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  2. atpaula

    Canyon Sussuapara

    Another attraction fo Jalapão State Park. It is 15m deep and we walk along a shallow creek with water dripping all over us. The place is dark and full of plants and pink rocks. Thank you for looking. 1 2 3 4 5 6
  3. The Leica CL is very good.
  4. Nice find, Mike. Fortunately I was cured of my 35mm film camera fetish a few years ago otherwise I might have had a bigger display than that! At one point I had all the Nikon F models except for the original and the F6. Plus there were lower models including N90s, N8008, FE2, FM2n, etc, etc. Not to mention the Canon FD bodies, including their rare F-1, a couple of Leica M's and an Olympus OM2n (which was the last one I sold). All I have left now is a Yashica A, a Fed 2 and a couple of other really old fixed lens rangefinders, one is a Fujinon and the other a Voigtlander.
  5. Just returned from another of my weekend breaks on the Pas de Calais, France where I discovered another gem, the Parc St Joseph Village open air museum. A treasure trove of recreated shops, businesses and religious buildings containing literally thousands of original artefacts and tools. I recently changed one of my Nikons for a comparative bargain mint second hand Leica CL complete with 18mm f2.8 pancake lens. It proved an ideal holiday camera and a joy to use on this trip.
  6. Akira

    Some recent images.

    Hydrangea. Nothing special, but I liked the whole atmpsphere.
  7. Akira

    Some recent images.

    Glad you like it, Dallas!
  8. GB111

    Walking thru the desert

    Artistic manipulation has its time and place. I do it sometimes for fun, to create an idea, or to enhance a promising though otherwise flawed picture. See below for a modified shot from the Imperial Sand Dunes in near Yuma, Arizona.
  9. I think your film cameras win the size battle quite easily. I will have to have a bit of a dig in the back of the cupboard and find the old F70 SLR for a comparison with my digital options.
  10. I cannot see myself linining up to get an E-M1X anytime soon! LOL
  11. Whatever the reason, it's a complete shift from the traditional Olympus philosophy on photographic gear.
  12. I just thought the comparison with actual film cameras which have been the object of so much derision for their size and weight over the past couple of decades was interesting, what with the actual machines at hand to weigh on the same set of scales, and not some advertising company's imaginative ones.
  13. This is the link to the Nikon D5 Olympus E-M1X comparison. There's not a hell of a lot in it, is there? I think that the reason for the size must have to do with ergonomics required of action photographers who are now used to wielding the monster bodies. Apparently they like them like that, so Olympus are making a play for that market. Whether or not they succeed will depend on the results, I guess.
  14. I just thought the comparison with actual film cameras which have been the object of so much derision for their size and weight over the past couple of decades was interesting, what with the actual machines at hand to weigh on the same set of scales, and not some advertising company's imaginative ones.
  15. Comparing beasts https://camerasize.com/compare/#812,824 sorry early link misbehaving- obviously not something to try from the phone.
  16. Good luck with that camera, Dallas, and enjoy the safari, although my first thought as a longtime Olympus fan was - "WTF, Olympus?" As happens I have a bunch of cameras on my table at the moment: A Minolta SR-T 101 with 58/1.4 lens was my first serious 35mm camera, identical to the one in the middle. My second camera 8 years later was a jewel of design and compactness, a much loved Olympus OM-1, exactly like the one at front right. Olympus won me first with the size of the camera, as well as the size of the lenses. Everything was small and light, but performed easily as well as the Minolta. My last digital purchase was a Fuji X-T2, almost identical in size to the X-T1 pictured at front left. Take away the L bracket and that camera is roughly the size of the 35mm Minolta camera, but a lot lighter - with battery but without lens it weighs 505gm. It got me away from the stupidly big and heavy Nikon D* bodies such as the hulk at back left, weighing a full two thirds less. For comparison purposes in the photo, my first medium format film camera bought in this digital era was the Kiev-60 pictured in the middle rear. Built like a Russian tank it reminded me of the D* Nikons in size and weight - it weighs 1250gm without lens. I have migrated since to the physically smaller and somewhat lighter Pentacon Six cameras, and which deliver superb medium format picture quality as can be expected. A Pentacon body without lens weighs almost exactly the same as the Minolta SR-T 101 with 58/1.4 lens - both are around 1030gm. The OM-1 weighs 730gm with 50/1.4 lens. The Nikon D3 without lens but with battery is just under 1500gm. You can see where I'm going with this. The published weight of the m4/3 Olympus E-M1X body with batteries and without a lens is 997gm. Correct me if I'm wrong, but that's as near as damnit equal to the weight of a medium format Pentacon Six film camera body, about a quarter more than an OM-1 with battery and a standard 50/1.4 lens attached, and just a third less than a house-brick Nikon D3 instrument of torture with battery and no lens. I repeat WTF, Olympus? 🙄 "Beast" seems an apt description, Dallas.
  17. Thanks Hugh. I am beyond excited right now. I have half the gear packed, shooting a couple of properties today and tomorrow and then completing the personal packing before leaving on Saturday to meet up with my guests. As I just posted in the MFT board, Olympus have just announced a new firmware for the E-M1 Mk II that brings some of the X features to a smaller body. I suspect that a Mk III might be in the works soon as it's been 3 years since the Mk II came out. The X is a very specialist camera and I think it might struggle to gain traction in the market given that it is such a big body for a small sensor. However, it does offer many things that larger cameras don't offer, particularly this hand-held high res mode and some very advanced AF tracking for action shooters. Where it may win friends is that while the body is big, the MFT lenses are still comparatively small and really good, so for sports and wildlife shooters who travel a lot it becomes a feasible option.
  18. Thanks for this link. Good to see that the older models are still having new firmware made available - although the MkII at 2 years since its release is still a current model and is thus not all that old I guess. Edit: I notice that Olympus have also released new firmware for the E-M5 Mark II and the PEN-F as well as the OM-D E-M1 Mark II discussed by Robin Wong.
  19. A beast indeed - it is bloody humungous! I can appreciate that there are important niches in all market places and the existence of the need for specialised products to address such niches, so it is interesting that Olympus have seen fit to produce such a product. What will be more interesting will be to see if Olympus gains a following for this new camera. Time will tell. Good luck Dallas with your impending safari trip.
  20. I have no desire, much less any need to pursue the point, especially since you have not addressed the issue directly.
  21. Yup. But let's not spoil the thread. Feel free to message me in private if you really want to carry on this discussion.
  22. I just got word that Olympus has updated the firmware in the E-M1 Mk II and this sees it now getting a lot more of the features that the E-M1X has, including improved AF, expanded ISO range (down to ISO 64) as well as some other stuff that I didn't even know these cameras could do. Here's Robin Wong to run through some of the details.
  23. That's the main problem with your world??? Wow.
  24. Olympus South Africa has very kindly loaned me a new Olympus E-M1X for my safari starting next Monday, along with a 300mm f/4.0 PRO. I have to say ... this camera is way bigger than I thought it would be. It hearkens me back to my days of running around with a Nikon D2H. This is it next to my original E-M1. You can't really tell the depth of the grip from this image, but rest assured, it's considerably deeper than my camera. I will be writing a field diary during the course of the safari and posting it here on Fotozones, so if you are thinking of getting an E-M1X I will impart all my feelings and impressions on the machine as I use it on safari.
  25. Apparently this is the main problem with the world today - other people telling you what is deplorable and what isn't.
  26. Nice shot, GB. From where I sit, the cloud adds interest to the shot. When I travel to the California desert, I always seek to avoid a plain blue sky. The only thing worse is bald overcast.
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