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    Quote Originally Posted by scott kirkpatrick View Post
    Interesting. I have the MM30i (but didn't know it was called that). I went into Keeble & Shuchat with an armload of Olympus lenses and the new E-M1, and came out with that bag, which I still haven't completely filled.
    I bought the MM30i for the A7 kit as the Leica R lenses are somewhat bulky, my other bags didn't work well. I went back to get the MM20 for the E-M1, but the MM30i was a much more versatile fir so I bought a second one.

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    Thank you Godfrey, most informative.
    Of course the size I need doesn't exist .... The MM25i

    BTW Are you alpha testing a new Black & Decker camera?
    I prefer to err on the "slightly too large" side with bags. Slightly too small is always a pain in the tookus.

    B&D camera ...? Ah, no, I was ironing some shirts. ;-)

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    I have over a dozen bags in my closet, and a backpack. I always seem to go back to my A&A Oskar One Day bag (that I have had and loved since 2006). Mine is well-worn, but still looks good. The thing that I love most about it is the way that it conforms to what you have in it. It can be light and fit close, or be filled like a bowling ball. Everything is well padded and secure in it.

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    Re: Fun with the Olympus E-M1

    For an EM-1 and an extra lens or so I usually use a Domke F-5xb or less often a Hadley Small. However I just ran across a very interesting site for custom made bags that's worth a look:
    Porteen Gear Handmade Leather Camera Bags by PorteenGear on Etsy
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    Re: Fun with the Olympus E-M1

    Quote Originally Posted by Cindy Flood View Post
    I have over a dozen bags in my closet, and a backpack. I always seem to go back to my A&A Oskar One Day bag (that I have had and loved since 2006). Mine is well-worn, but still looks good. The thing that I love most about it is the way that it conforms to what you have in it. It can be light and fit close, or be filled like a bowling ball. Everything is well padded and secure in it.
    Yes, that's otherwise known as the ACAM 1100 ... it was the design base for the Black Label Bag "Oskar's One Day Bag mark II" sold by Photo Village in NY. Wonderful bag, but I find I prefer it for my rangefinder cameras. I've had one since 2010 (I think). It does best with the Ricoh GXR, Leica M9, M4-2, CL, etc, for me.

    What appeals to me about the MM30i is that it has a bit more structure and holds its shape, yet hangs properly and has enough give to be comfortable and conform to your body. It's hard to get that from the photos.

    Bags bags bags bags ... My closets are full of them. Again. ;-)

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    Re: Fun with the Olympus E-M1

    Quote Originally Posted by JMaher View Post
    For an EM-1 and an extra lens or so I usually use a Domke F-5xb ...
    I've had an F5XB for many years—I think this one is now 20+ years old. It's currently the bag which my Olympus E-1 lives in. The problem now is that I almost always have the iPad mini with me, and there's just not quite enough space in the F5XB for it.

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    Bags bags bags bags ...

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    I hope that my bag question is not going to escalate into another
    "Focal length and Format demystified" thread .

    'Bags at Dawn' .
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    Quote Originally Posted by Elderly View Post
    I hope that my bag question is not going to escalate into another
    "Focal length and Format demystified" thread .

    'Bags at Dawn' .
    Not a chance...


    Olympus E-M1 + ZD 50-200mm f/2.8-3.5
    ISO 6400 @ f/7.1 @ 1/40 sec

    :-)

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    Re: Fun with the Olympus E-M1

    Quote Originally Posted by Godfrey View Post
    Not a chance...


    Olympus E-M1 + ZD 50-200mm f/2.8-3.5
    ISO 6400 @ f/7.1 @ 1/40 sec

    :-)

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    I love this!!!!

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    wow, ... the colors! keep up the good work Godfrey.

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    My E3 could never do this -

    After updating to the latest firmware, I stopped at a Horse Show on the way home from work today, E-M1 and 50-200, non-swd, indoor arena. With the E3, it was always hit or miss for focus and always had to use flash with the same 50-200.

    With the E-M1 set to 3200ISO, I am blown away. Instant positive focus even on dark bay horses, no flash. I could never had done with the E3 -



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    Back on the Streets Again — San Jose 2014
    Olympus E-M1 + 75mm

    Seems like months have gone by while I have been too busy to hit the street with a camera. The big push is done, I'll have a life again now for a bit. Met with a friend in downtown this morning at 6:00 to catch the end of sunrise and see what I could see.
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    Re: Fun with the Olympus E-M1

    Quote Originally Posted by Godfrey View Post
    You want the 30i ...

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    Today I found myself near a camera shop who had a 30i and a Retrospective 5 in stock, the R5 was much reduced in price and so there was not too much difference in (rip-off UK) prices.

    I really liked the quality, look (oh vanity!) and strap of the R5 but it was heavy and like a complex maze inside, and with strange small flaps at the top of each side which made getting stuff in and out not straightforward. Heart said 'yes',
    Head said 'no'.

    On the other hand, the 30i was light, and simple to work out of,
    but it seemed really 'cheap' in the quality sense and I didn't like the look (oh vanity again), I didn't unwrap the strap but it didn't look as comfortable as the one on the R5. Head said 'yes, Heart said 'no' ..........

    .......... Back home now and heart and head are still battling!
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    Every time I pick up one of the Retrospective bags I am astonished at how heavy they are and how fussy, clumsy all the flaps and stuff are.

    The MM30i is light, simple, and utilitarian*in nature. It's quite nicely made, just thin and unobtrusive—because it's light, it feels "cheap" but it isn't. The strap is decent as is ... but it's also removable so you can fit whatever strap you prefer easily. I sometimes change it for the broad cotton Domke strap used with the Domke F5XB if I am carrying a full load.

    When it comes to bags, I go for simple and utilitarian far more than 'sexy' looking. Reasonably protective without being over big for the capacity, as light as possible while maintaining some structure (it makes it easier to get stuff in and out if the bag doesn't just flop over on itself), etc etc.

    I'm really happy I've found the MM30i. I may indeed buy yet another one .. I've been shooting a lot with my Polaroid cameras, which have their own odd shape and needs for film storage, accessory storage, etc. The MM30i breaks in nicely and hangs perfectly on my shoulder or bandolier style, and I think it will provide just the right mix of space and structure for the Polaroids too.

    On my Saturday shooting session, I had the E-M1 with ZD 11-22, ZD 35 Macro, and M.Zuiko 75 in the MM30, along with the usual complement of batteries and iPad mini. Walked for an hour or so with it. It never once got in the way. That's the best compliment I can offer for any bag...

    Fun fun fun ... :-)

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    Re: Fun with the Olympus E-M1

    Just musing as I avoid getting any work done .. :-)

    My E-M1 has now turned 6000 exposures. I had it out for a walking session during the sweet sunrise light in downtown San Jose. If anything, having not even touched it for a month, I find I have bonded with it even moreso than with the E-1 which I've loved since I first obtained it in 2008. The E-M1 is responsive, quiet, and intuitive to use. I have not touched the configuration I set up for it since last November—it works just right and does not strain my wee little brain to remember what is set up.

    I worked with the ZD 11-22 and M.Zuiko 75mm lenses, made a hundred and some photos in an hour's walking. AF exclusively, all kinds of urban subjects. All exposures—ALL—are bang-on perfectly focused, perfectly exposed. No matter how casually I was shooting. Even at ISO 6400, they are clean and crisp.

    While no camera is perfect, this E-M1 has not exhibited a single fault or defect. It just works and works. The version 1.4 firmware update improved on AF operation with the ZD lenses, which was already quite good.

    An outstanding camera in my book. If I couldn't afford to have the three-four systems that currently clutter my closets, it would be enough.

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    Head v. Heart . Round 1 to the 30i ....... should I even bother to search out another opponent?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Elderly View Post
    Head v. Heart . Round 1 to the 30i ....... should I even bother to search out another opponent?
    I'd just do it. It's just a bag, after all, and and not that hideously expensive that you couldn't just say, "Oh well, it didn't work out. Try again..."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Godfrey View Post

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    I do like that image and it's a very subtle selfie as well but keeping on topic, it's not showing your bag very clearly .
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    Quote Originally Posted by Elderly View Post
    I do like that image and it's a very subtle selfie as well but keeping on topic, it's not showing your bag very clearly .
    LOL! You see, the bag just melds into me.. ;-)

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    6th (top) flight of a recent stair project 12-35 panasonic zoom
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    a 2 year project, over 600 pickets
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    That's a lovely staircase!

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    Olympus E-M1 + M.Zuiko 75mm f/1.8
    ISO 320 @ f/2.2 @ 1/160 s

    Thanks for looking. Comments always appreciated.

    enjoy!
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    Olympus E-M1 + M.Zuiko 75mm f/1.8
    ISO 2000 @ f/5 @ 1/160 sec

    More from the early Saturday morning walk.
    Thanks for looking! Comments always appreciated.

    enjoy,
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    Olympus E-M1 + M.Zuiko 75mm f/1.8
    ISO 1600 @ f/4 @ 1/160 sec

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    Re: PLEASURES OF TRAVEL

    This morning our airport developed luggage conveyer congestion. No bags moved from six AM until nearly noon. This completely halted check-ins. Here are some of the results:





    and of course the incoming flow (not heavy in midmorning) also ground to a halt,



    I was there to go on a short business trip, and the world will go on fine without my getting to that meeting, so I went home. But not before taking a few pictures, and discussing them with a security guard who couldn't find any harm in them. We agreed to disagree on whether taking pictures in an airport is a threat to security.

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    Wow Godfrey, loving these black and white textures captured with the E-M1!

    Here is my latest shot with the E-M1 and the 75mm f1.8

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    Thank you!
    I like this lady rower too. :-)

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    all with the 12-40

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    12-40 is a wonderful lens!

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    I am new here but thought to throw in some shots I made last weekend in Regensburg, Germany. Amazing city.
    EM1 + 12mm + 25 mm PL + 42,5 Noct + 75 mm.
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    A couple more
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    I like how you see, G43! :-)

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    Thanks a lot Godfrey. Like your 'seeing' as well. You have so many goodies here.
    Guess it's all about seeing in the end anyhow.

    BTW I notice some off's when uploading photos. I have exported my RGB files to sRGB before uploading but the colors seems pretty offset. Likewise the luminance is not spot on.

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    Olympus E-M1 + M.Zuiko 75mm f/1.8

    Made me laugh...
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    Olympus E-M1 + M.Zuiko 75mm f/1.8

    Thanks for looking! Comments always appreciated.

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    That 75 mm and the eye behind. Amazing possibilities. The rendering this lens offers is gorgeous. Always easy to recognize.
    Again a wonderful series Godfrey.

    Off topic: May I ask you Godfrey (and fellowmen). How do you upload pictures so they do not show just as thumbnails. But just like yours. Subscription against cash?

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    Quote Originally Posted by G43 View Post
    That 75 mm and the eye behind. Amazing possibilities. The rendering this lens offers is gorgeous. Always easy to recognize.
    Again a wonderful series Godfrey.

    Off topic: May I ask you Godfrey (and fellowmen). How do you upload pictures so they do not show just as thumbnails. But just like yours. Subscription against cash?
    Thank you!

    I post my photos to Flickr.com at 1024 pixels on the long edge and then link them here using the IMG link command.

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    Istanbul May 2014.
    What a place for a photographic adventure. Very recomendable.
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    Who can spot the 75 mm among the above images?

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    Who can spot the 75 mm among the above images?
    LOL! It could be any of/all of three of them. :-)

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    LOL me too. Not really.
    I admit the question is category 'dangerous* in *Who want's to become a Millionaire*.
    Tele lenses are known for their compression and who would think a street light positioned 10 meters from you showing almost the same DOF as the towers 200 meters away?
    The remaining images are PL 25mm 1.4 and a single shot 12mm f2.0.
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    Deep inside Serbia. The central yard of an Aunt far out in the family. A tiny spring flower caught outside with the 60mm Macro.
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    Sea coast Montenegro. An undiscovered place for many.
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    wow G43, not only do you have a 75mm, but also the 60mm macro. that with all your other primes must make for a very large kit!

    Not saying mine is not big, I have the Oly 12-40pro, 75mm 1.8, 60mm 2.8macro, and a panny 100-300. Now all I need is a descent external flash to complete the kit.

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    Hi Mazor

    The 12-40 & 75 makes it for most. A fantastic versatile set. Adding the 60 macro and the 100-300 is just making it complete.
    I saw something with Metz launching a dedicated 43 flash.
    Metz flash Mecablitz 64 AF-1 for MFT coming in September. | 43 Rumors

    My set is:

    Oly 12-40
    Oly 12
    PL 25*
    PL Nocticron 42,5*
    Oly 45
    Oly 60*
    Oly 75*

    * Favorite lenses. Love the rendering endlessly

    On my wish list was PL 30, but seeing the samples images I was disappointed and cancelled my order.
    On my wish list is 7-14 pro and 300 mm pro.

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    Talking 60 mm. A couple from this spring.
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    Re: Fun with the Olympus E-M1

    Quote Originally Posted by G43 View Post
    Hi Mazor

    The 12-40 & 75 makes it for most. A fantastic versatile set. Adding the 60 macro and the 100-300 is just making it complete.
    I saw something with Metz launching a dedicated 43 flash.
    Metz flash Mecablitz 64 AF-1 for MFT coming in September. | 43 Rumors

    My set is:

    Oly 12-40
    Oly 12
    PL 25*
    PL Nocticron 42,5*
    Oly 45
    Oly 60*
    Oly 75*

    * Favorite lenses. Love the rendering endlessly

    On my wish list was PL 30, but seeing the samples images I was disappointed and cancelled my order.
    On my wish list is 7-14 pro and 300 mm pro.
    What is the "PL 30"?

    I have a good number of lenses for the E-M1, but the two I use the most are the Summilux-DG 25mm f/1.4 ASPH and Macro-Elmarit-DG 45mm f/2.8 ASPH OIS. Superb rendering, sharpness, etc from both of them.

    For wide, I use mostly the Olympus ZD 11-22mm f/2.8-3.5 from the SLRs. An amazing lens. When I want wide and compact, I have the tiny Panasonic 14mm f/2.5 and its wide converter, which does a surprisingly good job considering that both together cost me less than $200.

    For long, I have the ZD 50-200/2.8-3.5 and EC-14 teleconverter: a superb performer if a bit of a trombone in size and dynamics. I mostly use it on a tripod. The M.Zuiko 75mm f/1.8 is used much more often due to its small size and light weight—I'll just carry it a lot more, and it's both long and fast enough to be very useful.

    For Macro, in addition to the M-E 45, I have a ZD 35mm f/3.5, a Micro-Nikkor 55mm f/3.5 preAI, and a Micro-Nikkor 105mm f/2.8 AI-S.

    Far as I'm concerned, my lens kit is as complete as I have any interest. With the E-M1 body, a three-four lens kit is light and compact, and the whole system is very versatile.

    G

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    Re: Fun with the Olympus E-M1

    Ohh.. uoops. PL30 is the PL15..sorry. Can't get my brain off eqv. FF lenses.

    You have a massive arsenal of weapons there Godfrey. Impressive.

    I try to keep my photo west or bag armed with 3 maybe 4 lenses and let 2 + 2 be 5 if I just miss the lens I left back home.

    My best lens is the PL 42,5 Noct, but it is quite bulk and heavy, though worth to carry. I always regret when I have a good shot inboard with the tiny Oly 45 that I didn't go with the 42,5 Noct. It's that amazing.
    Not far from the Noct is the Oly 75... it just renders so silky and beautiful. Master glass.
    Not far from the Oly 75 is the PL 25. Just love that lens. It has a signature that dresses most.

    Well there are so many lenses to chose from in the 43 world.

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