Oct 022017

4000 blog posts, at least one per day, almost eleven years. So, why is this painful?

The image was taken at the hospital on February 20 this year. I was there with my parents to hear the results of my father’s chemotherapy. Basically the cancer in his liver had not receded and instead grown. Further chemotherapy was offered tentatively, but it was clear that he would die some time this year. It was just a matter of how long his liver could carry on working.

It’s a sad image.

Oct 012017

This is a cheap apartment building with a nice facade, especially in this late light. I’ve seen some apartment floor plans, and they are all the same and among the worst.

Basically you have a small balcony that is the width of the whole apartment. The balcony is on the short side of a long, narrow room with no other windows. Then, in the middle of the apartment there is a bathroom without windows at all, followed by another long room with its only windows on the far side. Basically the apartments are a series of stacked tubes. It does not help either, that the balconies face a loud and busy street. Horrible.

Sep 262017

I took these images one morning in Klagenfurt while visiting my parents. The “birds” are stickers on a noise barrier in front of their house.

I remember how I showed the images to my father to cheer him up – and how I completely failed. At that time he had already fallen into depression. He couldn’t do what he wanted to do any more and, if I think of it, the glass wall must have felt like a prison wall to him.

It makes me sad.

Sep 252017

I have no idea why I used DxO to process this image. It certainly wouldn’t have been necessary. Fact is I did.

As to the camera: both images, yesterday’s and today’s, are extremely clean and have a lot of dynamic range. I think this camera has more dynamic range than any other Olympus camera and it is extremely sharp as well. 20 megapixels and no low-pass filter make for tremendous image quality. You have to be careful with moiré, but that’s normally a very local problem and easy to fix in post. At least I’ve never had an image that was ruined by unfixable moiré.

Sep 242017

Of course I wouldn’t have needed the OM-D E-M1 Mk II, but isn’t it fine to have both cameras with the same resolution?

At that time I had the intention to sell the E-M1 Mk I and the E-P5, but so far I still have both. Why? Well, the prices are ridiculously bad and I didn’t bother. Of course it’s stupid and I should sell them, because what good is it to have them in a closet?

Anyway. This is not the first image taken with the Mk II, but it’s one of the first and it’s the first worth publishing. More to come.

Sep 232017

Well, not exactly that old, but at that time I’d already had the PEN-F for a few months.

Compared to the OM-D E-M1 it is a much more beautiful camera. It has a higher resolution sensor. 20 megapixels are not only nominally more than 16, I also experience it subjectively. It feels like substantially more. I suppose an increase from 32 to 36 megapixels would go comparatively unnoticed. But then, let’s wait a few years and see 🙂

Unfortunately the PEN-F has its faults as well. We could count that knob at the front as one, but actually I think it may be useful for some people. It’s just not for me. It would be nice if we could program it for any purpose, but I don’t complain.

No, after a year now I still see only two major faults and one weakness. First there is one stupid thing that drives me mad, and that could easily be changed in firmware by making it customizable: The button position that is used to zoom into the image upon viewing is in a completely different position than on the OM-D. In the position that I’ve come to be used to from the other cameras is a button for toggling write protection of the image. You can customize both buttons for shooting mode, but you can’t customize them for playback. Madness and fury 😀

Number two is the fact that there is no option for a deeper eye cup. I always order the deeper eye cup for my OM-D cameras, because that way I never get stray light onto the proximity sensor when viewing away from the sun. With the PEN-F it frequently happens that I want to take an image, stray light gets onto the sensor and the camera switches the electronic viewfinder off and the back LCD on. You can avoid it by shielding the light off with one hand, but this is clearly an issue caused by a priority of design over usability.

The third point is of course the smaller viewfinder. If you’re used to the viewfinder of the OM-D E-M1 or the E-P5, the PEN-F is a clear step back.

Would I sell it? No way. I love this beauty and I didn’t even sell the E-P5 😀