The video – Latest update 14/7/2020

I feel like I hit the road running this year. A short video selection of my 2020 works to date. The year started really well and then we all had the COVID-19 lockdown and it brought things to an abrupt halt but I’ve now updated the video with some of my latest post-lockdown works.

Kind regards

Leigh

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It’s back at last

Hi everyone,

It’s taken make quite a while to get my mojo back with the COVID years and ongoing health issues but I think that it’s back at last. 🙂 I’m finally feeling good again and positive about the direction my work is moving in after what seems like an eternity spent becalmed in the doldrums. Metaphorically-speaking I feel like I’ve gotten some wind back in my sails.

Best wishes,

Leigh

Shoreham photo walk selection

A selection of shots from my Photo walk yesterday in Shoreham-by-Sea. All shot with my E-M5 II and M.Zuiko 12-45mm PRO. All 5-frame handheld HDR with minimal processing to correct converging verticals where desired

Kind regards

Leigh

“Deliciously Eccentric”

Hi everyone,

Houseboats on the River Adur at Shorham-by-Sea. I love stuff like that, as soon as I found out about them I had to visit. I’m very impressed with the new lens, sharp corner to corner and no abberations etc..

Have a super day, best wishes,

Leigh

“Unseaworthy” – Shoreham-By-Sea

Hi everyone,

One of a series of shots taken today in Shoreham-by-Sea with my new M.Zuiko 12-45mm lens. The day was going so well until I fell and gashed my knee open in two places 😦 . Fortunately it happened right at the end of the trip and my gear was safely stowed away 🙂 . E-M5 II and M.Zuiko 12-45mm PRO.

Kind regards

Leigh

Just me rambling on. :)

Hi everyone, hope this find you all well.

Weather-sealing is very useful but, if one wants to have it in a M.Zuiko lens, it inevitably means having to buy very expensive and too heavy (for me) PRO series lenses. I guess that I’ve gotten increasingly used to the beauty of small, light, lenses and even my new M.Zuiko12-45mm f/4 PRO lens seems heavy again by comparison, although blissfully not as heavy as my 12-40mm f/2.8 PRO. Optically, it seems very good, given my limited opportunity to test it and it will probably be the lens that I take on my travels this year but I’m not really looking forward to carrying it around on foot all day despite its comparatively small size whereas, by comparison, my Lumix 14-42mm is so light, covers virtually the same range and is optically very good but not weather-sealed.

It’s a trade off for me, carry something lighter, increase my mobility, decrease my pain and ultimately increase my happiness and get more shots or something heavier that’s got weather-sealing and, arguably better image quality, which limits my mobility and get fewer shots due to increased fatigue. As the old saying goes, at least for me, it seems like, “one can’t have one’s cake and eat it”. 🙂

I wish that OMD would make a range of non “PRO”-branded lenses with weather-sealing. I’m not bothered about them being fast lenses like their f/1.2 series. At the moment there’s a considerable gap between affordable, lightweight f/1.8 non weather-sealed lenses and f/1.2 heavier, expensive, weather-sealed prime lenses and the gap is there with their zooms as well. I’ve also worryingly started to drop things, I’ve dropped three lenses recently albeit indoors on carpet and, fortunately, they’ve all survived, I find that my grip just goes without warning. 🙁

I’m more than happy with the image quality of their old “Premium” series glass, I just wish they had thought to incorporate weather-sealing in their designs. Broadly-speaking Fuji got this right!. I’d love OM Systems’ 20mm f/1.4 PRO for its weather-sealing and it’s a really interesting focal length, not interested in the f/1.4 bit, that much although useful in poor light of course, but it’s way too costly and, most importantly, too heavy.

IMHO all camera gear should be made with at least a degree of weather-sealing including lenses which should always come with a lens hood and some form of case, something that Olympus don’t provide in the price except with their “PRO” lenses and even then one doesn’t get a case. Panasonic, Sigma etc. however generally do. I guess it comes down to Olympus/OM Systems moving in one direction design/marketing-wise and I’m moving in another direction preference-wise. 🙂 The latest lenses and, particularly cameras, are offering me more and more features that I don’t require or want but not those that would be of the most interest and benefit to me.

Kind regards

Leigh

“Band-standard” – Bognor

Bognor Regis, shot earlier today. E-M5 and M.Zuiko 17mm f/1.8. I’m really trying to like this focal length but it’s not working well for me. I think that I’ll revert back to my 25mm as it suits me better, the 17mm is too wide

Best wishes,

Leigh

First test of M.Zuiko 12-45mm f/4 PRO lens.

Hi everyone,

I took my new M.Zuiko 12-45mm f/4 PRO fitted to my Olympus E-M5 II for a spin today to test it out. Very impressed with the images, sharp corner to corner and the close focusing is a bonus.

“Close Up”
“Shelter”
“Stonewalling”
“0%ABV!” 🙂
“The lost shoes”

Kind regards

Leigh