I ended up buying this camera brand new despite all the article’s, I read and seen on Youtube about this Canon So, I got it and the first thing I did was replace the lens with another lens with a normal 18-55 mm IS STM, then purchased the 55 – 250 mm standard tele zoom. Now I am looking into a 10 – 18 mm ultra wide zoom lens to produce great landscape astro photograph’s. I watched an mini youtube video and really am thinking about producing more of these photographs. But like everything I have learned in the past you need special equipment to take photos like these, then expericement a little to get the right desired shot. I believe I do have all the correct equipment to proceed an exceptional photograph.
So as it turns out I own 2 DSLR’s.
Both are fantastic in their own ways, Canon T7, image it produces are true to life, in my opinion, Olympus OMD EM10, all through they are many features on this camera the images always seems to be brighter than what I expect. Maybe I just have to adjust it more. I love the fact, there are 81 focal areas in the viewfinder for clearer, sharper images as for Rebel T7 only has 9. Rebel T7 can produce images at 24 megapixels, you can still see that it doesn’t always seem to be crystal clear, not like the results I get on a 16 megapixel OMD EM10 image. The image above was produced with the Canon Rebel T7 , mounted on a tripod with a remote trigger, I set the camera in manual mode, set the aperature at 7.1, ISO at 6400 with shutter at bulb settings, and held the shutter open for 45 seconds thus resulting the image above which was taken both in RAW and Jpeg mode. This is the jpeg version. I have slight blur effect on the foreground tree, as there must have been a slight wind that I didn’t notice. As like this Rebel T7, the same setting will have to be tired on the OMD EM10 as well.
Since this is the Mark 1, I really say, that I love this camera and all the features in it. I takes awesome pictures including the lily that I posted on here. I have since bought the 14-42 mm digital zoom, and the 40 – 150 mm medium telephoto lens, got some step up and step down rings for my filters. Got a mono-pod and a Meike lens flash, and have gotten another battery and portable charger to help me when I am on the road photographing nature scenes.
I have tried different manual lens and they work awesome with this camera. But all are now complete with extension tubes, remote triggers, camera covers for rainy weather, and even triggers for the 2 extra speedlights I purchased if I want to do inside portrait photography.
Now i have been looking at these, not only one for me, but also for my second half. She likes to take a lot of still life images and I think this will be a good investment for her as well. Besides we will be able to exchange lens among ourselves. Only thing is the red will probably be going to her unless I can find a grey one here.
I don’t know of any of you out there have thought or even tried this, but the hardest thing to photograph in a panorama picture is a shoreline with moving water or waves. When I photograph a panoramic photo, my settings are manual, which I prefer better cause I find you have more control over what you are photographing. I have tried the motion panoramic cameras and I really don’t like the way they work. I have one on my Nokia cell and it drives me crazy everytime I want to take a pano picture. I have to keep it in line doesn’t show me what I am suppose to be lining up just some stupid dot on the screen and if you don’t line it up properly that dot disappears. Takes me 6 times longer to take the photo. (This to me is a stupid system, whoever the idiot that design this should be shot.) The other hard to photograph in panoramic photos is windy sky screens, specially with objects moving fast on the screen.
Now I also found that pano’s don’t always have to horizontal, you can also take them vertically, but difference is that when taking it vertically only 2 pictures are taken instead of 3.
So many times when I look at photographs/pictures I see the same thing, people altering the picture before uploading it to the web. Very few of my pictures are altered, that I post online. I believe that if you are a good photographer, you shouldn’t have to alter your photographs to make it look good. Your camera that you use, to take your pictures should be displaying the right colors, these shouldn’t be dull unattractive photos or something that looks washed out.
The old SLR camera’s didn’t do that, that depended on the film. Back in the day, I used many different films and finally used Agfa because it seemed to be the best film for the wide variety of colors. Back then I was photographing a lot of landscape (scenic) pictures. To get the proper color in the photograph, the right film did that. But today everything is done in digital, thus you have to rely on the manufacturer of the camera equipment to provide excellent parts, processors and built in software to produce the right clean colors. This is where a not so good digital camera falls in play versus a professional D-SLR.
When photographing out doors the same rules apply to digital as they did with analog or SLR. Since a lot of new cameras now have built in “scenic modes” into the camera to enhance a photograph for that particular scene, I still enjoying testing my digital camera in manual mode to really understand the way everything works. I gives me the same understanding that I got when I first used my Yashica TL-E SLR. That camera was pretty much as manual as you can get, the only thing that was electronic was the over / under exposure switch on the camera. So, here you couldn’t rely on the camera to take the perfect shot for you, you had to set that up yourself. Then when I moved to my Olympus OM-10 the second I bought was the manual adapter for that camera so that I could do the same thing that I did with my Yashica. The funny thing is today, I still have both SLR camera’s as a reminder how to take good pictures.
There are 3 different models I am looking at right now. They are from Fujifilm, Olympus and Samsung. The models are Fujifilm X-T1, Olympus OM-D E-M1 and the Samsung NX-1, if I could afford all of them I would buy them. Unfortunately that is not the case and the other is that these models are not available in my area. Since I move to Peru, only certain models are available to the public, not only that, but any electronic device you are going to spend another $100 to $1000 or more on top of the price of a piece of equipment that you can get in the US. But this really depends on what the equipment is that you are buying. So, you can only get what is available at the time. Also, older equipment here does not become cheaper as time progresses, like it is everywhere else. Here they might sell that item for still higher than the actual price that it is in the US at the time of release for that item. The Fujifilm X-T1 not available in Peru, the Samsung NX-1 not listing for this as of today.
So I have been looking at the Olympus OM-D E-M5, was released in 2012, was announced in Feb 8, 2012. Now they have that listed for a certain price but as to the actual cost I wont find out until I hit the store and buy it.
Never really took notice before, but now everyone seems to be getting into photography. Now with the new digital camera’s you end up with more people taking photographs and more people almost end up being a pro.
I came across the old style film the other day and actually bought a roll of Kodak ISO 400 / 36. I was even surprise the photo store had the film on sale. So loaded in the Kodak film into my old Olympus SLR camera. The big difference with this stuff and the actually digital is not making any mistakes, cant just delete and take over. Here if you make a mistake, your film still gets used up. So, have to be careful on what I photograph. I have my regular 50mm lens and a manual 60 to 300 Tamron Macro lens, and close ups on flowers or whatever I decide to photograph.
And probably the most important is the weight, man never realize on heavy all this equipment is compared to a digital. I use to carry this stuff up mountains to get landscape shots, I must have been crazy.