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Akira last won the day on 18 May 2016

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    Akira Sakamoto
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    Panasonic GH5
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    Lumix G 25/1.7 ASPH, Nikkor-O 55/1.2
  1. As big fan of Jan Vermeer, Delft is one of the cities I want to visit. The houses are beautifully unique! Thanks for sharing.
  2. Hi, Dallas,


    I think I'm experiencing a small glitch here.  After I sign in and go back to the top page by clicking the "Fotozones" logo on the top-left of the page, I will be forced to sign out: for example, the "Activity Stream" pulldown menu is not displayed, and my displayed name and avatar on the top-right of the page is replaced with "Existing User? Sign in" message and the "Sign Up" button.  When I return to a forum thread, I'm recognized as a subscriber who is signed in.  Not a serious problem, but it should not be normal.


    Best regards,



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    2. Dallas


      OK, I just experienced the same thing with a test account. When I clicked on the logo to go to the home page it appears to have logged me out, but visiting any other link on the site somehow sees me as logged in again. 


      So what I did was go to the home page where it says I was logged out and I just hit refresh and that seems to have fixed it. I'm using Safari on a Mac. 

    3. Akira


      Hi, Dallas,


      Thanks for the support.  The refresh works (I'm using Firefox on Windows 10).  I finally found the FZ Support under "All Forums".  Frankly the differentiation of All Forums and General Forums are a bit difficult to understand...


      Best regards,



    4. Dallas


      Thanks Akira. I am working on the menus, so any suggestions are appreciated.

  3. Before I was about to suggest opening FZ YouTube channel for the video contents, but you already have one. However, I think you should make the link to the YouTube channel much more prominent on the top page. Also, it would be better to emphasize the relationship between the Safari tour, the FZ YouTube channel and this forum in order to appeal the uniqueness of the contents you offer. There have already been countless gear previews on YouTube, and the FZ channel could easily be obscured in there. Episodes like "Inside Safari" or "2017 Safari Gear" are very good in this regard. Olympus-related reviews would be more unique if they could be related to Safari or shooting in the tropical area, especially because the flagship model like E-M1 is made to withstand the harsh environmental conditions.
  4. Dallas, thanks for the clarification and the encouragement.
  5. I'm not aware of anything behind the scene, Dallas. Recently I mostly enjoy watching the videos posted by you rather than posting images. One difficulty I found is that I tend to refrain from posting images here. Apparently FZ has always been struggling to pay for the server, I tried to post my images by linking to the ones uploaded to flickr to minimize the consumption of the storage reserved for FZ. However, the linking is clumsy, and it is clumsy even to sign in flickr after they changed the system. Obviously this is no one's fault, and I have absolutely no intention of blaming anyone here. I just don't know what to do. Oh, well.
  6. Hi, Luc, thanks for the report with lots of beautiful images well worth appreciating! I'm always interested in visiting not-so-obvious places, but I'm surprised to know that Marseille is not a popular place among the tourists. I took it for granted that Marseille would be one of the most popular cities in the southern regions of France along with Cannes and Nice: that's the origin of the French national anthem!
  7. 25mm f/1.8 M.Zuiko

    Bought a couple of month ago along with E-M5 Mk II, and so far I cannot complain. The AF is spot on, the image is sharp already wide open. At f2.5-2.8, you can achieve the corner to corner shapness. The bokeh is smooth and the ability to focus up to 25cm is very handy. I'm using the lens for single frames as well as pano stitching. For both usage, I'm more satisfied with the D7000 and AF-S 35/1.8G ED combo that I had used previously. I haven't yet encountered any major flare or ghost problems. Unlike the other M. Zuiko primes, the lens comes with a lens hood of a cylindrical shape. It is made of plastic and feels rather chep, but it snaps tightly onto the bayonette and works nicely as shock absorber when it is hit against something hard. I always prefer plastic hoods to metal ones. It should be safe to say that this is a must-have standard prime for m4/3 system.