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  2. Dallas

    David Thorpe blog

    I can only surmise that photography gear makes us crazy. But it is true though, that when you'r using this stuff for work and not personal recreation, your approach does change. Right now I am only interested in the Lumix/Leica 8-18mm and nothing else. And that's only because it is a brilliant replacement for my Oly 9-18mm. But then when I go on safari next year I will probably be very interested in the Lumix/Leica 100-400mm, or the 200mm 2.8, even though my existing 50-200mm lens is more than adequate for that safari. Ergo, I am definitely not playing with a full deck of cards. 🙄
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  4. armando_m

    La Candelaria, Bogotá.

    Aguinaldo, Fantastic b&w conversions as always Beautiful views of this place
  5. armando_m


    Thank you for sharing your images, brought me back good memories from the time I spent in Singapore About the number of ships, when I flew back the guy next to me in the plane was in the USA navy, he mentioned there is so much traffic that he considers it the most dangerous place to navigate a ship
  6. Mike G

    Dave having a snooze

    Sometimes a fur coat is just a bit much! G9 + P Leica 45-175mm @ 1/400 f5.6 ISO320
  7. Mike G

    David Thorpe blog

    Dallas, this may interest you! http://m43blog.dthorpe.net/2018/03/25/how-to-become-a-millionaire-photographer/
  8. Dallas

    Resignation as a Fujifilm Moderator.

    Dave, we are a small group now and as such there is very little moderation to be done. I will send you a message over the next couple of days on what to do in the event of any discussion requiring moderation, but it's pretty straight-forward.
  9. crowecg

    27mm f/2.8 XF Fujinon

    A very compact lens which works well with the X-E3, which gives you a combo that can easily slip into a pocket. You have to drive the aperture from the camera body, which may not appeal to those who chose the Fuji system because of the traditional manual controls.
  10. crowecg

    18-55mm f/2.8-4.0R LM OIS XF

    I've been using it paired with a X-E3. It is nicely sized for this combo. Size feels similar to the Nikon 18-55 I used to use, but the Fuji feels heavier and better built. Image quality is more than good enough for what I can do. The OIS is impressive - easily hand holding at 1/10 or 1/15 sec. Almost manageable for IR wide open, but visible hotspots develop quickly on stopping down.
  11. crowecg

    Another iPhone X image

    When you have a strong contrasty image, the noise reduction smoothing and sharpening isn't too distracting, but you can see that it has happened here if you look closely enough. I'm sure most people will only look at phone pictures on their phones and therefore so small they never notice. On the subject of high ISO - I was looking at a photo I took for work using my phone and trying to zoom into details, but found that they were ruined by the noise reduction smoothing even at ISO25.
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  13. Mike G

    Resignation as a Fujifilm Moderator.

    You are obliged to send your immediate predecessor $1000 immediately. 😉
  14. danielm

    12-40mm f/2.8 PRO M.Zuiko

    Get in the "pro" side with the Olympus M.Zuiko 12-40mm F2.8 Olympus M.Zuiko 12-40mm F2.8 We know already all the big advantages of using a so-called "Pro" lens. Better construction, larger controls and grip, better quality glasses, constant aperture (most of the time), all weather protection, etc. But "pro" lenses are also larger, heavier and... more expensive. Usually their variable focal length latitude is narrowed compare to the "amateur" counterparts.So it can be tricky to suggest or moreover to recommend such an exclusive product. And I am not a big fan of "bazooka" lenses that are intimidating the subject by their lack of discretion. The only add credibility you can expect from other people when using this type of lenses usually came from persons without real knowledge of photography (especially press credential personal). So you can be rightly suspicious when I decide to bring you this specific and modest personal review about the Olympus M.Zuiko 12-40mm F/2.8 lens. On the Run (Olympus OM-D E-M5 II / M. 12-40mm F2.8) The Olympus M.Zuiko 12-40mm F\2.8 is in fact a big lens. It is true to say that it is a smaller lens compare to its equivalent in larger image actor format such as APS-C or 24X36mm so-called "full" frame format. Its focal length latitude offers a practical range starting with an interesting wide angle up to a modest telephoto setting. Its constant maximum aperture of F/2.8 is the usual standard for this kind of "pro" product. Olympus OM-D E-M5 II W/Grip / M.12-40mm F2.8 The Olympus M.Zuiko 12-40mm F/2.8 is an impressive piece of glasses in particular if you apply the compactness standards of the m4/3 format. To properly use it you may need a camera model with a greater potential handle grip to be able to handle it with confidence and confort. But I must add that the lens is still usable without add-on grip. As a "Pro" design lens its primary destination is without a doubt the Olympus OM-D E-M1 (in both variations). With the OM-D E-M5 (again in both versions) the optional grip will help you in certain situations like studio or action shooting sessions. That can be said also when you are using the OM-D E-M10 (again and again ... original or Mark II models). The feeling of the 12-40mm F/2.8 lens reveals its high class all weather construction especially in comparaison with the kit zoom lenses such as the M.Zuiko 12-50mm or the diminutive 14-42mm. Control rings for zooming and focusing are fairly larger and can be easily distinctive by the touch. On the spot manual focusing operation is possible by pulling the focus ring very conviently (that specific option is also present into the 12-50mm lens). We appreciate that the lens hood is part of the included accessory packaged with the lens. One of the big advantage of the M.Zuiko 12-40mm F/2.8 is surely its focal length variation starting with a real wide setting of 12mm (84 degrees of angle of view) up to an extended normal angle of view ( 30 degrees) at 40mm. I really consider that telephoto designation should start at 60-75mm focal length in M4/3 format which represent an angle of view of 20-15 degrees to make a visual difference. At that point you get a magnification ratio of 2.5-3X compare to your naked eye. The Olympus M.Zuiko 75mm F/1.8 should be an excellent complement to the M.Zuiko 12-40mm F/2.8. Like I have said earlier the bigger dimensions of "Pro" lenses is often generating intimidating reactions from many spontaneous subjects. It is a price to pay and you may have to earn the confidence of the people you want to photograph prior to the shooting itself. Even the non-initiated person in photography will be aware of the "pro" level of your photo taking device. The performance of the Olympus M.Zuiko 12-40mm lens is on the upper lever flirting with the stellar performances seen on the prime (focal fix) lenses. It is a good substitute product to the 12mm, the 17mm, the 25mm and the 45mm prime lenses although all theses models offer a much larger maximum aperture (F1.8-2) which support a better depth of field control. The extended focal range of the M.12-40mm qualify it as a good urban traveller optic to keep at hand. more than on your chest. And yes it can be a good action lens. If you are looking for a basic "pro" setting the Olympus M.Zuiko 12-40mm F2.8 will be a strong contender to fill the task. And the image results will speak by themself. Good Bye
  15. blurmagic

    Resignation as a Fujifilm Moderator.

    Dallas, sounds good! When you have the time, would you please tell me what my new duties and responsibilities include? Thanks, Dave
  16. Clactonian


    I'm sure nobody thought that Mike, certainly not me. This a civilised forum unlike some I could mention.
  17. Mike G


    I was not implying that Mike’s picture is a G&G photo, far from it just not my cup of tea!
  18. Dallas


    Wow, that is a lot of ships at anchor. I thought Durban was a busy port, but this makes our waiting area seem sparse in comparison. Great series, Chris. So nice to see other parts of the world. Keep 'em coming.
  19. Guadeloupe: a visit to the French Antilles Island with the Panasonic Lumix GX85 iPhone picture by Manon Paquette Guadeloupe is the designation of a two parts island localized into the French Antilles. A dream island for many French vacationers and retired people with an ideal warm climate. For its own population it can be a different story considering in particular the lack of economical opportunities for the local and especially the youngsters. You can travel for weeks and months to be able to discover the very diversified facettes of the Grande-Terre and Basse-Terre territories which compose the Guadeloupe. Here is some photo extracts that I have done recently with the help of the Panasonic Lumix GX85 and the Lumix G Vario 12-32mm & Lumix G Vario 35-100mm f4-5.6 Mega O.I.S. lenses. The colours of the French Antilles are very attractive but you can also produce beautiful black & white compositions. Architectures subjects, people, flowers, animals, etc are all subjects of discovery and artistic experimentations. A Church at Saint-François, Grande-Terre Marché nocturne (Night Market) at Saint-François, Grande-Terre Marché nocturne (Night Market) at Saint-François, Grande-Terre Jardin botanique (Botanic garden) at Deshaies, Basse-Terre Jardin botanique (Botanic garden) at Deshaies, Basse-Terre Jardin botanique (Botanic garden) at Deshaies, Basse-Terre Jardin botanique (Botanic garden) at Deshaies, Basse-Terre Deshaies, Basse-Tesse Pointe-des-châteaux, Grande-Terre Pointe-des-châteaux, Grande-Terre
  20. danielm

    12-32mm F3.5-5.6 ASPH. MEGA O.I.S

    The Walking Twins: Panasonic Lumix G Vario 12-32mm & 35-100mm Mega O.I.S. Panasonic Lumix G Vario 12-32mm F3.5-5.6 Mega O.I.S. & Panasonic Lumix G Vario 35-100mm F4.0-5.6 Mega O.I.S. A pocket pair for everyday everywhere travellers! Behind the fact that the traditional camera users tend to be older it is a universal phenomena that most of the people regardless of their respective ages want to be more mobile. In doing so we are looking for devices or equipment with less inconvenient in size and weight. You just have to look at the sport and outdoor accessories evolution since two or three decades to be convinced. Compaticity in photo equipment is an historical quest since the beginning of this new medium. Some photo experts or enthusiasms have and still denigrate the ability of using smaller devices and obtain quality photo results. This debate was particularly fierce during the golden age of 35mm film. Today we know for sure the futility of these assertions. Digital photography is another step to the direction of creating compact, simpler and performing cameras and the introduction of the micro 4/3 image captor format has contributed to establish the credibility of it. Today M4/3 camera system is world widely used and appreciated. For sure in the vast photographic universe there is always place for larger format as it has been proved by the reintroduction of "medium" captor format by Hasselblad and Fujifilm preceded by the Ricoh-Pentax offer without forgetting the digital backs designed by Phase One. Olympus and Panasonic have been the commercial pioneers of the M4/3 format cameras. They have designed very compact devices with different interpretations and priority intended uses. Moreover they develop accordingly an optical offer that suit the compactness primary idea of the new format. Today we will look at a typical lens combination available from the Panasonic line-up. Smart and Compact A small reminder in the recent time-line of the different Lumix models recalls us the Panasonic first introducing of the GM1 and GM5 successor model declinations. They were very small M4/3 cameras and Panasonic had rightly associated these ones with their newest Lumix G Vario 12-32mm f3.5-5.6 Mega O.I.S. diminutive in size standard zoom lens. (see my GM5 report). Soon after Panasonic added the Lumix G Vario 35-100mm F4.0-5.6 Mega O.I.S. tele-zoom lens as a complement of the first one. The whole package is simply the correct expression of many of us consider the real purpose of the compact M4/3 format system introduction. The Panasonic pair lenses are contracting lenses for easy equipment carrying. The Lumix G Vario 12-32mm Mega O.I.S. will be considered by many photographers as their primary lens since it deliver a very useful wide angle of view of 84 degrees similar to the 24mm lens into 24X36mm film format. That wide angle of view is rightly appreciated by many as a very fine and creative contextual lens for street travel, interior or social photography. On the other end of the zoom 32mm focal length you will obtain a narrowed 37 degrees angle of view which is practical but won't have the same versatility compared to others bigger trans-standard zoom lenses such as the Lumix G Vario 12-60mm option. You may consider the 12-32mm more as a wide to normal focal lenght utility lens. No lens hood has been included by Panasonic for the 12-32mm although you may find one from independent manufacturer such as JJC. The filter size diameter is 37mm and could be considered for adding some kind of optical protection or special effect filter. My only complaint is that Panasonic didn't "standardized" its filter size between the 12-32mm and the 35-100mm F4.0-5.6. I would also love that Panasonic have been added the automatic camera shut-off option when you are contracting the lens to its storing position. Lastly no manual focusing ring of the lens. That "flaw" can be partially compensated by using the pre-focusing option on the camera and than reframe your picture thereafter. Using the Lumix G Vario 12-32mm lens more extendedly over the years prove to be a very handy optical device for doing photography "on the spot". Image results are pleasing and could be shared or presented without complex. Even if the 12-32mm have a small maximum aperture you can rely on its ability to do good interior pictures, thanks to its internal optical stabilization combined with the camera in-body counterpart if available. This is a good urban traveler option. The very compact design assimilated with more amateur camera models and in doing so give you a more discrete presence regarding the people surrounding you. If you add a ranger finder style camera the intimidated factor will decrease a lot. For sure quality won't be at the same level compared to to the higher and bigger lens models offered but for most of the digital presentation channel the difference should not be noticed. As usual I never pretend to analyse lenses or cameras on a purely technical point of view knowing that there already exist a lot of more competent people that do so over the Web universe. The Lumix G Vario 35-100mm f4.0-5.6 Mega O.I.S. can be assimilated as the compagnon lens of the 12-32mm if you are looking for that focal length range. The Lumix 35-100mm F4.0-5.6 is a compact optic that can be slip in a coat pocket or in a hand bag without adding volume or exceeding weight. This 2 inches long lens will give you an angle of view variation between 34 and 12 degrees. It comes with a lens hood and you can add a 46mm size filter if you wish (As already mentioned this 46mm diameter is different from the 37mm size of the Lumix 12-32mm). The stabilization lens and cameras options are very essential tools to be activated when you are using the Lumix 35-100mm f4.0-5.6 lens mainly because of its modest maximum aperture and its long focal length. While I have been a strong adept of small focal fixed telephoto lenses such as the Lumix 42.5mm f1.7 OIS and the Olympus M.Zuiko 45mm F1.8 lenses I consider the Lumix G Vario 35-100mm F4.0-5.6 variante as a very good substitute product. For sure it lacks the shallow deep of field characterized of the larger maximum aperture of the two prime but that flaw can be partly compensated by the longer final 100mm focal length of the zoom lens. Because of its inherent compactness the Lumix 35-100mm fF4.0-5.6 is again a very non-intruse lens that facilite the casual picture session. In my view there is no quality issue regarding the image output of this lens. And again stabilization option is a key factor for reaching beautiful picture results. Because of its particular medium telephoto focal length the Lumix 35-100mm f4.0-5.6 can be a real composition tool with a good isolation and compression of the main subject. As I have already mentioned in the past I consider the mirrorless camera category as the real modern successor of the basic idea of a compact camera device with the interchangeable lens option. A kind of Leica legacy of our today world. For sure direct Web connectivity has to be addressed by the different M4/3 format camera manufacturers in the near future to respond to our actuel need of personal communication. But at least the basic of the photographic technique parts are fulfilled already. Yes the Panasonic twins Vario G 12-32mm F3.5-5.6 and 35-100mm F4.0-5.6 Mega O.I.S. are representing a very attractive and competent combination for compact photography.
  21. Clactonian


    Thanks Anthony. The colour image was straight out of the camera and a quick shot to take advantage of a clear line of sight with no visitors. With regard to colour versus black and white it is of course subjective. The problem as I see it is that all too often photographers will convert to black and white for no reason. My own B & W images are heavily processed, as they would have been in the darkroom, to create mood, artistic effect or to eliminate busy colourful backgrounds which take the eye away from the main subject. It is good that we all have our personal preferences. At least it gives us something to 'talk' about!
  22. crowecg

    Singapore Zoos and Wildlife

    Manatee at Singapore Zoo - River Safari Crowen Pigeon at Jurong Bird Park Now did I really travel all this way to see this? Rainbow Lorikeet Occasionally, I see these in my back yard! And then real WILDlife - these lizards were making the most of the Jurong Bird Park which lay within their territory. Green lizard Lizard by the duck pond/url] And this one was really out in the wild. Lizard exploring the fort on Sentosa
  23. crowecg


    A few of the sights from my recent trip to Singapore. They seem to have a thing for "merlons" - a cross between a lion and a sea creature! Singapore11 And they attract quite a crowd for selfies... Across the bay is Marina Sands and Gardens by the Bay. Singapore7 And at night these tree like structures are all lit up and there is a bit of a light show. Singapore9 And heading back towards town, there is also another light show every evening. Singapore16 And downtown across the water without the light show. Singapore15 I was thinking that the harbour and lights of Hong Kong are better, but I'm a bit biased having live in Hong Kong for a number of years, however, Hong Kong does suffer from air quality problems these days, so sometimes you just can't see across the harbour. And like Hong Kong, this is a major port city, so there are ships just lining up, waiting to load and unload. Singapore6 Anchorage just off Sentosa beach.
  24. Anthony


    The monochrome image is much better IMHO, the colour version is, frankly, not very interesting. The monochrome has, of course, had quite a lot of pp work while the colour appears to have had little or none. So no doubt the colour could be worked up. But the comparison shows that removal of colour can actually enhance some images and enable the viewer to concentrate on tone and mood. Having said all that, I normally much prefer colour and agree with Mike that many b&w images are poor - but not here.
  25. Dallas


    Nice finds, Luc. I need to use my 75/1.8 more on other subjects. I've only really used it for event photography, but it has so many other good uses, as seen here.
  26. Mike G

    Had this itch for a while now

    I was pointed to him on another forum, and find his style quite laid back, look out for Riley the cat! https://www.youtube.com/user/spogley/videos
  27. Mike G

    Resignation as a Fujifilm Moderator.

    Yes indeed I would but of course you realise I’m still an M4/3 tyro! And once again cheers. 😀
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