All posts by Arbib

Photography Hobbyist since 1968, Currently shooting Film and Digital Also an author, I just have stuff to write about....

7-14mm f/2.8 Pro Olympus M: by Robin Wong

Photo from Robin Wong lens review
Photo from Robin Wong lens review

Added to Lens Reviews menu tab for future reference.

It is out and ready for use. The new Olympus 7-14mm f/2.8 Pro lens. This will give a field of view on a full frame camera of a 14-28mm, or 114-75 degrees of coverage. It is a great lens form landscapes to interiors, and let’s not forget astro-photography. Offering a fast f/2.8 constant f/stop throughout the range, and weather sealing, this lens becomes very useful for the rock and mountain climber also.

from the review:

The Olympus M.Zuiko 7-14mm F2.8 PRO lens is highly anticipated, and with the official launch Olympus has now completed their “holy trinity” of PRO lens line-up, consisting full coverage of focal length with constant bright aperture from ultra wide angle all the way to super telephoto range (7-14mm, 12-40mm and 40-150mm). Many working professional photographers I know, have sworn by the importance of having the “holy trinity” equivalent lenses from Canon and Nikon counterparts, and many arguments have been made against mirrorless interchangeable lens camera system for the lack of serious, constant zoom lenses. This argument is no longer valid!

To read the full review please <click here>

Olympus OMD EM5 II is revealed (Teathering, Silent mode, Focus Peak, Twist/Tilt LCD)

Yeah… The next gen E-M5 is here…

Olympus OMD EM5 II Promo Page

Twist/Tilt LCD / Touch LCD

1/8000 Shutter

HDR Mode

Silent Mode Electronic shutter / 1/16,000 – 60sec

Focus Peaking: 4 colors

Tethering is now available, with Olympus software


High Res Shot (combines 8 images to make one 40mp image)

Mic Plug

Olympus E-M5 II Sneak Peak by 4/3 Rumors

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All Images from 4/3 Rumors

Link 4/3  Rumors

  • NEW Swing out LCD
  • NEW Fn3


Same E-M5 16MP sensor
Update processor (improves slightly the IQ)
New sensor shift shooting that allows to combine 8 pictures in one to create a 40 Megapixel image
Improved 5 axis stabilization
It does have clean hdmi-out
all common frame rates and video optimized af-algorithm.
50Mb/s all 1080p (no 4K recording)


Many have wanted a Mark II E-M5… Well, this has some wanted features…. Swing out LCD, better Video control,  Updated CPU..

Samsung 14mm f/2.8 ED IS IF UMC Review: by Kieth Cooper


<Link to Review>

This lens is made for a Full Frame Sensor, but it is available in a M4/3 mount. Though, since it is an Ultra Wide, with some barrel distortion, it may not be an ideal choice, seeing the Panasonic G 14mm f/2.5 ASPH is made for the M4/3 sensor. But, it is an option.


If you’re interested in the Samyang 14mm (or whatever it’s called where you are) then consider what it is you want to use it for?

For some people the lack of AF and having to manually stop down the lens to the working aperture will be a show stopper.

However I found it perfectly easy to use out and about, by making use of good depth of field at f/8 and an ability to roughly estimate distances.

There is a permanent link under the tab for “Lens Reviews/3rd Party…”

Why the Right Gear, Not the Best Gear, Is Essential: By Jordan Steele

I found a great article that I hope will help you newcomers to photography, a bit wisdom in buying your 1st camera and/or more gear. Although, the <Photographer> is the one who designs the photograph in their mind, before the shutter is pushed. The Gear needs to be a good fit for the Photographer. Buying the latest-and-greatest, isn’t always the <best> fit for the photographer, and their style of shooting.

Here is the link


The Olympus E-M5 using Dramatic Tone: by Tamer Erdem


Here is the link

‘Though the basic principles of photography are still valid, digital photography changed the rules of the game when it comes to post/in camera-processing. Post-processing or in camera-processing facilities and potential are almost endless and much more effortless in digital era. Art filters were introduced by Olympus a couple of years ago. After Nikon D300, when I purchased my first Olympus, E-P1, I really fell in love with pinhole effect and grainy black and white art filters.

Then I got E-P2 and like new diorama filter that miniaturize the scene. But the ultimate filter that I can desire was offered by OM-D, E-M5; dramatic tone filter for landscape photography. If you do not have enough time for post-processing and like some punchy, strong and slightly surreal landscape images, go for it without any hesitation’