My first photos with the Olympus OM-D E-M10, 45mm f/1.8 and Panasonic 25mm f/1.4

I’ve had my Olympus OM-D E-M10 for two weeks now, but due to being swamped at work and having some business meetings abroad I couldn’t find the time to write a blog post about the camera and the first batch of pictures I took with it. Together with the E-M10 I also bought the Olympus 45mm f/1.8 and the Panasonic Leica 25mm f/1.4. Both seem to be excellent lenses. I can’t say much without some thorough testing first and I don’t like to go out on a limb, but Olympus cameras seem to be like mini super computers with loads of customization, which can be overwhelming at first. But once you assign the functions you want to the Fn buttons and customize the features and the way the camera operates to your liking, chances are you won’t need to dive in to a menu for a looong time. The E-M10 is the opposite of the Nikon V1. You can customize almost anything and the level of manual control is insane, but in a good way. The aspect of the camera I like best is undoubtedly the IBIS. With the V1 I’ve learned to hold the camera firmly and to do my best to avoid any movement. I even hold my breath when going under 1/50th of a second, but with the Olympus I find myself shooting anyway I see fit, while still getting sharp photos free of camera shake. Anyway here are some of my first photos with the E-M10, 45/1.8 and 25/1.4, most of which were taken at high ISO (ISO1600 and above).

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Nikon 1 Nikkor 6.7-13mm f/3.5-5.6 Link Collection: Reviews, Samples, Videos

According to users and reviewers Nikon 1 Nikkor 6.7-13mm is the sharpest zoom in the Nikon 1 lens lineup hands down and one of the three sharpest lenses overall. The other two are the 18.5mm f/1.8 (which I have reviewed here) and the 32mm f/1.2. Being right up there with standard and portrait primes in regards to image quality is no small feat for an ultra wide angle zoom. Read on to find out what makes the 6.7-13mm so special. Nikon-1-Nikkor-VR-6.7-13 Continue reading

C-Mount 25mm f1.4 & Nikon V1

After a long break due to holidays, bad weather and poor health (sinusitis) I’ve finally managed to take some photos with my cheapo C-Mount 25mm f/1.4 lens. It will take a while until I’ve taken enough images and until I’m confident enough to write a review, but many things I have written about its “big brother”, the C-Mount 50mm f/1.4 (link to my Review), also apply to the 25mm f/1.4. Click on the photos to view them in Full HD resolution on Flickr. The image quality is not very good, so don’t be shocked if there are CAs and if the resolution/sharpness is vastly inferior to the 1 Nikkors. 🙂

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Tamron patents a 10-100mm f3.5-5.6 for 1″ sensor

This is not necessarily a design intended for Nikon 1 cameras and it may very well never materialize, nevertheless it is interesting to know that Tamron is active in regards to developing optics for the 1” format. According to the Egami Blog Tamron has filed the patent for a 10-100mm f/3.5-5.6 lens on June 22, 2012, which is much later than the filing date of the Nikon 1 Nikkor 10-100 f/4.5-5.6 PD (link to the patent). This is what the lens design looks like:

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Hefty Nikon V2 price reduction: is Nikon clearing inventory in preparation for the V3?

While the price of the Nikon V2 remains relatively stable in the US, in Europe V2 is heavily discounted. In Germany you can occasionally find offers for under €500, which is 55% of the RRP. In the UK you can get the white model on Amazon for £502.30, which is 62.7% of the RRP. It seems to me, that Nikon is indeed selling off the V2, to make room for the V3 rumored to be announced in January 2014.

What do you think?

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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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Review: 50mm f1.4 C-Mount Lens

More than a month ago I have posted some of my images taken with the 50mm f/1.4 C-Mount and my initial thoughts regarding the no-name lens. In the meantime I have taken some additional photos with the “Plastilux” (which is what I like to call it) and my Nikon V1, but not nearly as many as I would have liked to. Nevertheless I feel confident that I have learned all there is to know about the 50/1.4 C-Mount since I’ve bought it in August 2013.

(UPDATE 02.06.2016: I’ve been using the 50/1.4 CCTV C-mount lens on my Olympus OM-D E-M10 and have written a micro 4/3 centric review. If you are a M4/3 shooter and would like to see how this lens performs on the larger sensor, you can read the review here.)

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So why call it “Plastilux”? Well, at $47/£32/€38 this lens is cheap but capable of some great results, if you put in the time. Read on to find out what I think about the build quality, image quality, depth of field control, usability and price vs. performance of this lens.

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Rumor: Nikon 1 V3 to be announced in January 2014

According to Nikon-Rumors.com Nikon is expected to announce the Nikon 1 V3 during the CES show in early January 2014. The V3 will supposedly have a similar design to the Nikon P7800 compact camera, including a standard flash hot-shoe. V3’s pop-up flash will supposedly be able to act as wireless commander. I may be mistaken, but I believe that the V2 already has this capability. Last but not least, a Firmware Update for the FT-1, making the adapter compatible with V3’s new features (which?), is said to be in the works.

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Nikon 1 Nikkor 70-300mm f/4-5.6 Patent

The hottest news at the moment is about a patent for a 70-300mm f/4-5.6 native N1 super-telephoto lens. It has a radically different (more advanced) design than the 70-300mm full frame Nikkor: 20 vs. 17 elements, 13 vs. 12 groups, 6 ED and 3 fluorite elements vs. “only” 2 ED elements. The following photo of a mock-up at the Nikon 1 announcement back in September 2011 could be the N1 70-300mm.

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It’s time for some dogs again

Folks who visit my blog on a regular basis know that I like to shoot dogs, cats, macro and portraits. This time around I’m posting some of my latest dog photos taken with the Nikon V1, 18.5mm f/1.8 and “Plastilux” 50mm f/1.4 C-Mount lens. Let’s begin with the shots taken with the 18.5mm f/1.8.

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