OLYMPUS M. ZUIKO 45mm F1.8


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Using bigger filter with step-up ring to share lens cap with other lenses.

OLYMPUS M. ZUIKO 45mm F1.8

Another lens which I purchased while I was in Japan was OLYMPUS M. ZUIKO 45mm F1.8.

Now, I got 15mm, 25mm and 45mm. As I was using 28mm, 50mm and 100mm for film, those are the perfect combination.

Talk about 45mm, I noticed it works quite well when you shoot motor vehicles.

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Old days, we used to use 85mm or 100mm for shooting cars or motorcycles. Although they had good perspective, the depth of the focal was the big problem.

To get the detail of the body surface, you should not shoot during day time. Always best time is… cloudy or evening….

Also, to take whole vehicle reasonably clear, we had to use smaller aperture and that always required slow shutter speed.

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This meant, we always needed tripods to take reasonable photos.

But, thanks for Micro-Four-Thirds… you don’t have to worry about depth of the focal and also due to the OLYMPUS’s strong image stabilizer, it is so easy to shoot without tripods.

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Royal Enfield… believe it or not… it is 1995 model!

Although this lens is reasonably priced, I would say the image quality is as good as Panasonic Leica 25mm F1.4.

Only problem was… the filter diameter was 37mm which is smaller than 25mm and 15mm.
This meant when I swap lenses, it was quite annoying that I could not share the lens cap.I always had to look for the lens cap only for this lens.

So, I used step-up ring to use 46mm filter and now, I can share the lens cap with other 2 lenses.

Well… it looks a bit ugly… but it is more practical…

 

 

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Panasonic Leica DG Summilux 15mm F1.7


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OLYMPUS OM-D E-M10+ Panasonic Leica DG Summilux 15mm F1.7

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This was my first single lens since I started using digital camera.

When I choose this one, I really had a hard time to choose one from 25mm and 15mm.
Since I grew up with 50mm standard lens, I knew 25 was going to be easy to use… but at the same time, I thought 15 would be easier to use under more different situation.

They say this is about similar to iPhone camera…!

I knew I was going to buy 25mm sooner or later, but I choose this one for my 1st.

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This is slightly longer than 28mm wide angle lens and slightly shorter than 35mm lens.

Recently, I take lots of panorama photos by using Adobe Photoshop. In that case, it is better not to be too wide due to the distortion.

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Do you see the difference between the one from previous post?

Seems like this lens is a kind of perfect for it.

When I was using zoom lenses, I hardly ever used wide angle lenses some reason… but I am quite different when I use this lens.

Zoom lenses are easy to use… but at the same time, it can confuse you as well.

Single lenses can’t take anything, but it can take something you have been missing out…

Panasonic Leica Summilux 25mm F1.4


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From Left hand, Panasonic 35-100mmF2.8, OLYMPUS E-M10+Leica 25mm F1.4, Leica 15mm F1.7, OLYMPUS 45mm F1.8 and Panasonic 12-35mm F2.8

It has been for a while since last update.

While I was in Japan, I totally update my camera system.
Last year, I purchased Panasonic 12-35mm and 35-100mm zoom lenses which are considered as top grade lenses.

In fact, they does great job… but at the same time, those are really “normal”.

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OLYMPUS E-M10+Leica 25mm F1.4

When I looked back my old photos with Leica Digilux 3, I realized how good they are although they are not as sharp as modern lenses.

So, that is the reason that I started thinking about Panasonic-Leica lenses.

25mm is the standard lens which is equivalent to 50mm on full-size.

At first, I bought 15mm and 45mm which are equivalent to 30mm and 90mm. Although I thought those  were enough… but soon I started wanting 25mm due to my past experience.

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OLYMPUS E-M10+ Leica 25mm F1.4

Old days, people first bought 50mm standard lens with SLR and took everything with it. I experienced it and then, I got 28mm and 100mm.

So, I found that my body still remember the old school…
Since I gave up film in 2005, I never had chance to use single lenses and I thought zoom lenses were good enough. But, now I found it is not as hard as I was thinking and I just enjoy those simple lenses.

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OLYMPUS E-M10+Leica 25mm F1.4

Another reason that I can enjoy single lenses is because it is Micro Four-Thirds system.
Swapping lenses outside has been a quite risky thing for digital SLRs.
Today, most of cameras have anti-dust system with them… but not many are so good and still it is better not to swap lenses outside.

But Micro Four-Thirds system always have the best anti-dust system and that is why we can swap lenses so easily.
Also they produce lots of attractive lenses from OLYMPUS, Panasonic and other third-parties.

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To enjoy single lenses, Micro Four-Thirds systems are strongly recommended.

If you think of buying Leica lens from Germany, they will costs you several thousands dollars each… but Panasonic-Leica 25mm is only $500!

Another good news is… due to the cheap Yen, those are not as expensive as how they used to be.

 

 

Panasonic LUMIX G X VARIO 12-35mm F2.8


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I had been away from blog for 2 month because I was away to Japan.

Japan is the place for… shopping… so, I purchased expensive Panasonic LUMIX G X vario 12-35mmF2.8 which costs over $1,000 in Canada was $200 cheaper over there and also come with 5 year extended warranty!!

This lens is equivalent to 24-70mmF2.8 on 35mm format.

Panasonic-12-35mmF2.8First of all, this lens is slightly heavier than my Panasonic GX1. It makes me a bit out of balance.

That is the reason, I started using external view finder to get better holding.

 

 

This is a panorama which I merged 7 images by Adobe Photoshop.

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When you do this kind of merger especially in this kind of clear sky, it is easy to get bad finish by cheap lenses due to the poor image quality around edges of each image.

Granville-Island_Panorama-Jan2015-2I think this one is done quite well due to the reasonable image quality around the edge.

Also the color balance is quite impressive. This one is merging 6 images.
When you use this kind of fast F speed luxurious lens, it is good idea to test in darker area.
So, I went to public market in Granville Island which is just near by.

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Before, I was using Panasonic 14-42mmF3.5-5.6. In that case, I had to use ISO1600 at this place, but now, ISO400 is good enough at the same place!

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Photo from New York… just kidding… they were taking film in Vancouver and those New York Yellow Cabs are all movie set.

This is the twilight time in winter. But I still could handle with ISO400 without tripods.

 

If you want the same kind of lens for 35mm format, you will have to pay at least $2,000 and you have to deal with the weight which is like carring a rock.
When you think that way, this lens could be quite compact and reasonably priced.

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It is much bigger and heavier than my old 14-42mm lens, but I don’t need tripod as much as before and it can reduce weight too.

I can say this is a quite reasonable high quality zoom lens which I can recommend to micro four-thirds users.

 

Another good news is… this is “Made in Japan” !!

Fuji X A-1 review


kitsulano beach, Vancouver, BCIt has been a month since I purchased Fuji X A-1.

The biggest reason was…  H iave been using Micro Four -thirds and I wanted to use bigger APS-C format to improve quality of image especially in bad environment.

I could not upload images until now… the reason is… simply I could not take nice photos.

Look at the image above! People says it is beautiful… but I just think it looks cheap!
It just does not look real. It is just clear, crisp, high saturation and noiseless… It just reminds me when I first listened to CD 30 years ago.

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This is the same…I just can’t believe people think this is the real color of sky today.

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This is taken at Downtown Hope BC. Again, this is clear and crisp, but It just look fake.

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When I took this, Auto focus did not work and so as AE. Some AF are quite poor at dark… it is understandable, but even AE did not work… it was surprising.

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It seems reasonably strong under back light.

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Fuji is famous for image quality @ high ISO speed.

This is taken by ISO1250… well… it looks quite good at glance…. but, soon you will realize it is just painting off all the noise by extremely strong default noise reduction.

As you know, X A-1 is is the entry level, so it is not good idea to say how Fujifilm cameras are… but at this stage, I will have to say their images are just crisp, high saturation with extremely strong noise reduction.

Also people think Panasonic images are not good because their noise reduction is much weaker. But at the same time, they looks real.

People who started photography with digital camera would like this kind of images… but not me.

Today, people just check full-size image on monitor and that is the only way to review image quality. That is how, manufactures are depending on strong noise reduction and unsharp mask.

Good thing is… this camera is quite adjustable. I will have to set the noise reduction to weakest and lower saturation.

I have been using Four-thirds and Micro Four-thirds for many years. But at this point, I can’t see advantage on this camera at all.

My old Panasonic GX1 performs much better most of the way. Even high ISO like 6400, I could not find dramatic difference when I took RAW.

This is showing size of image sensor is not the most important thing and Micro Four-thirds is a quite reasonable system… this is what I realized now.

 

 

 

Fuji X-A1… New Camera…


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Fuji X-A1… My first APS-C format camera.

Fuji X-A1 is a APS-C format mirrorless camera produced by Fuji Film.

I just purchased it as my first APS-C format camera.

I have been using Four-thirds and micro four-thirds for many years and I had been thinking of buying Panasonic 12-35mmF2.8 zoom to experience a little bit better image quality.

But… as you know over $1,000 is not a easy price to purchase for me now and I also wanted to know the difference between APS-C and micro Four-thirds.

So, I started to check Cameras with APS-C format.
In case of Canon or Nikon, although they have high-quality lenses for Full-size, but not for APS-C or actually I would say their lens line-up is quite poor for APS-C.

SONY… I did not like the trans-mirror system.

What about Mirrorless?

Canon has extremely poor lens line-up and so as poor AF and user interface.

SONY…. again the user-interface is awful and standard zoom lenses are known for quite poor image quality.

That was how, I first started thinking about Fuji.
Although I knew Fuji was famous for its image quality, I thought it was going to be quite expensive like X Pro1.

Also in the past, they tried to make  interchangeable lens cameras several times such as ST, AX, TX or FinePix S series… none of them were successful and did not last very long.

Those were the reason I was not interested in Fuji in the past and it was really my first time to check them.

Then, I found out X-A1 was so cheap.
XA-1 is a downgraded version of XM-1 and the difference is the image sensor.

But as I check about this camera, I never found negative comments about image quality.
Everybody was talking how amazing the images were.

It was on sale in Canada now and was $399 everywhere.
It was $200 cheaper than XM-1.

I went to local shop and check it. It was the first time to see this camera and I was playing for a while.

Well… the body and lens are looking quite cheap… but actually, it is cheap and more important thing is the image quality.

At least, I was OK about its user-interface which some people were commenting. I did not feel negative like what I felt to SONY.

Then, I decided to buy it!

I always research very carefully and touch it many times before I decide… but this time, It took only 2 days since I started thinking about APS-C format camera!

It was my fastest record.

I haven’t used too much right now.

But, I will post on this blog very soon.

 

 

Leica T system


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As Leica website said, Brand new Leica T system was revealed today.

The photos I posted last time was the real… it is full aluminum body.

16.3MP APS-C format with new Leica T mount.

T-SYSTEM-USP-TOUCHSCREEN_teaser-307x2053.7in large monitor with full touch screen operation.

Actually… it looks like smart phone or something….

Of course, you can use WiFi to make it easy to connect social networks.

 

16GB internal memory

2 lenses are available ….23mm F2 ASPH.and 18-56mm f3.5-5.6 ASPH.

The price seems to be below $2000.

Leica has been struggling with their sales due to the price for the primitive mechanism.
To get younger customer, this won’t to be too bad.

Perhaps… it is going to be my next camera.