photohounds

photohounds

Lives in Australia ACT, Australia
Works as a z/OS IT, freelance
Joined on Jun 28, 2009
About me:

Someone gave me a second hand Minolta range-finder at age 11. No manual, no shop nearby and no Google, I learned DOF, shutter speed, motion, flare, film speeds by myself at a time when you had to WAIT a week for your Black and White photos.

Since then, I've always had trouble putting a camera down and have had well over a hundred cameras:)

I have been semi-pro for decades and see micro four thirds as a great compromise. Pro results without much bulk and weight means rarely I leave my cameras behind.

I find that people react better to a smaller setup but love the results.

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DeFinitive: I might consider the 7-14 and absolutely loving my 12-40 f2.8, so much so that I'm selling all my Canon gear.

Yep, I unloaded all the big stuff ...
This gear is excellent, and prints to poster size still looking good.

When I think of what poster prints looked like in the '80s ...

Direct link | Posted on Feb 25, 2014 at 14:03 UTC
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Fri13: I am going to picck that 8.5mm if quality is better than Panasoniic 7-14mm. Now I have Samyang 7.5mm fiisheye lens and while its drawn and sharpness is amazing, I hate how it is hard to get de-fishing profiles work in LR and so on.

Please Kowa, add pins to lens so camera can write to EXIF/IPTC metadata what aperture and focus distance was used (and what lens focal lenght is).

I have that glass too.

It is surprisingly sharp and nicely made, too. Icing on cake the OMDs let you easily magnify the spot you want sharp to check focus ... try that with that 1936 glass finder technology.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_the_single-lens_reflex_camera#Exakta - the FIRST 35mm SLR

Some samples shot with it, here.
http://photohounds.smugmug.com/Manmade-environment/Something-fisheye-here-/

Quick poll:
How much time do YOU spend trolling through the CaNikSon forums to make irrelevant "observations"?

I'll answer first : ZERO

Direct link | Posted on Feb 24, 2014 at 14:03 UTC
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Just Ed: There are a lot of small APS-C cameras out there. Even some compact lenses to go with them.

Personally, I would not buy into 4/3'rds at this point in time. jmo

3:2 was made popular by good hardware, NOT by having usable ideal proportions!
... it was rarely useful without cropping. You had to "learn the proportions" and try to shoot according to its non intuitive nature.

The proportions were NOT chosen to make good pictures!
They came about by adding 2 movie frames together, and also explains WHY the 6x9 format had VERY few users.

The VAST majority of roll film users (pretty well the only film where you had any choice in negative proportions) prefered 6x4.5 (4:3) and 6x7 (about 5:4, actually) or Hasselblad's SQUARE format (and its nice portable cameras) -NOT- the 3:2 of 6x9 format.

I saw the boxes leave the store.

FEW film formats had such weird elongation, all used a more ART-like aspect.

Pity it wasn't a much better 25x35mm format. (1.4:1)

I'm starting an informal 4:3 lens sample gallery.

http://photohounds.smugmug.com/Gear-tests

I plan to do an EM-1 and EM-5 comparisons of near identical shots soon.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 23, 2014 at 10:31 UTC
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Just Ed: There are a lot of small APS-C cameras out there. Even some compact lenses to go with them.

Personally, I would not buy into 4/3'rds at this point in time. jmo

And mostly BAZOOKA lenses ...
I carry and EM-1, 8 lenses, FL50 flash, filters, plenty batteries, PL-200 QR, and a few other bits in a LowePro 180 Nova AW bag.

There is NO apsc or FMF (Full Marketing Frame) camera that you could even remotely do that with.
I sometimes don't know the situation so I take ALL the glass with me. Sometimes an EM-5 too.

Both OMDs leave my RB-67 in the DUST.
It had an actual picture area of 56 x 69.5mm, or about - about 4.5 times the 35mm format

Both OMDs leave it in the dust for quality. When there's time, I'll dig out some 4x5 inch negs - about 14.2 TIMES as big as FMF.
I would comfortably expect the OMDs comfortably beating 4x5 IQ. With Zuiko pro or prime lenses I'd expect better sharpness and less grain "noise" - except maybe for unprocessed night shots.

A few samples:
http://photohounds.smugmug.com/6x7-early-80s/

... t b c

Direct link | Posted on Feb 23, 2014 at 10:20 UTC
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Kiril Karaatanasov: BTW where is the section on compressed RAW that Olypus are using and analysis of the effects of this compresison? or this is only for high profile cameras? and M1 is a.. ..not so high profile?

Lossless compression saves space and like a ZIP file or FLAC file ALL the original is recovered when opening the file.

Lossless compression WORKS that way.

READ:
http://www.olympusamerica.com/crm/oneoffpages/crm_raw.asp

Direct link | Posted on Feb 23, 2014 at 09:34 UTC
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wilkes888: C-MOUNT LENSES

Question for EM-1 users: Has anyone tried using old C-Mount lenses? Also is there a list of 'lenses which work well' with the MFT mount cameras? I hear that some produce much better quality circles on the MFT sensor than others.

Note: I did try to search at the top of the page but it I didn't seem to bring up anything on the forums. Is there a dedicated forum search which I've missed?

Lossless compression - saves space.

Lossless means like a ZIP file or FLAC ..

ALL of the original data is recovered when opening the file and it therefore we have PRECISELY the original data with no loss at all. It has to work that way.

http://www.olympusamerica.com/crm/oneoffpages/crm_raw.asp

Direct link | Posted on Feb 23, 2014 at 09:31 UTC
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Kiril Karaatanasov: ...and what battery life did you get? Is 350 frames ok for M1 since ..it is not a high profile camera as another one which too does 350 frames on a battery charge, but is evidently higher class and so is judged differently?

Batteries are compact, easily three in a pocket.

If you are bracketing it is easy to get 500+ shots on one charge. Presumably the VF to shutter ratio alters the effective consumption.
Aftermarket batteries on eBay are cheap and there are even ones called full "process" or something like that - it means the original charger can be used.

They are $9 and work perfectly.

In the dark that VF dusts glass finders!

My competition could not even SEE some of the things I shot. Without the EVF, in some cases, I could not see THE ACTION either ..

http://photohounds.smugmug.com/Performing-arts/Footloose-Supa/i-FcghWZ6/A

OMDs are brilliant in the dark.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 23, 2014 at 03:44 UTC
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srados: 2-3 years ago I was trying Oly's(many of them) in a camera show, with not so challenging lighting situation.All Olympus cameras did struggle to focus...Pentax too.I do not know did this did improved lately. I know 3 years are like 1000 years in technology terms, passed.

Canon/Nikon did not had issues in focusing...My impression from Olympus that they struggle in that(focusing) department.

Party last night - took the OMD as instead of my SONY or Panny P&S cams ...

Nothing critical.
I set the TOUCH screen up to SHOOT when pressed, press on display at the subject's head, WHAM!
Even in quite dim light, it nailed focus instantly (like the EM-5 does)!

Much faster than fiddling with the focus point adjustment.
It trounced the CaNikon users there and they WERE surprised.

I must use this feature more ...
Low light AF issues are NOT present with this camera OR the OMD.

Of course like EVERY cam I've ever tried, if there's strong enough backlight to cause FLARE, or there simply isn't any detail, it will hunt. If that's an "issue", learn how to use a camera!

Direct link | Posted on Feb 23, 2014 at 03:41 UTC
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Ty Slothrop: Oly mentions uploading to a PC in their specs for the EM-1. Is there anything in the firmware/hardware/flatware that precludes interfacing with a Mac, or requires something that I'm overlooking? (It shouldn't matter but for complete disclosure I'm using Aperture for PP.)
2. I'm not clear if a tethered off-camera flash is fully auto TTL?
3. Is it necessary that the cable be a dedicated Oly product to an Oly flash unit?
If my questions reflect some confusion and don't make sense please feel free to reframe them as needed.
Many thanks, Ty

AND off-camera flash can also be wireless :) No tether needed.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 21, 2014 at 11:34 UTC
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sunberries: Just had this yesterday with the 12-40 2.8 Still trying out everything but only one thing has really been bothering me, the EVF is so sensitive that it keeps activating and thereby shutting down the screen. This even happens when viewing the pictures in Play mode, a slight pass of anything (shadow, finger, hand) over the EVF turns the screen off and goes to shooting mode. I measured the distance from which the EVF activates and it is 41mm (1.6 inches) from the rubber cup. Anybody got a fix to this?

Or keep your fingers away from the eyepiece - it is seeing them and 'thinks' you've lifted the cam to your face!

I cured myself after half a dozen times. No problem now.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 21, 2014 at 11:29 UTC
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Timmbits: I can't help but wonder if the MFT consortium (Panasonic, Olympus) will be offering a larger sensor at these prices! (aps or larger)

By that 'reasoning', an F-150 is a "better car" than a BMW ... must be .. more materials.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 21, 2014 at 11:24 UTC
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jazzybatra: Hello, I have an OMD EM5 and 75mm 1.8 lens. Most of my shots aure either out of focus or slow to focus small kids. Is this fast in OMD EM1? Is there a firmware or setting I should look at to make the focussing faster and accurate?

It's a great lens for kids. Make sure both Lens and camera are at latest firmware levels and narrow the focussing spots. Also yurm eye focus on.

Here .. shot with lowered sharpness/contrast, NO additional lighting.no problem.

http://photohounds.smugmug.com/People/Kids/

Try to have the child move across the frame, as few longish lenses can cope with a child at close chil running towards the camera.

Gives the parents a hard time too :P

Direct link | Posted on Feb 21, 2014 at 11:24 UTC
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Kiril Karaatanasov: DPR where is the "Camera hangs when multiple live view effects are turned on" Cons? Did you even try switching on the Art filters and peaking together?

ohh or you just love the camera and did not bother go that deep in the review process?

Hasn't happened to me - ever.

I just retried it, latest firmware now, but I did not see this before, either.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 21, 2014 at 11:18 UTC
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laughingor: now the Fuji X-T1 is out. I feel that it will top EM-1 for IQ, and yet cheaper by $100. what do you all guy comment?

EM-1 usability looks superior - fewer needs for menus.
Depends if you ever need to shoot fast and not everyone does.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 21, 2014 at 11:16 UTC
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srados: 2-3 years ago I was trying Oly's(many of them) in a camera show, with not so challenging lighting situation.All Olympus cameras did struggle to focus...Pentax too.I do not know did this did improved lately. I know 3 years are like 1000 years in technology terms, passed.

Canon/Nikon did not had issues in focusing...My impression from Olympus that they struggle in that(focusing) department.

EM-5 slow to focus in low light?
NOT my experience

I got ten times as many keepers these evenings as The CaN IkSon bricks and bazooka brigade got (and a MUCH greater variety of shooting angles..

HERE:
http://photohounds.smugmug.com/Performing-arts/Eurobeat-by-Supa/

...
and HERE:

http://photohounds.smugmug.com/Performing-arts/Music/

Other galleries under
http://photohounds.smugmug.com/Performing-arts/
.. shot mostly with the OMD-EM5

The thing focussed instantly and accurately almost all the time.
Often, I could not even see the subjects without the EFV.

The 5-axis IS also helped drive the keeper rate' up.
Sounds like "the low light issue" is user error...

Direct link | Posted on Feb 21, 2014 at 11:14 UTC
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RaZZ3R Death: Just asking here but does this little lens have very good macro capabilities because I see written on the lens 1:1.8 between 17mm and MSC logo and the only thing that comes to my mind the obvious magnification numbers.

Neither this, or the 1:2.8 Zuiko, nor the panny 20mm have any useful macro capability. Some of the zooms go quite close though.

This Zuiko 17/1.8 IS a good walkabout and low light companion, though

These were shot the morning I opened the box.

http://photohounds.smugmug.com/Behind-the-scenes-with-ABC-loc/

The listeners liked the results (apparently quite a lot as the station mentioned the pics a few times).

The National Film and Sound Archive folk appreciated them too.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 16, 2014 at 01:49 UTC
On Olympus m.Zuiko 17mm F1.8 first impressions and samples article (255 comments in total)
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Camp Freddy: Very underwhelmed with the examples apart from the bored bloke with the beard shots, which show a use for this focal legnth at least.

faster than zooms, for those who must change lenses IMHO. 12mm a better bet .

Easy:
In time, get both - I did and no regrets.
Might get the new 25/f1.8 too

As they are not bazookas, and the cameras are not bricks, you could even take them all with you AND use them.

These were shot the morning I pulled it out of the box.

http://photohounds.smugmug.com/Behind-the-scenes-with-ABC-loc/

The listeners I shot them for were very happy.

The fact the samples appear to reflect disinterest on the part of the tester is irrelevant to the lens itself.

I LIKE the instant AF/MF via the slide 'n' click focus ring. Reminiscent of the shutter speed dial being on the THROAT of the OM lens mount instead of a dial to twiddle on top.

Oly were always pretty good with ergonomics - more shooting, less fiddling.

This new gear appears to be no exception.

I'm glad I ditched Canon early on, they are OK, but less suitable to fast, accurate shooting, to me.

And oh the DUST PROBLEMS!
On my 4th Oly digital camera, change lenses anywhere I want, never noticed ANY dust spots.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 16, 2014 at 01:16 UTC
On Olympus m.Zuiko 17mm F1.8 first impressions and samples article (255 comments in total)
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Random Royalty: Having done photography for a very long time and as a onetime photo technician, I find the misunderstanding regarding F, focal length, sensor size, light gathering and bokeh quite amusing.

Basically there is a huge advantage going to a smaller sensor size, and we make a mistake when we equate that with film sizes. I loved shooting medium format because of the added resolution but this is a non issue with digital.

There is no practical reason why we need full-frame as it is a marketing gimmick. Yes we get 1:1 crop but who cares?

As many have pointed out quite correctly, F is the function of lens opening vs. focal length and will let in a constant amount of light. Adjustments are made, however for the light gathering capabilities of lens and other factors (number of lens elements) but it is meant to be a constant like shutter speed so that light metering will produce the same results for the same value. A light meter reading of 1/125 at f8 for ISO 200 is the same for any camera.

.. continued
Plenty of DOF when you DO want DOF. That's WAY more often when you are not playing and the customers are paying.

Hint to measurebators ..
('disappearing ear' portraits don't PAY)

With razor sharp lenses, micro four thirds is also an advantage with macro where DOF is wafer thin. I generally don't kill what I am shooting, just so I can focus stack.

I'll do a review of this lens with of pics I shot the morning I pulled it out of the box. It enabled candid, hand held shots, much liked by the listeners of the radio statio I shot them for.

The 17 works very well, on an OMD 1 or 5 (I have both).

It is a great walkabout, pocketable in colder weather and giver the OMDs a cool retro look while keeping the size down.

You can get immediate, natural pics as people are more comfortable.

We DO get a 1:1 'crop'(as did the Mamiya RB-67)
Four thirds is not a subset of any format, let alone legacy FMF.

FWIW, I BOUGHT reversible the hood and shot rather than whine "it isn't free".

Direct link | Posted on Feb 16, 2014 at 00:59 UTC
On Olympus m.Zuiko 17mm F1.8 first impressions and samples article (255 comments in total)
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Random Royalty: Having done photography for a very long time and as a onetime photo technician, I find the misunderstanding regarding F, focal length, sensor size, light gathering and bokeh quite amusing.

Basically there is a huge advantage going to a smaller sensor size, and we make a mistake when we equate that with film sizes. I loved shooting medium format because of the added resolution but this is a non issue with digital.

There is no practical reason why we need full-frame as it is a marketing gimmick. Yes we get 1:1 crop but who cares?

As many have pointed out quite correctly, F is the function of lens opening vs. focal length and will let in a constant amount of light. Adjustments are made, however for the light gathering capabilities of lens and other factors (number of lens elements) but it is meant to be a constant like shutter speed so that light metering will produce the same results for the same value. A light meter reading of 1/125 at f8 for ISO 200 is the same for any camera.

I agree that bricks and bazookas with FMF (Full Marketing Frame) are only required in extreme cases.

The technobabble used to "justify" the "must have" myth for dinosaurs as more than a nice collector's item falls flat.

Many users actually prefer to take pictures and have their camera gear WITH THEM.

I know that I do!

I had a Mamiya RB-67 outfit for when I needed extra resolution (wedding formals etc.) and DOF was rarely 'enough'. Macro? Forget it.

As for quality, the EM-5 with about 16th the sensor area absolutely DUSTS the RB-67 for image quality.

I was astonished by how MUCH it beat the RB-7.
35mm (FMF) is a 2x crop of THAT.

As for Micro Four thirds, It seems close to ideal (often the subject of heated quasi religious discussion).

FACT: shallow DOF when you want it, and adequate DOF, when you want THAT.

Plenty shallow DOF here:
http://photohounds.smugmug.com/Performing-arts/Music/
and here
http://photohounds.smugmug.com/Performing-arts/Eurobeat-by-Supa/
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.. tbc ...

Direct link | Posted on Feb 16, 2014 at 00:54 UTC
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Lomography, anyone? Easy, click this on.
Of course you can upsample a phone pic.

These are gadgets just for fun like phone cameras, only withr a vastly better sensor (which is a bit wasted on it) .. but hey! Pixels are cheap.

If I find one at the right price, I might snap it up for its novelty.
I'd bet at postcard size you'll have no idea the pic was taken with "almost a lens: ...
:)

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