I took some hand-held (well lens hood resting on surface) shots to give an idea of depth of field and bokeh. The focus distance is somewhere between 0.22m and 0.25m - I didn't take a note of it. Focus is on the word "gun"
Depth of Field Test 0.95_S by Peter, on Flickr
I haven't noticed that (I also have the first edition of the Voigtlander 25mm lens) but it is only ever going to be apparent at very close focus distances anyway. Kitty shift is a major problem. It helps if the cat is mainly inert.
Kris 1 by Peter, on Flickr
Voigtlander 25mm f/0.95 probably...
Re the Kowa 8.5mm vs the Voigtlander 10.5mm - as a fixed focal length lens, I find the 10.5mm a much better choice and more versatile. Both lenses are sharp, have virtually no distortion and have great IQ. Both have a little fringing but not significant for ultra-wide lenses. Where the...
I will be doing a review on my blog site - hopefully within a week or so. You can see a lens size comparison to the Kowa 8.5mm and SLR Magic 12mm lenses there now... http://peterbphotos.blogspot.com.au/2015/06/voigtlander-105mm-f095.html
My obsession with fast and wide, just got my Voigtlander 10.5mm f/0.95.
Voigtlander 10.5 01_S by Peter, on Flickr
Voigtlander 10.5 04_S by Peter, on Flickr
I will give it a workout over the next few days but here are 2 very quick shots taken at f/0.95...
Voigtlander 10.5 f0.95 08_S by Peter...
I have this lens but it doesn't get a lot of use. It is adequately sharp, very compact and very light and the focus and aperture rings fine to use. On my example, the focus scale is way out and best described as useless. Certainly no issue focussing and step down to f/5.6 and you have an...
I got my lens from Mainline Photographics in Sydney
Note price is in Australian dollars with GST which is taken off for export orders. Not sure if they are allowed to sell to the US as I...
I took delivery of the Kowa 8.5mm f/2.8 two days ago. Here is one of my first photos...
Mitchies Jetty II 2_S by peterb666, on Flickr
I have written a review of the lens http://peterbphotos.blogspot.com.au/2015/03/kowa-prominar-85mm-f28-for-micro-four.html
Interesting. I was intending to buy the Olympus 40-150mm f/2.8 but with the high price and delays in shipping my thoughts turned to the Panasonic 35-100mm (still expensive) and the Olympus 75mm f/1.8. I would be using the lens for indoor work, e.g. concerts, more than anything else. May be a...
The Oly 9-18mm is a good compromise and quite compact although a little slower on the aperture side than ideal.
The only other choice for MFT is the 12mm Olympus but after 7mm or even 9mm it is a bit on the "long" side.
I have just posted a review of the Metabones Speed Booster Nikon to MFT adapter on my blog site.
Metabone - 07 - s by peterb666, on Flickr
You will find my review of this little beauty here... Metabones Nikon to Micro Four Thirds Speed Booster Review
For some strange reason, the vignetting that I see on interior shots with DX lenses doesn't seem to be a problem in the field.
Here are a couple of quick shots this morning using my Olympus OM-D and Nikon 10-24 f/3.5-4.5
The first shot is at 24mm (34mm effective focal length), the second...
I just had a quick look with a couple of DX lenses on my Olympus OM-D last night and it vignettes a fair bit with my Nikkor 10-24mm f/3.5-4.5 zoom and using a lens hood is out of the question.
My Tamron 60mm f/2 macro showed no vignetting and was a joy to use with the Speed Booster.
BTW, I shoot on "muted" colours and it looks fine. I use to process my images with very subdued colours and limited saturation to create as close as possible colouring to real life but as I now do stuff to keep others happy, I have been slightly seduced to the over-saturated "Canon" colour...
I have the 25mm Voigtlander and 12mm SLR Magic. For lanscapes the 12mm wins hands down.
I don't use video in my camera but autofocus with video is terrible. Try it and you will see why.
My short review of the 12mm SLR Magic lens here...
PeterB Photography: SLR Magic Hyperprime 12mm Cine T1.6...
A series of sunrise photos taken at Cronulla this morning with the SLR Magic Hyperprime 12mm on my Olympus OM-D E-M5
Cronulla SLR Magic 12mm T1.6 - 1 - s by peterb666, on Flickr
Cronulla SLR Magic 12mm T1.6 - 2 - s by peterb666, on Flickr
Cronulla SLR Magic 12mm T1.6 - 3 - s by...
Just received mine today. Ordered on Tuesday, shipped from Hong Kong on Thursday and arrived in my office in Sydney, Australia the next day!!!
Very impressed with the build quality but focus ring not as smooth as on my Voigtlander. The "lens hood" step-up ring is a rip off, it is 36 years since...
Unless I am using live view, I centre focus and recompose.
Live view is great for tripod use and macro work especially with the screen angled so you can shoot at odd angles. I will use the touch screen to change my focus point if required.
I do a lot of extreme-low light manual focus and...
I have to say the 12-50mm is one of the most underated lenses out there. Fabulous bang for buck and the macro fuction is sweet.
The only area where I think it could be better is with manual focus which is difficult in low light - partly due to the small small aperture and also the standard...
I just received my free* 15mm Lens Cap lens and look forward to using it with my Olympus E-P3 which I think is the ideal partner.
* free as part of a promotion from Olympus in Australia when buying the OM-D E-M5 togehter a camera wrap and leather strap.
After the bad press the 12-50mm zoom got, I was pleasantly surprised how good the lens was. Nice having the extra zoom on both ends and the 1:2 macro. I have found it sharp and excellent detail with the OM-D. Weather proofing a nice bonus.
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The E-P3 is a lovely camera to shot with but the OM-D E-M5 blows it away with lower noise levels and much better colour for really long exposures in low light. I find the E-M5 RAW images need a lot less processing and therefore retain heaps more detail (and the extra mp helps too). It may be...
Macro mode is at 43mm only and goes to 0.23m from the sensor and approx half size reproducton. I have found this gives a reasonable space for using natural lighting. Close focus in normal mode is quite reasonable. I think it is around 0.4 meters.
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I have the Nissin Di466 Four Thirds - yes and I would expect that pretty much every flash made for Four Thirds would. The only ones that won't will be some of the cheap eBay (etc) sourced flash units that don't have the secondary contacts on the foot of the flash.
I am loving the 12-50mm lens. Here are some from Bombala Railway Station (closed in 1986)
Bombala Railway Station 1 by peterb666, on Flickr
Bombala Railway Station 2 by peterb666, on Flickr
Bombala Railway Station 3 by peterb666, on Flickr
Bombala Railway Station 4 by...
Dead. Panasonic have been out of it for years. Olympus may release one more half-baked body which I think was promised some time ago but would be a wasted investment and only to appease those with a stake in FT. No new customers likely.
They should put money into porting over some of the great...
Took my 12-50mm on holiday
This is my first serious use of the Olympus 12-50mm lens and it is quite a handy one to take on a holiday. Here are some shots from the beach and include some quite close hand-held macro shots.
Cuttagee Beach from Sawmillers Bay jpg by peterb666, on Flickr...
I prefer to use non-TSA locks. I don't care if they can be cut off - at least I would be certain my luggage has been tampered with and that is important when collecting bags before presenting at customs. Theft is not a big problem in most locations and insurance will cover that. Having something...
I joined in January 2010. I bought an early build of the Olympus E-P1 and it was my return to more serious photography. I sill shoot with an Olympus E-P3 and use the E-P1 with the more recent lenses which overcomes the AF problems with the earlier lenses.
I shoot about 50:50 between Olympus...
It certainly does and is no problem on Olympus camera as you can switch off infinity-reset. In any event, leaving the focus collar in the MF positin should be fine (I would have thought). The DOF scale on the 12mm lens is good but I have heard some claim the focus scale can be a little off on...
Well I do my moon shots with a Sigma 150-500 zoom with a 1.5x crop Nikon D90 and want more!!!!
Will get a Nikon G to MFT adapter before the next red moon.
I have done moon shots with the Panny 45-200 and only so-so.
Regardless of the lens, use MF.
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I never considered the PL45 as I already have a slow macro lens for MFT via an adapted Olympus OM 50 mm lens.
I picked up a 3-week old Olympus 45 mm from a deceased estate and it appears may have never been used. Such are the benefits of somking and lung cancer to the non-smoker.
I am very...