Olympus Tag

In space no-one can hear you scream. The same applies to your own photographic studio if you pad the walls thickly enough. It’s not the screaming that the neighbours mind - it’s the language. I try not to make the Little Studio into an F*** stop… But occasionally the cries can be those of delight - particularly if the planned shoot goes well. This week’s investigation of the reconditioned Olympus OM-D E-M10 was one of those times. The two models chosen: the 90’s-style chopped ’39 Chevrolet and the Toyota Toyo-ace tray-top. The former is a 1:18 scale model with the peculiar characteristic of throwing light everywhere and the latter is a 1:64 Tomy model from Japan. The idea was to see how the 12-50mm f:3.5-6.3 EZ lens would cope with the depth of field problem and also to see if the vaunted Olympus image stabilisation system actually works.   [caption id="attachment_33448" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA[/caption] Forgive me, Burke, for the word “ actually “. It makes it sound like I doubt the claims that Olympus make. But I am from Missouri when it comes...

Watching clients persuading themselves to spend large amounts of money was always a fun thing. Even if you were not the sales assistant directly concerned with the sale - standing there with visions of commission dancing in your eyes - you were cheered and encouraged by the enthusiasm of the buyer. I’m happy to say that many people who had the money…spent that money…and I hope they have had a wonderful time with the camera equipment they bought. Funnily enough I also experienced a thrill of achievement when I saw a person doing the opposite - persuading themselves to be frugal and to only buy what they needed. I admired people who knew what they wanted and who knew why they wanted it. It was the best indication that they were going to be successful with their photography. Technical matters can be mastered - artistic ideas can be learned - but inner knowledge is something that is more valuable than either. So…This is the start of a sales pitch. Put up your catcher’s mitt for the next couple of posts and watch...

A recent weekend spent playing with the new Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mk II showed me how useful it would be for macro work and studio product illustration. This column showed some of the ways that the focus bracketing and focus stacking features helped to tame the problem of depth of field. Kudos to Olympus. Also, my foray to Jandakot airport showed their long telephoto lens and their superb image stablising systems making short work of long-distance coverage in bumpy conditions. Instant desire to own one...

Choosing a back pack for exploring the less developed corners of the empire is a delicate task. One must accurately assess the opportunities that will be presented as well as the risks that will be run. This is why our featured article - the Think Tank Trifecta 8 -  will be on the short-list of many adventurers. The basic idea of the Trifecta 8 is to take enough equipment onto the wild to enable you to capture images of the savages whilst not weighing you down in case you need to make a run for it. Modern thinking has provided us with mirror-less cameras and lenses of reduced size and weight and this is all to the good. Now we have a way to carry them about the person. Just as Kipling’s cavalryman spent the winter preparing his spring campaign - paring an ounce of weight where he could to extend the range of his mount - so we can reduce the amount of gear we carry. But it still needs to be accessible at short notice when we come across a...

a. Give their credit card details to an unknown person on the other side of the world for a small camera accessory that they could just as easily buy in Perth?b. Air-freight a small camera accessory half-way around the world to Perth?c. Think that they support the conservation of the ecology of the planet while compelling someone to fly a jet aircraft halfway around the world to deliver a small camera accessory?d. Need a small camera accessory - since the cameras we use have every conceivable function built-in?e. Stock a small camera accessory that yields about $ 2.00 profit if it sells immediately and $ 20.00 loss if it sits on the shelf for six months?f. Take pictures that are never again looked at - sitting as they do on hard drives or in computer bodies - with expensive small accessories that have come half-way around the world?g. Enter pictures taken with small accessories into photo contests that are destined to be seen only by other people who are willing their competitors not to win?h. Put up photo contests that...

How many of us get a tool kit with our new digital cameras these days? In the old film days it was common for the box containing the SLR or rangefinder camera to have a complete tool pouch including a stilson wrench, set of spanners, lens brace, film jack, and a bottle of optical antiseptic. In the case of some Kodak cameras you got a 8-round clip of .30-06 ball ammunition and a toothbrush.I think we are being done - nowadays you're lucky to get a battery charger and a squidgy little lens cloth with some. Even the instruction manuals are on a CD...

I was conscious of the anomaly of what I was doing but it was all for a good cause; I was trying to determine which of the new Mag Mod light shapers would be the best for event coverage. I had inveigled Chelsea Bunz - the Steampunk Absinthe Fairy - to come in and pose for head and shoulders shots with the IceLight 2 and Promaster LED 120 portable lights and I thought to take advantage of the chance for some Mag Mod experienmts. They were duly conducted but I am still in a quandary.For those who came in late, the Mag Mod light shapers are designed to attach firms to portable speed lights and to give either colour, diffusion, or concentration for the flash. I want something that will let me front up to Steampunk patrons of Rigby's Bar in St. Geo. Tce when they have one of their Steampunk Balls and take well-lit portraits in a flash. I need to do full-length, half torso, and head and shoulders.I most definitely don't want to do it with a tripod...