Xpozer

These days most people see their photo’s on some sort of screen. Phone, tablet or computer. Not many people print their photo’s and when they do it is a small size. Personally I like to see my photo’s printed and as large as possible. Last week I had one on my photo’s printed by a dutch company Xpozer. I wanted something big so ordered a 60×90 print. On Friday it arrived at my home.

Xpozer

There are many companies that make can print large prints for you. The difference with other companies is the unique mounting system they use. The photo is printed on some type of film. The whole system works very easy as you can see in this movie. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kezqJouqjk0

I was mostly interested in the quality of the print. Of the quality of the print depends a lot on the quality of the photo. But I am very satisfied with the quality of the print. For sure I will order more prints from Xpozer

A view on Rio de Janeiro

Last January I visited Rio de Janeiro with my grilfriend. We stayed there only a weekend so we did spend most of the visiting the big tourist attractions. This include Pão de Açúcar (Sugarloaf Mountain) and the statue of Cristo Redentor (Christ the Redeemer).

This photo was taken when we went to Pão de Açúcar. To get there you take the cable car. I took this photo when from inside the cable car. I found a place where I could stick the camera outside the window. On the picture you see the neighborhoods Bondinho and Botafogo. And far in the back you still can see the statue of Cristo Redentor.

Rio de Janeiro
Rio de Janeiro

Pure

I made this photo last month. The weather was bad. So I decided to have a little bit of fun inside with the Olympus 60mm f2.8 macro and the Olympus PEN E-P5. Wanted to do some type of product shot.

Used one Canon flash with a grid on the left. Camera on manual focus and exposure (1/320 sec @ f8). Took some time to get the exposure the way I liked it. Tweaked the image a bit in Lightroom.

Pure
Pure

Olympus Super Control Panel

All the recent Olympus camera’s have a hidden feature that will make your life so much easier. I am talking about the Super Control Panel. With the Super Control Panel turned on you can change many of the most used options from one single screen. So you don’t have to dig through the menus.

You will have go to the menu to turn it on. But finding it in the menu is also not so easy. Luckily there is enough information available about it on the Internet. Martin Belan wrote a good tutorial. You can find it here: http://blog.martinbelan.com/2014/02/how-to-activate-the-super-control-panel-on-the-olympus-om-d-and-pen-cameras/

Remote WiFi shooting with the E-P5

With the new firmware update, Olympus PEN E-P5 users get the same remote WiFi shooting experience as OMD E-M1 and OMD EM10 users have. It also improves the position of the E-P5 on the market.
To get the new options you need to update the camera’s firmware and also update the OI.Share app on your phone.

The new Olympus OI.Share App

When you start the app it does not look so different  at first. This changes when you go to Remote Control. You will notice that there are more buttons on the screen that you can use.

Olympus OI.Share App
Olympus OI.Share App

 

Shooting Modes

With the new app and the new firmware you are able to shoot in other modes also and not only in iAuto mode. In the image below you can see that you can choose iAuto, P, A,  S and M mode. As you can see the Scene, Art Filter and Photo Story mode are missing.

To select a mode you just tap on the screen of your phone/tablet.

Shooting Modes
Shooting Modes

Shutter Speed and Aperture

In the modes A,S you can adjust the aperture or shutterspeed. In the  M moded you can ofcourse adjust both the aperture and shutterspeed. As shutter speed you can also choose the Live Bulb or Live Time modes.

Aperture & Shutterspeed
Aperture & Shutterspeed

ISO Settings

You will also be able to change the ISO setting.

ISO settings
ISO settings

White balance Settings

And white balance settings also.

Whitebalance
Whitebalance

Sequential Shooting Settings

You can even choose the shooting mode. Single shot, sequential high, sequential low and self timer. When you press on the self timer icon you get  a new menu. See below.

Sequential Shooting
Sequential Shooting

Self Timer Settings

In the app you can choose different self timer settings. On the camera you only can choose 2 seconds or 12 seconds. In the app you choose times between those two.

Self timer Options
Self timer Options

Review Olympus 25mm f1.8

At the end of Januari when Olympus launched the OMD E-M10 they also launched 2 new lenses. One of them is the 25mm f1.8. On a micro four thirds camera a 25mm lens give the same view as a 50mm lens on a 35mm camera (full frame DSLR).

Olympus 25mm f1.8 / Photo: Olympus
Olympus 25mm f1.8 / Photo: Olympus

The Phoblographer tested the new lens and the are excited about it. This what they say about it:

In fact, the 25mm f1.8 is one of the most affordable and bang for your buck lenses out there for the Micro Four Thirds system. In general, we’re quite impressed with the sharpness, bokeh, fast focusing speed (coupled with accuracy), small size, and the overall feel that it is the single lens that you may want to keep mated to your camera forever.

You can read the full review here: http://www.thephoblographer.com/2014/02/14/review-olympus-25mm-f1-8-micro-four-thirds/

The 25mm will be a nice addition to the 17mm f1.8 and the 45mm f1,8 that is already have. Too bad it is not available yet in Holland.

New firmware for E-P5 with improved remote WiFi shooting

Yesterday Olympus released version 1.3 of the firmware for the Olympus PEN E-P5. This version improves the remote wifi shooting capabilities. And brings it to the same level as the new E-M10 and E-M1. Yeah!!!!!!!

It will be possible now to use it also in the P/A/S/M shooting modes and adjust settings like shutterspeed, aperture, ISO and more.

You can download the new firmware from http://www.olympus.co.jp/en/support/imsg/digicamera/download/software/firm/e1/#fp

New firmware for E-P5

Olympus launches new OM-D E-M10

Photo: Olympus.com
Photo: Olympus.com

Last month Olympus announced the new member of the OMD family, the E-M10. So we now we have the E-M10, E-M5 and E-M1. Where the E-M1 is the high end model and the E-M10 the entry level model. But that does not mean that it is a lesser camera then for example the E-M5. The E-M10 borrows many elements from the E-M5 and the E-M1. The sensor for example is the same as in the E-M5 but the image processor is the same that you will find in the E-M1. The E-M10 also has the same WiFi capabilities as the E-M1. What it misses are the wonderfull 5-axis stabilisation and the weather sealing of the body.

The E-M10 has a list price of €599,- which in my opinion is a nice price for the camera. It is for example €400 euro cheaper then the PEN E-P5 and €300 cheaper then the E-M5. I have the E-P5 and I like that camera very much. But if was looking for a new camera I would definitely go for the E-M10.

If you want to know more about the E-M10 I suggest to read the following articles: