zoom Tag

Boy, am I ever glad I decided to take the Olympus E-PL8 up to King's Park one Monday rather than the following Tuesday. Like the Wicked Witch in The Wizard Of Oz, I melt in the rain and there would have been nothing left of me but red shoes. [caption id="attachment_34612" align="aligncenter" width="600"] OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA[/caption] I was pleasantly surprised to find that I did not have to pay for parking, though I was a little nonplussed at the sign - back in the 60's the parking problem was more a case of immorality than illegality. But no-one got towed - or carried - away on Monday. [caption id="attachment_34608" align="aligncenter" width="600"] OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA[/caption] The Botanical Garden gate was new to me, and I was pleased to see the possibilities for the tourists. For those who might not feel it respectful to take selfies in front of war memorials, it provided a good backdrop - certainly large groups were posing and exchanging cameras all the the time I was there. Many were mobile telephones, of course, but that is the way of the world. [caption...

Two years ago I was allowed to own a Panasonic GX-7 camera with a 20mm lens for a week and was extremely impressed with the combination. It was an ideal choice for a genteel but thoroughly capable mirrorless camera. The glimpse that I got of the manufacturing processes of the company involved boosted my confidence in the whole concept of the micro 4/3 sensor in a camera.Panasonic never rest on their laurels, so after a suitable interval they issued the GX-8...

I have been experimenting for the last few months with long lenses attached to my Fujifilm X cameras by means of adapters. The tests were encouraging as long as there were suitable subjects some distance away. Yet I had never gotten to grips with the long zoom made by Fujifilm themselves - now was the time.Each manufacturer presents their material in a different way - some go for simple cases to protect their lenses and some go for quite elaborate hard cases. Fujifilm has packed the XF 100-400mm  f:4.5-5.6 RLM OIS WR lens in a sturdy box, a cardboard cradle, and a cloth wrapping...

I rarely need to use a really long lens. Studio work for the most part is short/standard work with a few turns of the zoom lens for head and shoulders portraits. But I am sorely tempted when I see the new lens lines from Sigma.Of course right now their lenses only fit my camera via a third-party adapter, but the world turns and I cannot say when the licensing and legal side of it will change - and I'll see a Sigma lens for my camera mount. Until then I can use an adapter to do my test shooting. I miss out on AF and automated aperture, but I can still take good shots.The camera in the Little Studio today was the Sigma 150mm - 600mm f: 5-6.3 DG Sports lens. It's been with us for a few months but is a thoroughly modern design. Starting from the outside in, here's what you get from Sigma:Sturdy box full of sturdy packaging.Sigma's rectangular padded lens case.With attached shoulder strap. You'll need it.A padded wrap-around lens hood cover.A lens hood that rides...

If you know what The Endless Summer is,  you are qualified to attend the Photo Talk by Russell Ord on Surf, Beach & Lifestyle Photography. It'll be held at 2:00 a the Novotel Perth Langley hotel as part of the Photo Live Expo 2016. Surfers are tough people and surfing shots are tough to get right - we all try them but you need experience and planning to succeed. Come hear how Russell has done just that for the last 15 years with this fascinating subject.Western Australians have a particularly good resource for this sort of photography...