The “Q” … My First Experience with a Leica

The Leica Q has been on my wish list since I first read about it when it was announced on June 10, 2015.  Why?  Well first, it’s made by the renowned German camera maker, Leica, plus it has a full frame sensor, fast Leica Summilux lens, excellent EVF, and for me the image stabilization is important.  I kept trying to get the same general features but at a lower cost by using different cameras, and I thought maybe the Ricoh GR would scratch that itch since it had the 28mm lens and an excellent APS-C sensor.  It didn’t.  In the end, I think it came down to the fact that I had never used a Leica and I just wanted to … Continue reading “The “Q” … My First Experience with a Leica”


Revisiting the OM-D E-M5

As the highly anticipated release date approaches for the next Olympus OM-D (rumored to be the E-M5II), I thought I’d take some time to revisit some of my favorite images from the original OM-D, the E-M5.

Panasonic 25mm f/1.4

The E-M5 is a wonderful camera and captured my interest from the moment it was announced in early 2012.  It has a great 16Mp sensor that is capable of rendering some terrific images, and the camera is very customizable.  It comes in a nice small package (and the lenses are relatively small, too), and has that excellent 5-axis IBIS (In Body Image Stabilization) system that allows you to use almost any lens made and have it stabilized.  In fact, I don’t think any camera manufacturer has managed to equal the Olympus IBIS system.  Yes, the new Sony A7II has a (sort of) 5-axis IBIS, but it doesn’t quite measure up to Olympus (IMHO) … Plus, the new OM-D is “supposed” to have an Improved IBIS.  We’ll see soon!  🙂

Olympus 12-50mm kit lens
Olympus 45mm f/1.8

Panasonic 25mm f/1.4

Olympus 45mm f/1.8

Storm over the valley

Scotch on the rocks.

Time for that afternoon energy boost!  🙂

Olympus 60mm f/2.8 Macro

Macro with the Sony NEX-7

I just recently acquired the Sony NEX-7 and I am loving the camera! Even more recently, I got the Sony 30mm f/3.5 Macro lens to go with it. This is the E-mount lens and is relatively small and light (just under 5 oz.) so it fits nicely with the NEX-7.
After only a few shots, I am very pleased with the lens. It is very sharp with great color and contrast as you can see in the image of pins above, and the detail is truly amazing! These pins are of course very small to begin with, but in this image, you are able to pick out the tiny imperfections in the shafts of these pins.
Naturally, at 30mm, you must get very close to your subject in order to achieve the maximum 1:1 magnification … something less than an inch from the front of the lens. So it follows that it is not an ideal lens for live insects, plus you must be very careful of lighting since you can easily cast a shadow on your subject.
Build quality is excellent and the focus ring operates very smoothly. Focusing is very quiet and it also allows for Direct Manual Focus, which can be very helpful when shooting macro.
Overall, an excellent lens for a reasonable price at $250 (retail).