Readers stories: Using MFT for fashion (by Niels).


Image courtesy by Niels (Click on pictures to enlarge the size)

Editor’s note: After four years of existence I decided to finally create some space for all MFT camera ownsers. You can now write articles for 43rumors by submitting them at 43rumors@gmail.com. This is the first article of the new series written by 43rumors reader Niles (myfashioninspiration.creatorsofdesire.com).

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Niels:

I’ve been using MFT since the moment I started photography a couple of years ago (first an Olympus E-PL1, now a Panasonic GH2). Primarily to make fashion photos and videos of my girlfriend for her fashion blog. In this streetstyle/fashion world there is one dominant style of photography: fast lenses wide open to make the subject really pop out of the street.

To push this style to the max a lot of fashion bloggers use a full frame camera and I had set my mind on getting one myself until I had a chance to borrow a Canon 5D mkIII for a couple of days and did some comparing. The results of this comparison were actually surprising to me.

Because, like a lot of bloggers, I only really use the photos for web and never print, I decided to make the comparison as practical as possible and non scientific. I put down a tripod, took a shot with my Voigtlander 25mm f0.95 (wide open) on the GH2, then the same shot with the Canon 50mm f1.2L wide open on the 5D mkIII and then scaled both images down to the resolution I use on the web. I kept the images as raw as possible and only made slight color changes to make them match better.

There is a difference in depth of field noticeable but it really did make me think again if it was worth the extra thousands of euros. There are some obvious advantages to an expensive camera like the mkIII, the auto focus of the f1.2L was a welcome feature for photography compared to my Voigtlander, the low light quality was great and in full resolution the sharpness and details were noticeable but I also came home with a sore wrist after walking around with the mkIII in my hand for a day where as the GH2 is relatively light weight and compact. And scaled down to a web resolution the images start looking alike more and more.

I decided to stick with MFT for the time being. I’m also curious to see what effects Speedbooster solutions could have on the depth of field. But to the millions of fashion bloggers out there who feel they can only make blog photos with a full frame camera: a mirrorless camera with a fast lens might just do the trick for you for a fraction of the price and weight.

If you’re curious for more MFT fashion material: last year I made this short film on the GH2 using the Voigtlander 25mm f0.95, the SLRmagic Hyperprime 12mm f1.6 and a vintage OM lens: https://vimeo.com/54944767

Kind regards and thanks for the great blog!

Niels

Editors’s note: Some topics I am interested in:

– Professional on field reviews. Unlike DxO or Dpreview what I want is to learn more about the real life use of cameras and lenses! No charts or pixel peeping needed :)
– Testing of little known lenses
– Funny stories around the use of MFT
– System comparison: Example,  switching from DSLR to MFT system

First Nikon G Speed Booster testing…

Metabones Micro Four Thirds Speed Booster test with Blackmagic camera from Philip Bloom Reviews & Tutorials on Vimeo.

The new Nikon to m4/3 speed booster already got tested by Ed on DVXuser (Click here):

“I can tell you I LOVE that with this adapter I’m getting closer to what the original FOV is on the lens. Now that each lens is a bit wider- my 28mm “looks” more like what I remember it’s supposed to. The m4/3 crop factor is now not so much of an issue with my old Nikkor primes. And of course the extra stop of light never hurts!!”

found via Nofilmschool.

The OM adapter will now come as next!

Click on the link to check the OM lens price and auctions on eBay: 21mm f/2.0 and 21mm f/3.5 lens, 24mm f/2.0 and 24mm f/2.8 and 24mm f/3.5 shift lens, 28mm f/2.0 and 28mm f/2.8 and 28mm f/3.5 lens, 35mm f/2.0 and 35mm f/2.8 and 35mm f/2.8 shift lens, 40mm f/2.0 lens, 50mm f/1.2 and 50mm f/1.4 and 50mm f/1.8 and 50mm f/2.0 macro and 50mm f/3.5 lens, 55mm f/3.5 macro lens, 85mm f/2.0 lens, 90mm f/2.0 macro lens, 100mm f/2.0 and 100mm f/2.8 lens, 135mm f/2.8 and 135mm f/3.5 lens, 180mm f/2.0 and 180mm f/2.8 lens, 200mm f/4.0 and 200mm f/5.0 lens, 250mm f/2.0 lens, 300mm f/4.5 lens, 350mm f/2.8 lens,, 400mm f/6.4 lens, 500mm f/8.0 lens, 600mm f/6.6 lens, 1000mm f/11 lens.

 

 

 

First review of the new Samyang 16mm f/2.0 lens.

ePhotozine (Click here) posted the first review of the new Samyang 16mm f/2.0 lens. The lens gets Highly Recommended:

“Those looking for wide aperture lenses for the APS-C or smaller format camera need not continue looking at full frame lenses, that generally cost and weigh more now this lens is available. Although some photographers may find manual focusing off putting, spending a little time practising and getting used to how the lens behaves will pay dividends in the long run. This is especially true when considering how little this lens costs for what you get.”

These are the shop search links to see if and when it’s in Stock: Amazon, B&H, Adorama, Olympus US store, FocusCamera, eBay.

eBay links on all Olympus Four Thirds lenses:
Samyang , Walimex , Rokinon , Opteka , Falcon , Vivitar andBower .

Olympus 17mm f/1.8 gets DxOmarked. Close to Panasonic-Leica performance.

DxOmark (Click here) published the Olympus 17mmf /1.8 lens test. As you see the lens is almost as good as the Panasonic-Leica 25mm lens. Like so many reviewers before this lens leaves you with mixed feelings. DxO writes:

“In some respects, the new image quality of the M. Zuiko Digital 17mm f/1.8 is not up to scratch, as not only does it have quite high levels of chromatic aberration and distortion but it also fails to impress in outright resolution and acutance. On the plus side, sharpness is much more consistent across the field than the existing 17mm f/2.8 model and if it had used ED glass in the construction it would have been considerably more expensive than the $500 retailers are asking for it. Considering the build, fast maximum aperture and overall imaging characteristics, the 17mm f/1.8 remains an attractive option for the enthusiast.”

Yep, good lens, but not as good as it gets. Let’s see if the rumored 25m f/1.8 can be even better…

17mm price check at Amazon, B&H, Adorama, Olympus US store, FocusCamera, eBay.

E-P5 video review by Kai (Digitalrev).

This is Kai’s take on the new PEN. Enjoy watching!

 

Links to all newly announced Olympus stuff:
E-P5 Black at Amazon, Adorama, Bhphoto and Samys. In Europe at Amazon Germany, Amazon UK and at Wex UK.
E-P5 White at Amazon, Adorama, Bhphoto and Samys. In Europe at Amazon Germany, Amazon UK and at Wex UK.
E-P5 Silver at Amazon, Adorama, Bhphoto and Samys. In Europe at Amazon Germany, Amazon UK and at Wex UK.
E-P5 Black with 17mm f/1.8 lens and VF-4 at Amazon, Adorama, Bhphoto and Samys. In Europe at Amazon UK.
E-P5 Silver with 17mm f/1.8 lens and VF-4 at Amazon, Adorama, Bhphoto and Samys. In Europe at Amazon UK.
E-P5 White with 17mm f/1.8 lens and VF-4 at Amazon UK.
E-P5 Black with 14-42mm lens at Amazon Germany, Amazon UK and Wex UK.
E-P5 White with 14-42mm lens at Amazon Germany and Amazon UK.
E-P5 Silver with 14-42mm lens at Amazon Germany, Amazon UK and at Wex UK.
17mm f/1.8 Black at Amazon, Adorama, Bhphoto and Samys.
45mm f/1.8 Black at Amazon, Adorama, Bhphoto and Samys. In Europe at Amazon Germany.
75mm f/1.8 Black at Amazon, Adorama, Bhphoto and Samys.
VF-4 viewfinder at Amazon, Adorama, Bhphoto and Samys.