3830 – Information Please

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Apr 152017
 

Today I’ve seen something that I can’t really believe. Can anybody confirm that this is not satire? The journalist, with desire in her eyes, praying to her hero-god? The absurd pseudo-scientific expression of “five-times-better”? “Oh, of course my experts say it’s 5.37 times better, but because I’m a humble man I round it down!”. And then her question “unmanned”? Yeah sure, this time. Normally our bombs have pilots, but this time we knew they would explode!!!

Please, beg you please, tell me this was satire!

3814 – The Old Bus

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Mar 302017
 

A few times in my childhood I remember having used such a bus. Is that scary?

Well, my father is in a late phase of cancer. If you experience something like that, thoughts about age are not that uncommon, I guess. How about this one: I’ll be 70 in 17 years.

Today I am closer to being 70, than to the year I was finally getting my master’s degree – and I was late at that.

I am closer to being 80, than I am to the year when I started working as a programmer.

I am closer to being 100, than I am to the year when I started elementary school.

It’s very unlikely that my father gets 82. Practically no male in his family did. We like to think of 50 as “Half Time”, but but in reality that’s not even close for most of us.

Scary? Yes 🙂

3813 – Divergent

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Mar 292017
 

And here it is, my snobbism. Along with the PEN-F I’ve used the all-metal 12/2.0 (yesterday’s image) and the all-metal 17/1.8 (today’s image). You can be sure that the third lens in my bag was the 75/1.8. It’s not because I needed those lenses, it’s just because they look gorgeous on that most beautiful camera that Olympus has ever produced 🙂

3581 – Running in Parallel

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Aug 082016
 

It was early April. I got an offer I couldn’t refuse 🙂

DSLR-Forum is a very active community of german-speaking photographers and they have a lively marketplace. I’ve sold most of my Nikon gear there and I’ve also bought some Olympus and Panasonic lenses. It’s all private to private, it’s all based on trust, but I’ve never had any problem when I’ve payed in advance. Everything always arrived in exactly the condition that was advertised.

I can’t really say that I need something, but I still have the habit of browsing the Olympus sales forum at least once a month. You never know, do you?

Early April I was electrified: I saw an Olympus PEN E-P5 in silver, with VF-4 and without a kit lens, for a very reasonable price. Low count of exposures, good condition, what was not to like?

This is a camera that I’ve always wanted to buy. It came out while I had the OM-D E-M5, shortly before I switched to the OM-D E-M1. Basically it’s E-M1 tech in PEN format. No weather sealing, but otherwise the same perfect stabilization, an external electronic viewfinder with the same resolution. It’s elegant. A beauty.

When it was new, I found it too expensive for a second body that I’d probably rarely use. It’s also not the camera for big and heavy lenses like the 40-150/2.8 PRO. Now, after almost two years, I got it for substantially less than half of the initial price.

I added a Kalahari leather wrist strap and a Garitz half case. The latter is pretty mandatory, because the grip of the E-P5 is exactly as bad as everybody says. It contains the WiFi antenna, therefore no good external grips are available. With the Garitz case I’ve got a pretty decent hold on the camera. I had to order it from Singapore though. It’s not made any more, not available in Europe, and the few US shops still having it refused to ship to Austria. Well, it was cheaper in Singapore anyway.

Here we are, I’ve got a second body 🙂

3504 – RS at Night

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May 232016
 

F3.2, 1/13s, ISO 6400. Dark again, but not only is the blue in the image much cleaner than it was from Lightroom, this time you have to look at the red fringe in the background. It’s clean and vivid, while in Lightroom it was completely washed out.

Can you improve a correctly lit daylight image using DxO PRIME? No, you can’t. To the contrary, it will cost you detail. Not much, but it will.

Above ISO 800? Seems like a safe bet on Micro Four Thirds. At ISO 1600 pretty much every camera will profit, and at any higher ISO it will work pure magic. You see me impressed.

3503 – The Circus is in Town!

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May 222016
 

F1.8, 1/13s and ISO 6400? I suppose you agree: it must have been dark there 🙂

By the time you read this, the image should already be on Flickr in full size. Look at it at pixel level.

Not impressed? Ok, now look at the small red inscription on the green glass in the upper left corner. Look at the small yellow reflexes on the chrome against the dark sky. That’s what I mean when I praise DxO PRIME’s color purity. I’ve never seen anything like that before.