walker Photography.
Captured at Reserva Natural Macizos de Peñas Blancas on 14 Feb, 2016 by Chris Eyre-Walker Photography.

You wouldn’t believe how many times during those 3 months the E-M1 was the absolute perfect tool for the job! It’s small and discreet in the streets, fast for the action sports and weather sealed for the tropical downpours. On top of that the PRO lenses really do a fine job at giving me the necessary sharpness at a reasonable weight.

Captured at Reserva Natural Macizos de Peñas Blancas on 13 Feb, 2016 by Chris Eyre-Walker Photography.
Captured at Reserva Natural Macizos de Peñas Blancas on 13 Feb, 2016 by Chris Eyre-Walker Photography.
Captured at Somoto Canyon on 21 Feb, 2016 by Chris Eyre-Walker Photography.
Captured at Somoto Canyon on 21 Feb, 2016 by Chris Eyre-Walker Photography.

This is why I’d like to share a selection of my favourite 25 images captured during my travels throughout Nicaragua. I think they really sum up the country and more so the versatility of the camera and lenses. ALL the images were captured with either the 12-40mm f/2.8 PRO or the 40-150mm f/2.8 PRO. And if it wasn’t for surf and other jobs along the way those would be the only 2 lenses in my bag for a trip like this. One could argue to add a prime or the 7-14mm f/2.8 PRO for the street/landscapes, but you can only ever have one lens on your camera and the rest is dead weight in your backpack.

Captured at Rio Indio Maiz on 06 Feb, 2016 by Chris Eyre-Walker Photography.
Captured at Rio Indio Maiz on 06 Feb, 2016 by Chris Eyre-Walker Photography.
Captured at Islas Solentiname on the 28 January, 2016 by Chris Eyre-Walker
Captured at Islas Solentiname on the 28 January, 2016 by Chris Eyre-Walker

Due to my investment and work achieved with this camera over the past 1.5 years I have been taken on as an Olympus Visionary with Olympus Imaging Australia. Now, I’m not writing this text because I was asked to, but because I wanted to. I wanted to share my experiences and the quality of work this camera is capable of performing. And show the professionals out there that m4/3 is very much capable of performing.

Captured at Rio San Juan on 31 Jan, 2016 by Chris Eyre-Walker Photography.
Captured at Rio San Juan on 31 Jan, 2016 by Chris Eyre-Walker Photography.
Captured at Islas Solentiname on the 28 January, 2016 by Chris Eyre-Walker
Captured at Islas Solentiname on the 28 January, 2016 by Chris Eyre-Walker

Obviously there’s drawbacks, we all know that a m4/3 sensor can’t compete with a 35mm full frame sensor an all levels. But when it comes to the photography I just shared with you I wouldn’t have asked for anything else.

Captured at Islas Solentiname on the 28 January, 2016 by Chris Eyre-Walker
Captured at Islas Solentiname on the 28 January, 2016 by Chris Eyre-Walker
Captured at Reserva Natural Macizos de Peñas Blancas on 13 Feb, 2016 by Chris Eyre-Walker Photography.
Captured at Reserva Natural Macizos de Peñas Blancas on 13 Feb, 2016 by Chris Eyre-Walker Photography.

If you like my work please follow me and check out my website where I talk about photography and gear.

If you’d like to know more about travelling and how to go to the same places as I do without breaking the bank check out my travel blog.

Captured at Islas Solentiname on the 27 January, 2016 by Chris Eyre-Walker
Captured at Islas Solentiname on the 27 January, 2016 by Chris Eyre-Walker
Captured at Laguna de Apoyo on the 10 January, 2016 by Chris Eyre-Walker.
Captured at Laguna de Apoyo on the 10 January, 2016 by Chris Eyre-Walker.
Captured at Masaya Volcano on the 07 January, 2016 by Chris Eyre-Walker.
Captured at Masaya Volcano on the 07 January, 2016 by Chris Eyre-Walker.
Captured at Masaya Volcano on the 07 January, 2016 by Chris Eyre-Walker.
Captured at Masaya Volcano on the 07 January, 2016 by Chris Eyre-Walker.
Captured at Cerro Negro on 25 Feb, 2016 by Chris Eyre-Walker Photography.
Captured at Cerro Negro on 25 Feb, 2016 by Chris Eyre-Walker Photography.
Captured at Masaya Volcano on the 07 January, 2016 by Chris Eyre-Walker.
Captured at Masaya Volcano on the 07 January, 2016 by Chris Eyre-Walker.
Captured at Playa Marsella on 28 Dec, 2015 by Chris Eyre-Walker Photography.
Captured at Playa Marsella on 28 Dec, 2015 by Chris Eyre-Walker Photography.
Captured at Islands of Ometepe on the 11 January, 2016 by Chris Eyre-Walker.
Captured at Islands of Ometepe on the 11 January, 2016 by Chris Eyre-Walker.
Captured at Ometepe on 27 Dec, 2015 by Chris Eyre-Walker Photography.
Captured at Ometepe on 27 Dec, 2015 by Chris Eyre-Walker Photography.
Captured at Mombacho Volcano on the 08 January, 2016 by Chris Eyre-Walker.
Captured at Mombacho Volcano on the 08 January, 2016 by Chris Eyre-Walker.

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About the author: Heather Broster

Heather Broster was born in Canada, has lived in Japan and Italy but currently calls Wales home. She is a full-time gear tester at MirrorLessons. You can follow her on Google+, Twitter or Facebook!

  • Steve B

    Great review on the use of the EM1, I also got rid of my big Nikon kit and changed to the OMD range. I have both of the PRO lenses you mentioned and cannot fault the image quality. Fantastic images by the way!

  • zensu

    Thanks for sharing, it looks like a beautiful location. A little over a year since I got the E-M1 and love it more and more as I discover its’ capabilities.

  • Chris Eyre-Walker

    wow that’s a lot of cameras to pick from! But great to see another person who’s fallen in love with the m4/3 system. Love the balance between weight, size and quality with m4/3!

  • Antiduott

    very nice pictures ! great quality ! thank you !

  • whensly

    Nice article and looks like a great life experience. When I travel in Central America I have usually locked up the fancy-cam and used mostly my iPhone, but gosh I really love the M4/3rds format. I have about 6 cameras, 4 systems, have been shooting film since I was 8 years old. I can’t put my finger on it but every time ignore M4/3rds i always return. Small, fun, portable, kickass-images, I have realized that these are my favorite cameras. I have a 5D3, 6D, A7s, A7ii, XE-2, X100 and a Panasonic GX1. Guess which camera I like and use the most? Yup..the GX1 hands down.

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