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In Topic: Olympus OMD-E-M1 & OMD-E-M5 II firmware update Adds "Underwater Mode...

22 June 2015 - 05:21 AM

Be aware, though, that this update resets all settings other than "AF focus adjustments", so be prepared to go through all the settings and adjust them back to your preferences.

In Topic: Olympus new lenses 8 mm fisheye considerations weight and so on ...

01 June 2015 - 01:02 PM

I was actually referring to the the 1.8 aperture when talking about "fast."  Maybe it is not so  common anymore to refer to wide aperture lenses as "fast" lenses since autofocus speed is also a question in any lens evaluation.  

In Topic: Olympus new lenses 8 mm fisheye considerations weight and so on ...

01 June 2015 - 06:28 AM

Olympus says 315g...http://www.getolympu...isheye-pro.html


The Olympus is "faster" than any of those other lenses.  Fast lenses require more glass, so more weight.  I actually think micro 4/3 went too far with the small and light thing and am happy to see more lenses that are designed with more of a concern for "performance" than just being small and light.


Yes, $1000 is a lot for the lens, but keep in mind that the Panasonic is $800 list price and $640.00 "street price."  After it has been out for awhile, the Oly will be available for $875-900 pretty often.  $250.00 is not that much more if the lens is not only faster but better as well.


It's nice to have choices.

In Topic: Olympus 7-14 mm f2.8 will not fit in Nauticam housings

19 March 2015 - 08:09 AM

I have been hoping the new Oly 7-14 will fit in the Zen 170 I use now for the Panasonic 7-14 and Oly 12-40.  I have my doubts that it will fit... http://www.43rumors....ize-comparison/


But am keeping my fingers crossed, as I don't really have room to pack another largish dome.  I guess the other option is to go to the Nauticam 180 with the adapters for both the 12-40 and 7-14, but I wold prefer not to.  We shall see....

In Topic: New Olympus WA lenses

08 February 2015 - 08:35 AM



In my opinion, nothing is really wrong with the Panasonic 8mm in a zen dome port.  But leaving aside financial constraints, most of us always are looking for newest and bestest :-)


Beyond that, I do think that GENERALLY, the Oly lenses on Oly bodies seem to produce less ca and I sometimes cannot completely get rid of all of it in Lightroom.  Also, being a 1.8 gives a bit more latitude on shutter speed which can sometimes be nice, and may help with faster focusing.  Additionally, it seems to me that the Panasonic gives best results around 5.6 to 6.3. Faster than that and I think the edges start softening more, but closed down more the images in general seem a bit softer, perhaps due to diffraction.  Since most lenses are at their best 1-2 stops from max, a 1.8 MIGHT give a wider range of apertures that yield best results.


In the end, these differences are minor and my skills, not the camera and lenses, are the major limiting factor in my photography.  Still, I am eager for the 7-14 and the 8mm to arrive.


In the meantime, I enjoy the Panasonic the lens quite a bit.