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Olympus e-620

Post by jww » Tue Aug 05, 2014 2:53 pm

When I dove into a proper DSLR, I didn't want to be going with anything that was too bulky --- and 7 years ago, DSLRs were pretty bulky feeling to me (save the Nikon D40, which I nearly bought, but then shied away from). After handling just about everything in the entry-to-mid-level camera range, I landed on the e-620. Yes, it has some of the issues of the early FourThirds cameras, yes it's got that Olympus funny-ness, but it sure felt right in my hands -- a camera I knew I would use.

We were away this past weekend in Boston, and stopped in at Orchard House as well as Minuteman National Historic Park ..... I took only a few snaps, but wanted to share all the same. It was a cruddy grey day, but the visits were well worth it.

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Nothing to Chris' standards, but thought I'd share in the spirit of, well, sharing.
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Post by drmoss_ca » Tue Aug 05, 2014 5:29 pm

Nice, Wendell. Keep it up.

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Post by Araner » Tue Aug 05, 2014 6:31 pm

Great stuff, Wendell, please do share often.

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Post by brothers » Tue Aug 05, 2014 7:00 pm

Looks good to me!
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Post by jww » Wed Aug 06, 2014 6:14 am

Thanks all.

Since owning my first digital camera - a Canon G3 (fabulous first digicam, btw), I have never been into editing my photos. Perhaps it's my throw-back to film where I lived with the results I created with exposure and lighting. A friend of mine is currently into HDR -- absolutely everything he shoots and posts about is always in that vein. While it's cool looking stuff, I have never found HDR to look very natural -- but do get the interest that people have in doing that kind of thing. I guess this is why I am find Chris' pics so enjoyable.
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Post by Gene » Wed Aug 06, 2014 7:59 am

Wendell I agree with you about editing digital photos.

I prefer to set the shot as best I can with the camera and let the result stand for itself.

That being said - my first DSLR (Canon 20D) had what I now consider only a fair Auto White Balance. Most of my images came out too cool (I learned about 2 months ago that means blue tinged, BTW). My Sony NEX 5 was better, still not what I thought I should see. So - post-shot processing is needed for those older shots.

Shooting with the Nikon D90 (yes, an older 12 MP camera, but still fabulous for what I want it for) I set WB myself, and I have two setting I use - one for people, one for everything else. In those setting files I tweak saturation and sharpening a bit over "standard" and I look at them in Picasa for any final touches they might need.

Even then - the greens in your flower shot are fabulous...as is the focus. Very nice.
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Post by jww » Wed Aug 06, 2014 8:41 am

Gene wrote:... - the greens in your flower shot are fabulous...as is the focus. Very nice.
Yes, I am a sucker for Olympus colours ...... The flower shot was in macro, pretty standard stuff really, I set the WB for cloudy conditions, got in really close. Who says that FourThirds doesn't do depth of field, eh?

I just ordered a new TG-3 for my pocket ---- we haven't had pocket cameras for a good few years -- not since I replaced my wife's old Canon whatsit with an Oly Pen, which she loves. We spend a fair bit of time at the ocean and I wanted something that I didn't have to constantly worry about when we were at the beach with family, etc. I also wanted something weather-proof for our England trip in October without shelling out for a new OM (which I absolutely would love to own). The TG-3 had the best overall package for me --- I get that the IQ will be off somewhat as that's a trade-off with weatherproof cameras --- however, the brighter lens and accessories appealed to me more than the standard waterproof pocket-ables did.

I hope to have it prior to our leaving for Maine in 2 weeks -- in fact, if it comes in before Monday morning, I'll probably take it with me on a work trip to Halifax to muddle about with it in the evenings while there is still decent light.
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Post by Gene » Wed Aug 06, 2014 8:51 am

If I had the money I would look at the Fuji X100S. Very nice - great lens, too.

or - the Fuji X-Pro 1. Viewfinder, with exchangeable lenses - and the reviews on the X-type lenses are good.

But - sadly - big bucks (for me).
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Post by jww » Wed Aug 06, 2014 10:39 am

I admit that I do like the new things Fuji have been doing .... unlike the Porsche designed 6800Z which was actually quite an advancement in digital cameras with the Fuji SuperCCD sensor but a pain to use as a photographer. It felt generally awful in the hands. Luckily that fad didn't last long.
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Post by drmoss_ca » Sun Aug 24, 2014 11:32 am

A descendant of your Olympus, the OMD EM5, 45mm/f1.8:

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Post by jww » Mon Aug 25, 2014 10:05 am

Love Oly colours.

Here's a quick one this morning from "our" beach with my T3.
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