Archive for the '4/3' Category

Happy New Year.

January 6, 2007

It’s been awhile. I’ve been so busy with the GlassyEyes site, that things here have quieted down a bit too much.

I got a new lens for the camera. I used my “bonus” from work to get me most of the way towards the gorgeous and VERY flexible, Zuiko Digital 14-54mm f/2.8-3.5 zoom for the Olympus “Four Thirds” system. I’m very impressed, but have had little time to actually use it. I need a trip somewhere to put it through its paces — and to regain some perspective before things get crazy around here again. I plan a detailed review of the differences between it and the 14-45mm f/3.5-5.6 in the coming weeks.

I bought a Nintendo DS Lite for my birthday and have been “gaming” with the guys at work and the kids at home (but only on weekends!). Great little piece of hardware. I remember thinking, “what a contrived system that is,” when they announced it, but I was completely wrong. Some of the best user interfaces, and control schemes I’ve ever seen.

Hope you all had a wonderful holiday season.

Pictures OF the Lens – Sigma 30mm f1.4 for Four Thirds

September 28, 2006

So, when I was looking at purchasing this lens (which I love), I couldn’t find any pictures of it on camera.

Here you go. She’s a fatty.


Another view:


Olympus is Dropping the (Pro SLR) Ball

September 26, 2006

Olympus released the arguably professional E-1 in 2003 to much curiosity, interest, and some sales. It was widely understood that due to certain limitations (low-light focusing capabilities and 5 megapixels at a time when the pro SLRs were touting 6), this wasn’t a camera designed for the serious sports photo journalists and may have limitations for other pro photo applications. On the other hand, as it was built from the ground up as digital-only — the all-new 4/3 format — many people wanted it to work out. Competition is always a good thing.

Olympus E-1

The E-1.

The solid build quality added to the allure. Olympus released it and then things got quiet.

The competition continued to push forward with new professional and consumer models and finally, a year later Olympus released the consumer-focused E-300. An odd-looking SLR for the time, but a solid performer with a higher megapixel count and the same low-light (and high-ISO) failings. It was time for an updated E-1. Another year passed and Olympus released a slightly more conventional-looking consumer dSLR — the E-500. Another small step up, but still with the same issues as its predecessors. Two years had now passed and still no new pro version.

At this point it would still have been enough to update to the E-500’s 8 Megapixels and maybe update the back layout to accomodate a 2.5″ LCD. But still — *cricket* *cricket*.
Here we are 3-years later and we are finally seeing some early mockups for the next generation for something Olympus is calling the E-P1 (likely to be renamed the E-3 when it is finally — I’ll believe it when I see it — released next year).


The E-3?

People who use the E-1 love the ergonomics. Is it perfect? Nope, but it’s a solid shooter that, updated, could hold its own with the Nikons and Canons. Olympus seems to spend an inordinant amount of time coming up with odd-ball SLR designs and integrating things like “Live View” (which is a very nice idea). They need to release a new Pro SLR for chrissakes — it’s been over three years!

Olympus wants us to think they remain optimistic for the system with press releases and such, but the trickle of lenses and slow adoption rate of the standard by other manufacturers leaves me thinking of the OM. What’s to stop Olympus from hanging it’s loyal customers out to dry again?

All that said, I’m in love with my E-500, apart from the lack of lens options, and look forward to moving up to the Pro version in a year or two (if it’s out by then). If it isn’t or has the same issues, I’ll have to grudgingly drink the Kool-Aid and move in another direction.

Started a Photoblog

September 23, 2006

I repurposed an old blog — took me a half hour to delete all of the old entries and update a few things — as a Photoblog. Yes, you can still see all of the photos over at my beloved Flickr, but I’ll highlight some of the good (and bad, and ugly?) stuff over at the ropadope photoblog (


First Shots — Sigma 30mm f1.4 for 4/3 (Olympus E-500)

September 21, 2006

Went to Chicago the past few days. The cool, grey autumn weather and museums were perfect places to put the new lens through its paces. I like what I am seeing — tremendous bokeh and the speed makes it so easy to turn up the artsiness.

So far, so good.