November 19, 2012 bicyclenomad With summer comes wind…. A weekend in work-recovery mode. Two photos to show the changing season: AdvertisementShare this:TwitterFacebookEmailPrintLike this:Like Loading... Related
I’m looking forward to a couple months of beach camping and daily kiteboard. :)
I thought you might appreciate the local beaches here – I cycle past this one on my to and from work :-) enjoy Baja loads, Vik :-)
Thanks for the reminder of the pain one has to endure commuting south in the afternoon :)
Slogging along at half the normal pace does rather make you feel you should be harnessing the wind rather that fighting it, doesn’t it?!
It sure does. I am seriously now considering a Sinner Mango Sport Red Edition as my weapon of choice for next summer (will have to cope this year).
That’ll be quite a machine! I may have to negotiate a ‘try’ :-)
You would be most welcome. It will be some time but before I can order it, probably July 2014 given the cost is expected to be around $10,000 then there is a build time which can be a few months. They are semi-custom built.
Tom, a nerdy camera question… has the 35-100 turned up? If so, what do you think? How are you getting on with the Olympus now you’ve had some time to settle in with it? Thanks!
The 35-100 has turned up (the kite surfing photos are some of the first I took). 1st impressions are good – fast AF, handles well, and a bit weighty (though, that’s the price for good glass) – I’ve not systematically looked for the finer issues yet. I think my plan to have it and the 12mm Oly prime as my core lenses will work nicely.
In terms of the Olympus OMD EM5 overall. I would buy it again (though possibly in black, for lowest visual impact).
Pluses – fast AF, weatherproofing, internal IS, customisation potential, and ‘look’, plus high quality output.
Niggles – lack of ISO 100, battery life and less than ergonomic placement of on/off switch (I’d prefer it with the shutter, like my D80). With the battery life, I’ve sorted out a solar charging set-up, and the latter I’ll no doubt get used to.
That’s what I figured when I saw the shots (-;
Considering its fast 2.8 speed (I guess that’s about 4 in full-frame terms?) and its quality, I think the lens is pretty darn compact!
The one gripe I have with mirrorless cameras is the maximum shutter speed of 1/4000, rather than 1/8000 on a DLSR. In the past, I’ve found that bright sunlight has knocked out some of the aperture range, unless you take the trouble of carrying a neutral density filter – which I believe all the video guys do. Have you found that an issue in Oz? I guess that would be accentuated by the 200 ISO limit.
The GH3 looks to be a similar quality, though it’s a bigger beast. I like to reassign the focus button, and just use the shutter button for the actual shutter release. That way I can pick a focus point and keep snapping away, even if I reframe a bit. I’m not sure how easy that would be to do on the EM5.
Just back from an evening spin on the Krampus. I can see myself getting attached…
I’ve not tried a neutral density filter – the exposure compensation is wonderfully easy to adjust (one of the top-of-body dials), so I’ve fudged things using that. That’s what I did down the americas on the D80, but adjusting it was a multi-button thing. I run a circular polarising filter on all my lenses.
The lens is pretty impressive for both size and weight considering it’s performance.
When I get my hands on it again (I leant it to Sarah for her walk this week), I’ll look into your focus/shutter separation trick. The OMD does do face recognition really well (and fast).