Black Friday 'treat.' I've spent a lot of time (and money) on Fuji and Sony, but I keep coming back to Panasonic, Olympus and m4/3Read More
The soundimageplus blog has been going since 2007 and to date has over 12 million page views. Written by David Taylor-Hughes, a professional stock photographer, it includes photographic articles dealing with a wide range of themes including film and digital photography.
'I have to concede that the more time passes and I use the GX8, I find it more and more difficult to find any flaw with it, apart from the poor battery life. It really does seem to cope with pretty much anything. The images look great, as does the 4K video and it's easily quick enough for me. Considering it's size and the weight of it, it does amaze me that so much good stuff can be crammed inside it.'Read More
'Now I've got some posts on the Air via THIS LINK and it's a versatile little thing. For me made all the more attractive by it's pared down menu. Much easier and more fun to use than my OM-D II for example, I'm very impressed with it. I pair it with an Apple iPod touch, which is even smaller and lighter and the wi-fi network they create seems very reliable and robust (which makes a change!) It takes a few seconds to set up and once that's achieved the AF is positive and relatively quick. 'Read More
'I've seen reviews of the f/2.8 'pro-spec' lenses from Olympus and Panasonic that claim, in terms of image quality, they are somewhat similar to other slower zooms and suffer in comparison with primes. I'll be discussing that in more depth in a later article, but in terms of the Olympus m.Zuiko 7-14mm f/2.8, I don't think thats true at all. In fact, I think it's a rather good lens.'Read More
'So maybe there is a point to all these 'pixel wars' after all, but we just haven't seen the real benefits yet. In any case, I've always thought it worthwhile to get the best output I can from my cameras to make what I shoot is as future proof as possible.'Read More
'But if you are interested in hybrid and are serious about shooting some (more than) decent stills and video, without havng a huge budget to expand your choices, then you won't go far wrong with the Panasonic Lumix DMC-G7. It's relatively cheap, unfussy and produces results way above it's 'pay grade.' And I can't think of any higher praise than that. 'Read More
'Up to yesterday I was sure that for the foreseeable future I was going to be earning a living solely as a stock photographer and that I would be moving slowly but surely towards a more 'mobile workflow' probably based on high-end smartphones, with a little red dot gear thrown in to keep the Leica fanboy in me happy! However, that's all changing.Read More
'Above are three ultra wide angle alternatives. Each very different, but each offering something for creating images. They are:-Read More
- Nikon D750 + Samyang 14mm f/2.8 Full-Frame Lens 3:2 ratio
- Panasonic GX8 + Olympus m.Zuiko 7-14mm f/2.8 Wide Angle Zoom 4:3 ratio
- GoPro Hero4 Black 15mm (approx. 35mm equivalent) fisheye fixed aperture lens 4:3 ratio'
'So this is another of my articles about why I've chosen m4/3 as my main work orientated interchangeable lens system. And those two lenses, via speed boosters and other adapters give me a nice range of options. In a previous post I wrote about doing some tests with these lenses. However, yesterday I decided that it was about time that I went out with the two Samyangs, the Speed Booster and the GX8 to see what they could achieve in a 'real world' situation. 'Read More
'In the second part of this series of posts about why I'm using m4/3 as my primary interchangeable lens system, I'm going to concentrate on one specific lens. The Olympus m.Zuiko 7-14mm f/2.8 zoom I've just bought.'
'The above image is why I'm not bothered about the lack of pixels in m4/3 (compared to some other systems) It consists of 76 (yes that is 76) images shot in three rows with an Olympus OM-D E-M5 II plus Panasonic 100-300 zoom and stitched together in Photoshop CC using the Photomerge function. As you might image the resolution and level of detail are jaw dropping. 'Read More
'I’m rapidly coming to the conclusion that it’s not what I thought it would be. I imagine I’m not alone in thinking that because of the attachment to a smartphone and the size and weight, that it might be perceived as some kind of shoot and run, ‘street photography,’ social media servicing type device with the benefit of a larger sensor and better lenses. But I’m coming to the conclusion that it’s not that at all, but something quite different.'Read More
'The Panasonic GX8 is particularly good for using with manual focus lenses. Add in the Metabones 0.64x Speed Booster and there is the possibility to use some high quality lenses with the equivalent of some fast apertures, thanks to the extra stop of light the adapter gives. This also brings to m4/3 the possibility of a 'full-frame' look.'Read More
'And the examples above show that the Leica Q is better for overall image quality, but it's not by that much and my Panasonic GX8 is so versatile and offers me so much that if I had to choose between that and the Q I'd choose the GX8 without hesitation'Read More