Monday, February 23, 2015

Reflections on CP+ 2015 Announcements

Allow me to share with you my quick reflections on the most important announcements in this year's CP+ show.

UPDATE: I have updated this post with the surprising announcements from Panasonic, and an almost confirmed rumor regarding their upcoming body announcements.

Update 2: I've added my own comments below as well. - Mic

Friday, February 20, 2015

Full Frame Is Back

Thanks to BoEing shop in Kuala Lumpur, I got this A7 II for a really great price, and was surprised at the extra items they added: a 94 MB/s UHS-I 16 GB Sony SD Card and a very neat Sony bag which I shall review later.

You can notice a 95 MB/s UHS-I 32 GB Transcend card which I got for the camera before I knew they would give me an extra card. And that adapter is a Canon FD to Sony E-mount adapter to use my Canon FL 55mm f/1.2.

Exciting times ahead. More to come soon.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

UPDATED - Final Impressions: Olympus E-PL5 & VF-4 Review

Today I want to talk a bit about my E-PL5, how it feels in actual usage compared to the E-M1 (after adding the new grip), and how it works with the best-in-business VF-4.

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Olympus Stylus 1 Adapter Tube and Macro Conversion Lens

In this post, I'd like to discuss two accessories for the Olympus Stylus 1 (reviewed here): a clone of the CLA-13 adapter tube and a macro conversion lens.

CLA-13 Adapter Tube Clone

The Stylus 1 lens doesn't have threads for filters or other accessories.  However, it does have a threaded mount on the body, to which the supplied lens cap is attached.  You can also screw accessories onto the body mount, but because the lens protrudes during use, you need to have a tube to effectively extend the body mount out to the same length as the lens.  Olympus has two such adapter tubes: the CLA-13 for use with the TCON-17X teleconverter, and the CLA-14, for use with the WCON-08X wide angle converter.

Stylus 1 with adapter tube mounted

Monday, January 26, 2015

Fuji X100S for Family Photos? A Candid Assessment

The Fuji X100S has been out for a while and there are already plenty of reviews for it.  Instead of being a general review, this user review will focus on the X100s' suitability for family and candid photos.  I will first discuss how a 35mm* lens is useful for candid shots.  Next, I will discuss how the X100S is different from other 35mm lens/camera combinations.  I will then discuss how the X100S performs.  Of particular concern is whether it can capture fast-moving subjects (e.g. kids and pets).  Lastly, I will also list some possible alternatives for those who are interested in this camera.

*By "35mm" I mean a lens and camera combination that has the same field of view as a 35mm lens on a full frame 35mm (36x24mm) sensor.

Yes, that's a shot of my daughter on a swing.  But you shouldn't jump to the conclusion that the X100S is good for candid action shots.  Because the truth is that capturing fast action on the X100S is possible but only under some circumstances.

Note: unless otherwise noted, the sample shots here were taken in raw, then converted in Lightroom, with minimal adjustments.  Shots of the X100S itself were taken with the Stylus 1.

Friday, January 23, 2015

How Does It Feel To Find Your Work Stolen?

I've read several posts for a few famous photographers/bloggers who found their images used without permission on other webpages. I sympathized with the cause, but I never knew how it felt ... until yesterday.

A friend of mine pointed me to a link on facebook, and I found the following:

The stolen photo

As you can see, the page owners STOLE my image from my 5D Mark II first impressions post, and used it to advertise for ... guess what ... a photography course. The astonishing thing for me is that I felt quite furious. I didn't think I'd be bothered that much, especially with a "small fry" page like this one, not that I am an important person or anything, but I did.

Anyway, I posted the comment you see above and sent it in a message, but I got no response. So today I filed an IP infrigment claim through facebook, and will wait and see what happens. I might as well give them a call.

The funny thing is that when I visited, I found that they state at the bottom of the page that "All copyrights are reserved - Graphics Academy 2014". So it seems at least they know of something called copyright ... at least their webpage designer does. I wonder if they teach people how to steal others' work. We'll see how it goes.

The copyright statement at the bottom right on their webpage
Photography is not a spectator sport

Monday, January 19, 2015

Vintage Mercedes Sewing Machine

Today I want to show you a few pictures for a vintage sewing machine that was gifted to my wife. I was fascinated when I saw this machine, with all the beautiful artwork and colors, that I quickly decided to shoot a few quality pictures. My online search for such machine returned very few results, with mediocre quality pictures at best. It also looks more like a piece of artwork than the other industrial-looking sewing machines. Click through to watch the other pictures.