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Photo samples: Olympus E-30 Art Filters

I was skeptical at first, but after playing with the Art Filters for a little while they became addictive. I'm not particularly fond of a couple of them--pale and light color and light tone, especially--but the rest are kind of nice. Unfortunately, you do take a bit of a performance hit for the processor-intensive filters, like Grainy Film and Pinhole. I also wish you could combine them--like Grainy Film with the vignette effect of Pinhole--as well as set a few parameters like the amount of graininess in Grainy Film to mimic high ISO black and white films.

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Grainy Film

Unfortunately, at this small size you can't really see the effect of the grain, but it still works as a high-contrast black-and-white filter. (inset: unmodified raw shot)
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Light Tone

This example makes the Light Tone look a little warmer than it actually is. Mostly, it just seems to add a cloudy overlay to the image. (inset: unmodified raw shot)
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Pale and Light Color

The Pale and Light Color filter seems to produce the faded, bluish tone of an old Polaroid. It doesn't do anything for me.(inset: unmodified raw shot)
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Pinhole

With its darker exposures and vignetting, Pinhole is one of my favorite effects. (inset: unmodified raw shot)
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Pop Art

I suppose it goes without saying that Pop Art should be used with discretion. While it can turn a warm photo into fire breathing, it can also produce a subtle but surprisingly attractive effect to metals. (inset: unmodified raw shot)
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Soft Focus

This is pretty straightforward, but it seems like a nice implementation. It really does look like a softer focus rather than just a global blur. (inset: unmodified raw shot)
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Grainy Film

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Grainy Film

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Grainy Film

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Grainy Film

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Grainy Film

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Pinhole

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Pinhole

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Pinhole

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Pinhole

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Soft Focus

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Soft Focus

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Pale and Light Color

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Pop Art

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Pop Art

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Pop Art

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