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boBBrennan Nov 12, 2011 12:20 AM

....blooms of begonia
The begonia plants here are showing effects of the frosty nights and blooms are quickly disappearing.

These are from last week with the P3 and the m14-42 II R. Very bright sunlight, the first two made in AP mode and the second two done in the P setting.

Seems most begonia blooms are seen in the immature stamen stage, here the second photo shows both the fresh new stamen and the finished mature 'fuzzy' stage which doesn't stay for long until the bloom falls.

These files were made at approx 10 - 12 inch focus distance & cropped to my liking, remembering the blooms are only, approximately, 1 inch across.

Greg Chappell Nov 12, 2011 1:54 AM

I saw these all over the Arboretum last weekend. Beautiful blooms, and very small as you said. No doubt, this weekend things will look much different from last weekend.

The little 14-42 does a very credible closeup job, even if there was a little cropping here.

James Emory Nov 12, 2011 9:35 AM

Nice detail Bob. I didn't know Oly came out with a "R" lens. What's the difference between the II and the II R?

zig-123 Nov 12, 2011 10:27 AM

Hi Bob,

As Greg mentioned, the 14-42 MCs version is a very nice lens. The AF is considerably improved over the original version. And, with the E-P3, it must really greatly improved.

I use it with the E-PL1 an E-P2 and the difference is easy to see.

Very nice shots.:D


boBBrennan Nov 12, 2011 11:19 AM

@Greg, .... at Will Rogers this weekend is a model train show, I can't go to it but it would be a fun event for the P3.

@James, .... this DPR discussion explains the II & II R. I don't think there is anything significant to the difference, at least as far as I am interested in knowing about.

@Zig, .... I like the little lens but find I keep the 14-54 on the camera most of the time and decided to try the 14-42, it is almost instant focus where the FT lenses I have do a bit of hunting, I will begin using it more. Greg has already suggested I spend a day trying his m43 toys but I cannot afford the $$$$ now (ah, the hearing aids) so will stick with the slow & BIG for a while now.

James Emory Nov 12, 2011 11:28 AM

Thanks Bob. At least there is no difference in image quality between the two lens, certainly not worth upgrading to.

Steven R Nov 13, 2011 7:07 PM

Nice shots Bob; well done.

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