Hot to build a Dolly for your MFT camera with $10 and your son’s Lego :)

Instructables explaines you how to build a Lego Dolly spending $10 only. And as you can see from the image on top he used it for his E-Pm1. All you need to build it is that stuff:

Stepper Motor Driver ($1.19)… Arduino Nano V3.0 ($4.76)… JoyStick ($2.09)… Remote Switch for Olympus ($2.48)… 5V DC Relay ($1.00)… Cable for Arduino ($1.48)…

This is the how-to text from Instructables:

I cut the Remote Switch and I soldered Jack 3.5 connectors for use with the Arduino and the remote switch.
The relay I soldered wires to be connected to Arduino. Everything we connect to each other: arduino -> Relay -> jack -> jack connector for Olympus -> and my camera.
Next, I added Stepper Motor Driver to Arduino. To him I joined a stepper motor, and, 5V adapter or battery pack.
Another thing I want to connect the joystick. He will control the speed of the wheels, and frame rate. The rate will be adjusted by tilting the X-axis and Y-axis and after pressing the button, the value will be deducted.
I uploaded code via Arduino program. The program includes both shoot camera and rotating the stepper motor.

More pics:

found via PetaPixel.

a little bit of everything…(with some new EPL7 stuff)

4k Aerial 56th Street Newport Beach Hurricane Marie Swell // Wednesday, August 27th (shot on GH4) from Vertical Prime on Vimeo.

E-Pl7 hands-on at
E-PL7 image samples at Pen And Tell.
E-PL7 test pictures at Fotopolis.
E-PL7 vs E-Pl5 size comparison by Pen And Tell.
Insect-D-Sight video which was shot with a full-spectrum Olympus OMD EM-5 and Coastal Optics 60mm F4 APO lens at Myphotojourney.

Kai-Duc:Just wanted to share with you my latest wedding video created in Chicago with Panasonic GH4 / GH3 / GH2 & G6 cameras, so your audience can see how a real event can be covered in a cinematic fashion using all these cameras at once. There are a few aerial shots using a GoPro Hero3 + DJI Phantom quadcopter & a couple 5D mark III shots if you can spot them – everything else is pure m43 with manfrotto tripod, slider, and steadicam merlin. Lenses used are Pana 12-35 X F2.8 / 20 F1.7, SLR Magic 25 0.95, Canon FD 50 F1.4 & 55 F1.2 with RJ Lens turbo, Carl Zeiss Jena Tessar 50 2.8, Helios 44-2 58mm F2, Olympus 9 – 18.
For more info: |

Sol:GH4 owners looking for a cage that doesn’t block the camera’s hand grip or controls might be interested in this review of Wooden Camera’s Quick Cage:

Karsten:Even if I own both GH4 and E-M1 I often prefer the Olympus in taking pictures. GH4 is a great movie cam, but I love the colours of the E-M1 pictures. And the following link may help to reduce some prejudices against mFT: There isn´t any chance to play with DOF? And mFT will fail in lowlight situations? Of course not!
All pics taken by E-M1 and Zuiko 14-35 f2.0, Zuiko 150 f2.0, Minolta Rokkor 58 f1.2 with Speedbooster.

Lorenzo:I thought readers might be interested in my short documentary on the gusmiths of Bobo Dioulasso, Burkina Faso: Filmed with a GH2 and Olympus lens.

July mirrorless camera shipment still growing (slowly).

Image courtesy: Personal View.

The Japanese organization CIPA posted the camera worldwide shipment data for July. There is little to tell here. The good thing is that mirrorless is till growing although a bit slowly. But this is good news if you consider the system camera market as a whole is actually shrinking during 2014.

To learn more about the camera market tendency click over to Personal View to see some nice graphs!

SLR Magic announces the HyperPrime CINE 10mm T2.1 and SLR Magic 77 ND 0.4-ND 1.8 filter

SLRmagic just annnounced the new 10mm T/2.1 Cine Micro Four Thirds lens and the new 77 ND 0.4-ND 1.8 filter. Here is the official press text:


NEW: THE SLR Magic HyperPrime CINE 10mm T2.1 and SLR Magic 77 ND 0.4-ND 1.8 filter
SLR Magic expands its micro four thirds lineup with new wide angle lens

Hong Kong, China (September 3, 2014)  – SLR Magic expands the micro four thirds lens lineup with the new SLR Magic HyperPrime CINE 10mm T2.1 wide angle lens. With this latest addition, the portfolio of lenses for the micro four thirds system is now comprised of thirteen focal lengths. The product will be officially introduced during upcoming Photokina 2014 fair in Cologne.

The field of view of this new HyperPrime Lens corresponds to a 20mm lens in 35mm format and this fast wide angle of view opens up many new creative composition opportunities, particularly in the fields of interior, architectural and landscape cinematography and photography. Additionally, a fast max aperture of T2.1 makes the SLR Magic HyperPrime CINE 10mm T2.1 ideal for available-light photography.

We place our highest priority in the development on our lenses to fulfill the demands of professional cinematographers and photographers. The design and build of the SLR Magic HyperPrime CINE 10mm T2.1 is solid and reliable.

The SLR Magic 77 ND 0.4-ND 1.8 filter is a solid variable neutral density filter providing a reduction of about 1.3 to 6 stops. The 0.4 to 1.8 density creates a darkening of the entire image, allowing you to photograph with a wider aperture or slower shutter speed than normally required. The degree of density is easily controlled by rotating the front filter ring via the non-removable lever. By slowing your exposure time you are able to control depth of field and convey movement more easily. Both filter substrates are combined into one filter ring, this filter is low profile and helps to eliminate vignetting on most lenses. The front filter ring diameter is 86mm in diameter, further helping to reduce vignetting, on wide angles lenses such as the SLR Magic HyperPrime CINE 10mm T2.1 lens.

The SLR Magic HyperPrime CINE 10mm T2.1 (MSRP: $799 US) and SLR Magic 77 ND 0.4-ND 1.8 filter (MSRP: $179 US) will be available from authorized SLR Magic dealers starting end of October 2014.

The SLR Magic HyperPrime CINE 10mm T2.1 will be first presented at Photokina 2014 fair. The SLR Magic stand would be in (No. L-011, Hall 5.1) during the fairs which are to be held in Cologne from 16th to 21st of September 2014. For all those who want to visit Photokina 2014 fairs.

SLR Magic is currently looking for volunteers to test this lens at a special price. If interested:
Send an email to with the subject “SLR Magic 10mm T2.1 volunteer”.
Include sample videos/photos or link to photo/video reviews you have done in the past.


Technical Data          
SLR Magic HyperPrime CINE 10mm T2.1

Lens Type: Fast wide-angle lens
Compatible Cameras:  All micro four thirds mount cameras
Optical Design:  13 elements in 11 groups
Distance Settings:  Distance range: 0.20m to ∞, combined scale meter/feet
Aperture: Manually controlled diaphragm, 11 aperture blades , Lowest value 16
Bayonet:  micro four thirds
Filter Mount: Internal thread for 77mm filter; filter mount does not rotate.
Surface Finish: Black anodized
Length to bayonet mount: approx. 79.45mm (approx. 3.12in)
Largest diameter: approx. 80.00mm (approx. 3.14in)
Weight: approx. 420g (approx. 14.8oz)

SLR Magic 77 ND 0.4-ND 1.8

Type: Variable density
Size: 77 mm
Filter Factor: 0.4 – 1.8 (1.3 – 6 stops)
Front Filter Thread Size: 86mm

Current SLRmagic lenses for Micro Four Thirds:
SLR magic 11mm f/1.4 lens on eBay (Click here).
SLR magic Cine 12mm T/1.6 Lens at Adorama (Click here).
SLR Magic 25mm T0.95 at Adorama (Click here).
Toy Lens 26mm f/1.4 lens on eBay (Click here).
SLR Magic 35mm f/1.7 MC lens on eBay (Click here).
Noktor SLRmagic 50mm on eBay (Click here) SLR Magic Pin Hole Lens at Adorama (Click here).