Tag Archive: m4/3

Apr 24

Olympus OM-D E-M5 Hands-On Preview

Olympus OM-D E-M5

Today I got a chance for a brief time to handle Olympus’ new flagship Micro 4/3 camera, the E-M5, which is positioned in the brand new OM-D line, a callback to the OM system of the 1970s and 1980s.  The new camera is styled in a very similar vein to those cameras, but is also …

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Mar 15

Large Sensor Look from a Small Sensor Camera

Oil Machine - Panasonic GX1 with Olympus 45mm f/1.8: 18 image stitch, equivalent to 35mm f/1.4 on Full Frame

One of the great advantages of using a full frame DSLR or even larger formats such such as 645 or even 4×5 view cameras is that there is a shallow depth of field and extreme background blur component that can’t really be matched on smaller formats such as APS-C or Micro 4/3. For portraits or …

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Mar 01

Best Unsung Feature of the Panasonic GX1

Panasonic GX1 - Pop-up flash locked in bounce position

As some of you may have read in my review of the Panasonic GX1, it has a small pop-up flash that can be held back to provide bounce flash for more flattering light.  When I wrote the review, I hadn’t yet really explored all the abilities of this little feature, as I tend to use …

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Feb 24

Review: Olympus M.Zuiko 45mm f/1.8

Olympus M.Zuiko 45mm f/1.8

Introduction In June of 2011, Olympus announced two new prime lenses for the Micro 4/3 standard: the M.Zuiko 12mm f/2 and the M.Zuiko 45mm f/1.8.  Today I’m going to take a closer look at the 45mm f/1.8, which I have had the pleasure of shooting with for the past few months.  It was quite refreshing …

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Feb 07

Olympus Releases the E-M5!

The much leaked and highly anticipated Olympus E-M5 is finally here.  Olympus has finally released the “professional” grade Micro 4/3 camera they’ve been promising for years.  Will it measure up to the hype? Will it take the Micro 4/3 format in a new direction?  I’ll dissect the press release a bit and give you my …

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Feb 05

When is your camera good enough?

As an active member in several on-line photographic communities, I read a lot of photographers’ opinions on a wide range of subjects: photographic technique, inspirational photos, business and the quality of camera gear.  One trend I’ve noticed with the rapid pace of improvement in digital imaging is that many photographers get so caught up in …

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Feb 03

New Tokina 300mm – Someone Who Gets It

Tokina 300mm f/6.3 on an Olympus E-P3

I have always had a soft spot for Tokina lenses.  When I first got into photography, one of my absolute favorite lenses was the Tokina 12-24mm f/4 for my Canon DSLR.  Amazingly built lens, great optics.  Felt like a truly pro-grade lens for a reasonable price.  Tokina recently entered the Micro 4/3 fray and has …

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Jan 17

Review: Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1

Photographers who use the Micro 4/3 system of Compact System Cameras have long been awaiting a true upgrade to Panasonic’s original rangefinder style interchangeable lens mirrorless camera, the GF1.  The GF2 and GF3 saw a repositioning of the the GF series into a more consumer oriented device, eschewing many external controls found on the GF1 …

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