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Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Exceptional Lenses I Own


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An earlier post I did was about "Lens GAS" and all the excellent lenses I would dearly love to own but can't justify. Well, lets see what excellent lenses I do own and can highly recommend.

Since I own quite a few excellent lenses, I'll mention only those I think are outstanding and can recommend all photographers take a look at them (if you own that system of course). If you don't own the system, maybe ...


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posted by Dil on 11/01/17 19:00  under Lenses

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Monday, October 2, 2017

Lens Envy For The Mirrorless Systems


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I'm sure you've all heard the term GAS before. It's very common in photographers who think that the next piece of new kit is going to improve their photography. Of course it doesn't but there's no point preaching to them, because they just want new toys to play with. I'm not sure if Gear Acquisition Syndrome is only symptomatic to photographers, but I'm assuming it isn't.


I know all photographers go through this at some ...


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posted by Dil on 10/02/17 19:00  under Lenses

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Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Less is More


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There's a saying "Less is more". And I perceive that as being true in all walks of life but especially where photography is concerned.

One of my problems when going on a trip is deciding which system to take, Fuji, Sony or m43. I'm lucky being able to afford three system simultaneously but on the other hand it does cause some difficulty when going on trips. The question about which system with which lenses to ...


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posted by Dil on 08/23/17 19:00  under General

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Monday, August 7, 2017

Quick Settings for Olympus High Definition Image


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1 Go into the Menu and turn on HD image.
2. Select time delay before image is taken.
3. Go to SCP and select HD option.
4. Select sl + raw
5. Limited to ISO 1600. Flash off. Tripod a must.

 

 

If anyone would like to add something to this, please do.


posted by Dil on 08/07/17 20:47  under Cameras

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Thursday, May 4, 2017

Olympus 12-100 f4 Pro - Initial Impression


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Not having the willpower to say no to such things, I went ahead and purchased the Olympus 12-100 f4 lens. After looking closely at my use of lenses I came to the conclusion most of my images were taken between 12mm and 200mm and not really being a lover lens changes, the 12-100 f4 would be my ideal “travel” lens.

My last holiday was done with 2 Panasonic GM5 cameras paired with the Panasonic 12-32 ...


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posted by Dil on 05/04/17 12:00  under Lenses

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Saturday, January 14, 2017

Panasonic 14-42 f3.5-5.6 PZ Power O.I.S.


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Having just tested the Olympus 14-42 f3.5-5.6 EZ I was expecting the same sort of performance from this lens. Lets just look at these two for a minute; both are 14-42mm, both are f3.5-5.6 and both have a power zoom (or electronic zoom). Lets see the specs for the lens:

Panasonic Lumix G Vario 14-42 f3.5-5.6 PZ Power O.I.S.
Weight: 95g
Size: 27mm x 61mm
Aperture: f3.5 - f22
MFD: 20cm
Filter: 37mm
Price: €330

Olympus E-M10 II - Panasonic 14-42 f3.5-5.6 PZ

 

 

Olympus E-M10 II - Panasonic 14-42 f3.5-5.6 PZ

 

 

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posted by Dil on 01/14/17 17:00  under Lenses

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Saturday, January 7, 2017

Olympus 14-42 EZ f3.5-5.6


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Nice and compact, very light and allows you to put this, attached to an Olympus E-M10 or E-M10 II, in your jacket pocket. All the lens has on the outside is the zoom ring, and that is it.

 


Olympus 14-42 f3.5-5.6 EZ (28 - 84mm in 35mm terms)
Weight: 91g
Size: 23mm x 61mm
Aperture: f3.5 - f22
MFD: 25cm
Filter: 37mm
Price: €280

 

 Olympus E-M10 II - Olympus 14-42 f3.5-5.6 EZ

 

Olympus E-M10 II - Olympus 14-42 f3.5-5.6 EZ

 

 

Olympus E-M10 II - Olympus 14-42 f3.5-5.6 EZ

 

 

Olympus E-M10 II - Olympus 14-42 f3.5-5.6 EZ

 

 

Olympus E-M10 II - Olympus 14-42 f3.5-5.6 EZ

 

 

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posted by Dil on 01/07/17 14:30  under Lenses

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Sunday, January 1, 2017

Olympus 12-50 f3.5-6.3 EZ


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This lens (or my copy) can't be described as Olympus' greatest achievement. I think this was the kit lens with one of the earliest EM models. Forgot which but it doesn't really matter.

 

Olympus 12-50 f3.5 - 6.3 EZ (24-100 35mm equivalent)
Weight: 212g
Size: 83mm x 57mm
Aperture: f3.5 - f22
MFD: 20cm
Filter: 52mm
Price: €230

 

Olympus E-M10II - Olympus 12-50 f3.5-6.3EZ

 

 

Olympus E-M10II - Olympus 12-50 f3.5-6.3EZ

 

 

Olympus E-M10II - Olympus 12-50 f3.5-6.3EZ

 

 

Olympus E-M10II - Olympus 12-50 f3.5-6.3EZ

 

 

I like the range 24mm - 100mm in FF ...


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posted by Dil on 01/01/17 14:00  under Lenses

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Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Two Panasonic GM5 Cameras Do London


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This post has taken a really long time appear here; I never seemed to get around to it, or something else took priority. Anyway, better late than never. Before I begin I would just like to mention that throughout 2016 my Panasonic GM5 cameras have seen a tremendous amount of use. I was quite surprised when I realised that all major holidays/breaks/visits this year were done with the Panasonic GM5 cameras. I think this shows ...


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posted by Dil on 12/14/16 22:20  under Cameras

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Thursday, November 10, 2016

Olympus Pen-F . An Update


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After my initial setup of the Pen-F I took it out on my normal testing route with the Olympus 14-150 f4.0-5.6 II mounted on it. I also have the original version of this lens and have used it extensively when I've been travelling. I've noticed lately that my original has become de-centered on one side and is quite noticeable when looking closely at the images. The question was, get it repaired or purchase the second ...


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posted by Dil on 11/10/16 10:15  under Cameras

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Monday, August 8, 2016

Olympus Pen-F


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I’m sure we all do it from time to time; just browsing the Internet to see what’s new, what’s on offer, and if there’s any acquisitions to made, on the cheap that is. Well, I was guilty of this a few weeks back and I came across something I was hoping I was not going to see. An Olympus Pen-F with the 17 f1.8. And it was at a price I just couldn’t say no ...


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posted by Dil on 08/08/16 11:30  under Cameras

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Friday, March 25, 2016

Micro Four-Thirds Musings


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A lot of users swear by full frame cameras reasoning that depth of field can be mastered best with this format. True, DOF can be better achieved with this format but it all depends what you shoot. Landscape photographers try to get MORE DOF rather than less. So that argument doesn't hold up all of the time. It also doesn't mean that it's impossible to achieve a shallow DOF with other formats. I personally use ...


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posted by Dil on 03/25/16 10:30  under General

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Sunday, March 20, 2016

Adapters - Follow-up Post


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My last post was regarding adapters for using Canon EF lenses on Sony E-mount and M43 systems. Having tested a few lenses I felt I could post again with some more information with a few images to show the results of using those lenses on the Sony E-mount.

Firstly, the Commlite adapter. I've only tested the Canon 40 f2.8 STM lens on a Sony E-mount camera as of this post so I'll probably test ...


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posted by Dil on 03/20/16 09:20  under General

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Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Adapters for EF to E and m4/3 Mount Cameras


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Adapters for EF to E and m4/3 Mount Cameras

(Plus some more ramblings)

 

The reason for my purchase of the Sony Alpha Axx cameras when they first came out was to have an FF sensor (a very good sensor) in a small and light package. Since my first purchase I must admit that GAS got the better of me and now I have a few of these little marvels. Each has it's own use ...


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posted by Dil on 03/02/16 19:00  under General

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Saturday, February 27, 2016

Zeiss Tessar 85mm f4 ZM


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                                   Zeiss T* 85 F4 Tessar ZM

Sometimes, just sometimes you purchase a new piece of equipment and you just fall in love with it. This is the experience I had after purchasing the Zeiss Tessar 85 f4 lens. It's just a wonderful piece of engineering. It's actually quite compact at 95mm with a diameter of 54mm but I class it as being quite hefty weighing in at 310g. As a matter of fact I wanted ...


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posted by Dil on 02/27/16 15:26  under Lenses

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Sunday, December 28, 2014

135mm Lenses on the Sony A7r


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When I was using my Canon 5D (still have it just not using it much) the 135mm f2 L lens was one of my favourites. The focal length just suited my style of photography and, let's face it, the 135mm f2 lens is one of the sharpest lenses ever made. Those who argue with that last statement must have purchased a "Monday morning lens" or just aquired a bad copy. So when I ...


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posted by Dil on 12/28/14 16:00  under Lenses

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Thursday, December 4, 2014

Some 50mm, 75mm and 100mm manual focus lenses on the Sony A7r


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Over the years I have accumulated a number of manual focus lenses from Olympus, Nikon, Minolta, Zeiss, Canon among others. All of these lenses have been tested (read used) on APS-C and M4/3 cameras with good results for most of them. Those lenses that didn't pass the test on those cameras have no chance of passing on a full frame camera for the simple reason that the sensor uses the sweet spot of ...


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posted by Dil on 12/04/14 15:30  under Lenses

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