Searching

160131-081652-16JEHI am still searching for a reason to take pictures and blog.  Until I come up with some new ideas to have fun with a camera, I don’t know what camera and lens I will need; therefore, I am returning the Olympus E-PL7.

I will also be taking a break from frequent blogging and posting pictures until I decide what I want to do with my blog and photography.  I would still like to do something different this spring with my photography but I still don’t know what that will be.

In the meanwhile, I’m looking forward to warmer weather, spring, and better conditions to be out and about with a camera.

So COLD!

It was 40 degrees F. and windy, but I felt like I needed a walk, so yesterday I walked down to the pond and made these pictures; but, I didn’t stay out long due to the wind.  I hate wind, especially cold wind!  This morning it was 19 degrees F. according to my thermometer when I walked down to the pond with Misty, but at least it wasn’t windy.

I used the E-PL7 and the 14 – 42 mm EZ lens to make these pictures.  Each of these were taken at 42 mm and then cropped a little.  Just for my records … an Olympus 45 mm lens would have been a perfect focal length for these pictures, but the 45 mm lens is also longer than the EZ zoom when it is collapsed and it wouldn’t fit in my pocket as well.  Those are strikes against the sharper 45 mm prime lens.  I’m now thinking about other lenses I might best use if I keep the E-PL7 since that has a bearing on whether I keep the camera.

Visual Diaries

160205-123042-16JEHI often think about what to photograph as well as, why photograph.  During one of my mental excursions it dawned on me that an iPhone 6 would make an excellent camera to use while keeping a visual diary.  As an example, I have been spending more of my time sorting through old pictures and picking out a few to print.  This is a picture of one of my latest prints from some pictures that I took in Ireland with a small Olympus E-PL2 camera and the Panasonic 20 mm prime lens back in 2011 before I moved to Homewood.

You might have noted that the picture was taken with an earlier version of the camera that I am now thinking about going back to.  I haven’t totally decided, but I admit that micro 4/3 cameras and lenses are looking more appealing to me.

Another connection that just dawned on me, my blog is mostly a visual journal of what I see and do, especially relative to photography.  I might expand on that theme with an iPhone camera

Image Comparisons: X-T1 vs. E-PL7 vs. iPhone 6

While evaluating my Olympus micro 4/3 camera, I decided to take similar pictures, one right after the other with three different camera-lens combinations.  I did not attempt to do anymore that take pictures as I would with any of the cameras.   I didn’t take multiple pictures.  I used my Fuji X-T1 with the Fuji 18 mm lens, my iPhone 6, and my Olympus E-PL7 with the Olympus 14 – 42 mm EZ lens (at the 14 mm focal length).  The subjects are sitting on a white board in front of a south-facing window.  No flashes were used, all were handheld, and were taken in program mode for the Fuji and Olympus, and in auto for iPhone 6.  I wanted to see how each camera handled the situation without my intervention.

To eliminate any confusion, or errors, in which camera was used for each picture, I included the cameras in the image.  The camera used to make the picture is the one you don’t see.  For the first set of pictures I’m showing, I made no changes to the images.  The pictures taken with the Olympus and the Fuji were raw files and are as processed using the standard Adobe settings in LR6 … just like I always do.  The iPhone 6 is a jpeg straight out of the device.  The pictures were then cropped to 1:2 ratios, resized to my blog standard of 2100 pixels on the long side and saved as jpegs.

The first picture below was taken with the Fuji X-T1 which chose ISO 200, f/4.5, 1/140 sec.

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The next picture below was taken with the iPhone 6 at ISO 32, f/2.2, 1/120 sec.

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The following picture was taken with the Olympus E-PL7 which chose ISO 200, f/4.5, 1/125 sec.

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You should have noticed that the exposures and white balances and colors were different.  I am at a loss to explain the exposure differences.  My first thoughts were that the iPhone 6 was the most realistic and most pleasing, and the Fuji was the worst.  This was not what I expected.

The following images have been tweaked.

I then used the LR6 eyedropper to set the WB by selecting a point on the white board below the magazine in each picture.  I then increased the exposure taken by the X-T1 by +1, and auto set the white and black points on each image using LR6.  The results are as shown below and are not in the same order as above.

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I was reluctant to do anymore adjusting of the images for this quick comparison.  I am sure that with careful comparisons I could adjust the raw images made with Fuji and Olympus cameras by tweaking colors, clarity, exposures, etc. and make them more similar, but I’m not sure that it would prove anything for this initial quick comparison.

At this moment, I’m not sure about what to do next.  I may take an outdoor set of comparisons to get a better handle on sharpness, dynamic range, etc. and I might do another set of comparisons at longer focal lengths and/or with subjects at a greater distance.

Trying an Olympus E-PL7 Camera

I am in the process of running an experiment to see if it is possible for me to go back to a camera with only a micro 4/3 sensor.  Since I also desire to have a smaller camera than my Fuji X-T1 to carry in a jacket pocket, I decided to try the Olympus E-PL7 with the 14 – 42 mm 1:3.5-5.6 EZ lens.

The above pictures were taken late yesterday and this morning.  The subject matter isn’t important (to me) other than for the fact that I am trying to use the camera under the usual types of conditions that I normally photograph.  You are seeing a sample of my tests since I wanted to see how they worked on my web site.

Several of the above images were taken at the 42 mm focal length as well as at an ISO of 6400.  These seem to be the worst conditions for this camera and lens; but so far I am finding them acceptable, at least as for the sensor and processing.  All of these images were raw files.  Some have noise reduction applied but most not, so if you are a pixel peeper, you will note differences.