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Notes on current lenses

I’ve been paying attention to which lenses I’ve been using the past couple of months, since I started shooting regularly again.  And no real surprise, it comes down to just one: the Lumix 35-100mm f/2.8 (which for those of you worried about relative focal lengths, is the m4:3 version of the venerable 70-200mm).  I’ve been […]


A few quick thoughts on the new OM-D E-M1

This is hardly new news, but I wanted to share a few quick thoughts on the newly announced Olympus OM-D E-M1. The short version is: I won’t be buying one. So there, if that’s all you were wondering, you can move on to the next post. If you’re looking for a few more details, however, […]


If I could only use one lens…

…it’d be the Panasonic Leica 25mm f/1.4.  Of course statements like that are kind of stupid, since no one lens is going to be perfect in every single situation and a 25mm wouldn’t be all too helpful when, say, trying to photograph eagles up on the Plank next winter.  But as a general feeling it […]


Spring birding with the Olympus 75-300mm

It’s taken six months, but I’ve finally been able to take the Olympus m.Zuiko 75-300mm into the field for some solid birding work. It’s the first good evaluation I’ve been able to make of it under these conditions; birding was the main reason I bought it, but my timing was off, with it arriving at […]


Some thoughts on m4:3 lenses

There’s been several new lens announcements for micro 4/3 lately and I just wanted to share a few thoughts on them. Sadly, none of these announcements are very exciting, at least not directly. But here’s the recap: 3 new Sigma lenses (19mm, 30mm, & 60mm f/2.8s) 1 new Tamron lens, a 14-150mm a Olympus 75-300mm […]


A heck of a deal

43rumors posted Thursday about a great deal at B&H, where you can get both the Sigma 19mm and Sigma 30mm m4:3 lenses for the price of one. That’s right, two lenses for $199. Which is a pretty freaking awesome deal no matter how you look at it. But it’s even more awesome because both of […]


Simple Clicks – Olympus 75-300

Got out one evening last week with my newest lens, the Olympus m.Zuiko 75-300mm.  Back when I was getting the E-M5 I wasn’t very complimentary towards this piece of glass; it’s slow, with an aperture of f/6.3 at 300mm, and at $900 it’s overpriced for what basically amounts to a consumer-grade telephoto.  But it’s also […]


Panasonic 14mm pancake lens

The Panasonic 14mm f/2.5 pancake, a lens that you just don’t hear much about. It doesn’t have the rabid following of either the Lumix 20mm or the Leica 25mm. Despite being the widest of the m4:3 primes, it’s overlooked. And unfairly so. I’m not calling this a review because I’m going to skip over all […]


Review – Panasonic Leica 100-300mm

Pansonic’s 100-300mm telephoto was one of the first lenses I bought for my m4:3 system. It was the replacement to my venerable Canon 300L f/4 IS, which was a spectacular lens itself, albeit a very large, heavy lens to lug around. I had high hopes for the 100-300, as I’d seen a number of really […]


Simple Clicks – Olympus 75mm f/1.8

Just a few odds and ends shots taken with the new Olympus 75mm f/1.8.  As I mentioned before, I’ve only had a few days to work with it, but it is one seriously impressive lens.  These shots don’t really fit in anywhere else, but I liked them enough to want to share them.  I especially […]


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