Digital Photography

Old School meets New School. Vintage Lenses on the OMD.

A few weeks back I purchased a vintage Olympus OM 2N with 4 lenses on eBay. The purchase while sort of sentimental in nature, did have a couple of real world purposes. I wanted those vintage manual lenses to mount on my Olympus OMD EM-5. Using a Bower adapter, I did just that and the early results show promise. Taking some test shots with the 28mm f 3.5, the 50mm f 1.8, and the 35 to 70mm f 4.0 lenses over the last couple of days have turned out some OK results. Shooting in full manual mode all three lenses produced sharp, bright images with a creamy bokeh and when wide open a shallow depth of field that looks really nice. As I use these vintage lenses more, I’ll post more images and a more thorough review of the Bower adapter and any tips about shooting with these older lenses.

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It’s For the Birds

After spending all summer trying to capture some half way decent images of the hummingbirds in my yard, I think I might have found a better solution than the OMD on a tripod with a wireless shutter release. Really what I would like is the Bird Photo Booth to house my OMD with a wireless shutter release controlled by my iPhone. None the less for $150.00 Bird Photo Booth has produced some pretty amazing sample images.

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I love the retro design styling, and the fact that this can hold the GoPro Hero 3 as well as any iPhone, or iPod Touch. I also like the fact that is not software dependent allowing you to use your app of choice to talk to the camera you are using.

I just hope I can get some shots like the ones below in the future if I buy this.

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Aluminum Photo Prints from PostalPix.

I’m a guy that has fully embraced the iPhone photo revolution. For every image I capture with my DSLR, there are probably two or three more I get with my phone. Not because its a better camera, but because its always with me. Plus the iPhone snaps some pretty good images, and when combined with the right app the results can be extremely interesting.

So, lets say your like me and you have a boat load of iPhone images. Lets say you want to print them out, but on a more durable substrate than paper. That’s where PostalPix comes in. PostalPix prints to aircraft grade Aluminum, and the prints will run you $8-$25 depending on the size. Using a sublimation process to gas-infuse your image onto the aluminum substrate PostalPix prints have a unique visual quality that sets them apart from standard paper prints. If you’re not into the aluminum look have fear, PostalPix offers standard paper prints as well plus frames for them.

There is a free iPhone and Android app that let’s you order directly from your phone.

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PostalPix was originally developed with the purpose of enabling parents everywhere to easily order prints of the moments they capture with their iPhone of their children’s lives. It was soon realized, however, that people other than just parents were interested in PostalPix. Now, our goal is to allow all iPhone users (and soon other mobile devices) the ability to easily order photo prints of images captured with their phone.

Edelkrone Pocket Rig. I Want One.

I’m always looking for new gear to help improve my photo/video shooting. I have been pricing new DSLR rails and rigs for a while now, but the other day my friend Tim pointed me to Edelkrone and their Pocket Rig.

This rig looks great. It’s small, light and rugged. You can add accessories to it to extend the overall use, and the design is really well thought out. When folded this is the size of a battery grip for camera like the 5D Mk II. When extended it gives you full shoulder support. One thing I like is the fact that you can use this to stabilize your shots, and still be very discreet because of it’s compact profile. Not only that, but the price is right as well. At $399.00 its not bad. If you can wait to take delivery until December, you can get it for $238.00 which is even better.