Olympus 30mm f3.5 Macro Lens:

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With a 30mm focal length (60mm equivalent on a full frame) this lens can double as an everyday and macro lens.

Unboxing:

For a lens that retails for $300, I was disappointed at the content and packaging. The lens came inside a simple box with a couple warranty and manuals. Then there was the lens enclosed in cardboard with the front and rear lens cap and that was it. It would have been nice if Olympus included either a lens hood or drawstring bag along with the lens. Luckily, I was able to get it for less than $100 during black Friday so I didn’t mind it as much, but I would definitely not pay $300 for it.  Continue reading

Nintendo Switch Unboxing and First Impressions:

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This is what the Wii U should have been! From a usability perspective, the controllers may be a bit too small when used as separate controllers, but it works especially well with the included joy-con straps. Nintendo really learned from their Wii U mistakes and stepped up their game with the Switch. They produced an innovative console with a lot of thought put into it from the small controllers down to the kickstand on the device. A truly versatile portable gaming machine that’s priced competitively to the PS4 and Xbox One.

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+ Portable and versatile
+ Multiplayer on the go
+ Great functional design and hardware
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August Photo Challenge Summary

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I will be taking a break from monthly photo challenges only because I under estimated the amount of time and effort it took to complete each task for the day. However, I will be working on other projects and may return back to this challenge in October. Going into the challenge I thought it was gonna be pretty easy and fun but boy was I wrong. Although it was fun there were days where I was so busy and just wanted to get my shots out of the way but still took 30mins to 1hr a day to make an effort to complete my tasks with 5-10 images at least. To make things a bit easier on my part, I decided to use photos SOOC (straight out of camera, jpegs) with no editing at all. With that said, here are my takeaways after completing the photo challenge for August.

 

Positive Notes:

  • Definitely helped me improve my creative skills especially when I had to make boring objects interesting. I felt like I did a good job on that and will continue to improve my skills.
  • I was able to limit the number of shots I took overall. With digital photography it allows you to just shoot as many shots as you want and then you can choose the bests one from there. It’s both good and bad; good in the sense that you can try a bunch of angles, settings, etc.. but it may take away from the experience since you’re going to be more focused behind your camera just shooting away.
  • I learned to be selective about my shots by taking the extra time to make that one picture look great.
  • Just being able to share my journey with everyone was great!

 

Negative Notes: 

  • There were days with boring themes that just made me unhappy with the shots I took
  • The time and effort it took to go out and try to find stuff to shoot
  • Some days I slacked off a lot and just used my room to complete the themes.
  • Overlapping themes made it hard for me to make the posts unique from the other (bright/light and dark/black)

 

Neutral Notes:

  • I was able to use my camera every day! However, there were days when I just wasn’t in the mood to shoot.
  • Some fun days with lots of effort involved and other days where I just shot whatever was around me (multiple images of the same subject but different angle used for multiple themes).
  • Only using images shot the day of definitely made it hard but rewarding at the same time.
  • Not something I can see myself do every day every month.

 

Overall it was a great learning experience but definitely harder than it looks. I went from a ‘hey, that’s easy to do’ to a more realistic perspective that applies beyond just photo challenges, for example,  gym dedication. This photo challenge was essential in bringing out dedication and effort I am proud of and I hope my photographs show that. Thank you for my August readers.

Olympus OM-D E-M10 Long Term Review

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*(Updated 8-31-17)20170822_205016

Here is a long term review (2 years) of my travel camera, the Olympus OM-D E-M10. There’s a newer model now available *E-M10 MRKIII just announced today (8/31/17)! which offers some slight upgrades from the E-M10 MRKII which is an excellent camera. So the OM-D E-M10 MRKII should be getting cheaper soon. Read on to the end to see what I liked and disliked about the OM-D E-M10 camera.

Before I begin, I would like to point out that Olympus cameras fall under the Micro Four Thirds (m43) format which is a smaller sensor than most mirrorless cameras and DSLR. However, I am happy to note that image quality is quite on par with these bigger sensor cameras so nothing to worry about. Let’s move along to the review!

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