Andrew L (gryphon1911)

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  1. Thought I would share my thoughts on this lens. If you do not want to read through the whole review, I'll bottom line it for you: 1) I found no discernible IQ difference between this lens and the Olympus 12-40/2.8 2) I like the rubberized rings for cold weather use. 3) I experienced shutter shock with this lens on the EM5.2 - resolved by using the camera in anti-shock mode. BestLightPhoto - BLOG - Panasonic 12-35mm f/2.8 Power O.I.S
  2. If shipping wasn't so horrible to SA, I'd buy some things for you here and ship them to you! We'd probably spend way more money in shipping that would negate the good deals! lol
  3. lol....but I didn't sell ALL of it. Kept the PEN-F! Found good deals on used EM5.2 and Panasonic 12-35/2.8 as well. For the price, I couldn't pass them up.
  4. @DFZ, I sold the 40-150 PRO when I sold the EM1.2. Used those funds to pay for the Nikon 3004E PF. Found the Panasonic el-cheapo at a local store for $500. Could not pass it up. Yes, it is smaller and lighter than the 40-150 for sure. I'm hoping to shoot more with it and then compare some images against my catalog of 40-150 images to see if I find any differences. Based on reviews I've seen I don't think I'll find any. I'm wondering if I'll miss the close focusing distance(I believe the Oly had that advantage over the Panny) or the extra 50mm on the long end? I'm guessing no, but only time will tell. The one thing that I had issue with on the Oly PRO lenses is the metal zoom/focus rings. In the fall and winter here, it gets down right cold and sometimes I shoot without gloves. The metal on those lenses really will get to you after a while. Panasonic wraps the zoom in rubbery material, so that should be an added benefit.
  5. So I snagged it. I just had a few hours to use it, but trust I will have a review of it up once I get to use it more. As with all Panny lenses on my EM5.2, shutter shock seems to be a reality. Thankfully, anti-shock mode fixes it. Mainly shot between f/2.8 and f/4 1 2 3 4 5
  6. The Columbus Clippers are very photographer friendly. You can take whatever you want and pretty much shoot where ever you'd like so long as your ticket provides you access.
  7. Columbus Clippers vs Norfolk Tides 8 Jul 2017 Nikon D500 - Nikon 300/4E PF and Tamron 70-200/2.8 VC 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18
  8. The Wilds is a non-profit conservation preserve that focus' on animals, trying to provide education to the masses as well as care for and reintroduce near extinct species back into the wild. They have several tour options. The most immersive is the "Wildside Tour", in which up to 8 people travel off road into the habitats and get to experience the animals that are there up close. Kind of like an African or Asian safari in the Midwest of the United States. The Wilds is located about an hour east of Columbus Ohio in a town called Cumberland. The facility is 10,000 acres and was re-purposed in the 1950's as a conservation area. It was formerly a strip mining location. The wife and I decided to forgo the usual July 4th (american independence day) festivities and spend the day experiencing The Wilds once again. We had been here before, but it was many years ago, and we had never taken this specific tour. Gear for the day: Nikon D500 Nikon 300mm f/4E PF (took the TC14E-III but never needed it) Olympus OMD EM5 Mark II Panasonic 12-35mm f/2.8 Cotton Carrier 2 body Nikon kit in the middle, m43 kit on the right side Mindshift Ultralight pack with 3 liter camelback bladder Here are a few images from that day. Pere David's Deer - only survived because of European captive animals programs. This male is looking down at the alpha and his herd They attract females by covering themselves in dung and mud, then ripping clumps of grass and flowers from the ground and parading around with them in their rack. This was the current alpha male Female zebras Scimitar-Horned Oryx Female white rhino My wife getting a quick phone pick of the rhino herd Male ostrich is very interested in us....and air biting. We first met a female ostrich, but she was chased off quickly by this male...then he came back up to our truck and wanted to follow us around for quite a while. He was very curious Banteng calf hiding in the tall grasses with mom The Sammy Davis Jr of Fringe Eared Oryx's African Painted Dog. Was hyper active because the facility was currently mowing grass outside the habitat Giraffe wants his romaine lettuce 18 inch tongue wraps around that yummy stuff Close up
  9. There are third party y adapters that allow for charge and headphone at the same time, but that is more expense and another thing to keep track of.
  10. I'd start with the lesser expensive option to start.
  11. DJI makes 2 Osmos, one for smart phones, the other that comes with a 4k camera. I don't believe that you can use anything other than what they were specifically designed for, unfortunately. However, I did get an Ikan EC-1 for my D500. An incredible piece of gimbal tech. I love it. I'll have to get the rig all built out and take some pics for you all. Got an awesome deal on it at a local feature fair. The EC-1 is specifically for DSLRs with weight up to 5 lbs. They do make a smaller, less expensive gimbal for mirrorless cameras/smart phones. It is also something like half the price too - so something like that would be great for the GH4 and older folks who also want to use smart phones.
  12. It will really depend on the type of control you need. If the iPhone route fives you everything you need, then that may be the most sensible way to go. I use my Android and a DJI Osmo gimbal for some things as well. The 4k/1080p for vlogging or smaller run and gun type things are great. If you do go phone direction, check out the app called FilmicPro. There is a lot to like about it. The DJI App also has some good stuff too. Between the 2 you can do quite a bit. Here are 2 samples of the DJI Osmo and my Google Nexus 6P. Nothing professional - but these were me not knowing anything about the gimbal. Literally 1st and second uses of it. Since then I have used it for some client work. Small b-roll stuff for promos and such. Also, the new iPhones do not have headphone jacks, so make sure you get a lightning to 3.5mm adapter or a set of microphones that work via lightning port connection. https://goo.gl/photos/LyRVW3WKDoVviMHFA https://goo.gl/photos/yzzEHhy8RjnGJPvaA
  13. Agree with Greg. Is 4k a requirement right now? If not, if give the EM5.2 serious consideration. Just today, I traded a Fuji XT1 for one. I really liked that camera when I first had it, and video is important, but not a lot of clients want 4k right now.
  14. Don't quote me on this, but I think that HDMI out works for 1080 and standard 4k, but not for Cinema 4k. That may be something that changed with firmware. Def, more research would be needed.
  15. olympus has made great strides with the EM1.2 in all aspects. To be honest, I started taking Olympus seriously in video back with the EM5.2. While only 1080p, the EM5.2 has a lot going for it and I've used it in a few projects. The EM1.2 is that much better. The 4k video is great. The only thing that I noticed as a negative is that the video files do not take to a lot of pushing of saturation in post in Premiere Elements. I'd get a ton of artifacting. Other than that - it works great. The IBIS is fantastic for video, you get to keep your ability to use adapted lenses if you want or the awesome Oly PRO zooms! I want to add, that if you only want 1080 and get the EM5.2 - get the grip also if you have the need for audio monitoring, as the headphone out is not in the camera body, only the audio input is. That or getting a compatible field monitor that accepts the HDMI out. I recommend Ikan's 3.5" or 5" versions. Here is a video I shot in 4k on the EM1.2, all hand held IBIS only...no other video stabilization mods: Here are some EM5.2 sample videos: This is RAW video footage - no grading This one is EM5.2 interview graded, sharpening etc. I have a few more samples if you want to see them. I also have all the RAW footage too if you want to see some and work with them in post to see what you can do with them.