Photos of Goslar and the surrounding Harz mountains
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?
Update: The camera is released, it is certainly a very interesting release with a lot new introduced tech. But the price of 3.000 EUR is on the high side and we will see, if Olympus will sell it well. For me, no need to switch from my E-M1 but I am also not the targeted pro audience. Here I have a nice overview video of this cam.
In recent weeks, rumors were gathering that Olympus will release a new camera in January 2019, the Olympus OM-D E-M1X. According to 43rumors.com we can already expect the following (continously updated):
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.
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.
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 This camera and lens combo is 12 years old, technically outdated and boasts an archaic 5 megapixel CCD sensor that is easily outperformed by smartphone cameras (at least on paper when comparing megapixel numbers).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.
Photographers often like to speak about bokeh, the ability of a lens to render the out of focus area. Especially prime lenses with a fixed focal length and a wider maximum aperture are able to render a nice blurred background.
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.
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.
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.
“Praktica”, “Carl Zeiss Jena”, “Pentacon” or “Meyer Optik Görlitz” are very well known brands in East Germany and beyond. Since I started with photography using Praktica cameras I have still a faible for it. On Berlin flee markets you can find them quite often. Carl Zeiss Jena lenses are still a nice choice as adapted vintage lenses on modern digital cameras.
this is my first blog entry. This site will become my photoblog and host of my image portfolio. I decided to run this site on my fresh and new Raspberry Pi. This little incredible and power saving device can run 24 hours a day at my home as my own webserver. No hoster is needed any more.