Monday, November 11, 2013
Because of some irrational lust, full 35mm sensor size keeps tempting me! I know I don´t need it but... I tried Sony´s new A7r. Full 35mm sensor in a very small body.
Monday, October 28, 2013
I did last week my first shooting trip with Olympus OM-D E-M1 and M.Zuiko 12-40mm F2.8 Pro lens which both were production samples. I have now checked my images briefly and the real opinion on this combination in practice starts to gain shape in my mind. More in my blog.
Wednesday, October 2, 2013
One of Olympus´ claims for the new OM-D E-M1 is better image stabilization at longer shutter speeds. Just to get an idea what´s happening I made a simple test. I shot a test series with E-M1 and E-M5 cameras. The result is shown here.
Wednesday, September 25, 2013
Finally I had time to pull together my blog on Voigtländer Nokton 42.5mm f/0.95 lens. It´s a beautiful thing both as an object and by the images you can have through it. The image below shows how I like to use it. More in my blog.
Saturday, September 21, 2013
So far I have used the new 12-40mm zoom only at Olympus workshop in Ireland and even there just for a few shots. In my previous blog there was one image shot with it. It was at 40mm focal length and at aperture f/5.6. Looks good as expected but there should be something to compare with to analyze any further. While that has to wait until I can get the lens again, here´s a couple of more images for anyone interested.
Friday, September 20 2013
Adobe published Lightroom 5.2 two days ago. It contains support also for Olympus E-M1. Adobe labels it as preliminary support. That´s because Adobe needs an actual camera body to create Lightroom (and ACR) demosaic for any camera. What we get now is made with a pre-production body. There might be some slight changes with production camera for next Lightroom (and ACR) version, but I don´t expect anything radical. >>More>>
Wednesday, September 19, 2013
Olympus Europe is organizing a three week long series of little workshops in Ireland. The theme is, of course, E-M1. Workshops are held at the beautiful Castle Leslie in Glaslough, close to border with Northern Ireland. People attending there are mostly journalists and Olympus dealers from various European countries. I visited there last Friday and Saturday in a group of some 30 people from Finland, Russia and Baltic states. >>More>>
Wednesday September 11, 2013
Article on new Olympus lenses is updated with lens construction and MTF charts for M.Zuiko 12-40 f/2.8 PRO and Zuiko D. 12-60mm f/2.8-4.0 lenses.
Tuesday September 10, 2013
Olympus has today introduced their newest digital system camera, the OM-D E-M1, which finally combines the Four Thirds and the Micro Four Thirds camera and lens systems into one. E-M1 ends a years long speculation on how or when or if at all this will happen.
See my latest blogs for more information.
Wednesday September 4, 2013
As a more positive note I need to add an image here:
I have been shooting with Voigtländer 42,5mm f/0,95 lens lately. It is attached to Olympus PEN E-P5 with VF-4 viewfinder. This is a beautiful combination. Of course it looks like one also but I rather mean the usability and joy of shooting it gives. There are three types of images I´m interested in with this combination. One is of course portraits. The second is black and white street and ambience shots around town. And the third one is nature close ups. So far I have only done this kind of stuff and probably it is also the only thing I really have time to do now before I need to return the lens to Rajala-Camera where from it is on loan.
Anyway with it´s closest focusing distance of 20cm and great combination of sharpness and dreamy out of focus bokeh, I have absolutely enjoyed this lens. I´ll write a proper blog later this week on this setup.
Wednesday September 4, 2013
A week ago I wrote about the farcical story of Olympus E-M1 rumors and leaks versus Olympus PR. After a week the situation in real world has not changed. Olympus has not introduced any camera called E-M1.
Meanwhile rumor site 43rumors.com posted E-M1 video specs with their FT5 rating which indicates that site owners expect the specs to be real. I have no comment on those specs. The interesting thing for me again is seeing how people behave. A furious Olympus bashing started immediately and while I write these words there are already 414 comments. Commenting these specs has not been limited to this site but it has been sprawling across photosites in the internet.
A quite typical comment at 43rumors.com (written by someone anonymous called "MyName") is:
I am not writing this to defend Olympus. On the contrary. I only see all of this as a further confirmation on what I wrote a week ago. We are seeing a prime example on how shit hits the fan.
Btw: Does anyone still believe that camera makers should leak partial information on future products on purpose?
Monday September 2, 2013
The other day I was in a meeting in Germany, evaluating a new camera. Somehow there, after I had tried various things and sat down with this camera in my hands, a surprising question about the best camera I have ever used struck my mind. While I was pondering it through this new model, one of the hosts came and asked me: Pekka, what do you think? She meant naturally my opinion on this camera but I really had wandered into another world of thinking relationships between aims in photography and cameras as tools. What did I answer? Actually I recognized my original thought: Is this it? So my answer was: I was thinking if this will be the best camera I have ever used! But really: is there such a thing? MORE >>>>>
Wednesday August 28, 2013
Yesterday Olympus Europe posted this teaser at their website:
Lots of lenses and a view camera back style contraption in the middle... I guess they are not going to introduce anything as big as a view camera, though. I also guess that anyone following camera forums knows already what the name of this flagship camera might be. How does it look like. What are it´s main features. How much it costs. Even the first "user reports" seem to be circulating the net. MORE>>>>>
Monday August 26, 2013
Time to get back from my three months long summer break. Still a bit rusty - but there are so many new things happening that the old diesel will pick up the pace soon again.
I have enjoyed mostly just the summer and shooting new images. Of other stuff around photography, the most interesting news has been the decline in camera industry. MORE >>>>>