Tuesday, February 25, 2014
I have been doing a little research last week. It is about market shares for system cameras in Finland. There is no higher aim for this small exercise, I was just wondering why there are no such figures. Now there are.
Friday, February 14, 2014
Should I have chosen an image of flowers here? Maybe... ;-) Anyway the question is: Which paper should this image be printed on? My answer is here.
Thursday, January 30, 2014
Among the new products Olympus launched yesterday was a 50x superzoom camera, the Stylus SP-100EE. While I personally am not really interested in cameras of this type, it has a very interesting and useful idea well implemented. More in my blog.
Wednesday, January 29, 2014
Olympus has announced today a bunch of new products. I had again a chance to try them. On the right at Latest Blogs, you can find my little three part series of hands on previews for the new camera body OM-D E-M10, standard lens M.Zuiko 25mm F1.8 and pancake kit zoom M.Zuiko 14-42mm F3.5-5.6 EZ.
Tuesday, January 7, 2014
One of the strangest comments I happened to see after my blog on Sony A7R was one written against Olympus EM-1 stabilization. This person said that stabilization is useless at longer exposure times because it doesn´t stop subject movement. While it is true that subject movement becomes obvious with long exposure times, it doesn´t make stabilization useless. Namely there are two sides also to this coin.
This example is shot handheld at 1/5 s: Olympus E-M1, M.Zuiko 12-40 mm F2.8 @ ISO 100, 12 mm, f/5.6. In body image stabilization makes it very easy to create expressive subject movement when ever needed. Sometimes a ND filter is handy, tripod is needed almost never. Here I chose this shutter speed because it was the best compromize for the amount of motion blur. If needed I could have gone further as I can achieve absolutely sharp image after another up to 1/3 s with E-M1 and focal length 12 mm. The limit for me is around 5 / (focal length) (i.e. 10 / corresponding focal length with a 35mm camera), but then my shakiness starts to be too much for the stabilizer and the percentage of images spoilt by camera shake goes up rapidly.
Monday, January 6, 2014
One of landscapes I shot between Christmas and New Year. Post processed and printed a minute ago. (Olympus E-M1, M.Zuiko 12-40mm F2.8 @ ISO 200, 16 mm, f/2.8, 1/13 s)
Saturday, January 4, 2014
Steam catapulted, the most powerful steampunk machine, so last milennia...
I made this one just because I wanted to add an image into the thread "your best aviation picture of 2013" at flightforum.fi. This image is interesting for me because it might fit into my series of various machines which I have been collecting lately. (Olympus E-M5, M.Zuiko 12mm F2.0 @ ISO 200, f/4, 1/13 s)
Friday, January 3, 2014
Happy New Year!
(Olympus E-M1, M.Zuiko 12-40mm F2.8 @ ISO 100, 31 mm, f/4, 1/5 s)
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.
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 >>>>>