Review: Lumix 14mm f2.5 ASPH

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Lumix 14mm f2.5 ASPH Pancake Lens

Lumix 14mm f2.5 ASPH Pancake Lens

The Lumix 14mm f2.5 ASPH is a tiny pancake style lens included with several Lumix cameras as well as being available separately. It’s fashioned in the same style as the amazing 20mm f1.7 but is much faster at focusing, has a wider angle of view and is even smaller!

Could this be the perfect travel & landscape lens?

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Review: Olympus 45mm f1.8

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Olympus 45mm f1.8 Prime

Olympus 45mm f1.8 Prime

The Olympus 45mm short telephoto prime has a maximum aperture of just f1.8 (min f22) making this an ideal low cost entry for portrait, low light and shallow depth of field shooting on the micro-four-thirds system.

Weighing just 116g (4oz) with a diameter of 56mm and a length of only 46mm this tiny lens takes an even tinier 37mm filter and provides a 27˚ angle of view equal to 90mm on a full frame 35mm camera.

With a relatively low street price, does this auto focus capable lens deserve to be on your wish list?

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Review: Lumix 7-14 ASPH

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Lumix 7-14 ASPH Micro Four Thirds Lens

Lumix 7-14 ASPH Micro Four Thirds Lens

The Panasonic Lumix 7-14 provides one of the widest rectilinear fields of view available on any auto focus capable micro four thirds lens. Launched in 2009 with a relatively high price tag, it was the first Panasonic lens specifically aimed at the emerging micro four thirds system.

With an aperture made from 7 rounds blades with a range of f4 to f22 this ultra wide angle 7mm-14mm (14mm-28m equivalent) lens has 16 elements in 12 groups, 4 ED elements and 2 aspherical elements.  This lens pre-dates Panasonic’s use of Nano coatings to prevent flare, so care made need to be taken, especially when using it on non Panasonic bodies.

So, just how good is it?

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Review: Olympus 12mm f2.0

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Introduction
The Olympus 12mm f2.0 lens for micro four thirds is a high quality, metal construction fast wide angle lens with built in distance & depth of field indicators, hard stops and a fantastic focus ring that lets you change between manual and auto focus instantly.

Olympus 12mm f2 Review

Olympus 12mm f2 Review

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Review: EditReady

REVIEW: EditReady from Divergent Media

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Here’s a summary before we start:
• Faster ingest in to NLEs (see results)
• Faster transcoding than Media Encoder or Compressor (see results)
• Correctly flags progressive footage that NLEs erroneously see as interlaced
• Add / Delete / Edit clip metadata

What is EditReady and why is EditReady Needed?
After years of ingesting from tapes the world moved on to card based digital media, but with that came some pretty nasty bumps in the road. Continue reading

Review: Lumix 14-140 f3.5-5.6 ASPH

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If you travel, go walkabouts, need small & lightweight solutions but generally don’t like changing lenses in the open air then a super zoom could well be the perfect solution for you.

So how well does this work?

Lumix 14-140 f3.5-5.6 Review

Lumix 14-140 f3.5-5.6 Review

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Yongnuo YN560-IV Speedlite Review

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The YN560-IV is the latest incarnation of Yongnuo’s YN560 speedlite systems, adding wireless master control as well as slave mode. Continue reading

Yongnuo YN568EX-II Review

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Yongnuo-YN568EX-II

 With full ETTL control Master and Remote capabilities the Yongnuo YN568EX-II is a low cost direct competitor to the Canon 580EX II. Just how good is it?

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Yongnuo YN568EX-II Master Mode

The Yongnuo YN568EX-II has the ability to control up to 3 groups of remote (slave) speedlites, being Groups A, B & C in either ETTL, Manual or Multi Mode.

Unlike the regular on-camera operation, manual mode isn’t always intuitive and the Yongnuo manual is not exactly great either.  With this in mind I’ve put together a sequence of steps that should help you understand it’s functions. Continue reading

Yongnuo YN568EX-II Remote (slave) Mode

The YN568EX-II can operate as a remote (slave) flash to many different master types, including another YN568EX-II, a Canon 580EX-II, ST-E2, 70D, 60D, 600D plus others (Sc mode), or Nikon SB-910, SB-900, SB-800, SB-700, SU-800 and several camera models such as the D700, D800 etc.  (Sn mode). Continue reading