Category Archives: Cameras & Lenses

Redefine Camera Systems

We live in a photographic age that is causing us to redefine camera systems well beyond our previous, and simplistic, two dimensional view. It wasn’t that many years ago when many photographers only considered two factors. The camera body. And, the lenses associated with it. In the past some cameras were bought more because of the lenses that could be married to it, rather than specific attributes of the body itself.

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Comfort and Ergonomics

When using camera gear for extended periods of time, the importance of comfort and ergonomics can become a critical factor. This month marks the third anniversary of the purchase of my first E-M1X. I loved the camera so much that six months later a bought a second one. My love affair has only deepened over time.

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Focal Length and EFOV

To get the most out of our camera gear it’s important to consider the focal length and EFOV of the equipment we use. As photographers the camera gear that we choose is less important than our knowledge on how to use it effectively. How we express our creativity through this artform called photography, is the most critical factor. Not the camera gear we own.

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The Right Tool

In a wide range of professions a large part of success is understanding your needs and using the right tool for the job at hand. When it comes to photography we have a wealth of choices in terms of sensor formats, cameras and lens. There is no such thing as the ‘best camera’ in terms of a ‘one format fits all’ solution.

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Mark III to OM-1 Upgrade

I’ve had a few readers reach out to discuss a potential E-M1 Mark III to OM-1 upgrade that they are considering. This article provides some general thoughts about this specific decision that I’ve shared with those readers. Since my wife and I are perfectly happy with the
E-M1 Mark III she is using for her photographic needs, the OM-1 is not on our radar at all. Having said that, I’ll do my best to set our personal needs aside and be as non-judgemental as possible when discussing a potential upgrade from an E-M1 Mark III to an OM-1.

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Consider Lens Compatibility

It is always important to consider lens compatibility before buying a new camera body to avoid downstream disappointment. Many photographers are very excited about the introduction of new camera models as they often provide some performance upgrades and new technology when compared to previous generation cameras.

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Buying a Tripod

This article discusses some considerations to keep in mind when buying a tripod. This posting was prompted by a recent reader question. As regular readers know, I am loathe to use a tripod and only do so when I have no other option. Having said that, I do own a half dozen tripods along with various tripod heads and camera supports. In the past I used this equipment when shooting client videos, and for the occasional still image.

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Choosing Zoom Lenses

Choosing zoom lenses can be confusing, regardless of the camera sensor format and brand(s) of equipment that we may own. The vast majority of us are not independently wealthy and investing in new camera gear is something not to be taken lightly. This article discusses some of the basic considerations that come into play when choosing zoom lenses.

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