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Olympus OM-D E-M1 w/ HLD-7
Olympus E-5 w/ HLD-3
ZD 8/1.8 FE PRO
ZD ED 7-14/4.0 SHG
ZD 7-14/2.8 PRO
ZD ED 14-35/2.0 SHG
ZD 12-40/2.8 PRO
ZD 14-54 MkI/2.8-3.5 HG
ZD 35/3.5 Macro SG
ZD ED 35-100/2.0 SHG
ZD 40-150/2.8 PRO
ZD ED 50-200/2.8-3.5 SWD
ZD ED 90-250/2.8 SHG
Lee Filter Pro kit w/ hood, ND 0.9, ND 0.3/0.6/0.9 softgrad, CPL
Benro A-457 N6 tripod
Novoflex Magic Ball MB50
Tamrac Slingpack Velocity 9
F-Stop Satori EXP w/ XL and Medium ICUs
Olympus E-1
Olympus E-3
ZD 14-54 MkI
ZD 40-150 MkI
Olympus OM10
Olympus OM1
Olympus OM2n
2 Olympus OM2 Spot
2 Olympus Winder 1
Zuiko 28/3.5
Zuiko 35/2.8
Zuiko 50/1.8
Zuiko 135/3.5
Zuiko 200/4.0
Olympus ext.tubes 7/12/25
Tokina 105/2.8
Tamron SP 17/3.5
Tamron SP 90/2.5 Macro
Tamron SP 300/5.6
Vivitar 600/8 Solid cat mirror
Vivitar 2x teleconverter
Sigma 600/8 mirror
Sigma 1000/13.5 mirror


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On article Photokina 2016: Hands-on with Olympus OM-D E-M1 II (661 comments in total)
In reply to:

lester11: Current E-M1 snapper... Now why has Oly reversed the throw of the mode switch (photo 2, 8)? I can flick it with my thumb as well as hit the AEL/AFL button now, but in the II that'll not be possible. Por Que?!?

The new opposite orientation of the mode lever is a huge improvement! The AEL/AFL button on the MK 1 is way to far for comfort, so if you use that button for focusing, reaching it is strenous and ergonomically uncomfortable when quick and realtime AF is needed. On the MK 2 it is placed far closer to your thumb, and will work easy and natural for AF. And that is what it's orginally meant for. The lever switch you use relatively seldom compared to AF anyway, and is still easy to reach for that purpose. Just because of the akward AEL/AFL position in the MK 1, I have used the Fn1 button for AF instead.

Link | Posted on Sep 23, 2016 at 10:08 UTC
In reply to:

jjss: dual Ush-Ii cards

One is USH-II, the other USH-I.

Link | Posted on Sep 20, 2016 at 14:51 UTC
In reply to:

Caerolle: Wow, more vaporware! Panasonic and Olympus are fragmenting the format in generally, but in sync today!

Well, there was an E-M1 MKII in the flesh on the podium at least... ;)

Link | Posted on Sep 20, 2016 at 14:36 UTC
In reply to:

reilockd: From an aesthetic design stand-point, I'm really liking what Olympus has done here. I always thought the EM1 looked a bit awkward. This design is much more unified. With the beefed up grip, removal of the accessory port, and the slightly lowered "prism hump," the camera looks "tougher" from the front. It seems like a better visual match for the PRO lenses now.

Yes, yes, camera is a tool, doesn't matter how it looks, matters how it performs, yadayada. Don't worry, we can all go back to spouting off about specs now.

Very nice comparison MK1/MK2 half way down on this page, where you can superimpose them w/ a slider:

The move of the AEL/AFL button closer to your thumb is an essential improvement, now making it actually useful! Its position on MK1 is way too far for comfort.

Link | Posted on Sep 20, 2016 at 13:43 UTC
In reply to:

Timbukto: "The newly-developed high-speed TruePic VIII Image Processor and a new 20.4 megapixel live MOS sensor will work in concert with the camera’s electronic shutter to provide full resolution images at a maximum 60 frames per second in AF and AE lock, and up to 18 frames per second with continuous AF and AE tracking."

So does that mean 18FPS requires pure electronic shutter mode which means all the caveats of rolling read-out electronic shutters?

Yes, 18fps requires electronic shutter.
But mechanical shutter also yields 15 fps, which still is faster than anything else out there... :) Use S-AF instead of C-AF, and you'll have 60fps! I believe the RAW buffer is double that of the MK1, IOW 102 raw's.
60 fps = 1.7s shooting.
18 fps = 5.7s shooting.
15 fps = 6.8s shooting.
So hold on to your hat, and make sure you have state of the art SD-cards in place! :)

Link | Posted on Sep 20, 2016 at 13:29 UTC
In reply to:

Cheng Bao: "The performance of the 1.48x (35mm equivalent) high-magnification"

typo I believe, it should be The performance of the 1.48x (0.76x in 35mm equivalent) high-magnification

0.74 though ;)

Link | Posted on Sep 20, 2016 at 12:47 UTC
On photo When tomorrow comes in the Ah, The Serenity.... challenge (5 comments in total)

Thank you ever so much, folks. Much appreciated!
You see a tiny rocky islet called Hølbergurda, in lake Næra, Hedmark county, SE Norway. Taken just after sunrise, in-10°C and hovering frosted fog, in a chilly October morn 2010. No wind, no waves. The birds are long gone, and the silence is as big as the universe...

Link | Posted on Apr 17, 2016 at 11:43 UTC as 1st comment
On photo Hexagonal in the Natural Sculptures challenge (2 comments in total)

Thx a lot, Ruth! :)
Yes, this is an incredible place. You should go there sometime!
Actually, the whole of Iceland is such a treat, that I highly recommend.

Link | Posted on Mar 28, 2016 at 11:24 UTC as 1st comment

Thx Oly!
Now this is real customer care :-D.

A question though:
Does Focus Stacking (comprised of 8 pics) produce a RAW or JPEG output?

If JPEG, I wish for Large Super Fine to (finally) be the camera default when JPG is required due to such features!

Link | Posted on Sep 16, 2015 at 12:15 UTC as 32nd comment | 3 replies

How to initially focus when using the new Focus Stacking and Focus Bracketing features?
How do these functions alter the focus?
I mean where do the focus wander after the first shot?

Does it first get closer and closer for the first half of the series, then farther and farther for the other half?

Or must you place focus for the first shot at one "end" of the desired focus range (either closest or farthest), and thereafter the focus will wander in one direction only from there?

Link | Posted on Sep 16, 2015 at 12:05 UTC as 33rd comment | 7 replies
On photo Frozen in time in the Quiet challenge (20 comments in total)

No polarizer used. The use of an extreme UWA (FourThirds 7mm = FF 14mm) will often add a polarizing effect to skies/surfaces like this, with a pronounced deepening of the colors. Not much PP either, just the usual finer adjustments of contrast, vibrance and sharpening (all set to a minimum in the camera).

Link | Posted on Jul 9, 2015 at 12:56 UTC as 13th comment
On photo Frozen in time in the Quiet challenge (20 comments in total)

Sorry to say, but from your comment I dare say you are clueless about paddling. This is definitely no trick shot! I don't do trick shots - ever. Sit perfectly still in a kayak in such conditions, and the surface will quickly calm down and become totally flat like this. Provided no currents, you will not drift off either, as no winds will push you along, once the kayak is positioned and lying dead still. You can see more pics in this album, many of which shows similar situations w/ totally flat water:


I.e. this one:

Link | Posted on Jul 9, 2015 at 12:49 UTC as 14th comment
On article Winds of Change: Shooting changing landscapes (63 comments in total)

Sadly the lava pics cannot be loaded/enlarged neither in Firefox nor in Safari.

Link | Posted on Apr 26, 2015 at 15:30 UTC as 35th comment | 4 replies
On article Making 'Art': We go inside Sigma's lens factory (194 comments in total)

Very interesting report!
It is rather amazing what level of ingenuity, knowledge, whit, craftsmanship and even pride that goes into a production line like this. From the design, to materials, to handling, to the machinery... Let alone the theoretical calculations and design of the lenses themselves. The Japanese are good at this! I mean, what would photography and gear as we know it have been without them?
Respect! 😊👏

Link | Posted on Mar 9, 2015 at 10:45 UTC as 76th comment | 3 replies
On challenge - Rich Vivid Colours - Work of Art (+ Border) (6 comments in total)
In reply to:

eaa: Hasn't an identical challenge just finished? :

Sorry, I somehow confused this w/ the title of the other challenge.
I see now that the details and rules are different. My bad!
Good luck w/ the challenge then :)

Link | Posted on Feb 11, 2015 at 20:34 UTC
On challenge - Rich Vivid Colours - Work of Art (+ Border) (6 comments in total)

Hasn't an identical challenge just finished? :

Link | Posted on Feb 5, 2015 at 13:39 UTC as 3rd comment | 3 replies
On article Olympus announces OM-D E-M1 firmware version 3.0 (49 comments in total)

Great news!
But I doubt the native FT lenses will cope w/ 9 fps.
Will be interesting to test my 90-250/2.8 w/ fw 3.0 :)

Link | Posted on Feb 5, 2015 at 12:07 UTC as 18th comment
On article Olympus announces OM-D E-M1 firmware version 3.0 (49 comments in total)
In reply to:

tecnoworld: Oly revamping a 1 year old camera with fw update is a sign of grreat customer care. Well done.

Yes, very good.
But it's still the flagship, so it should be maintained by fw improvements whenever possible!

Link | Posted on Feb 5, 2015 at 12:01 UTC

Just so you know, I rated this as one of my favs in this challenge :)
Very appeasing image w/ the delicate high key impression!

Link | Posted on Feb 5, 2015 at 11:41 UTC as 1st comment | 1 reply
On photo Anno 1850 in the This Old House challenge (4 comments in total)
In reply to:

JoePhoto: Only a "nice" image that could have been much-much more creative if shot closer/lower, (w/ house "fully" reflected in the circular pond).

It seems to me the 19mm lens could have easily allowed this.

Opportunity LOST !!!

WHERE is it located ???

Hmm - if shot from a lower position, the pond will be too "narrow" to reflect the whole building. And going closer to embrace the entire pond and building reflection, requires a wider focal length, which again will make the building too small. So I found this to be the best solution. That said, I did try your proposition during the shooting though :).
The location is described in the picture narrative.

Link | Posted on Feb 5, 2015 at 11:31 UTC
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