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Inspiration from a photographer who didn’t want her images seen widely. All my gear can deliver more accurate and precise documentation of life but my eye can’t yet convey the moment as Vivian so regularly could.
 

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Inspiration from a photographer who didn’t want her images seen widely. All my gear can deliver more accurate and precise documentation of life but my eye can’t yet convey the moment as Vivian so regularly could.
John, isn't Vivian's photography just superb and inspiring?

Square formats also make one think more about composition IMHO.

There is an enormous amount of her work on the internet, e.g. here:

http://www.vivianmaier.com/
 

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Got my two GVM LED 480LS continuous lights today. They do seem to ooze quality in every aspect and the lights are brighter than my old Viltrox LEDs. Can't wait to get some 4-legged models to shoot...

EDIT: Oh, almost forgot. I got two new softboxes for those lights yesterday. But to be honest I'm not satisfied at all: the diffusion material is way too thick (blocks too much light) and attaching them to lights is PITA. So I'll be customizing them later to suit my needs...
 

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I guess I've been a bit bad, making some recent photo purchases. Maybe cabin fever is getting to me, and getting a visit from da Fedex or USPS guy buoys me up. At any rate, I just ordered a Sirui P-326 CF monopod and a Sirui G-10X ballhead, incentivized by a sale price on the monopod and 15% rebates from Sirui. I've been looking at that monopod for a while anyway. It had been sitting in my Amazon cart for a long time waiting for an impulse to trigger it. I'm finding that as I get older, I need a more tangible means of support when shooting, especially close-ups and long telephotos. IBIS isn't quite enough to mitigate all my wobbles. I don't plan to use the G-10X on the monopod, but I have a smaller Sirui ballhead that will work. I found a ballhead to be a necessary accessory to the monopod.
 

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I guess I've been a bit bad, making some recent photo purchases. Maybe cabin fever is getting to me, and getting a visit from da Fedex or USPS guy buoys me up. At any rate, I just ordered a Sirui P-326 CF monopod and a Sirui G-10X ballhead, incentivized by a sale price on the monopod and 15% rebates from Sirui. I've been looking at that monopod for a while anyway. It had been sitting in my Amazon cart for a long time waiting for an impulse to trigger it. I'm finding that as I get older, I need a more tangible means of support when shooting, especially close-ups and long telephotos. IBIS isn't quite enough to mitigate all my wobbles. I don't plan to use the G-10X on the monopod, but I have a smaller Sirui ballhead that will work. I found a ballhead to be a necessary accessory to the monopod.
I've got to try a ball head on my monopod.
I've heard about doing it, but never tried it.

And your EM1-mk2 has temping me ever since you posted it.
 

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A long time ago, I bought a Benro A49T monopod that is very well built, and decently long. Quite separately purchased a s/h Manfrotto 322RC2 grip ball head with a pistol grip. Had to strip, clean and adjust the Manfrotto but is a fantastic combo to use.

Sure helps with the shakes!
 

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I've got to try a ball head on my monopod.
I've heard about doing it, but never tried it.

And your EM1-mk2 has temping me ever since you posted it.
I find that the ballhead gives me the flexible positioning I need so that it doesn't feel like my camera is glued to a stick. I used to have to tilt the monopod to get an upward or downward angle, which can be very awkward and unsteady. One could use a simple tilt head, but ballheads are cheaper and are better when you want to straighten your horizon especially if you're not on level ground. Anyway, I wouldn't use a monopod without it. Got spoiled when I used my MeFoto tripod leg as a monopod.

Please talk to me about the 1.2. It's in great shape and very low mileage. :)
 

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I have been using the Sirui P326cf monopod for a couple of years. At first I used a Manfrotto 2 way 234 monopod head, not easy to switch from landscape to portrait. So I put on a small Manfrotto 494rc2 ball head. Perfect. A great combo.
 

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Some locking S-biners for some of my custom made camera straps.

Not as quick to attach and detach as a simple snap hook but stronger and more secure when you're dragging the gear through the bush.
 

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I bought a Sigma 150-600mm Contemporary zoom in Canon EF mount for my adult nephew (through the BH Photo link on this site). His existing copy is basically worn out and he can't get anyone to repair it. He has a chronic life threatening illness and is an avid photographer when he has the energy.
 

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The Kipon 110 adapter has arrived today (and with extra costs I did not expect, 26£ import tax). I played with it for a bit, initial impressions:
*Build Quality? Impeccable, very lightweight but very well assembled, the screws are well placed and tightened (compare to the shady build quality of the 10£ alternative everywhere on evilBay). Just on the build quality, I feel like the cost is worth it (but mostly because of lack of solid alternative, @Erich_H you don't have to remind me of your alternative solution, I will get that one too for comparison soon :D ).
*The tolerance between the adapter and the camera mount is very good, feels stable and strong.
*The tolerance between the 110 lenses and the adapter is very tight, almost too tight. It takes some effort to mount the lens, especially if the lens is small like the 24mm and 18mm. The adapter is probably going to give in after some usage ... well, I hope it will.
*The pin is a lot more helpful in dismounting then the lever from the alternative option. Though I still think a better one could/should be made, thicker top, flatter to make it more comfortable on the fingertip. The pin could get more comfortable in using it once the adapter tolerance loosens up a bit. The most annoying was dismounting the 24mm lens for being so small, it's hard to get a good grip on the lens and pressing the small pin, 18mm is a bit easier, while it's most easily with the 50mm and 70mm.
*Strange issue: The E-M5 Mark II's IBIS is less than having effectiveness. Possibly because the lenses are so light and small that the IBIS is not countering very well the weight of the lens. I just couldn't get sharp (unshakey blur) at even half of the 18, 24, 50 or 70mm recommended speeds were not enough. Need to investigate this further. E-M1 Mark III seemed to be a bit better but I haven't tested it more than 1-2 images at different shutter speeds (all Electronic Shutter).
 

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The Kipon 110 adapter has arrived today (and with extra costs I did not expect, 26£ import tax). I played with it for a bit, initial impressions:
*Build Quality? Impeccable, very lightweight but very well assembled, the screws are well placed and tightened (compare to the shady build quality of the 10£ alternative everywhere on evilBay). Just on the build quality, I feel like the cost is worth it (but mostly because of lack of solid alternative, @Erich_H you don't have to remind me of your alternative solution, I will get that one too for comparison soon :D ).
*The tolerance between the adapter and the camera mount is very good, feels stable and strong.
*The tolerance between the 110 lenses and the adapter is very tight, almost too tight. It takes some effort to mount the lens, especially if the lens is small like the 24mm and 18mm. The adapter is probably going to give in after some usage ... well, I hope it will.
*The pin is a lot more helpful in dismounting then the lever from the alternative option. Though I still think a better one could/should be made, thicker top, flatter to make it more comfortable on the fingertip. The pin could get more comfortable in using it once the adapter tolerance loosens up a bit. The most annoying was dismounting the 24mm lens for being so small, it's hard to get a good grip on the lens and pressing the small pin, 18mm is a bit easier, while it's most easily with the 50mm and 70mm.
*Strange issue: The E-M5 Mark II's IBIS is less than having effectiveness. Possibly because the lenses are so light and small that the IBIS is not countering very well the weight of the lens. I just couldn't get sharp (unshakey blur) at even half of the 18, 24, 50 or 70mm recommended speeds were not enough. Need to investigate this further. E-M1 Mark III seemed to be a bit better but I haven't tested it more than 1-2 images at different shutter speeds (all Electronic Shutter).
I'm happy you're happy with your new adapter🌞 but the IBIS thing is strange...

Maybe your IBIS is too advanced? On my Bronze Age E-PL1, the IBIS works just as good/bad with these miniscule things, as it does with bigger stuff. Can you limit it somehow? Turn off some of the 5 axis' compensation? I'm using the full 2-axis stabilization on my thing, both vertical and horizontal.

Speaking of the Bronze Age, I got my Stone Age Kine Exakta today. It's so cool. No IBIS, though. I still have to check whether it's pre WW II, during WW II, or war reparation stuff. Probably not made in the period between 1940 and 1943, as I think they only made about 400 pieces during that time, für die Kriegsberichter. Most German war correspondents were using Leicas.

Most likely it's made by pre-war parts, as war reparations, in the period between 1945 and 1947. The serial numbers got a little confused back then, for some reason. But I think it might just be 1945 vintage.

The Ihagee factory restarted production already in late May 1945, which is pretty impressive, considering that Dresden was totally flattened by your lot in February 1945.

I'll see if I can post some pictures tomorrow!
 
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I'm happy you're happy with your new adapter🌞 but the IBIS thing is strange...

Maybe your IBIS is too advanced? On my Bronze Age E-PL1, the IBIS works just as good/bad with these miniscule things, as it does with bigger stuff. Can you limit it somehow? Turn off some of the 5 axis' compensation? I'm using the full 2-axis stabilization on my thing, both vertical and horizontal.

Speaking of the Bronze Age, I got my Stone Age Kine Exakta today. It's so cool. No IBIS, though. I still have to check whether it's pre WW II, during WW II, or war reparation stuff. Probably not made in the period between 1940 and 1943, as I think they only made about 400 pieces during that time, für die Kriegsberichter. Most German war correspondents were using Leicas.

Most likely it's made by pre-war parts, as war reparations, in the period between 1945 and 1947. The serial numbers got a little confused back then, for some reason. But I think it might just be 1945 vintage.

The Ihagee factory restarted production already in late May 1945, which is pretty impressive, considering that Dresden was totally flattened by your lot in February 1945.

I'll see if I can post some pictures tomorrow!
Your lot ... my existence wasn’t even an idea at that time :p
Sounds like a pretty wicked lens, preset design? I wouldn’t be surprised that the factory opened quickly, I think the bombing focus was on key strategic manufacturing plants, optics wouldn’t have been a high priority towards the end of the war (except for Japan I think, they optics factories were more focused because Japan was a mostly naval and air power and optics were a high priority).
Can’t wait to see the pictures.

The IBIS is as-is per model, you can’t dumb down beyond specifically eliminating ONE axis for doing directional tracking and panos. In the early models of Micro Four Thirds there were cases of shutter shock because the bodies were so light that the shutter would shake the entire assembly when making an image, even on tripods. Panasonic was the most susceptible to this issues (and even more so being a significant problem on the GX7 model). This issue has mostly been resolved with the advent and prevalence of Electronic First Curtain and Electronic Shutter. And there were significant downsides to Electronic Shutter on the earlier models as well, with very slow readout of 1/10 sec which would give extreme barrow rolling on moving subjects or panning motions, banding from artificial light and even different exposures in the image as the sensor was to slow to keep up with natural shifts of light, dropping from 12-bit and 10-bit RAW to 10-bit or 8-bit data, which meant lower image quality.
Most of this issues have been solved or significantly mitigated now ... and all hail to IBIS: Das ist die Zukunft :)
 

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Changed my mind once again ........old age? Anyhoo, instead of the Oly 12-45 f4, I ordered another PanLeica 12-60 f2.8-4. After all, my GX9 really didn't mate well with the Oly 12-45 that I rented, plus the PL will add more effective I.S. and a bit more reach. Should have kept the copy I sold a couple of years ago!
 

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Your lot ... my existence wasn’t even an idea at that time :p
Sounds like a pretty wicked lens, preset design? I wouldn’t be surprised that the factory opened quickly, I think the bombing focus was on key strategic manufacturing plants, optics wouldn’t have been a high priority towards the end of the war (except for Japan I think, they optics factories were more focused because Japan was a mostly naval and air power and optics were a high priority).
Can’t wait to see the pictures.

The IBIS is as-is per model, you can’t dumb down beyond specifically eliminating ONE axis for doing directional tracking and panos. In the early models of Micro Four Thirds there were cases of shutter shock because the bodies were so light that the shutter would shake the entire assembly when making an image, even on tripods. Panasonic was the most susceptible to this issues (and even more so being a significant problem on the GX7 model). This issue has mostly been resolved with the advent and prevalence of Electronic First Curtain and Electronic Shutter. And there were significant downsides to Electronic Shutter on the earlier models as well, with very slow readout of 1/10 sec which would give extreme barrow rolling on moving subjects or panning motions, banding from artificial light and even different exposures in the image as the sensor was to slow to keep up with natural shifts of light, dropping from 12-bit and 10-bit RAW to 10-bit or 8-bit data, which meant lower image quality.
Most of this issues have been solved or significantly mitigated now ... and all hail to IBIS: Das ist die Zukunft :)
Well, in Dresden, the focus (sic!) was mainly on destroying the housing in the city center, partly because there weren't many, if any, military targets suitable for this type of massive air strike left in Germany at that stage of the war, and partly with an aim to disrupt anticipated German transfer of forces from the Western Front. The mix of incendiary (40%), and high explosive (60%) bombs used, would support this theory, as the "normal" mix used for area bombing, when the aim wasn't to create a fire storm, was I (10%), HE (90%). Also all of the heavy anti aircraft guns in Dresden had been transferred to the Eastern Front, to be used as anti tank guns in the failed attempts to stop the Russian advance, which made the airmen's task much easier, and probably was a valuable contribution to the almost total destruction of the city, as the Allied air force's combined losses during these raids were limited to just 7 aircraft (1 USAAF B-17 and 6 RAF Lancasters, including their crew), out of a grand total of 1249 aircraft used (escort fighter planes not included in this number).
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The destroyed Ihagee factory in the middle of a ruin field, on the corner of Schandauer Straße and Bergmannstraße, in the same neighbourhood where the main Zeiss factory used to be.

The production restarted at the end of May 1945, with 42 employees, in a building formerly owned by Zeiss which was only about 80% burnt out, and situated at Blasewitzer Straße 41-45, Dresden-Johannstadt.
Enough history lessons already!

Returning to the present: The camera body is in pretty good shape, as far as I can tell. The f:2.8/5 cm Tessar is another story. The glass looks very nice and the iris is smooth. The focus ring is completely seized up, though. Probably this is possible to rectify. Might be that the lubricating grease has fossilized.

I'm going out now to pick up my E-M1, then I'll post some pictures tonight!
 
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Ordered a Sigma 60mm 2.8 last week.
Arrived with a large filament under the element. Probably wouldn't effect images but it was churning my inner OCD. Returned it and ordered a Sigma 56mm 1.4.
I tried to go the bargain route. Really.
 

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