New from Olympus : The OM-D E-M1

The OM-D E-M1 interchangeable lens camera is now the flagship of Olympus’s Micro Four Thirds lineup. Rather than calling it the follow-up to the E-M5, Olympus says that the E-M1 is actually the ‘successor’ to the E-5, a Four Thirds DSLR introduced back in 2010. The E-M1′s 16.3-megapixel Live MOS sensor has on-chip 37-point phase detection, which allows the E-M1 to focus legacy Four Thirds lenses (using the optional MMF-3 adapter) at much faster speeds than previous Olympus m4/3 cameras. When you’re using Micro Four Thirds lenses, focusing is handled by the EM-1′s 81-point contrast detect AF system.

The EM-1 is weather, dust, splash and freezeproof, with a large high resolution touch LCD and electronic viewfinder. It retains the E-M5′s built-in 5-axis image stabilization, plenty of customizable controls, and Wi-Fi image transfer and camera controls via Olympus’s Image Share 2.0 smartphone app.

Olympus OM-D E-M1 specification highlights:

  • 16MP MOS Four Thirds format sensor with no low-pass filter
  • On-sensor phase detection elements
  • ’5-axis’ image stabilization
  • ISO 100 – 25,600
  • Up to 10fps continuous shooting (6.5 fps shooting with continuous AF)
  • 3″ LCD tilting touchscreen
  • Electronic viewfinder, eye sensor
  • Built-in Wi-Fi

Available soon for $1399.99

There are over 57 fully compatible lenses available for the Olympus OM-D E-M1

Waiting for the Harvest Moon

The setting sun paints an orange glow to the sky and hills beyond the bay as we wait for the rising harvest moon.

Thank you to everyone who joined me on the Camera West Photo Walk yesterday evening to photograph the rising full moon over Rat Rock Island. We had a good group of shooters and the conditions were perfect – no wind or fog!

Right on schedule, the harvest moon rose over Rat Rock Island and the hills above Pinole.

Kenny shoots from a bluff over Rat Rock Cove at China Camp State Park in Marin County.

Harvest Moon over Rat Rock Island

If interested in joining us for future photo walks, check out the Events link on the left side of this page. You must sign up early because they all fill up quickly.

See you on the next one!


One Tough Nikon

Nikon has announced the 1 AW1, the world’s first rugged, waterproof mirrorless interchangeable lens camera. The Nikon 1 AW1′s features are similar to the J3, with a 14MP sensor capable of shooting at up to 15 frames per second, – 60 fps with fixed focus, and is waterproof to a depth of 49ft and shockproof from a height of 6.6 ft.

The 1 AW1 includes built-in GPS, altimeter and a depth gauge. The camera will cost around $800 with a 11-27.5mm lens and $1,000 with the 10mm f/2.8 added to the kit.

Nikon has also made AW versions of its 11-27.5mm f/3.5-5.6 and 10mm f/2.8 lenses, making them both shock and waterproof.

Every Picture Tells a Story

When I see a photo that moves me, I’m always curious to learn more about how that particular photo came about. The Image, Deconstructed (TID) does just that.

Co-created by Ross Taylor, a staff photographer for The Virginian-Pilot newspaper and freelance photographer Logan Mock-Bunting, The Image, Deconstructed is a weekly blog that examines an image or a theme, and attempts to deconstruct the mental approach behind it. TID is non-profit and volunteer-based. Its primary goal is to provide a collective insight to the psychology of photojournalism and serves as a resource for a purposeful approach to photography.

Bruce Davidson : A Lifetime with Leica

Renowned photojournalist and Magnum photographer Bruce Davidson has been acclaimed for over half a century for his searing images of street gangs, circus performers and the civil rights struggles of the 1960s, all captured with a remarkable directness, truth and power that transcends the concept of style. Here, in his own words, are Bruce Davidson’s forthcoming, charming, and revealing insights into who he is, what he’s done, and where he’s going.