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Wednesday, 17 December 2014

Olympus M.Zuiko 40-150mm f/2.8 Pro lens practical review

The Olympus 40-150mm f/2.8 M.Zuiko pro lens is the second lens to be launched in the Olympus Pro lens series for Micro 4/3rds cameras following the 12-40mm f/2.8. It is the ideal partner for the 12-40 and shares with it's little brother a constant f/2.8 maximum aperture plus the very best optical and mechanical construction.

In full frame 35mm terms this lens is the equivalent to an 80-300mm f/2.8 range - the nearest equivalent in those terms would be the Sigma 120-300mm f/2.8 OS lens. Using an APS-C sensor size equivalence a 70-200mm f/2.8 (105-300mm equivalent).

The Nikon Ball advert - what is it all about?

The latest advert from Nikon features a
photographer shooting images of a glass ball which then reflects the environment around and through it.

The featured photographer Andrius Aleksandravičius got the idea to use the glass ball after taking apart a kaleidoscope and seeing how the glass ball in the bottom gave a unique view.

New Firmware version announced for the Leica T camera

A new firmware version 1.3 for the Leica T (701) will be available on the 18th December.

This version offers significant performance improvements and some new features that simplify the overall handling;

- WiFi Set Up Menu: after connecting to a WiFi network an assistant menu comes into place asking whether to use the “Leica T APP” or the “WEB GALLERY” application.

Tuesday, 9 December 2014

Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM - as reviewed by photographer Andrew Chastney

I’m Andrew Chastney, a freelance wildlife film maker, I have two hats when working really, I cut films (the editor) and I produce (that’s BBC parlance for the director).

I’ve been lucky enough to be in the “business” of wildlife films for the last 25 years now, though it’s less of a business and far, far more of a passion. Luckier still is that it has allowed me fantastic opportunities to pursue my other passion in life – photography.

For the past year we’ve been making a film (it’ll be broadcast next year on the telly) on Iceland, its wildlife, people and the extraordinary landscape that has made it. It’s continually growing actually, at 2.5cm per year which is very fast geologically! In addition to the film, there was a serious mission from the stills side, so I went with my team, including a cameraman and assistant cameraman fully loaded with an assortment of EOS 5D’s, 7D’s, 50D’s (and the odd Leica). We went at the end of last winter, into the depths of a frozen land.

Wednesday, 3 December 2014

Panasonic 7-14mm f/4 for Micro 4/3rds cameras review

The Panasonic 7-14mm f/4 lens provides Micro 4/3rds users with the equivalent of 14-28mm in a compact lightweight package.

The lens is nice and light and very compact compared to any full-frame equivalent lens though considerably larger than its closest competitor the Olympus 9-18.

Friday, 28 November 2014

Olympus 45mm f/1.8 Micro Four Thirds lens review

At around £220 the Olympus 45mm f/1.8 offers excellent optical performance in a compact and lightweight package for all micro 4/3rds users.

The lens takes 37mm filters and is available in Silver and Black finishes to match your camera body.

AF performance is excellent and optical performance excellent too right from f/1.8.