Category: Photography

Review: Laowa 17mm F1.8 lens – MFT – M4/3 – Micro four thirds – Panasonic – Olympus

This is a user review of the Laowa 17mm F1.8 C-Dreamer lens for Micro Four Thirds – MFT – M4/3 system which include Panasonic and Olympus cameras. Don’t expect laboratory condition tests this was done in my living room during COVID-19 lock-down but I believe that the results are interesting.

It’s available at a great price especially if you buy direct from China. The delivery from Laowa in China was incredibly fast.

Overall this is a quality item but does it perform well?

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Presentation filmed with the Panasonic G80/85. Sample video filmed with the Panasonic G9.


The Unused Clips of 2019 in 4K. Panasonic & Olympus Micro Four Thirds – M4/3 – MFT showreel

I had some clips from 2019 that didn’t make to any other video so this is a collection of some of those clips. My hope is to show that the Micro Four Thirds system still has a firm place in 2020 (and beyond) and that when care is taken to expose a scene properly the system can demonstrate good dynamic range and low noise in many different lighting scenarios. Or maybe I just wanted to find a use for some otherwise redundant clips… you decide!

The Micro Four Thirds system is subject to the occasional criticism but I have found it a great replacement for my Samsung NX equipment and you will not find better value if you want to shoot 4K video.

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All shot with the Panasonic G9 & G80 using lenses from both Panasonic & Olympus: Panasonic 12-60mm F3.5-5.6 Panasonic 14-140mm F3.5-5.6 Olympus 60mm F2.8 Macro Olympus 45mm F1.8


Review: Waterproof Camera Case by B&W International type 4000

My review of the B&W International waterproof case (Type 4000) that I use for my M4/3 (Panasonic G9) camera and lenses.

These cases come in a variety of sizes and with various inserts for different uses, this one has ‘Pick & Pluck’ foam along with a DIY home made lens insert. This video also details a strap hack that you can use instead of buying the optional B&W International shoulder strap.


Probably the best value motorised camera slider mod ever! ;-)

This simple camera slider mod can be applied to motorise many sliders. It’s simple to do, very effective and the components are cheap to buy at around $30. There are lots of options for powering the slider as well as customising the range of speeds.

This video has many slider samples featuring the Panasonic G9 and Olympus 60mm macro lens. The rest of the content was filmed by the Panasonic G80 with 12-60mm kit lens.

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Olympus 60mm f2.8 Macro Lens – Summary review & 4K video samples

These are my first video clips (A Walk At The Lake) shot with the fantastic Olympus 60mm f2.8 Macro Lens mounted on the Panasonic G9.

The video contains a brief summary of my observations and recommendations for this lens.

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Cosmos Flower

Cosmos

Photos taken on the roadside.


A DIY photography hack. Changing lenses on a monopod/tripod with just one hand.

Came up with this simple little DIY gadget which helps make the changing of lenses whilst using a monopod/tripod much easier and faster. I use this with MFT lenses which are mostly compact and lightweight. The same tool can be made for different lens systems but you must be sure that whichever system you use that the caps are capable of holding the weight of the lens. This is not meant to be a permanent method for carrying lenses, do so at your own risk.


Orchid – Phalaenopsis

Orchid 01

A gift from a friend.


Garden Lilies

Garden Lilies

The Lilies in our garden this year are spectacular!


Places to visit: “Parc de la Colline aux Oiseaux” in Caen, Normandy, France.

We have visited this park in the centre of Caen in Normandy, France many times during different seasons and never fail to enjoy it’s beauty. The park is maintained to a high standard and the gardens are well planted throughout the seasons. In 2019 the park celebrated it’s 25th year of existence. Seeing the park as it is now it’s incredible to think that the area was used as a municipal landfill for more than fifty years (1923-1973).

The park covers approximately 17 hectares (42 acres) and to enjoy the park in it’s entirety will see a good few kilometres pass underfoot. There are steps that meander up through the wooded sections although these can be avoided by using the paths which rise more gently to the higher parts of the park. The park is organised in to different areas. The most notable are probably the rose garden and the panorama but to be honest we enjoy the general atmosphere of the whole park and have been compelled to visit many times over the years. Yet still we discover new bits that we have missed before (or forgotten about).

There is much to like about the “Parc de la Colline aux Oiseaux” it’s a great place to walk with much to keep the mind occupied. There are places to picnic, areas for the children to enjoy, and there are no charges to enter the park. If you visit Normandy it would be sad if you don’t give this a place on your itinerary.

More information can be found here: https://caen.fr/annuaire-equipement/colline-aux-oiseaux

This video was filmed in it’s entirety at the park over many different visits during different seasons and hopefully provides an insight in to what to expect.

The cameras used in this video are:
Panasonic G80. Pansonic 12-60mm f3.5/5.6 lens. Panasonic 14-140mm f3.5/5.6 lens. Olympus 45mm f1.7 lens. (used for more than 50% of the included contents).
Samsung NX1 with a variety of Tamron Adaptall II legacy lenses.
Osmo Pocket.