The Opie Files

A whole new chapter begins here 😀

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To The Point

Quick (unscientific) pix – showing the DOF/high ISO difference between M43 and full frame sensor, at the same focal length/settings (approximately).


 M43 to your left – FF to your right.

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M43 to your right this time, and FF to your left

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The Orphan Files

I took delivery of the Sony A7ii today, with 24-70.. kit lens (I think its 24-70 anyway…) Lacking any other AF lenses it was a choice of kit lens or the Minolta 50mm F1.8 – by way of dumb adapter.


Trying to compare it to the Oly OMD EM10 is difficult when shooting in JPEG, as they both do a pretty similar job with noise reduction and sharpening.


I shall switch to RAW format tomorrow, where I imagine the differences will become glaringly obvious.


We shall see 😀

All A Matter Of Application

Someone very dear to me said this to me when I a child, and I have since said it regularly to my own children.


A recent shoot didn’t pan out the way I had hoped. Not to say it wasn’t successful, but I was disappointed in a few areas, and it made me question my skill as a photographer.


With time to reflect, I can actually see the positives in my disappointment, and I know now which areas to apply myself to in practise.


Its easy to obsess about gear, easy to see, and dream, great ideas, but putting them into practise is often much harder, and time consuming that imagined.


Like this simple shot – I had a request from a client to adapt my lighting; make it more dynamic – for a competition. Easy as pie, haha, it took me an hour using one strobe to get it to where I was half happy!


The other thing I have happened upon recently is an appreciation for how good my ‘professional’ gear is. Yes it is heavy, cumbersome at times, and thee is no live view or useful video. But, it does it’s job, and does so very, very well.


If I were a better photographer it would do it’s job brilliantly 😀


Since that shoot, I have mostly used my little Olympus  OMD EM10 and little m43 lenses. I wanted to pare it back, just enjoy the family photography that got me to here in the first place. WYSIWYG, Jpeg, minimal processing.


This particular application  requires little in the way of application, and puts the phun back in photography. 



Hey There

Its been quite a while since I last posted, time runs away with me.


I was going through my  Lightroom catalogue and a few images jumped out at me.


i realised they were from the Sigma 50mm F1.4 lens.


I know a lot of folk are fans of this FL on FX, but i find it a tad wide, and generally prefer an 85mm field of view.


But, looking back now, its hard not to appreciate why this little(ish) lens receives such raves reviews.


Sure, an F1.8 version will cost way less, and for the majority, will not be a disappointment.


But, if you need the F1.4 or even just want the pixel peeping improvements in IQ then this little beauty should be in the bag. 



‘Little’ Mercy




The Nikon 50mm F1.8D.


I’ve had it ages and thought it was rubbish – cost me £50.


I’ve just received one of my bodies back from Nikon Serivce, so thought I would test this beaten up little lens on it. As expected, rubbish.


But, I noticed it was front focussing somewhat, and, never having used fine tune before I gave it whirl, first confirming it could focus properly with live view.


And, hey presto! It has a new lease of life; saved itself from the bin.



Swings And Roundabouts


The XE2 has grown on me (considerably it seems). 


I’ve been using it a lot more in the last couple of days, mostly around the house, but a couple of things really jump out – the things I knew I liked anyway.


WYSIWYG (live view)  – the thing i miss most since jumping to Nikon DSLR. 


And secondly the size. Its tiny with the 35mm F1.4 attached. it fits in a little teeny bit of one of my Tenba bags, and in a fairly little handbag all by its lonesome.


I recently bought one of those ridiculous looking Black Rapid Yeti straps. I think it will be really worthwhile at the next wedding with a D800/24-70mm on one side and D800/70-200mm on the other. I’ll be sure to let you know!


Anyway, i might (look like a dork) and give it a spin in the next couple of days with a D800/70-200mm and Fuji XE2/35mm…the seaside beckons. 


Where was i? Oh yes, the Fuji XE2. Last night, child of mine, and myself decided to spend ten minutes fooling around taking pictures…..of her. It was great fun, all shot in Jpeg, using various ‘simulations’. As you can see from the images here, it turned out pretty well. 


I LOVE that i can see exactly what i’m shooting, all of the exposure settings including white balance. I would love to use it in my  little studio for a proper shoot, but alas it does not accept my Yongnuo triggers, all being Nikon specific. Apparently Fuji cameras work with the Canon specific ones. Bummer.


Anyhoo, time to hit the books.