Beam Me Up Oly

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I’m pretty much duplicating a post I’ve submitted to a different blog hosting site. I have been trying to compare the two sites in terms of UI, functionality for my personal use , how data is relayed back and various other things.

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They are surprisingly  different, with each being stronger in certain areas.

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The pics posted here today are from my ‘new’ Olympus OMD EM5, which I haven’t chosen over and above other offerings in this category  – Nex 7, Fuji XE2 – it was the right price and i saw it at the right time.

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It’s a lovely unit (thank you Chris) and paired with the 45mm F1.8 is very handbag friendly. The way to gear hungry girl’s heart 🙂

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So, these are initial snaps (except the one of Kira, which is from an earlier model) whilst i try to combat the ridiculous menus Olympus pride themselves on.

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……now where has that damn SCP thingy gone…..?

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The Shoestring End

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The Sony DT 55-200mm – slow as molasses, made for crop sensor, but at £60 its an absolute gem, and a veritable bargain.

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With a max aperture of F4 at the wide end and F5.6 at the tele end its perfectly good outdoors and even on the ’99 – where resolution is dropped to a ‘mere’ 10MP it doesn’t disappoint.

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And you can even achieve reasonable subject isolation, at the long end, and within reasonable proximity of the intended subject.

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I have recently been taking The Rainmaker out and about, but sometimes you want the reach without the weight.

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I have been looking for other zooms – Sigma 75-200mm springs to mind, but sample variation is renowned and the only one on the board I’ve seen has a serial number starting with the dreaded 1xxxxx.

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So for today the little Sony zoom fit the bill – It may  not be perfect, but its cheap,small and light, and good fun to boot.

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Smoke & Mirrors

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Sometimes the magic doesn’t happen.

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I had a plan: take the A99 and Sigma 100-300mm F4, with a tripod, to the seaside, pick a spot and let the kids and dogs play for a while.

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It all fits rather neatly in my new Tenba camera bag and would give me the opportunity to test the lens properly, with stability, and to practise shooting moving targets 😉

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The plan was not well received.

 

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The tripod stayed in the car and we wandered up (down?) the coast, stopping here and there along the way.

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So, all images are handheld, only reiterating what I already know: motion is an issue, metering a PITA with mostly backlit subjects – resulting in muddy midtones, underexposed subject and blown highlights.

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Joy.

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Another query that is difficult to answer is whether lens have a sweet spot in terms of lens focal length vs distance of subject. I find when shooting across greateer distance the images have a jello effect, no particular area of sharpness or focus.

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But, with the usual array of subjects and standard static shots, I gotta say, the lens renders very well. Lovely contrast, colour and sharpness.

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The AF is great, and I did (just) catch the odd ‘action’ shot.

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In under two years I can clearly see a pattern of improvement, from knowing absolutely nothing about ISO, shutter speed and aperture, composition, metering etc to….here. But, there is still a loooong way to go it seems.

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Inspiration, where art thou?

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Monochrome Mademoiselles

Ok, so a little dramatic editing, courtesy of Silver Efex Pro – The Nik Collection.

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Erin

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Casey

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Kira

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And yes Nianys, the portrait orientation image size is ridiculous in comparison to that of the landscape orientation images!