Some of you may task me for continuing to buy products made in China after I declared in an earlier entry that we should all boycott such products, if possible. I still firmly stand behind that position as the relationship between China and the free world continues to disintegrate. China has formally charged the two … Continue reading A Chinese Replica Heuer Monaco … up close.
The pandemic has eliminated my usual summer time photographic endeavors - I was even planning to try shooting some wedding events this year. So I've taken to shooting YouTube product reviews. But unless you have a cameraman and a sound man living with you, this becomes a purely solo effort. And I didn't want to … Continue reading Shooting YouTube reviews with m43 & the PIVO
There are rumors that Olympus will deliver two new Pen F bodies later this year. But it's unlikely. Nevertheless, Olympus should deliver a new compact body because the E-PL6 all the way through to the E-PL10 have been entirely forgettable cameras. They may have been cheap to retool and manufacture and may even have made … Continue reading If not a new Pen F Olympus body ….
This will be short and brief. During the pandemic, I shot a review for a company that make bicycle friction drives to convert them into e-bikes using my E-M1.2 It's an ok first effort that could really use a dedicated camera and sound man. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WoDN8Lpy4v4
Brand loyalty starts at an early age. I was probably 9 years of age when my father brought home an Olympus light microscope he had bought from one of his grad students. In 1980 I was thirteen and on vacation in Hong Kong, when my father picked up the brand new compact Olympus XA 35mm … Continue reading At Olympus, what’s old should be new again – a retrospective look at the XA and LT1.
Like my two recent entries regarding music (but with a photographic tie in), this will be my last discussion on vintage watches. I did not think I would find the world of vintage watches interesting because save for a very few, it is a passive hobby typically involving the gradual acquisition of certain watches with … Continue reading Vintage Watches – the last word.
We've all seen the photos, so it is real. It looks very well built, so it will be hefty. As will the price, somewhere in the $7000 USD range. It will have a built in 1.25x TC so it will have an effective maximum reach of 500mm at f/6.3. I'm not really a zoom kind … Continue reading An alternative to the Zuiko 150-400mm f/4.5 telezoom.
Dedicated to Charline Norgrove, a dear fellow m43 user who was always the first to champion my posts. The Leica/Lumix 10-25mm f/1.7 lens has been greeted with universal acclaim, even though its bigger than many expected and its price is a little eye watering. What is a person to do when he's also trying to … Continue reading Jim’s Alternatives to the Leica 10-25mm f/1.7
Just wanted to reassure all readers that this blog really is about photography and associated camera gear. My current preoccupation with music is a passing fantasy (of being a professional musician). Because there is a camera connection to this story, however tenuous. As a kid I had an interest in Big Band Swing music … Continue reading The Glenn Miller Orchestra
Something very different on the blog today, a step into the world of music. I have not been a professional musician for a very long time and then only as a pianist and not a saxophonist. But I had to prepare a very short musical performance to spice up a ballroom dancing number that my … Continue reading How good (or how bad) is a brand new $250 Chinese soprano saxophone compared to a $3200 Yamaha instrument?