My Digital Experience … The Madness Continues

Image from Sony.Net
This is what seduced me “this” time … the Sony A7RII.
Full Frame
42 Megapixels
and 5-axis SteadyShot INSIDE.
I think I’ve finally found a possible long term cure for my G.A.S. (Gear Acquisition Syndrome), but first some background.
A funny thing happened on the way to my next attempt at “temporary sanity”.  I had both of my favorite cameras in hand, the Olympus OM-D E-M5II and the Sony A7II, and loved them both.  But, I needed to get rid of one of them.  Every time I would think about putting one on Amazon for sale, I’d have regrets and change my mind … I just couldn’t decide, and that’s unusual for me.  I flew airplanes professionally for 33 years and quick decision making was part of the everyday business of getting from point A to point B, safely and expeditiously.
So I did what any rational person would do.  I decided to let the market decide for me, and put both cameras for sale on Amazon.  Perfect!  Whichever one sold first, I’d just keep the other one.  What could possibly go wrong.  🙂  What was that quote, “The best laid plans of mice and men …”?  Yeah, that is true wisdom, and of course, by now you’ve probably guessed what happened.  Both cameras sold the same day!

For a couple of weeks, I just took a break and lived with my great little Ricoh GR, but for most photography work I really like to have image stabilization and an EVF.  I’d been looking longingly at the Fujifilm X100T ever since it was released, so I finally decided to take the plunge and there is not much to find fault with that wonderful little camera.  However, at age 66 my hands just aren’t as steady as I wish they were, and I’ve learned to truly appreciate a camera with built in image stabilization.  That has become my must have feature, with everything else being just icing on the cake.  The X100T is headed back to mother Amazon at this very moment.
I’ve also been looking at the Sony A7RII and reading the reviews (mostly glowing, some not), but thought the high resolution combined with its much improved shutter, excellent EVF, and 5-axis In-Body Image Stabilization (Sony calls it “SteadyShot INSIDE”) would make it an excellent candidate for long term ownership … an unusual thing for me, and only time will tell.  But I feel confident that it will be the case This time.  Wish me luck!  🙂
PS:  I’m thinking of changing my website name from ThruMikesViewfinder.com to MirrorlessMadness.com … what do you think?  🙂

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Did You Find the Olympus High Res Raw Conversion Plug-in for Adobe Photoshop?

The link to this critical plug-in for converting the new High Res RAW files produced by the E-M5 Mark II is here:

The hard part (at least for me) was finding where the Plug-In was after I installed it on my Mac, and the instructions provided by Olympus didn’t help much.  Sorry Windows users, I can’t offer any help for you.  😦

So after a lengthy search, I finally found the plug-in living in a Plug-ins folder in my Mac’s Applications folder.  Needless to say, Photoshop didn’t know it was there.
I just copied the OlympusHRS_ORF.plugin file to the Adobe Photoshop CC 2014 Plug-ins folder, and then Photoshop was able to find the plug-in and convert the High Res RAW files.  🙂
Once you’ve properly placed the plug-in in the appropriate folder, run Photoshop and go to the File menu > Import > High Res Shot Raw File Plug-in.  The Plug-in will open and allow you to make some basic adjustments before opening the file in Photoshop.  From there, do your magic in photoshop and then you can save the image anywhere in any format you want.
Hope this helps …