Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Firmware Update for Panasonic LX3 suspended!


The firmware update for Panasonic LX3 is suspended on 29/09/2009


What happen?

Their engineer screw up the latest firmware? or they release a feature that is suppose to be in LX4 and now withdrawing it for commercial reason?

Monday, September 28, 2009

Panasonic LX3 new firmware ver 2.0

Model Number
DMC-LX3
Update Version
Ver 2.0
Update File Name/Size
For Windows:LX3_V20.exe / 6,165,130 bytes (After self-extract, LX3__200.bin)
For Macintosh:LX3_V20.zip / 6,097,034 bytes (After self-extract, LX3__200.bin)
Update Date
2009/9/28

Changelog:-

Improved auto white balance performance.
Auto Focus speed-up.
Recording function with an aspect ratio of 1:1 has been added.
A white balance (WB) bracket function has been added.
[HIGH DYNAMIC] has been added to scene mode.
[LENS RESUME] has been added to the [SETUP] menu.
[MENU RESUME] has been added to the [SETUP] menu.
The exposure compensation and the auto bracket compensation can now be set up to ±3EV.
Position of the guide line can now be set.
It is now possible to display the highlights in playback mode.
It is now possible to record the user’s name in the picture.
Digital red-eye removal has been modified.
Items saved in the custom set have changed.

comments.. The high dynamic scene mode is something that i need to try!

http://panasonic.jp/support/global/cs/dsc/download/LX3/index.html

Olympus Ep1 for low light photography.



this one is taken at 1 second shutter speed.



Went to Tony Romas Restaurant to try out the Olympus EP1 in low light photography. It turn out to be pretty well. All the photos below are shot using kit lens 14-42 mm and the black and white photo is taken with the built in black and white art filter effect.

Autofocus is normal. not blazing speed but quick enough. Using spot focus will give u a hard time in low light so use the multi focus point.

the IS (image stabiser is a must!!) I have photo shown below taken at 1 second shutter speed!!

ISO ..will in this badly lit restaurant..the only choice is iso 1600 and above..

Imitation Crocs Shoe selling like hot cake!!



Imitation Crocs shoe is selling like hot cake in SS2 Petaling Jaya Pasar Pagi.
At a glance these shoe look like the real deal but dont be fool!!

Monday, September 21, 2009

Selamat Hari Raya

Would like to wish all my muslim friend selamat hari raya..

ang pow mari pls. tq

Thursday, September 17, 2009

C-AF test with EP1 after firmware Update v1.1

I did a test on C-AF to determine if the C-AF is indeed usable or not after the Olympus EP1 firmware update from ver 1.0 to ver 1.1

I am using C-AF, multi AF point and P mode setting.
As for the lens i use a m43 adapter to 43 and use the zuiko digital 50-200 f2.8-3.5 and shoot at 200mm

Based on my results below the C-AF is more than capable of shooting kids which some photographer claim they are unable to and the C-AF certainly works very well.Please bear in mind that this was shot from a 6 storey apartment with 200mm focal length and that is 400mm equivalent in 35mm format!

Please double click on the image below to enlarge or view full size. Thanks







Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Olympus EP1 AF test after firmware upgrade to v1.1

I have conducted an experiment to see if there is a difference in the focussing speed in Olympus Ep1 after the firmware update to v1.1

I conduct the test by having 2 EP1, one with firmware 1.0 and the other one 1.1
Both test is conducted using 14-42 kit lens.

Using S-AF multi point focus area the firmware 1.0 show faster focusing than firmware 1.1

Using S-AF single AF point the fimware 1.1 show faster focusing than firmware 1.0

The S-AF test above have very minor speed improvement.


Using C-AF single or multi point show clearly v1.1 is way faster than firmware 1.0

U can experience significant improvement about 0.5 sec here using C-AF on moving object.

And i notice some ppl conduct test of C-AF using static object which is not right. I test it on a person walking in front of me. The C-Af on firmware v1.1 is a clear winner.

Focusing of S-AF in dim light also did not improve much or i would say you would not feel any difference.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Olympus EP1 Firmware version 1.1


[ E-P1 ]
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Improved operation when using C-AF (continuous AF).
* We recommend Version 1.1 or later of the lens firmware if you are using the M.ZUIKO DIGITAL 17mm F2.8 or the M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 14-42mm F3.5-5.6.


[ M. ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 14-42mm F.3.5-5.6 ]
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Improved AF operation

[ M. ZUIKO DIGITAL 17mm F2.8 ]
-
Improved AF operation.

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Overall the improve autofocus of the EP1 is welcome.

The link to Olympus update site:-

http://www.olympus.co.jp/en/support/imsg/digicamera/download/software/firm/e1/

Step by step how to perform the update from Olympus Website:-

http://www.olympus.co.jp/en/support/imsg/digicamera/qa/contents/03b/ssoftware10.cfm


Happy Upgrading Firmware...

Leng Yein Photoshoot







Went to some abandon building in Cheras for photoshoot with Leng Yein. Most of the shot are taken using Olympus PEN instead of E3.

Lens choice are pana leica summilux 25mm f1.4

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Howto view Olympus RAW file in Vista ?

Howto view Olympus RAW file in Vista?

Goto the following link below, download the codec and install it. There are 2 version 1 for 32 bit and another for 64 bit. Make sure u download the correct one.

http://www.olympus.co.jp/en/support/imsg/digicamera/download/software/codec/raw_codec_dl.cfm

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Safe series :P





First in the world!! Photoshoot inside the safe deposit box!!! Nah just kidding.. so happen i have my EP1 with me so i couldn;t resist...

Potrait with Tsin Szu





Potrait using Olympus PEN :)

Leica M9 and X1 price leak!


Attached is a snip of the rumor on what Leica M9 have to offer. Just a rumor ..not confirm :)

Leica M9: $6,995 msp ships September, will not need uv-ir, will use regular m8 accessories.
Leica X1: $1,995 msp ships January. The Leica X1 is AF, has VR, 12mp cmos sensor and comes with optional viewfinder, ever ready case, grip etc.

via leicarumors.com

Update: You can download the Leica Brochure here at http://litpixel.com/m9_brochure_english_RZ_low.1.pdf

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Panasonic GF1 is launched!!!!



Panasonic GF1 is launched!!!!

The New Artistic Flat Design Camera DMC-GF1
From New-Generation System Camera LUMIX G Micro System
Featuring Creative Photography and HD Movie Recording


1. The world's smallest and lightest digital interchangeable lens camera with built-in flash in an artistic flat design*

2. High image quality as an interchangeable lens system camera

3. A pallet of options to stimulate photographers' creativity

4. Take motion picture recording to the next-level with new generation AVCHD Lite

5. Contrast AF system to realize advanced functions

6. Great photography is not only from a professional photographer
-- iA (Intelligent Auto) mode

7. Rich options for expandability

Live View Finder: DMW-LVF1* *NEW
External Flash: DMW-FL220 (GN22) / DMW-FL360 (GN36) / DMW-FL500 (GN50)
PL Filter: DMW-LPL46
ND Filter: DMW-LND46
MC Protector: DMW-LMC46
Mount Adaptor: DMW-MA1, DMW-MA2M, DMW-MA3R
Battery Pack: DMW-BLB13
DC Cable: DMW-DCC3
Remote Shutter: DMW-RSL1
Leather Lens Case (for GF1 with 20 mm lens): DMW-CGL1* *NEW
Leather Lens Case (for GF1 with 14-45 mm lens): DMW-CGL2* *NEW
Soft Case: DMW-CG3* *NEW
Leather Body Case: DMW-CGB1
Soft Bag: DMW-BAG1, DMW-BAL1
Shoulder Strap (Stylish): DMW-SSTG1-A/C/R/K
Shoulder Strap (Woven): DMW-SSTG2-W
Shoulder Strap (Leather): DMW-SSTG3-T
Shoulder Strap (Leather): DMW-SSTL1

8. HD photos and HD movies with VIERA Link networking

9. About included software PHOTOfunSTUDIO 4.0 HD Edition

10.
TYPE Type Digital interchangeable lens system camera
Recording Media SD Memory Card, SDHC Memory Card

Image Sensor Size 17.3 x 13.0 mm (in 4:3 aspect ratio)

Lens Mount Micro Four Thirds mount

IMAGE SENSOR Type Live MOS Sensor

Total Pixels 13.1 Megapixels

Camera Effective Pixels 12.1 Megapixels

Color Filter Primary color filter

Dust Reduction System Supersonic wave filter

New micro 4/3 lens in 2010

Here are the list of rumored new lens in panasonic m43 lens roadmap that will be scheduled to come out on 2010

100-300mm f/4-5.6 OIS
8mm f/3.5 fisheye
14mm f2.8

i would really love the 8mm and 14mm prime on my m43!! this is cool!!!Yeah so much on the panasonic side..while olympus have not release any rumor yet.