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Forum: Foto Fair 29th August 2014
Replies: 17
Views: 863
Posted By Swordfish
Re: Couple from Portland Bill & Weymouth

Excellent shots. Fantastic help in locations for my Dorset trip in October!
Forum: Olympus OM-D E-M1 3rd August 2014
Replies: 8
Views: 840
Posted By Swordfish
Re: Help forE-M1 please

Thanks Gary, goodness knows how I couldn't find that.

Phill, Steven - It slows things down a bit, but I'm a bit slow, obviously!

Martin
Forum: Olympus OM-D E-M1 3rd August 2014
Replies: 8
Views: 840
Posted By Swordfish
Help forE-M1 please

I always had my E-M1 set up so that after taking a shot the resulting image would remain in the viewfinder or on the LCD screen for a few seconds, or until the shutter was pressed again. I really...
Forum: Foto Fair 23rd July 2014
Replies: 3
Views: 390
Posted By Swordfish
Re: Bad Hair Day

I appreciate the humour, but no moths were harmed in the taking of these photos!

The moth trap is basically a very bright, specific wavelength light which attracts the moth into a wooden box with...
Forum: Foto Fair 22nd July 2014
Replies: 3
Views: 390
Posted By Swordfish
Bad Hair Day

My wife has a moth trap in the garden which catches an amazing variety of fascinating moths. I rather liked this hairy one:

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/500/P7227755.jpg...
Forum: Standard zoom and mid range 21st July 2014
Replies: 2
Views: 852
Posted By Swordfish
Re: Quality of 12-50 compared with the new 14-42

In my opinion the new 14-42 collapsing lens is not a bad lens, but it's not great and I don't think it's as good as the 12-50; I agree with you about the latter's awkward size.

Have you thought...
Forum: Foto Fair 18th July 2014
Replies: 6
Views: 491
Posted By Swordfish
Re: Perfect Rainbow

Thanks for the link Jim, that explains it all very nicely.

Martin
Forum: Foto Fair 17th July 2014
Replies: 6
Views: 491
Posted By Swordfish
Perfect Rainbow

An amazing coincidence of the back of a weak front passing over our house last night, just as the setting sun was revealed at about 8.30, gave rise to this perfect rainbow.

I rushed out into the...
Forum: Foto Fair 14th July 2014
Replies: 7
Views: 460
Posted By Swordfish
Re: Brown Bears in Finland

Thanks for comments.

In practice I found the EM-1 and 50-200mm worked pretty well, although when the light was low (about 1.30 am!) I sometimes had trouble locking accurate focus, however as the...
Forum: Foto Fair 13th July 2014
Replies: 7
Views: 460
Posted By Swordfish
Brown Bears in Finland

Related to my other post re OMD endorsement, here a few of my own Bear photos + a White-tailed Eagle:

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/500/medium/P6236740.jpg
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Forum: Camera conference 13th July 2014
Replies: 2
Views: 1,273
Posted By Swordfish
A nice OMD endorsement story

I recently spent a week in northern Finland snapping Brown Bears - a very enjoyable but exhausting experience. (Shut in a small hide from 4.30 pm until 7.00am with no room to stand up and only a...
Forum: Foto Fair 4th May 2014
Replies: 2
Views: 619
Posted By Swordfish
EM1 plus Panny 25mm f1.4

I haven't tried the Oly 25mm lens, but since picking up a used Panny/Leica 25mm last year I love the fabulous sharp images I get with it mounted on the EM1.
I'm sure other camera/lens combos can...
Forum: Olympus OM-D E-M1 1st May 2014
Replies: 20
Views: 1,510
Posted By Swordfish
Re: I may have lost my mind! :D

I have used this combo and find it very good. The attached example was taken in very poor November light - ISO800 and f4 - and I was very pleased with the result. I took a number of photos on this...
Forum: Foto Fair 29th April 2014
Replies: 3
Views: 319
Posted By Swordfish
EM-1 HDR function

Having played around with HDR a bit, including stand alone software like HDR EFex Pro, I have become quite impressed with the HDR1 setting on the EM-1 as a useful way of dealing with very high...
Forum: Olympus OM-D E-M1 25th April 2014
Replies: 48
Views: 7,027
Posted By Swordfish
Re: m4/3 and 4/3 SHG lenses

I haven't done extensive testing of the 300mm on the EM1, but the little that I have suggests that it works pretty well in terms of focus speed and accuracy, including the EC14. I tend not to do much...
Forum: Foto Fair 25th April 2014
Replies: 5
Views: 416
Posted By Swordfish
Moroccan Woodturning

There may be some woodturners out there who will be fascinated by this traditional woodturning system still employed by a few artisans in the souks of Marrakesh.

The piece is rotated by the...
Forum: Foto Fair 25th April 2014
Replies: 15
Views: 1,192
Posted By Swordfish
Re: All that training pays off - eventually

Very impressive Brian. You've got a lot more patience than me!

Martin
Forum: Olympus OM-D E-M1 25th April 2014
Replies: 48
Views: 7,027
Posted By Swordfish
Re: m4/3 and 4/3 SHG lenses

Hi Tord, I have been to Africa a number of times, the latest was last September to Kenya.

For what it's worth here are my comments:

On my last trip I took an E5 + 50-200swd plus EC14 and an OMD...
Forum: Foto Fair 23rd April 2014
Replies: 4
Views: 632
Posted By Swordfish
The Bells of Loughborough

I haven't posted any photos for a number of months due to other priorities, but I've decided to get back into it with this first set of local interest.

Loughborough is home to only one of the last...
Forum: Looking for improvement 22nd April 2014
Replies: 22
Views: 2,001
Posted By Swordfish
Re: Everyone else is doing so why don't I

Is one reason that they are not very blue!?

These don't really look like native bluebells to me; I think it's the vivid blue colour of the native species contrasting against green foliage that...
Forum: Foto Fair 16th April 2014
Replies: 7
Views: 395
Posted By Swordfish
Re: Strange Tulip (Sport?)

Probably the result of a virus; this was the way many tulip varieties arose during the famous Dutch tulip price bubble during the 17th century. Virus attack often gives rise to mottled or streaked...
Forum: The lounge 31st March 2014
Replies: 5
Views: 711
Posted By Swordfish
Re: Free OnOne Perfect Effects 8.

I got hold of Perfect Effects for free also a few months ago, I also found some presets using the dynamic contrast function which I really like.

Here are two edits of a shot of Kedleston Hall. The...
Forum: Telephoto 30th March 2014
Replies: 12
Views: 3,067
Posted By Swordfish
Re: Olympus M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 40-150mm 1:4.0-5.6 R how good is it

I don't know if I'm a reputable reviewer, but I can give you my opinion!

In my view it is an amazing lens for the money, (I bought mine used, so even more so). I hope the attached shot shows why I...
Forum: The lounge 27th March 2014
Replies: 10
Views: 641
Posted By Swordfish
Re: Monitor for 200?

I had the same need as you a few months ago. After research I bought an Asus PA238Q 23" IPS monitor (200 Amazon) and it is absolutely superb. It is colour calibrated from the factory and if you then...
Forum: For sale or wanted small ads 3rd February 2014
Replies: 12
Views: 1,611
Posted By Swordfish
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