“With the Sony A9, Panasonic G9, Fuji X-T2, we’re seeing mirrorless camera makers start to target the last DSLR stronghold, sports and photojournalism. This week Rob Galbraith is joining us to discuss how much progress has been made, and what mirrorless cameras still need to tackle to completely dominate the industry.”
Comparing DSLRs to mirrorless cameras (DSLMs) for photojournalism
My Panasonic plus Olympus version of the four lens DSLR-style mirrorless photojournalism kit
I am partial to the Olympus M.Zuiko Pro prime and zoom lenses for their many attractive qualities for documentary photography and moviemaking, most especially their manual clutch focus for when focus is critical, so here is my own list of components.
“Liz Ham started taking photos of women in the punk scene because she wanted to pay tribute to a diverse community that, in her experience, was welcoming, supportive and liberating for the women and girls who were part of it. Now her new book, Punk Girls, brings together more than 100 of these portraits – including of rock stars, activists, artists, performers and musicians – to celebrate the colourful and confident rule-breakers and nonconformists of Australia’s underground….
THURSDAY 16 NOVEMBER 2017 – BETTER READ THAN DEAD, NEWTOWN
Celebrate the launch of the Punk Girls book at one of Sydney’s leading independent bookstores and be the first to have the author, Liz Ham, sign your copy. 6.30pm | drinks served | free of charge
THURSDAY 23 NOVEMBER 2017 – SUN STUDIOS, ALEXANDRIA
In partnership with Young Henrys and Sun Studios, Manuscript Publishing will host an evening celebrating women in punk. With performances by Bam Bam, Betty Grumble, Mahla Bird, Venus Vamp and DJ Scarlett Scar, and a special range of merchandise accompanying the book, there’s never been a better time to unleash your inner punk. 6.30pm | drinks served | free of charge RSVP: email@example.com
THURSDAY 30 NOVEMBER 2017 – BRUNSWICK BOUND, BRUNSWICK
Melbourne, it’s your turn to celebrate with Liz Ham, as the Punk Girls author returns to the southern state to celebrate alongside the inspiring women that feature in the book. Get your copy signed in person at leading bookstore Brunswick Bound. 6.30pm | drinks served | free of charge RSVP: firstname.lastname@example.org
SATURDAY 2 DECEMBER 2017 – STATE LIBRARY OF NSW, SYDNEY
Join us at the State Library of New South Wales’ Metcalf Auditorium for a fascinating panel discussion between Liz Ham, Emma Price (The Kingpins), Ollie Henderson (the House of Riot) and Sydney councillor Jess Scully.
2-3pm | $10.00“
With the ending of the major photography trade show in Australia, chances to see and try before you buy have become even more rare than they have ever been, so I was grateful for the small display of mirrorless cameras and lenses at one side of the expo opposite the two DSLR makers.
It was good to see Fujifilm’s X-E3 again and I caught up with the new Sony Alpha a9 camera so many colleagues have been raving about, but the star of the show for me was the Olympus table.
Panasonic was mysteriously absent and all the poorer for it given how beautifully its Lumix cameras go together with Olympus’ M.Zuiko Pro lenses for cinematography and photography, especially given their unique manual clutch focus option.
Super wide-angle lenses present something of a quandary when it comes to filters, given they often have wide convex front lens elements that prevent easily attaching screw-on filters.
Using such lenses for video presents even more of a quandary, especially for solo operators working in documentary moviemaking who must travel light, are self-funded and must watch their budgets.
Travelling light, working handheld and keeping your camera rigs small, neat and discrete rules out traditional moviemaking standbys like matte boxes holding large, costly square or rectangular filters which are fine for feature filmmaking and slower, more deliberate approaches.
Luckily several optical filter makers have turned their efforts to the problem of attaching filters to convex-fronted lenses like the Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 7-14mm f/2.8 Pro, though until recently all such filter adapter solutions have only worked with big slide-in glass or plastic filters 100mm, 150mm or 165mm square or wide.
And then, I came across a hitherto unknown camera filter and accessories maker by the name of STC Optical & Chemical in Taiwan, and discovered they are offering a screw-in lens adapter for the M.Zuiko Pro 7-14mm f/2.8 and an adapter for Panasonic’s own 7-14mm lens, the slower Lumix G Vario 7-14mm f/4 Aspheric zoom, also with a convex front element.
I have yet to come across any hands-on reviews by cinematographers of the STC Olympus 7-14mm filter adapter but have been researching the availability of high quality 105mm UV, circular polarizing and ND filters in density values suitable for moviemaking.
STC Optical & Chemical’s Screw-In Lens Adapter for Olympus 7-14mm f/2.8 Pro Lens
Given the brightness of sunny days like today, a 6-stop maximum density is not dense enough and will need to be supplemented with fixed, single value ND filters, abnegating the utility value of variable NDs in the first place.
I have no firsthand experience with Aurora-Aperture products but 4 to 11 stops ND seems more useful.
Another possibility, or more appropriately hope, is that STC Optical & Chemical may choose to supplement its current 105mm 6-stop ND filter with more.
One typical fixed neutral density filter set contains 2, 4, 6, 8 and sometimes 10 stops, while another comprises 3, 5, 7, and 9 stops.
If I can find the answer to the variable or fixed circular ND filter set question for the Olympus M.Zuiko Pro 7-14mm f/2.8 filter, then the lens and its filter solution will go straight to the top of my documentary video hardware wish list followed by the M.Zuiko Pro 17mm f/1.2, 25mm f/1.2 and 45mm f/1.2 professional-quality prime lenses.
I have made enquiries about their relevant products to STC Optical & Chemical and will report back here soon.
Of STC’s current Olympus Screw-In Lens Adapter packages, I am tempted by the adapter plus UV filter for stills photography, the circular polarizer for architectural photography and city scenes in video, and the 6-stop ND with the hopes that 2, 4, 8 and 10 stops ND filters will be appearing soon.
Or I may opt for either of STC’s Ultra Layer Variable NDs if they become available in a diameter of 105mm.
Breakthrough Photography – Step-Up Ring – top-quality traction-framed brass step-up rings with the largest being 95mm to 105mm, so to use 105mm filters on smaller diameter lenses you would need to nest step-up rings.
Cosyspeed – The OLYMPUS 25/1.2 Street-Review – “The OLY 25/1.2 has a certain magic and I would describe it’s special character in the way it closes the gap between a pronounced three dimensional look and a portrait friendly (lower) level of micro contrast…. I don’t know how the OLYMPUS engineers made it, but they found a way to give it a lot of 3D pop while micro contrast is on a natural level.”
I chose the GX8 specially for its unique tilting electronic viewfinder (EVF) that allows me to shoot looking downwards like waist level viewfinders on some of my favourite analog cameras, or at a range of other angles.
Using a GX8 in this way permits placing the camera lower than eye level and makes it easier for subjects to ignore me.
The 25mm f/1.7 came with the GX8 as part of a promotion and it is a very sharp and well optically-corrected lens that focusses by wire as opposed to the Olympus M.Zuiko Pro 25mm f/1.2 lens that offers repeatable manual focus via its manual clutch focussing mechanism.
Another Panasonic lens to consider for this approach is the Lumix G 20mm f/1.7 prime that also focusses by wire.
I processed the raw files in Alien Skin Exposure X3 using the Kodak Panasonic-X and Platinum split-toning presets, with minimal further image adjustments.
I chose to emulate the look of platinum printing as I was reminded, on entering the gallery, of the many exhibitions I have seen overseas where the photographs were printed in the platinum printing process.
“This image is from an X-Trans raw file (Fuji sensor.) These are normally a big challenge for raw processors but I was able to process it quickly and effectively with ON1 Photo Raw 2018 using 2 of my favorite filters- Dynamic Contrast and Color Enhancer….”
“Hello friends! This was an attempted Facebook Live event that didn’t go live there due to technical issues, so I recorded it and am sharing it here instead. I edit 3 images and go through some new filters in Luminar 2018 while sharing some tips for getting the most out of them. Check it out and enjoy!”
“We brought the Atomos Ninja Inferno with us on our road trip to New Hampshire, Maine and Eastern Long Island. Magnificent assists and screen, but interesting questions about where we are with HDR, HLG — and weight. …”
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It is always useful to see how professionals use the photography and video production hardware you are considering buying, and even better when they work in the same genres as you are, such as documentary photography and moviemaking in my case.
I spotted these videos from Panasonic’s GH5-oriented ‘Go Higher Project’ and hope that more of them will appear soon, and that female photographers and moviemakers will be featured as well, and even better at 50/50 ratio.
It is terrific, though, to see one Australian in there, photojournalist Daniel Berehulak and I hope to see a video of him using the G9 appear very soon.
About the Go Higher Project
There are highly ambitious professionals in the world whose goals are to “go higher.” People who go to the extreme in order to record worlds that no one has yet seen. People who are driven by the desire to share their experiences.
It is thanks to such people that humanity has been able to open doors to new experiences and knowledge. And the camera they have chosen to accompany them in their constant pursuit of greater heights is Panasonic’s LUMIX GH5. It is a camera packed full of Panasonic’s innovation and technology accumulated over 100 years.
Equipped with a variety of pioneering functions, the camera is tested to the limit in various fields. This project aims to record real scenes captured by GH5 to inspire awe and share with the world the spirit of people who aim to “go higher.”