This past Saturday while my wife and wife’s friend spent the day canning tomato sauce, my friend and I took our boys to the Udvar Hazy Air and Space museum at Dulles Air port near DC. Unfortunately it was pretty crowded, but the museum is big enough that isn’t really that much of a problem. I had this whole intention of taking my time thoughtfully taking pictures and telling the boys all about the history of the numerous air planes, gliders, helicopters, rockets and space ships. Mostly it was “run and gun” whilst quickly providing the name of the appropriate flying object before moving on to the next one as the kids noticed it and got excited. The Panasonic 14mm spent most of the time on the E-M5, but I did swap on the Olympus 45mm for a couple of pictures.
The light levels in the museum, for the most part, are actually better than I had thought (the last time I was there, 7 years ago, I wasn’t taking pictures). That said, IBIS was a nice feature as it allowed my to shoot at low ISOs, stopped down a little and still be able to handhold. Most of my settings were around ISO200 or 400 and f/2.8-4 with shutter speeds in the 1/4-1/15s range for the most part. Without IBIS I would have needed to have shot either wider apertures and/or raised the ISO at least another stop or two. I would of course loved to have spent a couple more hours (we were there for about 4hrs including lunch) wandering the museum and taken it slower, but the life of having young kids (maybe next time?). Also it would have been nice to have had something a little wider. The 14mm was just fine for a lot of pictures, but a 12mm, or better yet something in the 9-10mm range would have helped for probably half of the pictures either to get in closer to get bystanders out of the picture or else do things like get portraits with more of the plane/shuttle/etc in the frame.
Olympus 45mm, f/2, ISO200, 1/160s
Panasonic 14mm, f/2.5, 1/15s, ISO200
Panasonic 14mm, f/3.2, 1/6s, ISO200
Panasonic 14mm, f/3.5, 1/10s, ISO200
Panasonic 14mm, f/4.5, 1/8s, ISO200
Panasonic 14mm, f/4, 1/6s, ISO200
Panasonic 14mm, f/4, 1/5s, ISO200
Panasonic 14mm, f/3.2, 1/13s, IS400