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Monday, May 29, 2017

A Day Out with Dan Cantero and the Olympus OMD E-M1 Mark II


Watch below our awesome Day Out video recorded entirely with the Olympus OMD E-M1 Mark II



Recently, we had the amazing opportunity to spend time catching up with photographer and DCW customer Dan Cantero in his natural habitat; the beach-side Sydney suburb of Manly.
For our Day Out, we all decided to go for an un-romantic walk along the beach to play with the
Olympus OMD E-M1 Mark II camera. Of course, we recorded the whole thing , as Dan gave us some excellent professional insight about how this camera performs.  



Dan’s always had a passion for photography; that much was obvious from the look on his face when we asked him how he first got started. As a youngster, and perhaps like many of us, he was amazed by the concept of photography, recalling childhood memories of looking through old shoeboxes full of photos and marvelling at the idea of a little machine that could freeze moments in time for him to hold in his hands and look at whenever he wanted.

Whether he knew it back then or not, that curiosity and wonder would become the driving force to turn passion into profession.

One of Dan’s favourite pieces, affectionately dubbed “The Muscle Man” See Dan at work on his Facebook page

Dan’s been working as a professional photographer for 4 years now, building two successful businesses in that time: Capture Photography, whose main focus is family portraits and photos, and Dan Cantero Photography which is more commercially oriented.  Having rapidly established himself as an industry professional, Dan is quickly moving towards photography becoming his full-time occupation.

Both of his businesses offer photo and video services which, in today’s video-saturated society, is becoming more and more in-demand.  “That’s where we see a lot of the business going.”  He mentioned, as we picked his brain for advice.

One of Dan’s lifestyle product shots that shows off his eye for composition and lighting. Check out his Instagram

Over the past year, he’s had more interest and requests for video work and has added this sought after service to his expanding list of offerings. “I think it’s just going to get bigger so we’ve introduced that into our business to complement what we already do.”  He goes on to note that photographers already possess the skills and state of mind needed to make the jump to video relatively quickly. It just takes a little bit of time and the right gear.

Behold, the big gun, the hot topic, the Olympus OMD E-M1 Mark II in all its flagship glory.


Enter the Olympus OMD E-M1 Mark II. It’s the latest and greatest flagship model from Olympus, complete with 4K video recording, 5-axis stabilisation, a 20.4 megapixel sensor, and more, all wrapped up in a compact, weather-sealed body. It’s a professional level powerhouse without all the added heft.

Luckily, we happened to know a small bit of Dan Cantero trivia prior to all this: He’s never without his trusty Olympus E-M5. You can tell it’s been across the globe just by looking at its well-worn and well-loved little body. It’s also proven itself to be the perfect travel companion and a reliable alternative to hauling his bulky DSLR kit around.

Knowing all of this, we were eager to get Dan’s professional opinion on the top-end Olympus to see how it compared to his E-M5, but more importantly, how it measured up to his Pro DSLR gear.

Here’s Dan finally getting a feel for the Olympus E-M1 Mark II ergonomics.

Being familiar with Olympus cameras certainly helped things along, but right from the start, Dan was impressed by the updated, upgraded, and completely new features on offer.
We gave him a
12-40mm f/2.8 PRO, (equivalent to a 24-70mm workhorse), as well as the 12-100mm f/4 PRO lens so he could experiment with Olympus’s new Sync IS feature, which combines body and lens image stabilisation for ultra-steady results.

As the afternoon wore on, it became clear that this mirrorless dynamo was passing a lot of little tests for Dan. So much so, that we actually became worried we wouldn’t be able to pry it out of his hands at the end of the shoot.

Seeing Double? While Dan was getting to know the E-M1 Mark II, we were filming the encounter with one of our own.

For professionals, it goes without saying that your gear is a huge investment, so you want to makes sure it’s a good one. As Dan mentioned throughout the day, this camera is a solid performer and a handsome one too.

It’s often pointed out that appearance matters “I think it just looks the part. If you turned up to a commercial shoot with this, no one’s going to ask any questions. It just looks like a professional camera body as well and is extremely capable of getting really, really good images.”  

While it might seem like an odd complaint, the small, often minimalist and/or old-school designs of mirrorless cameras can make people feel wary of their capabilities. In the past, Dan’s been reluctant to make the switch from DSLRs for his client shoots due to these kinds of impressions. But that’s already starting to change.

 Dan’s well-loved Olympus E-M5 poses for a quick snap in front of its bigger, newer, shinier brother.

For Dan Cantero, this camera ticks all the boxes for professional use; it’s solid and feels great in hand with a bigger, ergonomic grip.  It features much desired dual memory card slots, 4K recording, in-body stabilisation, and a high-capacity battery to keep it going for hours. It also offers a selection of customisable buttons and settings to reduce the amount of time spent lurking around in the menu. And that’s only the tip of the iceberg.

It’s these kinds of little considerations that really bring to light the attention to detail that went into designing the Olympus E-M1 Mark II, creating a truly premium product. With all the right framework for aspiring and seasoned professionals alike, plus a compact form factor that fits all kinds of lifestyles, the E-M1 is quickly becoming a favourite among shooters.

All in all, we were incredibly happy to give Dan the opportunity to put the Olympus OMD E-M1 Mark II through its paces. We loved getting first-hand insight on how this camera handled itself in the hands of a pro with high standards. Spoiler alert; it definitely stacks up. 

Dan Cantero is an accredited professional photographer and long standing DCW customer.
See more of his work.

http://www.dancantero.com.au/
http://www.capturephotography.com.au/

Are you a professional photographer keen to share your opinion on the latest camera gear? Reach out to us at content@digitalcamerawarehouse.com.au



Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Olympus PRO Lenses - The Focal Trinity

There is no shortage of lenses to attach to your Olympus Mirrorless Camera System. I counted around 30 on our website alone and that’s just the tip of the iceberg. That number more than doubles when you add in all the micro four third lenses and the older Olympus four thirds lenses that can be used with the Olympus adapter.


With so many lenses available for the micro four thirds mount Olympus offers an impressive range of lenses. We’re going to look at some of the lenses that you might want to focus on, but first why does it matter?

The glass you put in front of your cameras image sensor may be one of the most important elements (*pun intended) of your photography that can have a huge impact on the type of shots you’re able to capture.

For example, a fixed lens without a zoom may limit your framing options, a lens with a slow aperture might force you to shoot with a higher, grainier ISO setting, and a lens with no weather sealing could make you nervous if the weather starts to turn sour while shooting.


The Olympus 40-150mm telephoto lens mounted on an E-M1 Mark II experiencing a spot of wet weather.

So, what is the perfect lens for your Olympus camera? The one that perfectly complements your shooting style, but at the same time pushes you to explore new creative opportunities?

I would recommend considering a collection of lenses Olympus released named the M Zuiko PRO series. To be more specific, I would recommend three in particular. The 7-14mm F2.8, the 12-40mm F2.8, and the 40-150mm F2.8.

This “trinity” of lenses allow shooters to cover the most commonly used focal lengths to produce a range of shots from wide-angle landscapes and astro-photography to sports, nature photography and everything in between with cutting edge sharpness, and lightning fast autofocus speed.

1.             M.Zuiko Digital ED 7-14mm f/2.8 PRO Focal length: 14-28mm (35mm equivalent)
2.             M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-40mm f/2.8 PRO Focal length: 24-80mm (35mm equivalent)
3.             M.Zuiko Digital ED 40-150mm f/2.8 PRO Focal length: 80-300mm (35mm equivalent)

Let’s look at some of the features these lenses shared and find out why they are important.

Image Quality:
All three PRO lenses are razor sharp, using a combination of ED, EDA, Super ED, Aspherical, DSA, HD and HR elements which is a very complicated way of saying they employ the best lens optics available to produce crisp, super-detailed results. The lenses also use a ZERO (Zuiko Extra-Low Reflection Optical) Coating to reduce ghosting and flaring for clear shots even in back-lit conditions like when you’re shooting golden hour sunset portraits.

Constant F/2.8 Aperture:
The lenses also share a fast f/2.8 constant aperture. This allows you to zoom in and re-frame your shot without any loss of light for both video and stills. The fast f/2.8 aperture also means in low-light you can shoot with faster shutter speeds, without having to increase your ISO. It also lets you creatively blur the background of your shot with a shallow depth of field for a creative separation of subjects within your frame.

Comprehensive Weather Sealing:
Finally, the PRO series features a reliable and robust construction that makes use of a special hermetic weather sealing design to prevent dust and water from entering the camera body. The construction of the PRO lenses also provides freeze-proof protection down to -10°C so you can keep shooting when everyone else puts their gear away.

Olympus M.Zuiko ED 7-14mm F2.8 PRO Lens



The 7-14mm f/2.8 PRO lens is a fantastic wide-angle lens for low-light shooting and event photography that allows you to capture more of the scene. The combination of a bright f/2.8 aperture with an impressive zoom range allows you to shoot in dark conditions like wedding receptions or live gigs while still providing you with the flexibility to re-frame your shots.


A gigantic street sign seemingly stating the obvious.
7mm, 1/3 sec, f/2.8, ISO 320, Olympus E-M5 Mark II w/ 7-14mm f/2.8 PRO Lens


Olympus M.Zuiko 12-40mm F2.8 PRO Lens




The 12-40mm f/2.8 PRO lens is an absolute workhorse, with a 35mm equivalent focal range of 24-80mm it’s a new and improved version of the classic 24-70 with a little more reach at the telephoto end. The 12-40mm is a great go-to lens that will excel in almost every shooting situation making it a fantastic lens to have with you at all times.



12mm, 1/250 sec, f/6.3, ISO 100, Olympus E-M5 Mark II w/ 12-40mm f/2.8 PRO Lens
Photographer: Ronald Koster


Olympus M.Zuiko ED 40-150mm F2.8 PRO Lens



The 40-150mm f/2.8 PRO lens is comparable to a 70-200mm full frame lens except it’s 35mm equivalent is 80-300mm, offering an extra 100mm to help you fill the frame with your subjects even from far away. The lens is significantly smaller than DSLR lenses making it easier to carry and much more comfortable to use over long periods. It can also be purchased as a kit with the Olympus 1.4x teleconverter which extends the range to a jaw-dropping 112-420mm.

A puffin somehow manages to look a little sad even with a mouthful of food
150mm, 1/2000, f/4.0, ISO 200, Olympus E-M1 w/ 40-150mm f/2.8 PRO Lens

But wait! There’s more! Olympus’s PRO lens line-up doesn’t stop at the three “Trinity” lenses. There are a range of PRO glass available including. The 12-100mm f/4.0 PRO Lens, 8mm PRO Fisheye f/1.8, 25mm PRO f/1.2, and the 300mm PRO f/4.


The current Olympus M Zuiko PRO Lens Line-up offers high-end performance; they also happen to look quite attractive when placed together on a shiny black surface.

These lenses are designed specifically for professional and aspiring photographers who demand the absolute best performance along with the flexibility to be able to capture a massive range of photographic styles. The Olympus PRO series lenses deliver just that, with a finely tuned balance of quality, portability, and ruggedness that can help take your photography to new heights.


Check out all the Olympus lenses here.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

30 Years of EOS: The Anniversary of an Icon

Often when we think of cameras, our minds unconsciously drift to Canon. For a lot of us, myself included, Canon represents our first experience in the world of photography, whether it was a point-and-shoot camera or your dad’s old camera, it feels like they’ve always been there.
After recently celebrating the 30th anniversary of the EOS System, it’s no wonder the two thoughts are so closely linked for so many people.

The ultimate collection of Canon cameras and lenses over the years

March 1987 marked the debut of Canon’s legendary EOS system that would change the way we take photos forever. Short for ‘Electro-Optical System’, it describes the full electronic communication between camera and lens, creating autofocus. Eos is also the name of the Greek goddess of dawn which is some interesting and fitting trivia in its own right.

The EOS 650, a 35mm film camera, was the first to sport the EOS branding, redesigned from the ground up to support autofocus EF mount lenses.


It was packed with state of the art technology, like Canon’s high-precision BASIS sensor and a microprocessor. The EF lenses it used supported electronic focusing and aperture control and came equipped with built in AF motors to form an unrivalled focusing system. With the EOS 650 camera at the helm, it was the dawn of a new era.

Canon EOS would continue to evolve and make headway in photography for the next several years. In 1991, the EOS 100 featured a motorised drive belt to wind and rewind film for nearly silent operation. In 1995, Canon released their first Digital SLR; the EOS DCS 3, a 1.3 megapixel giant that makes today’s DSLRs look tiny. 1998 saw the EOS 3 give us the world’s first 45 point AF system which is impressive even still.


A side by side throwback comparison, from past to present.

The real breakthrough came a few years later though, in September 2003 when Canon introduced the EOS 300D, the first of Canon’s cameras to bring digital sensors to the consumer range. The impressive (at the time) 6.3 megapixel 300D was also the first Canon camera to support EF-S lenses, boasting amazing image clarity. 



Featuring a compact body, professional features with user-friendly controls, and a very attractive price point, the 300D earned well-deserved attention worldwide.
Ultimately, it would prove to be an important step not only for the Canon, but for photography in general, finally putting affordable high-quality image capture into the hands of many.
Over the years to come, Canon would continue to push boundaries and raise the bar of what we’ve come to expect from digital SLR cameras. They’ve been around for a long time and a good browsing session through the Canon Camera Museum, my latest addiction, proves that without a doubt.


Well-loved and fondly remembered, the EOS 5D Mark II redefined video making

In 2008, the game changing EOS 5D Mark II came along, ushering in a new standard for professional imaging and video making, even becoming the first digital camera to take an official presidential portrait. With a newly developed 21.1 megapixel sensor, it was also the first full-frame DSLR with a Full HD video recording option. I’m sure we all remember the episode of House that was filmed using the 5D Mark II which, at the time, sounded unbelievable, but went on to reveal yet another side to the Canon we thought we knew.   

Later in 2012, the Cinema EOS System would be introduced in Hollywood, proving once more how versatile DSLRs had become. The Cinema System is now made up of 24 different cameras with an impressive range of 97 EF lenses to choose from, providing a solution for all kinds of media producers.

All of this is only a part of what makes us truly appreciate the things Canon and the EOS system have brought to the photographers and enthusiasts of today.


The 2017 released Canon EOS 77D is the perfect entry level powerhouse.

A great example is the recently released EOS 77D; a perfect gateway to DSLR photography for those who want more than a compact camera, but might be reluctant to take that next step.
This little 24.2 megapixel camera fits nicely in hand and, with its 3 inch flip-out multi-angle touch screen, provides an intuitive experience. The new menu uses visual guides and icons that are easy to understand and navigate, providing a real ‘learn as you go’ vibe. It’s a true blend of the professional quality and features we expect from Canon all wrapped up in a user-friendly package that makes taking photos fun.

Finally, the big gun, with a top of the line 30.4 megapixel sensor, the much anticipated EOS 5D Mark IV has shown once again what Canon has to offer, producing beautifully sharp detail with lighting fast focus and tracking.  The most exciting feature was perhaps the addition of true DCI 4K video recording, expanding on the previous models popularity for video applications. The ability to create ultra-high resolution footage is accompanied by a range of incredible post-production features never before seen in a DSLR camera, making the 5D Mark IV stand out even further.

EOS Cameras through the years.

Looking back over 30 years of EOS, it’s amazing to see the leaps and bounds in technological advancements that have brought Canon into 2017 still going strong. They’re easily one of the most recognisable brands out there, constantly striving to bring us bigger and better things. They remind us that photography is not only fun, but a journey to be shared and remembered.
Since March 1987, EOS has pushed photography forward and brought us all along for the ride.

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Monday, March 6, 2017

Sigma 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Lens Comparison - Contemporary v Sport

On Friday, 12 September 2014 the SIGMA Corporation announced not one but two game changing hyper-telephoto zoom lenses, the 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Contemporary Series lens and its big brother the Sports Series. But what are the exact differences between SIGMA’s lenses and which one is best for your style of shooting?

Weight and Size

The most glaring difference between the lenses is their weight and physical measurements. The Contemporary lens weighs in at 1.93kg, nearly a kilo lighter and 2cm shorter in length than the Sport making it better for handheld telephoto shooting. The larger and more robust sport series lens features a better build quality and weighs 2.86kg due to its metal construction, it is designed for shooting with a tripod or monopod for support.

Optical Design

Another variation between the lenses is their optical construction and types of lens elements used to control aberrations. The Contemporary model has 20 elements arranges in 14 groups and utilises one “F” Low Dispersion (FLD) element while the Sport line model boasts 24 lens elements in 16 groups and features two “F” Low Dispersion (FLD) elements.

Zoom Control

There is a big difference between the handling of the lenses as well. The 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Sport lens provides shooters with a choice of two zooming methods, either the traditional twist to zoom control or a rapid push/pull zoom function which delivers a lightning quick transition from wide angle to fully extended. The hood on the sport edition is specially designed for a better grip that supports this shooting style.

Here is an example of the SIGMA Push/Pull Zoom Design:

Weather Resistance

The weather protection also varies between the two models with the contemporary featuring a water and oil repellent coating on the rear element, where the sport has a coating on the front element and the back. The sport also offers a comprehensive dust and splash proof construction where the contemporary limits protection to more vulnerable the lens mount area.


In Conclusion:

The Sports line is a high-end lens with more advanced optical components inside and a more rugged, weather proof construction. It is ideal for photographers who demand the best performance from their gear and appreciate the option to control their compositions with the quick push/pull zoom handling.


The Contemporary line delivers excellent optical performance at a significantly reduced weight and length. It is better suited for photographers on-the-move who value every gram of weight saving that allows them to shoot handheld for longer.



Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Fujifilm GFX 50S - Medium Well Done

Anyone who has picked up and played with a recent Fujifilm X-Series digital camera should have a good sense of what a pleasure they are to use and the stunning results possible. They're one of the big reasons why mirrorless cameras continue to gain popularity and desirability among photographers of all levels. From the original gorgeous rangefinder styled X100 to the recent 4K enabled X-T2, Fujifilm have built a fully-fledged mirrorless system with a passionate following in the space of a few short years.
Kyoto 1 - Image taken on the X-Series System

Kyoto 2 - Image taken on the X-Series System

When challenged with the task of giving users even more performance, image quality and resolving power Fujifilm decided to go big. No, that doesn't accurately describe it all, they went HUGE. With 51.4 Megapixels spread over a sensor 70% larger than Full Frame and nearly 4 times larger than APS-C sensors used in their current cameras!
Fujifilm GFX50S

Medium format cameras are nothing new, even in digital variations but the bulky size, weight, cost and difficulty of use has typically kept them out of the hands of mere mortals. This in turn has led to 35mm format (Full Frame) digital cameras becoming the de facto standard amongst enthusiast and professional shooters across most photographic disciplines and championed by nearly all of the major photographic brands.
Fujifilm GFX50S

With the GFX 50S, Fujifilm believe they can change many of these long-held MF traits and after playing with one even briefly I'm in complete agreement. This is a Digital Medium Format camera that’s as easy to pick up and quickly get results from as your average DSLR. It feels far more refined than any first generation product should, no doubt due to the many borrowed technologies and components from the current X-Series cameras such as:
  • the machined control dials for ISO and Shutter speed selection
  • lens mounted aperture control rings
  • X-Processor Pro running the show
  • weather sealing throughout
  • 3-way tilt screen now with touch functionality and 
  • Fujifilm's trademark film simulation modes delivering superb colour straight from capture

Of course, there are plenty of new features to go along with that phenomenal sensor including 6 all new G-Mount lenses (3 available at launch) plus a H-mount lens adapter, 3.69 million dot electronic viewfinder with optional tilting adapter, always-on 1.28in monochrome top info display and a new vertical battery grip to house an extra NP-T125 high capacity battery. Those new lenses cover most of the major focal lengths from 18mm to 90mm in 35 equivalent terms and include zoom, macro and fast prime designs all with the same weather resistance as the GFX body.

 

In use the GFX feels solid but comfortable with a much more prominent grip than previous Fujifilm cameras. It balances very well with the battery housed just underneath the LCD screen and no mirror box to pushing the lens further away than necessary. It weighs less than its size suggests and will certainly see more handheld use than MF cameras of the past. Controlling the camera is identical to an X-T2 with the same AF selection joystick and direct top control dials except now you can choose to use the front and rear command dials to change aperture and shutter speed much like a traditional DSLR.


It's this familiar size and control that reveal who Fujifilm really want to target this camera toward; high end DSLR users. Although it may cost a decent amount more the GFX50S should be on the mind of anyone considering a Canon 5D Mk IV/5DSR, Nikon D810, Pentax K1 or even a Sony a7R II. These are all fantastic cameras in their own right but the new Fujifilm represents a giant leap forward in digital imaging and is a flagship camera truly deserving of that title.
A huge thank you to all the people at Fujifilm Australia and Fujifilm Japan for organising a great event. We eagerly await this and other new Fujifilm products in store over the coming months.
By Ryan Hoile
DCW Brisbane

Note: Sadly none of the images in this article were taken with the GFX 50S as we only had access to pre-production models and sharing images from those cameras was not allowed. Instead the images from around Kyoto were taken on the Fujifilm X-T1, XF14mm, XF27mm & XF56mm. We look forward to capturing images with the GFX50S once it arrives in Australia in the coming weeks.

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Relaxation of Drone Flying Laws Opens Up Professional Aerial Image Opportunities

In late September 2016, The Australian Government Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) removed a large portion of red tape surrounding commercial drone use. It was a move that made it easier and more cost effective for professional photographers and videographers to incorporate aerial imagery into their productions.

Drones allow the capture of unique aerial perspectives

Before we explain what these changes are and how they will translate into a massive shift in the professional photography world lets go back to the basics.

 

What is a Drone?

Drone, Quadcopter, UAV, UAS, RPA, RPAS; there are many confusingly different words in use around the world for what is essentially a personal aircraft that can be controlled remotely from the ground via a radio transmitter.

If you’re struggling to comprehend what that might look like, just think of a radio controlled car that is able to fly around in the sky at speeds of up to 65kph. Now imagine a gimbal stabilised camera strapped to the bottom that can capture ridiculously smooth RAW images and cinematic 4K quality videos from the air and you have a basic understanding of what a drone is and what they can do.

The DJI Mavic Pro is much smaller in size than traditional drones and is capable of delivering impressive video and photor results.

Drones can range in size from the pocket-sized ZeroTech Dobby Selfie Drone, to the compact yet versatile DJI Mavic Pro all the way up to the half a metre wide Yuneec Typhoon H Hexacopter Drone which supports a video transmission range of up to 1.6km.

The DJI Phantom 4 Drone has advanced obstacle avoidance systems and can capture 4K video.

Drones are available with advanced flight technology like intelligent obstacle avoidance to make flying safer and easier. As well as enhanced flight safety drones also offer a choice of cinematic controls, from simple tap to fly navigation to dynamic subject tracking with controlled circling, the automated flight systems make it effortless to capture your own epic aerial footage and pictures.

 

What Has Changed?

If your drone is being piloted for commercial use and it has a maximum take-off weight of less than two kilograms, then you no longer need to apply for a certificate or a pilot’s licence from CASA in order to fly your aircraft.

The previous requirements to pay about $1400 in regulatory fees have been abolished, along with the need to maintain and develop flight manuals and other documentation.

Aerial photography and videography has many applications from real estate and construction to wedding and filmmaking

Essentially, this means that photographers and videographers can get excited about a whole range of new possibilities. Imagine how different your production could look now that you can incorporate a helicopter style shooting perspective.

Wedding videographers can capture their client’s special day from above, film makers can explore a whole new way of recording cinematic style opening shots, and photographers have an entirely new birds eye perspective to view the world from.
The DJI Inspire RAW has a X5R 4K core that can shoot 4K RAW video from the sky and can be controlled by two pilots at the same time


What Are the New Laws?

For an in depth explanation of the laws surrounding aerial photography we recommend that you visit the Australian Government Civil Aviation Safety Authority or CASA website which details the laws exactly as they are written, but we’ve provided a quick summary below to get you started:
  • A drone was called an UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle) in the old legislation but under the new laws it is now referred to as a RPA (Remotely Piloted Aircraft)
  • Flights must only be during the day and your RPA must be always within a visual line-of sight
  • Your RPA must not be flown any higher than 120m
  • Your RPA must be kept at least 30m away from other people
  • You must keep at least 5.5km between your RPA and any controlled aerodromes like airports and helicopter pads
  • Flight is not permitted over any populous areas like beaches, parks and sporting ovals
  • You cannot fly your RPA over or near an emergency operation this could include firefighting situations, car crashes, or any police operations
  • You may only fly one RPA at a time
  • Before your first commercial flight it is necessary to notify CASA of your flight and apply for a ARN (Aviation Reference Number)

All in all, the new rules are fairly straightforward and considering that you no longer need to pay expensive registration fees, licensing fees, or maintain complicated log books and flight records it is now decidedly easier to take to the sky.

Aerial perspectives that are possible with drones are unique and refine what is possible with photography


Pro shooters have the option to show a whole new perspective to their clients, by embracing the creative opportunities that drone photography and videography can offer. With the advancement of cinematic flight technology and the Australian Governments relaxation of flight laws there has never been a better time to consider incorporating shooting aerial imagery into your next commercial project.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Photokina 2016 - Olympus PEN E-PL8 Announced Plus 3 NEW Lenses

This week Olympus Imaging announced the release of four very exciting new products. The products announced included a new PEN E-PL8 model and three very welcome lens models to an ever growing range of Micro Four Thirds lenses from Olympus. Below is a brief run through of highlighted features on the new products. We will have full descriptions, features and specifications on our website shortly.

Olympus PEN E-PL8
First up we would like to share with you the new Micro Four Thirds System standard Compact System Camera, Olympus PEN E- PL8. This model features a sophisticated design, enhanced selfie functions, smartphone connectivity, and extensive creative shooting functions that expands the possibility of photographic expressions.

The powerful in-body image stabilisation allows you to capture sharp images with minimal camera shake, and the TruePic VII image processor also used in our flagship model the OM-D E-M1, brings out the best of the excellent optical performance and quality from our M.Zuiko Digital lenses for high resolution and vivid colour reproduction.


The E-PL8 is equipped with a large, high definition touch panel monitor that rotates 180 degree downward. A downward-opening monitor enables touch operations easier and allows for easy and comfortable selfie capture.



This interchangeable lens system camera will satisfy a variety of needs, for those that enjoy taking your camera with you to shoot, view and instantly share.



With built-in Wi-Fi, photos and movies can easily be imported to a smartphone and shared anytime, anywhere. Also, you can use your smartphone to remotely control the camera, allowing you to capture yourself easily in the shot.



The PEN E-PL8 features high image quality inherited from the OM-D series. The image sensor retains details in shadows and faithfully represents night and dark indoor scenes. This allows for wide dynamic range and smooth expressions of graduation and beautifully captures high contrast scenes.

Key Features
  • A premium PEN design, simple and sophisticated
  • Downward-opening monitor and creative shooting functions for enjoyable Touch Selfies in still images and movies
  • Built-in Wi-Fi enables smartphone connectivity for transferring and sharing images as well as remote shooting
  • Clips and Art Filter Movie provide enhanced movie recording
  • Excellent basic performance provides SLR image quality)
  • 16.1 megapixel Live MOS
  • Live Composite lets you capture impressive trails of light
  • Fast AF instantly focuses when you touch the monitor
  •  8.5 fps high-speed sequential shooting 


The Olympus E-PL8 will be available to purchase from this weekend in-store, online and over the phone.


Olympus m.ZUIKO 12-100mm f4.0 PRO
The new M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-100mm f4.0 IS PRO (35mm equivalent: 24-200mm) is a very exciting lens for many of us here. This compact, lightweight, high-performance, high-magnification professional zoom lens features a dustproof, splashproof and freezeproof (-10°) construction along with an image stabilization mechanism.



Conforming to the Micro Four Thirds System standard the lens provides amazing mobility and portability. When combined with a compatible camera body, 5-axis sync IS is supported, expanding the range of hand-held shooting scenes.

Key Features
  • 12-100mm focal length (24- 200mm: 35mm equivalent)
  • Constant F4.0 across focal length zoom range
  • Compact, lightweight, high- performance, high- magnification zoom lens with amazing mobility for professionals
  • 5-axis sync IS with the world's most powerful 6.5 shutter speed steps (For the use of NDA meeting: 6.0 shutter speed steps) of compensation performance
  • Macro capabilities with a closest working distance of 1.5cm and a maximum shooting magnification of 0.6x (35mm equivalent) 


Olympus m.ZUIKO 25mm f1.2 PRO Lens
Another PRO lens announced is the new M.Zuiko Digital ED 25mm f1.2 PRO (35mm equivalent: 50mm). This high- performance standard lens, which conforms to the Micro Four Thirds System standard, features a dustproof, splashproof and freezeproof construction with excellent resolution performance and beautiful defocusing effects from the widest aperture setting of f1.2.



Key Features
  • Excellent resolution performance from the widest aperture setting of f1.2
  • Beautiful defocusing effects which result from the large diameter
  • High-speed Imager AF (MSC) Focusing System
  • Limits comatic aberration to depict clearly as points
  • ZERO high performance multi- coating
  •  Closest focusing distance 0.3m Shooting magnification 0.11x
  • Dust and Splashproof
  • L-Fn button, MF Clutch, Depth of Field Scale
  • High speed, high-precision still image autofocusing and silent, smooth auto focusing for movies.

Olympus m.ZUIKO 30mm f3.5 MACRO Lens
To top off new product announcements, Olympus Imaging also revealed a new premium macro lens. The Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 30mm f3.5 Macro (35mm equivalent: 60mm) conforms to the Micro Four Thirds System standard with a maximum image magnification of 2.5x (35mm equivalent).
The new M.Zuiko Digital ED 30mm f3.5 premium macro lens features a maximum image magnification of 2.5x, that is the highest in its class, and the high powered magnification ability to approach subjects up to 14mm away from the end of the lens for a whole new world of macro shooting expression.
The new M.Zuiko Digital ED 30mm f3.5 Macro provides sharpness and beautiful defocusing effects appropriate to a lens in the M.Zuiko Premium category.

Furthermore, when combined with the 5-axis Image Stabilization of the OM-D and PEN cameras, you can enjoy high magnification shooting, without worrying about camera shake. The fastest AF speed in its class supports you to capture the best moments.

Key Features
  • Maximum image magnification of 2.5x (35mm equivalent), the highest in its class
  • Premium macro lens with excellent image quality
  • High-speed AF even in the macro range
  • High-speed Imager AF (MSC) Focusing System
  • Angle of view: 40 degrees
  • Closest focusing distance 0.095m
  • 7 blade Circular Aperture Diaphragm