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…

 

 

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.

 

 

Leica developing micro Four Thirds Mirrorless Camera???


Leica Mirrorless Camera based on Panasonic GM1 by using Adobe Photoshop

Leica Mirrorless Camera based on Panasonic GM1 by using Adobe Photoshop

Leica is going to develop micro Four Thirds mirrorless camera….???

Actually the rumor has been around since micro Four Thirds came out and when GF1 came out, lots of people expected Leica version…. but it did not happen and they brought out X1 with fixed lens. I remember when the scoop photo came out, we were expecting to be micro Four Thirds.

Then, there was another rumor said they were developing APS-C mirrorless… at that time, I predicted Fuji X-pro1 brother… then, it did not happen.

When we heard about “Leica Mini M… ” again we were expecting some kind of mirrorless camera… then, it did not happen again.

I can see Leica is struggling in this market due to their technology level.

M series are way over priced and there is nothing between X series.

From my experience, Leica Digilux 3 was a quite good camera, but there was nothing to replace that position.

At least they have been making Panasonic OEM point & shoots until today,  It is very good idea to have micro Four-Thirds mirrorless. They already have several Leica lenses in this series.

Last year, Leica was saying they did not want to make “Compact camera body with huge lens like Coke can”.

I guess at that time, they were trying to do with bigger APS-C… but as you see the result of X-Vario, they recognized it was not possible to have APS-C with reasonable compact zoom lens. Then, they stopped the project of APS-C mirrorless and came back to micro Four-Thirds… I guess that was the story.

Well… I did not have chance to replace Digilux 3 and now, I am using Pananonic GX1, but if micro Four Thirds comes out, It will be a good replacement for me this time.

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Spanish Bank Beach, Vancouver, Canada


Beach Volley, Spanish bank beach
In Spanish bank beach….or all the beach around Kitsilano area, beach volleyball is a quite popular sports.

I was taking view of Downtown Vancouver, then when I turned around, there was a dramatic view in front of me.

This is the best shot of the day !

Spanish bank, downtown Vancouver
This is the view of the Downtown Vancouver right before the sunset today.

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Bought a new Camera…. Panasonic GX1


Panasonic Gx1I bought a new Camera!

It has been 5 years since I bought Leica Digilux 3 in 2007.
Since then, technology has changed quite a lot.

“Mirrorless” is a new category first appeared in 2008 with Panasonic G1.

Personally, I have never been big fan of SLRs believe or not….they are big and bulky…..
I always liked something compact system….but Range finders were not my answer because they are very hard to use with telephoto lens.

So, this brand new compact system “micro four-thirds”seems to be quite reasonable to me.

Actually, I was thinking of buying Panasonic GF1 couple years ago…..but did not happen because the optional “Electronic view finder ” was quite poor.

So, I decided to wait for the next model…..but the GF2 was just a bit smaller and nothing new and GF3 was even smaller and more for beginner user.

Tell the truth Panasonic was always bad about model change. Although they made good camera, they never had next model.

But, GF1 spirits came back with big improvement and now called GX1.

I choose the Silver body as the photo shows. It looks like titanium color or something. At least it looks better than any photos. I hadn’t seen the real until I got this one.

The lens is “Power Zoom 14-42mm”  This lens takes 37mm filter….that is odd size and I did not feel like buying it.

So, what I did was….use step-up ring 37mm – 52mm to share 52mm filter with some other lens. That is why you can see a big filter on the photo.

I checked around Canada and United States….and I found it was much cheaper in Japan.
In Japan, Panasonic camera drop the price quite a lot and now, the price is about the bottom.

It came out last November, this means new model won’t be too far away.
But, I could purchase it for less than 50,000 yen which is including 5 year full covered warranty too. I am quite happy about the price compare to spending $899 plus 12% tax at local shop.

But….only problem is….they could not ship “battery”……I had to order it here locally….but it is taking longer than shipping camera from Japan !

When I checked around cameras, I also tested SONY NEXs too….but I had better feeling with Panasonic.

I heard many top engineer from Minolta are now working for Panasonic and the”better feeling” is similar to what I felt to Minolta cameras before.

Well…..I still can’t use due to the battery problem…..so, please wait a little more for the next report!