New stuff from Olympus

Olympus has introduced today a bunch of new products. I had again a change to get familiar with the new OM-D E-M5 II or E-M5 Mark II. More of it in my latest blog.

Don´t you think OM-D E-M5 II is kind of awkward? I think so. PEN series cameras are E-Pxxx and OM-D series has naming E-Mxxx, which makes both OM-D and PEN totally un-necessary. OM and PEN are history, why drag those along any more?

Olympus also introduced a new fisheye lens which belongs to PRO series and is quite compact. M.Zuiko 8mm f/1.8 PRO is the worlds fastest fisheye lens. I have touched it but not tried, so more of sometimes later. This lens like the previously announced 7-14mm PRO zoom will be available "during summer". Obviously this means Northern Hemisphere summer. The 300mm f/4 PRO tele will be available during the last half of this year.

As an intriguing little gadget Olympus has now a relector sight for tele shooters. I described this previously.

Journal link moved up

Based on wishes from readers I moved Journal link up from the other link bar at the end of page. Also Search & Tags followed with it. My aim was to simplify without disturbing links. Obviously I need to simplify link bar above by moving galleries. Next week... 

Like noted in comments below, some blogs or notes refer to earlier Latest Blogs list which was on the right of content. Everything can be found in Journal. Changing things leads always into some unwanted results. I have tried to keep all links in tact, but reading all my writings again is too much to do for now. Sorry!

Next week I will add a new blog piece on how I process images in Lightroom.


New Computer and New Nocticron Blog

For Lightroom 8GT of RAM is plenty, for Photoshop it is nothing. Video software run with cores, Photoshop with clock speed. Lightroom doesn´t know what a video card is, 3D ask why you do not have a faster one. Upgrading a computer is easy if you want just to repeat the same every day and a complex compromize if you want to do different things. I wrote a blog on why I chose what.

So, I have a new computer but not a new Nocticron, yet. I tested a Panasonic Leica 45m f/1.2 DG Nocticron and sort of liked it, wide open. More in Journal.


Here´s another gallery containing some of my test shots with the new M.Zuiko 40-150mm PRO zoom lens. It contains images with various subject matter and shot in various light conditions. Just testing. As can be seen, I have shot a lot with lens wide open as such and with teleconverter (MC14) attached. 

Olympus is using some of this material at their Photokina booth

Photo: Henrik Tanabe

Photo: Henrik Tanabe

Also they have bought rights to use stuff globally at their web sites. And then there are some I can´t show yet as Olympus Inc. bought exclusive rights for a limited time.

Updated September 15th; 15.10 CET

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I have been busy shooting for the last month. I now start to show some of it. Firstly there is a new gallery in the menu on the left: Aviation > Airshow: Payerne Air 2014. Most of the images in this gallery are shot with the new M.Zuiko 40-150mm f/2.8 PRO zoom and 1.4X teleconverter. Only some images of aircraft on static display were shot with M.Zuiko 12-40mm PRO zoom. Shooting specs added.

Hawker Hurricane HC-465

This week saw a historic moment for Finnish aviation enthusiasts when a Hawker Hurricane from WW II era landed at Helsinki-Malmi Airport. It is 70 years since a Hurricane last time flew in Finland. Finnish Air Force bought Hurricanes from UK in 1939 and used them up to 1944.

The Hurricane, pictured here just after landing at Helsinki-Malmi with the setting sun, is re-built from the hulk of a Canadian-built Hurricane Mk.IIb. It crashed in Canada in 1941, was re-found in 1990 and has been under restoration since then. The Hurricanes Finland bought from England were Mk.Is, but we had also one Mk.II. It was a Russian Air Force (supplied by UK) Hurricane Mk.IIA which was damaged in fight in 1942 and had to crash land inside Finnish held territory during the WW II. The machine was repaired and flew in Finnish colors with register HC-465 until May 1944, after which it was scrapped. This "new" Hurricane HC-465, painted according to the original HC-465, is restored in England and owned by Phil Lawton, who lives in Finland and owns several historic airplanes. The restoration took not only time for over two decades but also money worth some two million euros! Btw. this plane is for sale for 1.4 million £. Sadly I am not too optimistic to see any Finnish buyers coming up, but rather someone from the old British Commonwealth area buys it and repaints it into British colors...

Note: Blue swastika in white roundel was used as national insignia by Finnish Air Force already since 1918. It has no historic or ideological connection with black swastika (rotated 45 degrees, i.e. standing on its corner) used by nazi Germany during thirties and WW II. This insignia was born when Finnish Air Force´s first ever plane was donated by count von Rosen from Sweden. He painted his good luck symbol on the wings of that plane, and Finns had no reason to change it but went on using it on all their airplanes. After WW II Finnish armed forces has used white-blue-white roundel as national insignia because of what swastika had become to represent for.

A bunch of Panasonic lenses

Last week I had a nice meeting with Panasonic PR people. They contacted me and wanted to give this set of lenses to try. Lenshoods included, mind you Olympus... The most interesting ones for me are Leica branded primes Summilux 15mm F1.7 (attached here to E-P5) and Nocticron 42.5mm F1.2. Also of interest is the 35-100mm F2.8 zoom as there should soon be Olympus 40-150mm F2.8 PRO zoom lens. I have promised to write my opinion on the two mentioned primes.

They also wanted me to take Panasonic GH4 body to try but I had to postpone it further. These lenses do not interfere the shooting projects I want to carry on, while a strange body would have been a nuisance right now.

Are Our Sensors Burning?

"One concern I have is that when making picture at end of the day with Wide angle, can I damage the sensor because the pixels will receive too much light on a tiny surface. Have no idea of the risk in practicing these subjects. I am often worried to damage the camera."

Above is part of an email from one of my readers. I replied him personally but maybe this concern is also worth a short note. Namely, there has been some discussion at photography forums about sensors said to be damaged because of sun. This is a similar situation to kids burning paper with magnifying glass.

Personally I have never damaged film or sensor with too much light hitting on either. I have shot countless images with sun in view and never had any problems. I have walked in hot, sunny areas with camera on and a wide angle lens focused far enough without any problems.

A trusted source at Olympus replied my question and told me that there is nothing special happening with burnt sensors. This is not a typical japanese company denial statement. With trusted source I mean what it says: I can trust this person. Burnt sensors is simply not a trend nor any special issue among all other reasons why destroyed cameras come back to Olympus service. I did nor check other companies because I would expect the same response from everyone.

As I see it, the only way you can damage your camera´s sensor with "magnifying glass effect" is to leave it on a table or such with power on and a wide angle lens, focused roughly at infinity, facing the sun. This goes for every compact digital camera, every mirrorless digital camera and every other digital camera with live view mode on. I can perfectly well imagine that a sensor can be burnt, but I am not going to try how fast. Just carrying a camera around with power on seems not to be fast enough, otherwise I should have lots of burnt sensors...