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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On Olympus m.Zuiko 17mm F1.8 first impressions and samples article (254 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:
and here
.. tbc ...

Direct link | Posted on Feb 16, 2014 at 00:54 UTC
On Olympus Body Cap Lens 15mm F8 review preview (8 comments in total)

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: ...

Direct link | Posted on Feb 14, 2014 at 23:56 UTC as 1st comment

No question that it's an excellent lens. I like sharp. I use the Zuiko 45 and 75/1.8 lenses and these too need a great deal of soft focus post processing if you'm shoot the occasional model - eg:

For low light performing art it is too short as are all standard lenses unless you're in the front row.

Great in the studio or when you want to carry only say, 2 lenses as it's oversize and very heavy for a standard lens.

Balance on the little bodies Sony makes would be odd to say the least.

Are you planning to convert all your old reviews for a little pre-purchase comparison?

Direct link | Posted on Feb 14, 2014 at 23:48 UTC as 3rd comment | 2 replies
On Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 75mm F1.8 Preview preview (212 comments in total)

Snapped the 3rd to 8th of these yesterday.
straight out of the camera. E-M1 + 75/1.8

No lighting control, pure candids.
I'll edit them later, but work shots are calling ...

The first is with the 60 macro, the second with the 12/2.0.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 14, 2014 at 23:14 UTC as 3rd comment
On P6270101 photo in dpreview review samples's photo gallery (2 comments in total)
In reply to:

JosephScha: Why does a LENS review picture need to be shot at ISO 6400? What does that prove about the lens?

Looks like a hand-held night shot to me ...

Direct link | Posted on Feb 14, 2014 at 16:29 UTC
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qwertyasdf: since its a m43 lens, even without looking at any sample pictures, i know i will be blown away by the price.

Jabberwockie who posts no pics is here again ...

I reckon 2.3k or so, The PRICE will be commensurate with the sharpness and associated image QUALITY.

Compare the 85 CaNikon lenses to the Z 75/1.8. Z's quality blows theirs out of the water.

Even the 135/2.0s lose, ESPECIALLY wide open.
To match sharpness, you're forced to f4 or 5.6. Not really a fast lens any more!

Just waiting for some WAG to say how MUCH material you use determines the value of a product.
By such kindergarten reckoning, an F-150 MUST be "better" than a Porsche.

IF the performance is the same, the miniature version of ANYTHING almost always costs more, simple as that.
These lenses surpass the ZD lenses at every turn.
EG: The "expensive" Z 300/2.8 .. unmatched razor sharpness edge to edge.
Barrel machined to ten microns (etc). $$ = quality manufacture.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 12, 2014 at 14:34 UTC
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webber15: 300 mm f4 for me!! Idiots,shut up bout it being slow,,,2.8 would be too big ffs...300mm 2.8 all ready exists..wakey,,wakey thickos...

I reckon they'll sell a few of them.

Not to me, probably ... I have little work for such a lens right now.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 12, 2014 at 14:14 UTC
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NZ Scott: NO!

No filter thread on the new 7-14 ...

That means I can't buy it. I'll have to get a 9-18 instead, which doesn't go wide enough for me.

Sony's NEX system has an ultrawide starting at 15mm (ff equivalent) that takes filters and only weighs a couple of hundred grams.

Why can't Oly/Panny do the same?

They've made a design decision without asking EVERY photographer out there?

Oh no!

For the record, they didn't ask ME either (I actually agree with your preference FWIW)

A 8-14/2.8 would be good enough for me. I have the 12-40, and it's very nice.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 12, 2014 at 14:12 UTC
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SHood: "Both new lenses are scheduled to be released from 2015 onwards."

I am a little concerned that we may not see one or both of these lenses until 2016.

There's no shortage of fine glass for the OMD bodies and they are wise to have a rapidly expanding lens range.

The FF purveyors will feel the pinch in a year or two as the roll-film camera makers did in the 1950s.

Sure FMF produces slightly better results, but the weight/size is a problem outside the studio.

I'm keenly awaiting the 40-150/2.8!

Direct link | Posted on Feb 12, 2014 at 14:09 UTC
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kimchiflower: The 300mm lens won't have OIS, so it will be of less use for Panny owners although this lens will likely spend more time on a tripod than handheld as I assume it will be heavy.

The 4/3 300mm 2.8 is $6000 and 3.3kg, but this has to be significantly lighter and cheaper.

I wonder what the price/cost/size advantage is to building a lens without OIS is?

OIS will most likely go the way of the dodo.

Shaking bits of glass around inside lenses EGADS!
It adds fragility, cost, size and a bit of weight :(

Doesn't panny now have one body with IS?

One by one they are moving to IBIS because it is very effective. I'll leave the measurebators to make their "case" that OIS is better.

I've seen nothing conclusive that can't be explained by the fact that heavier bodies/lenses have more inertia.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 12, 2014 at 14:04 UTC
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ginsbu: Given that Panasonic already has the 7-14mm range covered with a fine lens (albeit at f/4), I was hoping Olympus would choose a different range for their ultrawide. 8-17mm is a very versatile range that could accommodate filter threads. I would have been particularly interested in a 9-20mm f/2.8 myself.

Hopefully at least a 1.4x TC will be coming to pair with the 300mm f/4 and 40-150mm f/2.8 zoom.

The Macro is also splash proof.
8-14 would have been fine...
Still it's 2.8!

Direct link | Posted on Feb 12, 2014 at 14:00 UTC
On Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 75mm F1.8 Preview preview (212 comments in total)
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Calvin Chann: Sorry, but for me the colour of the thing is a serious point. I haven't bought any of the Oly lenses that are mentioned in this preview, because of the colour of the things. All my camera bodies are black (except a white G3 that I bought by mistake) and to me, a silver lens on a black body is not discrete enough.

Looks like Oly have lost me as a potential customer!

Brick and BAZOOKA cameras jump out at timid peoiple and inexperienced models more than silver.

They usually see the front lens element and NONE of the lens.

THe IQ is fantastic. Leaves the Canon 85s that people like to worship in the dust.
It even bests the (better) Nikkor 85/1.4.

Canon's 135 f2.0 nearly competes though, costs a bit more, and is huge and heavy by comparison.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 12, 2014 at 12:44 UTC
On Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 75mm F1.8 Preview preview (212 comments in total)
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Texwiller55: I'm old 57 years italian photographer. I have used any analogic cameras. I remeber Hasselblad with lens "silver" like the Olympus, in this case, 75 mm. I dont' think problem when attached on "black" body Oly. No sure. Because is tres chic.
And at time the lens is more more "accattivante". I reading that one user not buy "silver" lens because his body camera, is black...too crazy excuse moi mon ami. I repeat, silver is beautiful and very nice...

Agree, and it is MUCh less conspicuous than a brick and bazooka camera outfit.

Ask any timid person or starting-out model instead of a fan boy camera gear owner.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 12, 2014 at 12:41 UTC
On Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 75mm F1.8 Preview preview (212 comments in total)
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Cax: Just to clear things up for some people: The focal length of a lens has no impact whatsoever regarding "flattening" of a photo or anything related to that. What makes a portrait "flat" is the distance to the subject. People equate focal length to subject distance, and that's the source of this common misconception.

So yes, 75mm on 4/3 IS THE SAME AS 150mm on a 36x24mm camera in terms of anything relating to the photographic result. Focal length in itself means nothing. Please stop saying "75mm is 75mm" like we are all morons. 75mm is not an angle of view.

I for one, actually wish they'd stop talking millimeters, and start talking degrees!

Degrees tell you about the LOOK of a photo, millimeters means nothing without know the format and there are many.

Millimetres is as useless as pixel count is these days.

For my RB-67 (6x7 FULL frame), 180mm was short portrait lens, and the 250 was the head and shoulders one :)

Direct link | Posted on Feb 12, 2014 at 12:39 UTC
On Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 75mm F1.8 Preview preview (212 comments in total)
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Bernd M: I still don't understand, why this lens has to be that big. The Canon FD 85mm f1,8 was considerably smaller and had a 52mm filter thread. - and it was (is!) a very fine lens. Probably I'll try to buy one to use it with an FD adapter. Autofocus isn't really important for me. I'm already using the Canon FD 85mm f1,2 L on my 4/3 camera, but sometimes I'd like to have something a little smaller/lighter in my bag.

That canon 85 is nowhere NEAR this Zuiko 75/1.8. NB: has the SAME filter size.

It IS cheap though ... and sort-of acceptable until F4, and becomes sharp at f5.6-f8.

Same for the 1.2, except it is acceptable at 2.8
Chalk and cheese.

Both Canon lenses are soft wide open and neither bests the zuiko - at any aperture.

It is stunning to hear people rave on about these lenses. The results simply do not match the fan-boy praise.

If I want blur, I'll use software thanks.

Shot in unbelievably dim light. A mixture of 45mm and 75mm shots

Direct link | Posted on Feb 12, 2014 at 12:33 UTC
On Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 75mm F1.8 Preview preview (212 comments in total)
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Mendocino Steve: I cut my teeth back in the day with a 135mm Vivitar on various Minolta bodies. Did lots of portraits and concert work. Anybody who says that this focal length (equivalent) is not very useful.... Well, they should try it first.

They read too many brochures and take too few pictures ... Cheers!

Direct link | Posted on Feb 12, 2014 at 12:11 UTC
On Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 75mm F1.8 Preview preview (212 comments in total)
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Anepo: I really want one but then again I also want the 20mm 1,7 & 45mm 1.8 along with pana 100-300 and olympus 9-18mm

However the price alone of these lenses makes it unrealistic for me to afford the 75mm and 100-300mm. Being Unemployed is not exactly a very profitable career, Especially since in my country photography is protected under law as a profession that you must have gone through years of studying to be allowed to work in the field.

The zuiko 750300 is a bit slower,
but it is sharper.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 12, 2014 at 12:07 UTC
On Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 75mm F1.8 Preview preview (212 comments in total)
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screeminloonie19: I have a piece of S--- sp-600uz and my operating system is windows 7 3GB memory DVD super multi DL drive intel pentium my equipment should be sufficent to run this camera...But am told to upgrade drivers did so and the camera will not turn on. Olympus wants 100.00 to fix it. I have used this a few times. But it won't turn on now. I am so mad that I invested in this and now i can't use it and it will cost me to fix it. I was going to get a better olympus camera but am soooo glad I did not. I will never buy another olympus product that is for sure. I will not pay to fix it either. It has been broken for awhile now as I just don't have time to waste on this. But would love to know what the problem with it is. It was brand new when it just one day would not turn on. Has always been keep in a very nice case so was never dropped as one olympus rep asked me.

" It was brand new when it just one day would not turn on. " - yeah sure.
If it was one day old - you take it back to the SHOP and get a replacement

What do you NEED a computer for to turn on the camera?

Why spam this thread about one of the finest lenses on the market with this irrelevant fairy story?

Photographers have ignored your bleatings en masse and bought thousands of these lenses and OMD cameras.

We are very happy indeed.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 12, 2014 at 12:05 UTC
On Did Sigma design the Olympus M.Zuiko 75mm F1.8? news story (200 comments in total)
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Brian Mosley: The lens on my old Sigma DP1 was superb - and my 75mm f1.8 seems to be on a par with my Olympus SHG ZD lenses - so no complaints here.

Onya Brian ...

Quite a few of the pics here:
were taken with the 75/1.8.
The images have astounded every person who looks at the images, especially those who had that OTHER equipment - NO exceptions.

Many of the pics were shot in such DIM LIGHT that I was very thankful for the Bright OMD viewfinder. THe CaNikSon crowd didn't stand a chance, simple as that.

Regardless of what Jabberwocky (who rarely posts pics) may say, they stand scrutiny. Even the smoke was rendered OK.

While they may not be pulitzer prize pics ... you should have SEEN their faces when we compared what the diminutive OMD delivered! I couldn't be happier and the wrists are thankful too.

I have the EM-1 as well now but have yet to shoot a show with it. April, maybe..

Direct link | Posted on Feb 12, 2014 at 10:34 UTC
On Olympus OM-D E-M5 Review preview (7 comments in total)
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saradindubose: OLUMPUS OMDE5 appears to be an interesting camera - I am specially attracted to its weathersealed body and lens ( which I think is very essential in a country like I NDIA) - that was the reason why I had purchased PENTAX K10D years ago. One thing which is bothering me is its made in China tag. I am an architect and basically interested in landscape and nature photography - I travel a lot . Can I am have some inputs from those who are using OLYMPUS OMD E5?

It is an excellent little shooter.
THe EVF is quite good and KILLS OVFs in low light. THese were taken with one ..


The CaNIKSon shooters told me that they got VERY few 'keeper' pics with their FF sensors. I get a few 'looks' while shooting, but they soon shut up when RESULTS are compared.

Anywhere it's really dark, you'll appreciate being able to SEE.

I also own the EM-1 and have yet to put it through its DIM light paces.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 10, 2014 at 21:19 UTC
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