Featured: 'Japanese Nisei Week Parade - Little Tokyo, Los Angeles' by Jonathan F/2

Aug 11, 2014 - 9:29 AM - by Jonathan F/2


I hit up the Japanese Nisei Week Parade in Little Tokyo here in Los Angeles. Shot most of everything with the E-M10, E-PM2, Nikon 100mm 2.8 Series E + Lens Turbo Adapter, Olympus 12-50mm EZ and Olympus 17mm 1.8 M.Zuiko lens.

Check it out!

























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Panasonic Leica Summilux 15mm F1.7 Brief Impressions

Aug 04, 2014 - 3:12 AM - by napilopez


Panasonic Leica Summilux 15mm F1.7 Brief Impressions


Determined to sell some food, isn't she?

A few days ago, I received Panasonic’s new 15mm F1.7. While I spend the next couple of weeks trying it out in the field for a full review, I thought I’d share some immediate impressions after trying it out for a short while.

Build and Design

The PL15 shares the Leica-inspired design language of its much larger (and much more expensive) cousin, the 42.5mm F1.2. Which is to say it’s a very well designed lens. It’s pretty small, significantly smaller than the 25mm F1.4, but definitely not a pancake lens. Still, it’s somewhat jacket pocketable on a small body. I had my concerns that the barrel would be constructed with inferior materials because of its lower price point, but it feels every bit as solid as the 42.5mm F1.2, if not a bit more so thanks to the lack of an OIS element jiggling around.

Like that lens, it features a handy hardware AF/MF switch and an aperture ring around the barrel that clicks into ⅓ stops, with extra dampening between the F1.7 and Auto settings to prevent accidental changes (something that plagues me frequently on Fuji lenses). I’m still ambivalent about the aperture ring’s usefulness though. I like the functionality in principle, but I’d much rather have a clicking manual focusing ring with distance markings and hard stops like on the Olympus 17mm F1.8. The latter functionality also works on any Micro Four Thirds camera, whereas so far only Panasonic cameras support the aperture ring. Besides, with Panasonic being more video-oriented than... [Read More]
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Featured Forum Thread: 'Ethiopia and Sudan' by edme

Jul 29, 2014 - 2:38 PM - by edme
I spent a month in Ethiopia and about 2 weeks in Sudan. Being by myself (and it being the low season as well, permanently so in Sudan) it was going to be very expensive to get off the beaten path and see the truly spectacular stuff so what you see here is the tip of the iceberg in regards to what these 2 countries have to offer.

First up is Lalibela, these churches were chiselled out of the rock 800 years ago, it is one of many important religious sites in Ethiopia - the people you see in the pictures are pilgrims who have come from all over Ethiopia and the place echoes with chanting in the early morning.


Lalibela 1 by edme!, on Flickr


Lalibela 10 by edme!, on Flickr


Lalibela 6 by edme!, on Flickr


Lalibela 7 by edme!, on Flickr

In this picture you can see clearly how the churches were made:

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Featured: 'Thailand, me, and my OM-D' by Zee

Jul 25, 2014 - 10:34 AM - by Zee
...E-M1, to be exact, but then the title wouldn't rhyme.

It was not long after the release of the E-M5 that a friend of mine picked one up, on my advice. Odd, that...

You see, I was shooting a Canon 7D at the time, and I had been shooting Canon since I bought my first DSLR in about February 2008. A 400D, with a 100mm F2.8 macro, a EF-s10-22 and a Sigma 17-70, with an Ikelite housing to take scuba diving photos with.

Yes, I learned to shoot a DSLR, purely in manual mode, 30m (90ft) under the ocean. With dual off-camera strobes.

Seriously.

As you can imagine, the learning curve was steep, but it was fun. I got better quickly, and seeing as underwater macro is my most enjoyed photographic past time, pretty much everything I shoot top side now is all about learning more to get better shots down there.

(Amongst my first underwater DSLR shots)




This all came to an end in about May 2010. Whilst on a dive trip to Palau, I was setting up my rig on a bench on the back of the speed boat. Someone saw a pod of dolphins, and the Captain, in all his wisdom, and desire to please the tourists on his boat, decided to throttle back to full stop, which resulted on my camera falling off the bench from about 4 feet, and landing straight on the port, cracking the housing where the port attaches,... [Read More]
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Panasonic GH4 Long Term Review: The Best Mirrorless Camera Ever?

Jul 22, 2014 - 3:38 AM - by napilopez
Panasonic GH4 Long Term Review: The Best Mirrorless Camera Ever?


If you read my early impressions of the GH4 (or heck, virtually any review out there), you’ll know it’s a great camera in every right, mirrorless or not. Still, a few days with a camera is often not enough to form a full impression of its abilities. So after spending much more time with it, has my opinion changed?

Well, no.

If anything, the added time has cemented my opinion of the GH4 as the mirrorless camera to beat. It is all around one of the most versatile and reliable cameras I’ve ever used, marred by few real weaknesses. Most of this will focus on the GH4’s viability as a pro and action camera, as that’s where the GH4 really shines. As such, I’ll revisit some performance points and add some anecdotes from the review period.

Focusing, revisited


The GH4 is still the quickest focusing camera I’ve used overall, but that statement doesn't really mean much – most mirrorless cameras using modern lenses focus at least as quickly as comparable DSLRs anyway. We must keep caution with specs and quantitative claims; what does focusing in 0.07 seconds matter if it a camera can’t focus at all in low light? Thankfully, the GH4 has both the specs and honest performance to lower that raised eyebrow.

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Featured: 'Anyone have a go at the Fireworks on the 4th? Here's my attempt...' by Gidget

Jul 06, 2014 - 10:58 AM - by Gidget
Shot with the E-M1 and 12-40mm @ 12mm on a tripod.
I used Manual mode with manual focus set to infinity.
Setup the EM-1 in Live Time mode and it worked great. You could see the fireworks coming to life on the screen.
Aperture was f/10 and ISO 100. I would probably use ISO 200 next time for less clipping.
Long exposure noise reduction was turned off.
Forgot to set the color temperature/white balance to Tungsten or ~3000.
Shutter shock set to zero, but not sure this mattered.
Turned off IS since I was using the tripod.

Waited until after the initial launch/explosion to open the shutter and closed it as fireworks were peaking. Live Time was made for this kind of shooting! I tried using the Oly Oi Share app on my iPhone and my Android Tablet, but the lag between me pressing the shutter icon and it actually closing the shutter was much too long.

Exposures varied from 3 to 5 seconds.















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Featured: 'GH3 in Egypt...' by hypnomatt

Jul 05, 2014 - 3:08 AM - by hypnomatt
k18 by hypnomatt, on Flickr

k21 by hypnomatt, on Flickr

k17 by hypnomatt, on Flickr

k16 by hypnomatt, on Flickr

k2 by hypnomatt, on Flickr

ahmed 19 by hypnomatt, on Flickr

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Featured: 'Frame Grab from the GH4' by Talanis

Jun 27, 2014 - 8:29 PM - by Talanis
Here is a screen grab from a 4K video made with the GH4. The quality is sweet.



Here's the resulting video that I did for testing the variable frame rates (at 96 fps)
http://youtu.be/oq3vw8KdF1I

Edit: Here's a link to the original: http://clients.ericcote.net/img/s5/v130/p856348591.jpg

Another Edit: Here is the printed version (13" x 19")
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E-M10 Fashion Colors!

Jun 24, 2014 - 4:42 PM - by speedandstyle



Exclusively available from GetOlympus.com: http://www.getolympus.com/us/en/digi...omd/e-m10.html

Is anybody else excited about these new color options?

I so like the orange and black.


The olive green is OK, kind of has a military look.


I don't really get the point of the slightly different black on black one though. The texture isn't that much different, although it is a cool texture - snake?
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Tutorial: Add the Mu-43 Mobile Version Shortcut to Your Phone / iPod Homescreen

Jun 22, 2014 - 11:35 AM - by Amin Sabet
We are phasing out the site app in favor of a mobile site version, which is the default site version when visiting from a phone or iPod.

To add a link to your phone or iPod homescreen so that the mobile site can be launched like an app, follow the directions below.

For Android phones:

1) Visit mu-43.com in your browser (I am using Chrome here) and tap on the menu button. Mine is circled in red; yours may look slightly different in a different browser / phone.




2. Tap on "Add to homescreen"




3.1. Change title to something short like "Mu-43"

3.2. Tap on "Add"




4. All done. Your shortcut appears on the homescreen, where you can move it or add to a folder.




For iPhone / iPod:

1. Visit mu-43.com in your browser (Safari) and then tap the icon shown below:




2. Tap on "Add to Home Screen"




3.1. Change the name to something short like "Mu-43"

3.2. Tap on "Add"




4. All done. Your shortcut appears on the homescreen, where you can move it or add to a folder.

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