Category: Micro Four Thirds

28/04/2016 / / Micro Four Thirds

Because of the sheer number of cat pictures on the internet not everybody enjoys viewing or shooting cat photos. I love cats, especially their inquisitive nature. I never get bored of watching them snoop around and photographing them while they do so. The following photos are quite old. I’ve taken them in September and October 2014. All were shot with the Olympus OM-D E-M10 and 45mm f/1.8. I hope you like them. 🙂

Shot with: Olympus OM-D E-M10 & Olympus 45mm f/1.8

27/04/2016 / / Micro Four Thirds

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Robstar1963, a Dpreview and MU-43 regular, has had a chat with Olympus raps at the LCE PRO CAMERA Show and here is what he found out:

I visited the LCE (London Camera Exchange) PRO CAMERA Show this morning in Southamton (UK)

Both Olympus and Panasonic had stands and I had a chat with the reps from both camps to see if I could glean any news on upcoming models !

Lo and behold – Speaking to one of the Olympus Reps I was told that the EM1 Mk2 is definitely going to be launched at Photokina and will be on sale in October 2016

The new camera is said to be vastly (and this was reiterated) improved compared to the EM1

Several aspects of performance will be much improved including video which ‘ may’ include 4K ?

What will definately be improved is the ability of the new camera to be used for sports photography

Olympus are said to be trying to further penetrate the PRO market and improving performance for sports photography is seen as an important goal to achieve increased PRO level recognition, sales and use

I mentioned that I enjoy motorsports photography and was told that the Mk2 would DEFINATELY be much improved for that type of fast moving capture

The rep advised that Olympus were going to put a lot of effort into a much bigger launch of the EM1 Mk2 and staff were already working on and towards the launch

With regard to 4K or no 4K on the new model I was told that there were hidden barriers to adopting this technology as Panasonic and other companies held ‘rights’ to some aspects to the technology involved and were more able to implement 4K at reasonable cost compared to what Olympus would have to pay in order to use it

It wasn’t clear whether 4K would be included but it certainly wasn’t ruled out

If true this perhaps explains (at least partly) why Olympus has been slow to adopt the technology

With regard to the pricing of the new model I was told that despite the newer version being a huge improvement over the Mk1 there was no intention to increase the price significantly over the price of the EM1 – I would expect this to be with regard to pricing at launch – the EM1 being approximately ÂŁ1300.00 (UK) at launch if I remember correctly.

Obviously much of this should be taken with a pinch of salt but from what was being said I think we can definately expect sales to commence before the end of the year and a launch at Photokina

Regards

Rob

20/04/2016 / / Macro

Photographers often use lenses for subjects they are not primarily designed for. Macro lenses, for example, often double as portraiture lenses – especially the ones with medium-long focal lengths. But how about doing it the other way around and using a dedicated portrait lens – such as the Olympus 45mm f/1.8 for micro 4/3 – for macro photography? Not a good idea? Well, no, not if you are only going to use the portrait lens. But if you attach one or two close-up lenses, you will be surprised what can be done with that kind of set-up. Take a look at the following photos I’ve shot with the Olympus OM-D E-M10, 45mm f/1.8, Marumi DHG200 (read my review here) and Raynox DCR-250. It’s important to note that none of these images were cropped.

Olympus OM-D E-M10, 45mm f/1.8, Marumi DHG200 & Raynox DCR-250

14/04/2016 / / Micro Four Thirds

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Copyright: Tamara Skudies

Today German lens manufacturer Meyer-Optik Görlitz announced a new Kickstarter campaign to fund a new and improved version of its Trioplan 50mm f/2.9 lens. Despite the campaign going for thirty-four more days the community has already pledged more than twice as much money Mayer-Optik was asking for.

If you’ve never heard of Meyer-Optik, it’s best known for its Trioplan series of lenses with the “soap bubble bokeh”. The 50mm f/2.9 will be available in almost all mounts, including micro 4/3, and it will cost $449. If you are looking for a cheaper alternative: the classic Trioplan 50mm f/2.9 is going for around $150 on eBay.

05/04/2016 / / Micro Four Thirds

Panasonic has just announced its Lumix DMC-GX80 (GX85 in North America), a lower end model of the GX camera line. Judging by the MSRP of $799 including the 12-32mm kit lens, it is meant to be a competitor to the Olympus OM-D E-M10II and Sony A6000.

The GX80/GX85 sports a 16 MP sensor without an AA filter, a new shutter mechanism for reduced shutter shock and 5-axis Dual IS. According to Panasonic the absence of an AA filter increases resolution by 10%. Like Panasonic’s latest cameras the GX80/GX85 also offers 4k/UHD 30p video and video related features, such as 4k Photo and Post Focus.

On the live view side of things there is a 2.76 M-dot EVF and a 3” 1.04 M-dot touch screen monitor, which tilts up by 80° and downward by 45°.

There is a black and silver model, both of which will go on sale at the end of May.

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