Hybrid Choices - The small but perfectly formed Olympus OM-D E-M10

Hybrid Choices - The small but perfectly formed Olympus OM-D E-M10
'When thinking about a portable, small, light, high quality hybrid system for stills and videos, the Olympus OM-D EM-10 is a surprisingly good option. Surprising, because it is a very small cameraa and because after the release of the all-singing all-dancing OM-D E-M5 II, it doesn't get many column inches devoted to it anymore.
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HDR B/W PANORAMAS - Olympus OM-D E-M10 Nokia Lumia 1020 Smartphone

HDR B/W PANORAMAS - Olympus OM-D E-M10 Nokia Lumia 1020 Smartphone
'These are experimental chiaroscuro HDR black and white multi-image stitched 'panoramas' shot with my Olympus OM-D E-M10 and Panasonic 15mm f/1.7 lens and Nokia Lumia 1020 Smartphone. The original images (usually three or four for each pano) were uploaded onto my iPad. I then stitched them together in Autostitch and edited them with Snapseed.'
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The Film SLR lookalikes - Fuji X-T1 + 18-135mm zoom. Sony A7s Nikon 28-200mm zoom, Olympus OM-D E-M10 Nikon 100mm f/2.8 - three days of shooting

The Film SLR lookalikes - Fuji X-T1 + 18-135mm zoom. Sony A7s Nikon 28-200mm zoom, Olympus OM-D E-M10 Nikon 100mm f/2.8 - three days of shooting
'Mirrorlesson fashions have dictated that 'lookaleicas' are on the way out and film SLS type designs are very much the order of the day. The Fuji X-T1, Olympus OM-D E-M10 and Sony A7s are examples of this. I've just had three days shooting with each and here's some pictures plus some comments on my experiences with each.'
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Comparison between Olympus m4/3 and Nikon 'full-frame'

Comparison between Olympus m4/3 and Nikon 'full-frame'
'I was reminded of when the Panasonic G1 was announced and some reviewers were 'shocked' to find that at base ISO the G1 was very close, if not actually better, than the 'full-frame' Nikon D3 and D700.'
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Micro Four Thirds - The Mature Mirrorless system. Olympus OM-D E-M10

Micro Four Thirds - The Mature Mirrorless system. Olympus OM-D E-M10
'But in the meantime, m4/3 is a very attractive system. A great selection of cameras and lenses and if you are seriously into video, Panasonic in particular have some pretty spectacular options. And if m4/3 continues to offer me something useful, then I will continue to use it.'
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THE STOCK PHOTOGRAPHER - NEVER OFF DUTY

THE STOCK PHOTOGRAPHER - NEVER OFF DUTY
"It's also important to realise that what appears to be mundane and commonplace to us is far from that to someone from another country and another culture. It is sometimes difficult for us to see the familiar with new eyes, but in essence that is what stock photography is all about."
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Review of the Panasonic 15mm F1.7 Leica Summilux DG ASPH Micro Four Thirds Lens - Part 2 and Conclusion

 Review of the Panasonic 15mm F1.7 Leica Summilux DG ASPH Micro Four Thirds Lens - Part 2 and Conclusion
"While others may choose other lens options, this is right for what I want and I can see I'll enjoy using it, safe in the knowledge that the results it gives me will be top drawer, no matter what aperture I use. And I have no hesitation in giving the Panasonic 15mm F1.7 Leica Summilux DG ASPH Micro Four Thirds Lens a highly recommended rating."
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The Panasonic 15mm f1.7 Leica Summilux DG ASPH Micro Four Thirds Lens - First impressions

The Panasonic 15mm f1.7 Leica Summilux DG ASPH Micro Four Thirds Lens - First impressions

"The first thing I have to say is that this is a superbly made lens. It does in fact make my Olympus primes look 'cheap'. It actually feels like it's made from metal, unlike the Olympus m.Zuiko 25mm f/1.8. It's also has matte  stone grey finish which is actually VERY classy."

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ZOOM OR PRIME - is there really any difference? And is it worth bothering with the 'kit lens?' Acutance.

ZOOM OR PRIME - is there really any difference? And is it worth bothering with the 'kit lens?' Acutance.
"It's the old question. is a prime lens better than a zoom at the same focal length and aperture? The accepted opinion is that yes it probably is. But haven't zooms got better these days? And since they are more popular, does the oft repeated doctrine that primes are better still hold true?"
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RECENT STOCK IMAGES

RECENT STOCK IMAGES
"At various times in my life I've wanted to be a train driver, a rock star and a novelist but I can't really think of anything better than waking up in the morning, looking out the window and thinking "This is a good day to go out and take some pictures.'"
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The OLYMPUS m.ZUIKO 25mm f/1.8 LENS - FIELD TEST

The OLYMPUS m.ZUIKO 25mm f/1.8 LENS - FIELD TEST
"The m.Zuiko 25mm f/1.8 'standard' lens is the latest addition to the Olympus set of fast primes. This comprises the 12mm f/2, 17mm f/1.8, 25mm f/1.8, 45mm f/1.8 and 75mm f/1.8. The 25mm filled in the gap in the range. These are all small, nicely designed lenses that will work well on the smaller Pen type cameras as well as the OM-D series, including the 'pro-spec' E-M1. "
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Olympus M.Zuiko Digital 25mm F1.8 Lens

Olympus M.Zuiko Digital 25mm F1.8 Lens
"Picked up a Olympus M.Zuiko Digital 25mm F1.8 Lens today. Very nice little lens, similar to the 17mm f/1.8 and 45mm f/1.8. I managed a few tests and it looks very good optically. Hopefully today I'll give it a more thorough workout."
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SHOOTING STOCK - Olympus OM-D E-M10 - MF Voigtlander and Nikon Lenses - Nokia Lumia 1020 Smartphone.

SHOOTING STOCK - Olympus OM-D E-M10 - MF Voigtlander and Nikon Lenses - Nokia Lumia 1020 Smartphone.
"Above are three versions of the main house. One shot on the Olympus and two on my Nokia Lumia 1020 smartphone. These days I always shoot something I can process later to create a flltered 'smartphone' type image. The bottom shot above was sent from my phone to Instagram using the filters in the app. Doing this gives me three distinct 'looks'."
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IS THE OLYMPUS OM-D E-M10 EVERYTHING M4/3 SHOULD BE?

IS THE OLYMPUS OM-D E-M10 EVERYTHING M4/3 SHOULD BE?
"Using the Olympus OM-D E-M10 reminds me of the early days of m4/3 and what I hoped it would be. There is now a variety of m4/3 cameras, some of which I like, some of which I don't, but this camera, somewhat to my surprise, is definitely in the former category. And it does fulfil many of the requirements of what I want from a m4/3 camera."
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