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Old Aug 25, 2014, 9:39 PM   #1
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Default Tragedy averted (maybe) and a very uncolorful flower.

Almost thought I lost my EM10 over the weekend. I was out of town shooting with my 45-200, when the screen went black, and it started making a banging/clicking noise from somewhere near the front of the camera. At first, I thought it was the lens going bad, as when I changed lenses it seemed to stop. Only for a while, though, then it started with the others too. I removed the lens, and the shutter/curtain was stuck "closed" in front of the sensor. As you can imagine, I was pretty down. Well, when I got home, I tried changing batteries: it went away again. When I put the "bad" battery into the charger, it started charging for a bit until the charger started steadily blinking yellow. So I THINK it was that one of my batteries went bad (I hope). It was the old Olympus battery from my EPL2 so it makes sense (the date on it is 2010). I didn't think that those were symptoms of a bad battery, but what do I know?

Anyhow, went out on a test run hike through the woods this afternoon, using my old Konica Hexanon 57mm to play with focus peaking at the same time. This is the most interesting shot (at least my favorite). I think it did a pretty good job here:

bradys run hexanon-58-Edit.jpg by sammykhalifa, on Flickr

The Indian Pipe (as we call them here) is a flower that lives in dark parts of the woods that do not have chlorophyll, hence the white color. This was high ISO and pretty wide aperture (though not wide open, probably about 2.0 or so), and wouldn't have been possible for me without focus peaking and the 3 axis stabilization.

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Old Aug 26, 2014, 12:38 AM   #2
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That is a very cool shot and thanks for the insight.

PS- I'm keeping my fingers crossed it's just a bad battery.
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........very interesting photo, it is intriguing

I hope the problem is solved.
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hope the E-M10 stays working well for you, cool flower and must have been tough light. How do you like the Focus Peaking?
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So far so good. I've been out and about for a few hours for the past few days, and everything's good. I guess I'll need a new battery--disappointing but that happens.

Focus peaking's been fun, though I now see what others were saying in that sometimes it's hard to see. I programmed the video record button to turn it on and off--don't know if it'll stay there but it works for now.

Though I've had the camera for about six weeks or so now, haven't had the chance that I'd like to really dig in--used this chance to push the ISO a bit, and get reacquainted with the MF focus lens I really like--old 1960s Hexanon 57. These first shots are all under pretty heavy tree canopy, f/1.7 to 2.8 or so, and high iso. I didn't attempt any noise reduction at all just to see how that holds up--your opinions may differ but I don't think the noise looks too bad at all.
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bradys run hexanon-23.jpg by sammykhalifa, on Flickr[/IMG]

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ISO 4000
bradys run hexanon-37.jpg by sammykhalifa, on Flickr

ISO 5000 on this last one
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Yeah, lots of mushrooms. They don't run away very fast.
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Broke these up into mushroom and non-mushroom shots, but they could also have been bright light and non bright light.

Opened up this lens isn't the sharpest, but I think it has a cool look.
[IMG]bradys run hexanon-79.jpg by sammykhalifa, on Flickr[/IMG]

Stopped down I think it looks pretty sharp (literally here, heh):
untitled-25.jpg by sammykhalifa, on Flickr

However, for focusing at objects at a distance I don't think it worked that well (could just be my fault though). I thought this would he an okay landscape shot, but viewed up close the details on the jogger and other objects look--and this is technical jargon--really "crappy."
bradys run hexanon-75.jpg by sammykhalifa, on Flickr

More medium distance looks okay. I was getting some low contrast on many landscape shots though, maybe need a hood or maybe just not using the right tool.
untitled-28.jpg by sammykhalifa, on Flickr

Here's a lock, because black and white looks cool.
untitled-30.jpg by sammykhalifa, on Flickr

And this was just because I thought it would be a neat PC desktop image.
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It's allergy season in SW PA!
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I like what you've done with the MF lens and the noise looks to be a no problem issue.
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I like what you've done with the MF lens and the noise looks to be a no problem issue.
I second that, these are good shots
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