December 6, 2014
Posted in reviews

Olympus 40-150mm PRO lens reviewed at Admiringlight: “the lens is predominantly stellar”.

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Image courtesy: Admiringlight

Admiringlight (Click here) posted the full 40-150mm PRO lens review:

While the lens is predominantly stellar, there are a few things to watch out for.  The lens flares badly when the sun is included in the frame or just out of it, and the autofocus can sometimes have trouble in dim light on an Olympus E-M5, but overall, I really enjoyed shooting with the 40-150mm.  It’s got a fantastic range, excellent optical quality and a robust build quality that oozes professionalism. It is well worthy of the PRO label etched into the lens barrel.

40-150mm PRO shipping info at:
In USA/Canada at Amazon, Adorama, Bhphoto, GetOlympus and GetOlympus Canada.
In Europe at Wex UK, Technikdirekt and Amazon.
In Asia at Digitalrev and Amazon Japan.

December 6, 2014
Posted in reviews

Guest post: LX100 Real World Review by Travis Wills.

The LX100 is a revolutionary camera and not just because it features such a great new 24-75mm F1.7-F2.8 lens, a relatively large sensor, and excellent 4K video quality. It is revolutionary because of its new Aperture and Shutter Speed control dials and its excellent Auto ISO functionality.

I produced a video review (see on top of this post) that includes some tips and tricks for getting the most out of the camera.

The tendency for most experienced users is to rely completely on the manual modes instead of using the fully automated Program Priority mode with Auto ISO as a starting point. With previous cameras that was almost always the best decision because those cameras required several clicks of one or more control wheels in order to switch from one P.A.S.M mode to another.
It may not sound like much but switching the P.A.S.M mode dial and then changing to a different dial to adjust your Aperture and Shutter speed adds extra time for those spur of the moment images and videos.
Therefore most users would just place the camera in full manual mode right from the start. They would never even bother with the fully automated Program Priority mode with Auto ISO because it rarely would choose what they want.
Program Priority mode with Auto ISO often chose too fast or too slow of a shutter speed. In addition it wouldn’t stop down the aperture enough or it would stop it down too much for the scene at hand. Most of that is not an issue anymore with the LX100.
Panasonic has tweaked their Auto ISO and Intelligent ISO logic just enough with the LX100 so that it now selects the optimum settings for the majority of scenes that you will encounter. If you want slow shutter speeds it can select that in low light. If you want fast shutter speeds when there is subject movement it can do that as well. Also if you want the optimum aperture for detail and you want everything in focus it will do that.

Now it isn’t perfect. It can’t read your mind and determine what “you” think is best. However, the best thing about the LX100 is that it has those terrific direct Aperture and Shutter speed dials. Now with the improved logic of the LX100’s Auto ISO mode you can get a good idea of what the camera thinks are the appropriate settings and then quickly adjust the settings that you don’t agree with. No more fiddling with multiple control dials just to change the shutter speed or aperture. One quick dial turn can instantly select the shutter speed or aperture you think is best.
In the past a lot of Pro photographers had trouble switching from full frame sensor cameras to smaller compact cameras because they weren’t accustomed to the much broader depth of field with smaller sensors. They usually stopped down way too much thinking that their depth of field would be too shallow at F2.8 and below.

Now with the LX100’s outstanding Program Priority logic with Auto ISO those users can get a good idea of what Panasonic thinks is an appropriate Aperture and Shutter speed for a certain situation. You still have all of the freedoms that you had before to select other settings. However, now you actually have good sound logic in the auto modes whereas before the cameras would pick apertures and shutter speeds that simply didn’t make sense at all for any situation.
You really have to give Program Priority mode a try to understand what is better about it. You also have to put aside your experiences from larger sensor cameras for a moment because they don’t always apply to smaller sensor cameras.
The depth of field will always be much broader even wide open with the smaller sensor camera. In addition the lenses usually have more detail even in the corners when they are closer to wide open than they do stopped down past F8.0.
I hope everyone gives Program Priority with Auto or Intelligent ISO a try with this camera. I am not suggesting that you should only use this mode. I am suggesting that you should always start with this mode and then ask yourself “Do I really know more about this scene than the camera does”? Is stopping the lens down actually giving me more depth of field or is everything in focus already. Stopping down further might actually be decreasing the detail in my image.
Is it really worth using a very slow shutter speed here or is it better to just shoot at a slightly higher ISO value and not risk blur due to subject motion even if the excellent image stabilization can take care of the camera shake.

I have finally found a camera that I can take everywhere with me and instantly pull it out and get a great shot right away even in Auto modes. I can also hand the camera off to anyone else and not have to worry about whether they are going to select the correct settings or not.
We spend so much time berating the “Point and Shoot” camera style. However, there are plenty of times when that is exactly what we wish we had. There is a time and a place for manual modes and other instances where full Auto is actually the most efficient option. The LX100 gives us the best of both of those worlds.

Travis

Panasonic LX100 store links:
LX100 in USA at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto. Europe at WexUK.
LX100 in Europe at WexUK, Wex Germany, Amazon Germany, Amazon France, Amazon UK,
LX100 in Asia at Digitalrev, Amazon Japan.

December 5, 2014
Posted in deals

Refurbished E-PL3 and E-PM1 (with lens) for less than $200.

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For under $200 you get a couple of different refurbsihed PEN kits:
E-PM1 with kit lens for $164 by Blinq on eBay (Click here).
Brown E-PM1 with kit lens for $153 by Blinq on eBay (Click here).
Purple E-PM1 with kit lens for $153 by Blinq on eBay (Click here).
E-PL3 with kit lens for $177 by BLinq on eBay (Click here).
Silver E-Pm1 with lens for $191 by Blinq on eBay (Click here).
E-PM1 with kit lens for $199 by Pillsboy on eBay (Click here).

Reminder:
$50 gift card for free and also an addtional 1 year extra warranty at BHphoto (Click here) and Amazon US (Click here).
$60 off on the Bower 7.5mm f/3.5 Fisheye Lens for Micro 4/3 Cameras at BHphoto (Click here).
$150 off on the SLR Magic Cine 17mm T1.6 MFT Lens at BHphoto (Click here).
Free 40-150mm lens and free bag with the E-M10+14-42mm kit at Amazon US (Click here) and GetOlympus (Click here).

December 5, 2014
Posted in Rumors

(FT2) Unlikely Olympus TRIP-D specs?

I got these specs from an anonymous source about the next digital version of the Olympus Trip 35 fixed lens camera (here on eBay). I have a hard time believing these are true but let’s take the chance to see if our readers would like to get a camera like that. And at the same time let’s hope reliable sources will spill out the real info (or confirm those specs if true). This is what I received:

Some of the features they are working on are:
16 mp 4/3 sensor (not a multi-aspect one)
F1.4 – F3.2
24-100
4k video
Built in ND filter
Tilting Screen
Built in EVF
Built in Flash with bounce capability
Manual S & A controls, EC Control, and a manual focus ring

This will not be pocketable but certainly compact.  Development has been taking place quietly for 1 year.

It simply sounds too good to be true…


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December 5, 2014
Posted in news

A bit of everything…


Manual focus techniques for mirrorless cameras

Using the LX100 in studio at Mirrorlessjourney.
E-Pl7 review at Trustedreviews.
Asian Design award won by the GM5, GX7 and 40-150mm PRO lens (Phileweb).
The Extremely Wonderful Olympus M.Zuiko 75mm F/1.8 Lens (Soundimagesplus).
Comparison between the Fuji X-T1 and the Olympus E-M1 at Fotodesign.
GM5 test at DC.watch.

Kevin:https://vimeo.com/113183920. Shot with the Panasonic GH4. Sleeping in The Cosmos is a portrait on driver (sleeper mechanic) Scott Sousa. In late 2014 Scott took his sleeper Saturn up to the line against a 5th generation Chevy Camaro and not only won, but achieved an entirely new record for himself putting the car into a whole new time bracket. Join Scott on a journey through the cosmos to understand what makes him and his car tick!

Andrew:Your readers may be interested in some of the unique architecture in Rangoon (Yangon), Burma: http://worldofdecay.blogspot.com/2014/11/burmese-days-1-very-odd-lim-chin-tsong.html This is a very odd mansion built a century ago by a Chinese businessman. http://worldofdecay.blogspot.com/2014/11/burmese-days-2-decay-at-pegu-club.html This is the famous Pegu Club, the British gentleman’s club from 1882, now deserted with fate unknown. Most photographs taken with the Olympus 9-18mm lens, processed with PhotoNinja software.

Shaun:This short documentary was filmed entirely on the Lumix GH4. The story is about a young teenager who loves photography, has never visited a college campus, but is given the opportunity to go to a Duke University football game and photograph it with an all access media pass. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b6lARirchro

Mike:I just got my GM5 a few days ago and did a first impressions review focusing on the size advantage and how it works with various micro four thirds lenses: http://backgroundblur.com/#!/articles/547e16cd4306f47b33c62b10

Lawrence:I recently purchased the LX100 through your links and just spent a week with it in Japan. I took a few stills (attached 4 pictures from Japan and one from Seattle – feel free to share ) but focused mostly on video.
The video is below – originally shot in 4K, then downsampled to 1080p and edited in Premiere Pro (with a little color grading, levels, vignetting applied). Everything was handheld except for the time lapse scenes. So far I’ve found the LX100 to be a joy to use – substantially better handling than the RX100 series I had been using previously, with far better options for video and just as good image quality.
https://vimeo.com/113366484

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