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The latest article caused, it seems, huge interest among readers, reaching thousands of hits in less than a couple of days. It also raised a few questions and I thoughts some clarification is due.
My article/review from a while ago, about using focal reducers with a Fuji camera (as well as the follow-up), are among the most read in the blog, with almost daily hits and having gathered several thousand views overall. Having the Sony a7 in the house, I figured I'd devise a quick test, aiming to show how well using a focal reducer stacks up to a proper FF sensor camera.
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I'm constantly reminded of this legendary (42 years and counting!) Tower of Power song (and, by the way, Rocco Prestia rules!). In relation to things photographic, that is.
Because I'm going to give another excuse to my friends to point out I'm trying too hard to be hip. Never mind, I've been called a hipster before, as far as photographic gear goes (though I couldn't be mistaken for a hipster even by someone as blind as a bat).
There is no other way around it; if you need a macro lens, you need a macro lens. Though, sometimes, you don't.
Dedicated macro lenses can be expensive and, in many cases, they can end up being a one trick pony. For example, not having especially fast apertures, they might not be extra useful in low light or limited DoF portraiture.
Two things happened recently, which motivated me to write this article. The idea that "Fuji is cheating with ISO" has resurfaced; but this time, a number of interesting observations were made in regards to in camera RAW files. And I also had a look at my (rather limited) photo sales from last year. And was surprised to discover half of them were coming from in-camera JPEGs.
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Following the initial report and after a few more days in the company of the Mark2, it's time to wrap-up this report, while addressing a couple more interesting aspects. First off, let's talk ISO
This gallery is from a recent visit to a bauxite processing industrial complex, located in Boeotia, Greece. Greece has some of the largest bauxite deposits in Europe, and one of the few vertically-integrated aluminum industry processes in the World. The complex was built during the sixties, and the area, complete with permanent settlements built for the workers is known as "Aspra Spitia" ("White Houses") in Greek. More info can be found in Wikipedia's articles about the place and the industry.
It has been 3 long years now, that Olympus managed to stir photographic market waters for good, and forever, introducing that first E-M5. It's now a general consensus that this camera brought mirrorless in the forefront, not only for serious enthusiasts but for a number of professional uses also. Being a match, or even superior, in image quality and features, to APS-C sensor cameras of its era, was no easy fit and, with m4/3 lens variety and quality constantly growing, it was just a matter of time to become a photographic icon.
It's in human nature never to be satisfied. I distinctly remember many of us, already using the E-M5 daily and in demanding applications, starting voicing out our wishlists for the next model. Higher shutter speed and flash sync, professional level build, bigger and better EVF, larger buffer, etc, were often mentioned. The answer was given with the E-M1, incorporating some features and general philosophy found only in pro DSLRs costing several thousand. But, you see, the E-M5 was never really intended to be a top semi or full pro camera, and the E-M1 was never meant to be its successor.
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