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The “best” camera, 2017 edition

Preface: the “best” camera most certainly depends on the needs of the photographer… with that being said, here are some very good cameras that I immensely enjoy using. During the past month, for work projects and for personal enjoyment, I have been very fortunate to use the following cameras extensively: Sony RX1 mirrorless, full frame Nikon D750 DSLR, full frame Olympus E-M10 mirrorless, four thirds sensor Olympus TG-4 Tough rugged camera, 1/2.3 inch sensor Three of them fall into the “best of

Best cheap FX lenses

I use a variety of FX lenses on my Nikon D750. My favorite lenses are the “bargain” lenses, i.e. the lenses that cost less than a couple hundred dollars but that are fun to shoot with. Here are some of the best cheap FX lenses to pair with a D750, the D610 and the D810. All these lenses are available for $400 or less in one form of another (some new, some used) and most are in the $100-$200 range. Nikon

Olympus FL-LM2 Flash Compatibility List

The Olympus FL-LM2 is a handy little external flash that attaches to some Olympus Micro Four Thirds cameras. Here is the complete compatibility list: Fully compatible with: Olympus OM-D Series: E-M1 E-M5 E-PL8 Olympus Pen Series: E-PL7 E-PL6 E-PL5 E-PL3 E-PM2 E-PM1 Not compatible with: PEN-F / E-P5 / E-P3 / E-P2 / E-P1 / E-PL2 / E-PL1 / E-M1 Mark II / E-M5 Mark II /E-M10 Mark II / E-M10 Last updated: 2017_02_06      

Smartphone low-light image quality factors

Camera questions from my good friend Jesse: Hola Mr. Hodges! I have a newish Android phone, Moto X Pure (following my trend of getting 6 month olf technology for half price), which has a decent camera (Sony IMX 230 1/2.4-inch 21MP BSI CMOS sensor and a dual-LED flash. F2.0 aperture and 4K video). It works well, but it pales in comparison to some phone’s ability in low-light situations. Is that on the camera hardware, or the app? Same with image

Sony RX1 Sample Photos

Today my RX1 arrived in the mail. Very excited to test it out!   And here is one of my favorite photos of the day taken with the RX1, thank you to my wife for taking it! This was inside a restaurant with fairly low lighting and the RX1 did a splendid job IMHO. Focus appears to have actually been more on the hat brim than faces. Still, the photo is very pleasing to my eye. More samples to follow

Lens mount diameters

When discussing in body image stabilization (IBIS) it is informative to know the lens mount diameters for each particular lens mount. More diameter relative to sensor size generally gives more leeway for IBIS movement and compensation. As such, here is a list of lens mount diameters: MFT (Micro Four Thirds) ~38mm (Olympus and Panasonic) FT (Four Thirds) 44mm (Olympus and Panasonic) Fuji X: 44mm Pentax K: 44mm Nikon F: 44mm Sony E: 46.1mm Minolta/Sony A: 49.7mm Canon EF: 54mm  

Olympus 75mm lens

Item specifics Condition: Used : Brand: Olympus Model: Digital ED Focus Type: Auto Camera Technology: Digital Camera Type: Digital SLR Maximum Aperture: F/1.0, F/1.8 Focal Length: 75mm Series: Micro Four Thirds Focal Length Type: Fixed/Prime Bundled Items: Case Type: Telephoto, Telephoto Zoom, Portrait Country/Region of Manufacture: Japan Compatible Brand: For Four Thirds UPC: 050332185807   Detailed item info Product Information Any photo enthusiast interested or specialised in taking portraits and indoor shots will certainly reap the benefits of this high-performance

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