Doing a bit of Macro

Hi everyone,

As we’re confined to home I’m taking the opportunity to get into some macro photography with my 30 mm M.Zuiko macro lens and new light tent. For those not in the know, that’s not a lightweight piece of camping equipment, it’s something to light up whatever you’re photographing. I didn’t bother to iron the backdrops yet in my haste to try it out but did a couple of quick test shots. Diffused lighting from two lamps, one either side and in-camera focus-stacked @f/8.

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and some downsized crops

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Best wishes,

Leigh

A perfect fit for my body cap lenses :)

Hi folks,

My stereo earbud cases arrived and they are a great fit for My Olympus 9 mm and 15 mm body cap lenses and also a 62 mm filter in each case.

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https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B07PJ5JK44/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_image_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

Best wishes,

Leigh

Cases for Olympus 9 mm and 15 mm Body Cap Lenses.

Hi folks,

I found these online, they’re for stereo earbuds etc. but I measured up and I think that they’ll make nice small hard cases for my Olympus 9 mm and 15 mm body cap lenses. They’re available from Amazon individually or as a two coloured red and blue twin pack which is what I’ve ordered to make them readily identifiable. The lenses are plastic and I don’t think they’d stand up to hard knocks. As they have a mesh pocket they could also be useful as filter cases for filters up to about 70 mm in diameter or possibly slightly smaller.

https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B07PJ5JK44/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_image_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

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https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B07PJ5JK44/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_image_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

Kind regards

Leigh

 

A very nice cheap little camera bag

Hi folks,

I thought I’d share this with you. If you’re like me and have CSC/MFT or any other small camera kit then this compact shoulder bag is a great buy. It’s also a bargain at Β£6.99 on Amazon currently – https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B0152WW60W/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_image_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

I’ve tried it with several different kit load outs. It has a small back pocket which holds a couple of spare batteries etc..

Manfrotto NX Camera Shoulder Bag I for CSC Kit – Bordeaux Red

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OM-D E-M1 I and 12-40 mm zoom

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E-PL-5 + VF-4, Lumix 12-32 mm and 35-100 mm and Olympus 9-18 mm zooms

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OM-D E-M5, M.Zuiko 12 mm, 17 mm and 45 mm prime lenses.

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E-PL5 + VF-4, Lumix 12-32 mm, Lumix 35-10 mm and 9 mm and 15 mm body cap lenses in cases.

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OM-D E-M1 I, Lumix 12-60 mm and M.Zuiko 9-18 mm

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Kind regards

Leigh

 

Manfrotto Pocket Tripods.

Hi everyone,

A short follow on post showing both models of the Manfrotto pocket tripod fitted to my OM-D E-M5 II plus Fotodiox grip and Lumix 12-60 mm, E-PL5 plusΒ  VF-4 and Lumix 12-32 mm and TG-5. They seem to work very well.

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Kind regards

Leigh

 

TG-5 microscope mode.

Hi folks,

As I’m not able to go out today I’ve been amusing myself with experimenting with the TG-5’s amazing microscope macro mode which focuses down to an incredible 1 cm, yes, you read that right, one whole centimeter!,

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As I hate tripods I’m buying one each of these, one for my TG-5 (red of course) and one for my E-PL5 or OM-Ds:

The video’s a bit sexist I think as obviously men have big macho “man-sized” cameras whilst women have “girly” tiny, red cameras. Hold on a sec.! my TG-5 is small and red! πŸ™‚

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Best wishes,

Leigh

Old lenses never die!

They just gather a lot of dust!.

Recently I found some of my old, and I mean old, Canon EF fit lenses from years ago and I’ve decided to take a punt on a cheap Β£20 K&F Concept mount adapter so that I can have some fun with them on my OM-D camera bodies. Sure they’ll all be manual focusing, no problem as all my old film camera lenses were and I didn’t have the luxury of modern-day focus peaking in those days and they’ll be fixed aperture but it’ll be a bit of fun trying them out. With the sensor crop factor of 2x it’ll be interesting as the 80-200 mm becomes quite a compact and lightweight (by EF lens standards) 160-400 mm f/5.6. One of the Sigmas becomes a rather interesting 36-400mm f/6.3!.I guess you’ve spotted the novelty lens coffee mug that I was bought as a Christmas pressie posing as the real thing. πŸ™‚

So I’ll have a 36-400 mm, a 160-400 mm, a 56-180 mm and a heavy 34-70 mm to try out. I’m not expecting miracles but it’s got be better than watching them gather even more dust.

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A few old shots taken with the 35-70 mm in Paris as part of a commission many years ago now. Taken on a Canon EOS APS-C (x1.6 crop) sensor body.

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Best,

Leigh

What has contributed the most to my photography?.

Hi folks,

Is it a certain model of camera?, no, is it a lens?, no again, is it a camera accessory?, nope, is it perhaps a piece of software?, yes and one of my first and cheapest buys. It’s NIK Viveza, part of the NIK collection now owned by DXO Labs. You hear a lot about the big software photo editor packages but no so much about this one.

This immensely powerful software allows, through the use of multiple control points, selective image adjustments to, amongst other things, brightness, contrast, structure, warmth, saturation and shadow.Β  You can also duplicate and group control points and it lets you see a mask of the selected control point.

I use it in just about every work that I do. If I only had one piece of software then this would be the oneΒ  and I always recommend it to others as a brilliant processing tool which, with applying even the most rudimentary adjustments, is guaranteed to bring out the best in just about any image.

 

Kind regards

Leigh

 

 

I’m having a lot of fun.

Hi everyone,

I’m really enjoying my photography at the moment. Three things I’ve done recently have all contributed to my comfort, and ultimately my greater fun and enjoyment. First of all there’s my new Olympus 9 mm bodycap lens which is so much fun to use. As it is so small and light it can live in my camera bag or even fit into a shirt pocket! and therefore it will get used, otherwise what’s the point of taking it out with you!? πŸ™‚ . I’m not a huge fan of the fisheye lens effect but this one with its 140 degree diagonal F.O.V is very easily de-fished if one wants and the effect is not so pronounced as it is with my other fisheye lens which is bigger, heavier and usually ends up getting left at home as I’m not prepared to lug it around all day on the off chance that I might use it. The Olympus lens by contrast makes you want to use it and actively look out for opportunities to do so. It also has a film-like quality that reminds me of my old 35 mm film lenses. This might be me, maybe it’s because of its overall softness compared with modern pro glass or maybe it’s the lens’ muted colour rendition or possibly a bit of both. More likely it is that the reviewers that I’ve seen don’t have any experience of the old film lenses or film cameras which I started out with in the 1970’s as a whole generation has now grown up with digital cameras, strewth, that make me feel old!. πŸ™‚

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https://www.flickr.com/photos/leighkemp/49555968482/in/dateposted-public/lightbox/

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This leads me on to the comfort bit, the way that I’m now carrying my gear. Two things have improved the comfort and ease of transporting my gear around on foot all day. If, like me, you habitually suffer from shoulder and neck issues then I thoroughly recommend that you have a look at the thinkTANK Turnstyle range of bags. I have the TurnStyle 10 v2 model in which I can carry an OM-D body with a lens fitted and, with careful packing, a total of up to five compact and lightweight Micro Four Thirds lenses, my Olympus 9-18 mm, Lumix 12-60 mm (or Olympus 12-40 mm), Lumix 14 mm (or my Olympus 17 mm), Olympus 9 mm bodycap lens and my Olympus 40-150 mm (or Lumix 35-100 mm) lens as well as a few accessories, spare batteries, memory cards etc. in the front zip-up compartment. I’ve waited years to find a bag that really works for me, I’ve come close before but this one is very well designed and ticks all the boxes. It also features a waist belt and a built in rain cover which is neatly stowed away in a pocket on the back.

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The thing that I really like the most about this bag is the compact size and ease of use. One can carry it on the move with the strap diagonally across the body with the bag resting on one’s lower back, or to one’s side sort of messenger bag style or swivel it completely round horizontally in front of you to get to the contents, change lenses etc. without putting it down, a real boon when standing in a muddy field. In addition you can also just sling it over your shoulder quickly.Β  Β The bag never left my person all day, travelling seated on the bus one simply swings it round in front of you with the weight resting on your lap. The shoulder strap is also very wide, nicely curved and well padded. You might note that I’ve added a HeroClip to the top loop so that one can hang it up when required. Most importantly, the acid test, I returned home feeling fresher and without my usual aches and pains and that, in itself, more than justifies its purchase.

I made three small additions to the bag to suit my personal taste. I added a HeroClip to the top loop so that I can easily hang the bag from just about anything . The addition of a small carabiner to the bottom loop through which I pass the two zip pulls for extra security when I’m travelling with the bag on my back which wouldn’t I know ultimately stop a determined thief but it would make stealthily opening the main compartment more obvious, time-consuming and difficult. Lastly one of those lens cap keeper strap mounting things.

 

I said there were three things and the last of these is my Pixentu photo-jacket. With it’s large front pockets I can transfer lenses to and from my bag to my jacket pockets and greatly help to distribute the weight even more evenly around my body and it has a LOT of pockets for additional batteries, filters, wallet, mobile phone etc. etc..Β  In addition for even more padded protection and to add an extra layer of weather-proofing I added two lightweight XL size neoprene lens pouches inside the front “lens” pockets. These jacket pocket are lined with a soft, red coloured material which the manufacturers show being used to clean the front of one’s lens. With respect to them, I’ll stick to my individually sealed moist Zeiss lens wipe sachets. πŸ™‚

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So, in conclusion, all these things have considerably increased my comfort level and therefore ultimately the fun of getting out there and taking photos. I have no affiliations with the manufacturers of this gear. I thought it might be of interest to others.

Kind regards

Leigh

 

 

What’s in my pockets today?

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Hi folks,

I thought I’d my take on “what’s in my bag?” πŸ™‚

Olympus OM-D EM-5, Panasonic Lumix 14 mm, Panasonic Lumix 12-32 mm, Olympus 9 mm bodycap fisheye, Olympus MCON-P02 Macro Converter, a lot of fun.

Best wishes,

Leigh