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  1. I recently went through a period of gear FOMO brought about by discussions that were taking place on a couple of real estate photography groups that are dominated by Canon and Sony users. Basically the feeling expressed by the majority of participants on these groups is that if you aren’t using a 35mm sensor, you won’t be able to do architectural photography properly because you won’t be able to use tilt-shift lenses for other formats, such as APS-C, or in my case Micro Four Thirds. The two most widely talked about lenses in these circles are the Canon 17mm and 24mm T/S
  2. Dallas

    Impressions Of Olympus' E-M1X

    Olympus South Africa very kindly loaned me an E-M1X for my recent Photo Safari to Sabi Sabi and while I only had a few days before leaving on the trip to become accustomed to the camera, I did manage to produce some great images (by my standards) while using it in conjunction with the Olympus 300mm f/4.0 PRO. The first thing that struck me about this camera when taking it out of the box is the sheer size of it. It is huge. If you’ve been using Micro Four Thirds bodies to get away from the bulk of traditional DSLR’s then you will not want this camera. I was quite shocked at its siz
  3. 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
  4. There is no review for this lens yet. Please feel free to post your own review (or images taken with this lens) using the comments section below. The best review received will become the stub record and the author will be credited with the record. Feel free to ask questions about the lens in the comments section, but please keep all comments on topic so as to avoid clutter. We especially invite members to share their images taken with the lens in the comments. To get notifications of new posts to this lens review record please click the "Follow" button on the same lin
  5. A few weeks back I wrote a short piece about how I was having a serious bout of GAS after discovering a new Panasonic Leica 8-18mm lens sitting in a local electronics store. At the time I managed to resist the overwhelming urge to purchase the lens because they didn’t have pricing for it. And I also didn’t really have the kind of money lying around that I could justify such a purchase with. It’s not a cheap lens. So it stayed in the store. It turns out that the lens was a demo unit on consignment to the retailer from Panasonic South Africa and not a stock item (Panasonic stuff is
  6. Two Monday’s ago a fortnight of digital agony began as I set about upgrading the Fotozones software. Usually the software upgrades run smoothly, but in this instance it was anything but smooth. More like a ride on one of those amusement park gravity modifying apparatuses. I am told it is because I didn’t upgrade for such a long time that I ran into problems. Because of previous issues with early upgrades I guess I am averse to major changes, so upgrading software isn’t something I rush into these days. My bad. Anyway, that episode of digital nausea has passed so today I thought I
  7. Dallas

    Black Magic Pocket Cinema 4K

    The Micro Four Thirds world brings another camera body to us in the shape of the Black Magic Pocket Cinema 4K. If you’re a budding videographer, or film maker, this affordable 4K camera gives you just about everything you’d ever want to create high quality video. Some of the features include: 13 stops of dynamic range, including shooting up to 25,600 ISO in 12 bit RAW 5 inch touch screen SD or CFast 2.0 card writers 120 frames per second recording in HD 60 fps recording in 4K built-in microphones (located next to the len
  8. One of the coolest things about mirrorless cameras is that with an adapter you can mount and use just about any lens from other camera systems on a mirrorless body. Every m43 camera I have tried doing this on, going back to the original digital PEN models, also does a very good job of calculating exposure in A mode without even knowing what aperture you have set on the lens. This makes using non-native lenses on an m43 camera even easier. Of course you can also use the live histogram and highlight/shadow clipping warnings in other modes to get your exposure right if you prefer shoo
  9. Warning! On Fotozones we’re more interested in what we do with our camera gear, but it is also interesting to readers to know what gear works for us professional photographers and how we use it in the field. This is one of those types of posts. Looking back over the past 4 years of my dabbling with the micro four thirds system, I have used many different lenses from at least 4 different manufacturers, as well as no fewer than 8 different bodies for the system (Olympus PEN models E-P1, E-P2, E-PM2, Panasonic GF-1, Olympus OM-D models E-M5, E-M1, E-M10, E-M5 Mk II). I had a system bu
  10. Regular readers will know that I have been a mirrorless convert since late 2013, which is when I got my Olympus E-M1. That camera has now been on 6 safaris with me in the past couple of years, including a foot slog through the iMfolozi game reserve last year. Apart from an issue with the rear command dial not making proper contact (apparently caused by dust) it has been 100% reliable. In a few weeks time it will come with me back to Sabi Sabi for yet another safari. The Mk II version is expected sometime this year but to be honest, it will take something truly extra-ordinary to co
  11. I get asked by other photographers quite often for a quick overview of the big differences between the Micro Four Thirds (m43) system and the DSLR systems such as Canon and Nikon, or basically what they should be looking to purchase if they decided to make the switch from larger format cameras to smaller formats and keep the same functionality they already have. There’s a lot of information available out there on the internet, but it takes a lot of time to read through it all and it’s made all the more difficult if you don’t know anything at all about the m43 system or what to investigate. So
  12. I get asked by other photographers quite often for a quick overview of the big differences between the Micro Four Thirds (m43) system and the DSLR systems such as Canon and Nikon, or basically what they should be looking to purchase if they decided to make the switch from larger format cameras to smaller formats and keep the same functionality they already have. There’s a lot of information available out there on the internet, but it takes a lot of time to read through it all and it’s made all the more difficult if you don’t know anything at all about the m43 system or what to investigate. So
  13. crowecg

    A new addition to the 4/3 family

    Another new toy to tempt micro 4/3 shooters and possibly a challenge to the high end go-pros. http://petapixel.com/2015/04/13/blackmagics-new-micro-cinema-camera-can-shoot-1080p-raw-from-a-drone/
  14. Luc de Schepper

    At the Library with MicroFourThirds

    One of the reasons I've bought a Micro Four Thirds camera plus some lenses is the fast primes mostly perform excellent already wide-open and focus very fast. Also the small size and almost silent sound of the shutter allows me to shoot discreetly in public spaces. This series was shot with an Olympus E-M10 plus Olympus 45mm f1.8. f1.8 iso 320 f2 iso 500 f1.8 iso 200 f2 iso 400
  15. This legendary lens also performs admirably well on an Olympus camera. Because of the smaller sensor it effectively becomes a long - 210mm f2.5 - telephoto lens. 1. f4 2. f4
  16. One of the coolest things about mirrorless cameras is that with an adapter you can mount and use just about any lens from other camera systems on a mirrorless body. Every m43 camera I have tried doing this on, going back to the original digital PEN models, also does a very good job of calculating exposure in A mode without even knowing what aperture you have set on the lens. This makes using non-native lenses on an m43 camera even easier. Of course you can also use the live histogram and highlight/shadow clipping warnings in other modes to get your exposure right if you prefer shoo
  17. The first in this series of articles dealt with the better zoom lenses that are available for the micro four thirds system. That article was warmly received by many of our FZ members as well as guests who commented on it on other websites. This edition of the series deals with the prime lenses available for m43 and what your best options are if you’re looking to build up a system of m43 kit. As I said in the zoom lens article, this is based to some degree on my personal experiences with many of the lenses, but for some of the options I am only going on what I have researched by scouring over
  18. The first in this series of articles dealt with the better zoom lenses that are available for the micro four thirds system. That article was warmly received by many of our FZ members as well as guests who commented on it on other websites. This edition of the series deals with the prime lenses available for m43 and what your best options are if you’re looking to build up a system of m43 kit. As I said in the zoom lens article, this is based to some degree on my personal experiences with many of the lenses, but for some of the options I am only going on what I have researched by scouring over
  19. What Will I Compromise On If I Move From A DSLR to Olympus OM-D? This is a fair question. As photographers we spend a lot of time researching lenses, camera bodies and other accessories so that we can get the best possible results. In my opinion the only way to find out the truth about how something performs is to try it out yourself. I can’t begin to tell you how many times I have bought a lens or a camera based on the recommendations of others only to find that I hated it. The opposite is true too, where I have bought lenses that other reviewers have pasted but I ended up loving the
  20. What Will I Compromise On If I Move From A DSLR to Olympus OM-D? This is a fair question. As photographers we spend a lot of time researching lenses, camera bodies and other accessories so that we can get the best possible results. In my opinion the only way to find out the truth about how something performs is to try it out yourself. I can’t begin to tell you how many times I have bought a lens or a camera based on the recommendations of others only to find that I hated it. The opposite is true too, where I have bought lenses that other reviewers have pasted but I ended up loving the
  21. Since I first got involved with using m43 cameras a few years ago I have used quite a few lenses for the system from various manufacturers. Some of them are pretty meh, but there are some others that will really surprise you. These are the 5 I reach for most often. Samyang 7.5mm f/3.5 Fisheye Samyang is a specialist lens manufacturer based in South Korea. Prior to learning about this fisheye lens, I had read some glowing reviews of their other lenses online, particularly the 85mm f/1.4 they produce for 135 systems. Reviews of the 7.5mm fisheye also showed a good reputation amongst users, so
  22. Since I first got involved with using m43 cameras a few years ago I have used quite a few lenses for the system from various manufacturers. Some of them are pretty meh, but there are some others that will really surprise you. These are the 5 I reach for most often. Samyang 7.5mm f/3.5 Fisheye Samyang is a specialist lens manufacturer based in South Korea. Prior to learning about this fisheye lens, I had read some glowing reviews of their other lenses online, particularly the 85mm f/1.4 they produce for 135 systems. Reviews of the 7.5mm fisheye also showed a good reputation amongst users, so
  23. Dallas

    Getting Into Micro Four Thirds

    Those of you familiar with my own story will know that I have come to m43 from Nikon FX where I used a couple of Nikon D700’s and a whole lot of glass from both Nikon and Sigma. Last year I made the decision to move away from the big heavy DSLR’s and their equally big heavy lenses for a number of reasons, which I will get to later in the article. For now I would like to give you a brief overview of the m43 system, what it is and what it isn’t. System Evolution The m43 system is based around a slightly smaller image sensor than you find in the APS-C systems from most other manufacturers, such
  24. Dallas

    Getting Into Micro Four Thirds

    Those of you familiar with my own story will know that I have come to m43 from Nikon FX where I used a couple of Nikon D700’s and a whole lot of glass from both Nikon and Sigma. Last year I made the decision to move away from the big heavy DSLR’s and their equally big heavy lenses for a number of reasons, which I will get to later in the article. For now I would like to give you a brief overview of the m43 system, what it is and what it isn’t. System Evolution The m43 system is based around a slightly smaller image sensor than you find in the APS-C systems from most other manufacturers, such
  25. Dallas

    Sigma into m43 - looking good!

    The rumour mill is churning up a lot about this entry into m43 from Sigma. I think it is fantastic that this format of sensor is getting a new manufacturer and it's good that it's Sigma. As a company I see them making a significant effort to bring new and interesting products to the market that are not just gimmicky. Their new level of manufacturing excellence also bodes well. Looking forward to watching this play out. http://www.mirrorlessrumors.com/yes-sigma-will-launch-an-interchangeable-mirrorless-camera-with-foveon-sensor/
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