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.


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]
Eagles may soar, but weasels don't get sucked into jet engines...
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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.

A solid argument could be... [Read More]
-Napier Lopez
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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

ahmed 18 by ... [Read More]
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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)

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?
Olympus E-PL1, E-PL2, E-P3
VF2 two of them!
Oly 14-42mm, Oly 40-150mm{sold}, Oly 14-150mm, Pan 14mm, Pan 20mm{sold}, Oly 45mm, Sigma 30mm{sold}, Oly 15mm Bodycap, Lensbaby Tilt Transformer, Lomography Experiment Kit - more coming soon!
Many legacy lenses, mostly Nikkor.
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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.

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Featured: 'The Magic of India' by barbosas

Jun 13, 2014 - 5:15 PM - by barbosas

I married last year and our honeymoon trip was to India, Sri Lanka at the last week relaxing in the Maldives, in this post are some of my favourite shots from India.

I used an E-PL5, a 17/1.8 and a 45/1.8, my wife had a Panasonic LX7, very light and capable kit.

Any comments and critique are welcome.

Hope you enjoy.

The mighty Taj Mahal

The Red Fort in Agra

Chair with a view to the the Taj Mahal

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E-M1 | 12-40/2.8 | 17/1.8 | 35-100/2.8 | FL-36R
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Reminder: Help Us Choose what to Feature! And a Request...

Jun 12, 2014 - 11:55 AM - by Amin Sabet
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Featured: 'The Sigma 60mm f2.8 - My quick review!' by spatulaboy

Jun 07, 2014 - 1:44 PM - by spatulaboy
I've had the Sigma 60mm f2.8 DN lens for a month and I just love this thing! This lens has been out for about a year now but it hasn't gotten much attention at all. I have a feeling it's being overlooked due to it's 60mm focal length. It's sandwiched right between the Olympus 45mm f1.8 and 75mm f1.8 lenses (exactly 15mm between each). Honestly I find the 60mm FL great for portraiture, the 75mm is amazing but it is a little tough to work with sometimes due to its long FL. I got it for portraiture, which it excels at, but I'm finding it pretty useful for other stuff too! I really don't want to be too wordy with this, instead I'll just say what I like and don't like, and put up lots of pictures!

The Good

1. Rendering: Sharp. Punchy. Great contrast wide open. Nice bokeh. This thing produces really nice images and it's very noticeably different from the Olympus rendering.
2. Price: This lens is around $230 dollars. For it's performance it's a bargain. If you want a long portrait lens but don't have the money for an Olympus 75mm, get this lens. It will get you close for 1/4 the price. Amazing.

The Bad

1. Start up delay. When you turn on your camera it takes a good two seconds for the lens to activate. It's not a deal breaker but it might annoy some people.
2. f2.8 aperture. Ok I've seen the comments about how "f2.8 is not good enough for Micro Four Thirds". I am not in that camp and this lens can handle most situations wonderfully. However I can't help wonder how much more desirable this would be if it was at f2. I bet Sigma would sell a lot more of these. Then again it probably wouldn't cost $230 bucks.

Anyways that's my quick and dirty review. On with the pictures!

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