Blog, Photo Talk, Tech Talk

Buying Sony A7 In 2018 Or Keeping My Micro Four Thirds Camera?

If you have searched and clicked a link to this page you probably know about the still buy-able and affordable Sony A7 and you ask yourself if you should still buy it in 2018 or even make a switch away from Micro Four Thirds to full frame. To bring your problem to the point, is it still worth it to own or buy Micro Four Third equipment from Olympus or Panasonic when you can get a cheap full frame camera from Sony?

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Tech Talk

This Website Is IPv6 Ready

What has the picture of the dog to do with this post? Nothing but to get your attention. 🙂

I just updated my site to make it more future proof. It is now IPv6 ready. Why did I do that? First I like tinkering with my computer, because it is fun and you always learn something. But here is more exact explanation why this might also be useful for you, if you posses your own web server.

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Cameras Revisited - Panasonic Lumix G1
Photo Talk

Cameras Revisited – Review Panasonic Lumix G1

The Panasonic Lumix G1 is a mirrorless interchangeable lens camera introduced in 2008 for the Micro Four Third standard. One could ask why I write a blog entry about a camera that was introduced 9 years ago? In the consumer electronics world this is a very long time with a lot of technology advancements. If you look at modern cameras, they have gained a lot of new capabilities. However the G1 was a milestone for the Micro Four Thirds standard, since it was the first camera introduced for that system.

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Foggy Weather In Berlin Volkspark Hasenheide (Olympus OM-D E-M1, FT Zuiko 14-54 2.8-3.5)
Blog, Landscapes

Foggy Weather In Berlin Volkspark Hasenheide (Olympus OM-D E-M1, FT Zuiko 14-54 2.8-3.5)

Winter in Berlin and temperatures slightly above zero. Snow and ice is melting and we had very foggy and misty weather. So I decided to have a walk in “Volkspark Hasenheide” to see, what photos I can get in these conditions. I partnered my Olympus OM-D E-M1 with my Pro FT Zuiko 14-54 2.8-3.5 lens adapted via the MMF-2 adapter.

 

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A Classic - Olympus E-1 with Zuiko Digital 14-54 F2.8-3.5
Blog, Photo Talk

A Classic – Olympus E-1 with Zuiko Digital 14-54 F2.8-3.5

I have recently purchased a used Olympus E-1 together with the Zuiko Digital 14-54 2-8-3.5 zoom lens. This camera and lens combo is 12 years old, technically outdated and boasts an archaic 5 megapixel CCD sensor that is easily outperformed by smartphone cameras (at least on paper when comparing megapixel numbers). So why did I buy it? To put it simple, it is a camera classics bundled with a top notch pro lens (that I adapt on my Olympus OM-D E-M1) that is very well-built and a joy to use.

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Vintage Lens Alarm: Pentax SMC Takumar 300/4 M42
Blog, Photo Talk

Vintage Lens Alarm: Pentax SMC Takumar 300/4 M42

Flee markets are very nice. You can find old photo gear for a bargain. I wasn’t even looking for a new lens but when I saw the Pentax Super Takumar 300/4 in the multi coated version with M42 mount for a quite reasonable price, I had to get it. Olympus just released the similar m.Zuiko Pro 300/4 which is probably the best lens for Micro Four Thirds but for my needs out of reach. Why not try a much more cheaper old vintage lens option with an M42 adapter on my camera? It certainly is not as sharp as the brand new m.Zuiko 300/4 and you have to focus manually but for occasionally use this might fit very well my pocket.

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The Demolition Of Beijing's Hutongs
China, Photo Gallery, Street

The Demolition Of Beijing’s Hutongs

Beijing is famous for the many old narrow Hutong (胡同) streets formed by closely attached Siheyuans (四合院) that are the traditional courtyard residences in Beijing and often many hundred years old.

However most of these village like living areas are replaced by new modern tall buildings. Although new buildings provide a much higher living standard, Beijing’s urbanization is the reason why it is quickly losing its cultural authenticity, typical character, charm and vibrant street life.

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Blog, Tech Talk

This Site Is Now SSL Secured – Thank You Letsencrypt.org

From today on this site is secured and certified via SSL. In the past it was difficult to get a certificate for your website that is accepted by your browser and you had to pay for it. Letsencrypt.org is a new certificate authority, free and relatively easy to set up. It took me 1 hour (including research) to get the certificate for my domain and set up the Apache2 webserver and my site.

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