I’ve updated my Marumi DHG200 +5 review!

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

I’ve added lots of photos taken with the Marumi DHG200 + 5 with the Nikon 1 V1 and 10-30mm and 18.5mm f/1.8 as well as Olympus OM-D E-M10 and 45mm f/1.8. There are now more photos of the said cameras and lenses with and without the Marumi attached to them. And last but not least there are also full resolution comparison images taken with the Nikon and Olympus gear, so that you can get a better idea of the boost to magnification ratio it provides. You can check out the review here.

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Teaching my girlfriend how to use the Nikon V1

For more than a month I’ve been teaching my girlfriend Sani how to take photos consciously by using a “serious” camera, like the Nikon V1. Being someone who wasn’t interested in photography in the past, her experience is limited to taking snapshots with smartphones and full auto compact cameras. Using a camera with manual controls, like aperture, shutter speed and ISO settings, is a totally new experience to her. Nevertheless she enjoyed using the Nikon V1, Nikkor 18.5mm f/1.8 (check out my Review of the lens here) and 10-30mm f/3.5-5.6. I’m guessing it’s the fast AF, operational speed, accurate metering and WB what she’s liking about it. Lacking experience, she can’t put into words what it is that she finds enjoyable about using the gear. We have undertaken several photo walkabouts since I started teaching her. The first time she wasn’t exactly thrilled (I had to twist her arm a bit…), but once we got home, and I deleted the vast majority of rejects and shown her the strongest photos, some of which you can see below, she was very excited. After that it took some time until I finally got to post processing her shots, which was done under her guidance and to her taste. She doesn’t know how to use Lightroom yet, but knows what she likes and how the shots should look.

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Meet me and my family

For a long time I wanted to introduce myself and my family with pictures. Not just any pictures, but those taken with the Nikon V1, 1 Nikkor 18.5mm f/1.8, 50m f/1.4 C-Mount and 25mm f/1.4 C-Mount. Let’s begin with me, the admin of this blog. My name is Ivan.

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Awesome 18.5mm f1.8 deal on AmazonDE

If you are a Nikon 1 user from Germany, Switzerland or Austria, you should head over to AmazonDE and check out the current price of the Nikkor 18.5mm f/1.8. At €150 this lens is not only a must have but also a fantastic bargain. I’ve paid €200 in February 2013 and found the price more than justified. If you are from Germany and can make use of the Nikon Germany Cash-Back in the amount of €35, the 18.5mm will cost you only €115. That’s a phenomenal price if you ask me.

Should you need more info on the lens, check out my long term Review of the 18.5mm f/1.8 after 8 months of use and my flickr set with loads of photos. Nikon V1 & Nikkor 18.5mm f/1.8

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