Big Street Guns Posts

17/06/2016 / / Macro

Depicted: baby Praying Mantis, aprox. 7mm or 0.276" in size

This morning, while enjoying a cup of coffee with Sani, I noticed a praying mantis “baby” (what’s the correct word in English?) on the back rest of one of our garden chairs. I was deeply intrigued since I had never seen a mantis this young and small before. I had to take a picture right away!

15/06/2016 / / Micro Four Thirds

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Early in the morning Panasonic has announced the Leica DG Summilux 12mm f/1.4 ASPH MFT lens. It is already available for preorder at Amazon and other online shops. The MSRP in the US is $1,299. Considering that this lens is almost as expensive as the Leica DG Nocticron 42.5mm f/1.2 ASPH you can expect a similarly high level of build and image quality.

14/06/2016 / / C-Mount 25mm f/1.4
14/06/2016 / / Micro Four Thirds

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According to digicame-info.com Panasonic is going to announce a new LEICA DG SUMMILUX 12mm / F1.4 ASPH. [H-X012] lens tomorrow at 5-6am London time. There is no word yet on pricing and availability, but I’m guessing that it won’t be a cheap lens. The only other two lenses with Leica Summilux branding (15mm 1.7 H-X015 and 25mm f/1.4 H-X025E) cost around $600 / €500, and this being a very wide and very fast wide-angle lens it is almost certainly going to cost even more. The only info available at this moment is the closest focusing distance of 20cm and the filter thread diameter of 62mm.

08/06/2016 / / Adapter

Achromatic close-up lenses are one of the most popular options among photographers who want to get a taste of macro photography without breaking the bank. They are a special kind of close-up lenses with multiple lens elements instead of just one. This minimizes chromatic aberration and ensures better image quality at the borders of the frame.

Two highly regarded achromatic lenses are the Marumi DHG200 +5 and Raynox DCR-250. They cost almost the same, around 50-55 bucks. I own both of them and I’m more than satisfied with their build and image quality. That being said, there are some differences that will make you prefer one over the other, unless you want to own both. 😉 So let’s get to it!

02/06/2016 / / C-Mount 50mm f/1.4

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Note: I have already reviewed the 50mm f/1.4 CCTV C-mount lens on my Nikon 1 V1 – you can read that review here. Because of vastly improved image quality on my Olympus OM-D E-M10 I have decided to write this review, in course of which I will be analyzing its performance on Micro 4/3.

As I’ve said in my original review of the 50mm f/1.4 CCTV C-mount, this lens is very cheap (less than 30 dollars/pounds/euros), yet capable of amazing results. Technical image quality (as in lack of aberrations, flare, vignetting, etc.) isn’t what this lens is about, although it isn’t bad in that regard either. What it’s really good at are image rendition and bokeh. Read on to find out what I think about its build quality, usability and image quality.

27/05/2016 / / Micro Four Thirds

Meike-lenses

Meike, a Chinese company best known for its camera accessories, has announced four new lenses for Micro 4/3, Nikon 1, Fuji X, Canon EOS M and Sony E mounts: 25mm f/0.95, 28mm f/2.8, 35mm f/1.7 and 50mm f/2.0.

Most of them are already available at Amazon US, Amazon UK and Amazon DE. The 25mm f/0.95 is undoubtedly the most interesting lens of the bunch, but it’s also the most expensive one with a price tag of $660. The other three cost between $80-90.

26/05/2016 / / Nikon 1

Sadly the Nikon EN-EL15 battery in my Nikon 1 V1 has reached the end of its working life. It happened without there being any sign whatsoever that it would die. I took some photos one day, depleting the battery in the process, and recharged it afterwards. The next day I was greeted with the following message on the camera display.

Nikon EN-EL15 battery at the end of life

23/05/2016 / / Micro Four Thirds

I must confess that I was naive when I bought my first set of C-mount adapters for my Nikon 1 V1 and Olympus OM-D E-M10. I assumed that it was very easy to make a so called “dumb adapter” – meaning an adapter that doesn’t pass through electrical signals from the camera to the lens and vice versa. Boy was I wrong! As it turns out it is quite a challenge to get the design right, in order to ensure compatibility with as many lenses as possible. At least it seems to be a challenge for manufacturers like “Kiwi”. I posted a couple of images down below, so you can identify the adapters in question.

C-mount to Nikon 1

C-mount to Nikon 1 adapter made by Kiwi

C-mount to Micro Four Thirds

C-mount to M4/3 adapter made by Kiwi

22/05/2016 / / Olympus OM-D E-M10