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Olympus E-M5 & Konica AR 200mm f4

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Olympus E-M5 & Konica AR 200mm f4

Yesterday, I happened to glance out of my studio window and noticed a bunch of small birds feeding on the spruce tree outside. I had the E-M5 loaded with the 75mm f1.8 and proceeded to capture these little critters. But I soon realized that I had the wrong focal length—the tiny birds appeared tiny in the frame. So I quickly thought of my Konica AR 200mm f4 and that this would give me the magnification I wanted along with enough ...

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Auto Focus Tracking in Video

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Auto Focus Tracking in Video

I have recently acquired the Syrp Genie motion control for my rail system. Since I now can control forward motion of the camera with absolute repeatability, I decided to test out the auto-focus tracking of the Sony NEX-5R and the Panasonic GH3. I picked these two units for a number of reasons: the NEX-5R for its hybrid auto focus and the GH3 for its superior video quality. Since YouTube compression deteriorated the image to the point that you couldn’t distinguish ...

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Sony: The Next Generation

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Sony: The Next Generation

The rumor mill is churning out the coming of Sony’s next generation capturing system. Here is a post from SAR: http://www.sonyalpharumors.com/sr5-yep-a-mount-is-for-high-end-e-mount-for-low-end-but-there-will-be-a-grey-zone-to/

The blog talks about  “hybrid A-E mount cameras.” If this is in fact what Sony is working on, then let’s not get too excited—all the EF mount lens owners won’t be, all the Nikon F-mount owners won’t be and these two mounts alone make up the majority of the market. There better be more.

I know Sony knows that it ...

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Lens Turbo vs. Speed Booster

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Lens Turbo vs. Speed Booster

Right off the top, in my opinion, Speed Booster has better optical qualities.

I’ve come to this conclusion by attempting to compare the amount of image degradation that takes place, when the reducers are applied. In the next two shots, we can see a comparison between SB and a regular adapter:

 

The first thing I noticed in the above images, is the increased subject isolation (or reduced DOF) with Speed Booster. The subject-to-camera distance was 36 inches. A quick look at the ...

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The Mirrorless World is Shrinking?

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The Mirrorless World is Shrinking?

Thom Hogan at Sans Mirror has reported a drop in sales of mirrorless systems (see here).

Why are the numbers falling when they should be rising?

There are a number of plausible causes, the ones that come to mind first are:

  1. Most of the camera makers have flooded the market with variations on variations—I find it confusing and I’m a seasoned veteran!
  2. The camera makers haven’t properly targeted the marketplace—pink and blue cameras is not going ...
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Niagara Falls and the Olympus E-M5

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Niagara Falls and the Olympus E-M5

In June of last year, I began the journey of capturing Niagara Falls using video. The goal was to use the backdrops of this magnificent place as visual stimulus for my music.

Here is the end result:

The Olympus E-M5 made it easy to capture some great footage—most of it hand-held! I have found that I can acquire usable footage all the way out to 175mm.

This short stabilization comparison between Olympus and Panasonic clearly demonstrates the ...

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Olympus E-M5: Lord of the Mirrorless (2012)

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Olympus E-M5: Lord of the Mirrorless (2012)

Video is the new photography!

It is a natural progression for the photographer to take. The building block of motion is the still. What is changing today is the equipment. Hybrids are now proliferating the market. Everyone is offering up a blend of still and motion capture capabilities.

As the capabilities increase, so does ease of entry into motion capture. The E-M5 has made it so easy for me to bring home professional grade footage. This is where the E-M5 wins in ...

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Rumor Mill: Sony in New Direction?

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Rumor Mill: Sony in New Direction?

Rumor has it that Sony has abandoned its current long-range plans and is going in a completely new direction.

In September, I reported on Sony’s announcement of the RX1 (http://www.mirrorlessworld.com/?p=6010). In their press release, they wrote: “The new camera’s unified lens and body design allow performance that few interchangeable lenses can match. You can read about it here: http://www.dpreview.com/news/2012/09/12/Sony-reveals-cyber-shot-dsc-rx1-24mp-full-frame-fixed-carl-zeiss-35mm-f2-lens-compact#press

Could this unified approach be the new direction?

Actually, this ...

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Zhuoming EF-NEX Smart Adaptor

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Zhuoming EF-NEX Smart Adaptor

In a previous blog on the mount adaptors, I raised the issue of a $400 price point—a smart mount offered by Metabones.  Well the marketplace has responded with a new smart ef-to-nex adaptor at a $250 price point. I ordered and received the Zhuoming EF to NEX adaptor.

The feel of the adaptor indicates quality. The version I received couples to both the NEX-5n and 7 with a tight and precise fit—it’s the same at the lens end. I’ve tried both ...

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Sony RX1 Compact Full Frame

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Sony RX1 Compact Full Frame

On Sept 12, 2012, Sony announced the RX1—a full-frame, fixed-lens mirrorless system. I say system because the camera has a Multi Interface Shoe that accepts a range of accessories. More on this later in this blog.

“The new camera’s unified lens and body design allow performance that few interchangeable lenses can match.” This is a bold statement to make; and the concept of matching sensor to lens is not new for Sony, the R1 comes to mind.

Will this be the future ...

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