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 😀

Sep 192017
 

Last winter we didn’t have much snow, or better, what snow we had, we didn’t have for long.

What you see here is from mid-January. Within a day quite a lot of wet snow had fallen, and a few days later it was aready gone.

Or at least that’s what I thought to remember. I don’t have taken images daily those days, but from what I see now, we seem to have had at least a month of continually white landscape. Strange how memory fails 🙂

3601 – One Cool and Foggy Morning

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Aug 282016
 

I don’t do HDR very often. I used to do it in the past, but frequently it seems too much hassle. Dynamic range of digital cameras has become so good, that it rarely is necessary any more.

And there are exceptions 🙂

This image is one. No way I could have got both clean grass and that much detail in the sky in one exposure. I can’t remember whether I had to clone out a reflection of the sun in the lower right part, but I suspect I did …

… no, I’ve just looked up the original exposures, and there is really no trace of a reflection. Amazing how good those Olympus lenses are on Olympus bodies. I have no idea how well they do on Panasonic bodies, but I’ve always had trouble with extensive flares when using Panasonic lenses on Olympus bodies. Must be some incompatibility of sensor reflectivity and lens coating.

3471 – A Forest in Winter

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Apr 202016
 

On the fields it already looked like mid-March, but in the forest some fog still clung to the treetops. The lens of the day was mostly the Olympus 9-18, a not so ultra wide and not so fast lens, but a lens that I frequently choose because of its light weight and its resistance to flares.

3468 – Fog Rising

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Apr 172016
 

This does not look exactly like a December landscape, but still, with the rising fog it looked interesting enough. The harsh contrast would have been a bit of a challenge only a few years ago, but even the “lowly” Micro Four Thirds sensors of today handle this with grace.

2959 – On My Way

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Nov 242014
 

The Image of the Day is my so far most successful image on Flickr. It made it into Explore early and ended up as #22 on November 12. The first day it drew 26,000 views, followed by 8,300 on the next day.

The second image has been taken with the same 12-40/2.8, this time on its long end. It also got into Explore, but only near the end of the day. Still, that made for 50,000 views in three days. Not that I particularly agree with the choice of images, but then, when have I? 😀

The Song of the Day is “On My Way” by Mavis Staples. Hear it on YouTube.

2768 – Look Into The Sun III

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May 162014
 

Actually this was more a test shot than an effort for an Image of the Day. I wanted to check how my new Panasonic Lumix G Vario 12-32mm 3.5-5.6 ASPH performs with the sun in the frame.

In the end I converted the image to B&W, because due to excessive overexposure, parts of the clouds had burned out, and that’s a situation that is much easier handled in the absence of color.

But really, how did the lens do? Right excellent, I’d say. There are no ghosts or flares in this image, and although you can easily provoke them with certain positions of the sun, this lens fares no worse than much more expensive lenses. You may not care about that, but for me, a notorious hunter for the sun, shooting into the light is a major application for every lens. You may remember that I sold the otherwise incredibly good Panasonic 7-14, simply because it suffered so much from ghosts.

The Song of the Day is again “Look Into The Sun” from the 1969 (That year!) Jethro Tull album “Stand Up”. Hear it on YouTube.