Sep 012014

I’m the first to say that the Olympus OM-D E-M1 is a killer camera, but as so many top cameras it seems to have a quality control problem. The most notorious case in recent times was the oil-splattering mirror of the Nikon D600. Olympus also had problems with display frames cracking under too much pressure of the mounting screws. You see it everywhere. It’s part of the business of building ever more complex systems. Frequently it’s software that fails, but hardware definitely has its share.

The E-M1’s weak point seems to be its rear dial. Many people report it to be not (always) responsive. There’s a thread about that on Flickr, but I’ve read about it long before.

I’ve always been mildly afflicted, but recently it got progressive. It’s not that the rear dial does not respond sometimes, it is the rare occasion that it responds at all!

The interesting thing is, that the dial feels just as it ever did: solid, precise, not in the slightest way different from the front dial. The problem does not seem to be mechanical. Maybe it’s some kind of corrosion, at least that would explain the progressiveness.

In any case it seems that I’ll have to send in my camera for service. If that is so, I’ll be reduced to my old Panasonic LX5 for a few weeks. I suppose I’ll get over it. That camera didn’t get enough love in recent times anyway 🙂

And then: there is always my old D300. I still have the Sigma 20/1.8 and the Sigma 28/1.8 as lenses and, if I think of it, there is also a Nikon 24/2.8 AI-S. And a Lensbaby. Oh my 😀

The Song of the Day is “Look At That” by Paul Simon. Hear it on YouTube.

2867 – When My Ship Comes In

 Olympus M.Zuiko 40-150mm f/4.0-5.6 R  Comments Off on 2867 – When My Ship Comes In
Aug 242014

Sometimes I enjoy symmetry. I didn’t when I began photography, but the longer I do it, the more symmetry fascinates me, and especially so when it is somehow broken, for instance like in the asymmetric texture of the water.

The Song of the Day is “When My Ship Comes In” by Stiltskin. Hear it on YouTube.

2758 – I’m Gonna Go Fishing

 Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-40mm f/2.8 PRO  Comments Off on 2758 – I’m Gonna Go Fishing
May 062014

For Croatia I re-packed my camera bag and used an all-zoom kit: Olympus 9-18 for wide-angle shots, Olympus 40-150/4.0-5.6 for some reach and of course the superb 12-40/2.8 used in this shot – for weight 🙂

Hmm … really, on a sunny day with the DOF that I normally want, a minuscule Panasonic 12-32/3.5-5.6 would do just fine. 313 € via 229 € sold used from a kit. Hmm … Would I use it? On sunny days? Yup. In dark churches? Probably not. Hmmm … still … 🙂

And then there is the option to go ultra-heavy. This year, likely around Photokina, Olympus is expected to finally bring out a weather-sealed 40-150/2.8. It will be expensive and will weigh a ton, but it will make a damn fine companion for the 12-40/2.8. And then, next year, we will see the Olympus 7-14/2.8. Hmm … equivalent focal lengths from 14-300 mm at f2.8, weather-sealed in professional quality … I won’t be able to resist that lure either.

And … didn’t I say recently that I have way too many lenses? I wonder what will happen 😀

The Song of the Day is “I’m Gonna Go Fishing” by Dr John. Hear it on YouTube.