Monday, February 19, 2018

Viltrox EF-M2 Adapter for Canon To m4/3 AF x0.71 Review (Update 1)

My Viltrox EF-M2 arrived after a few weeks, finally. First of all, it didn't work with E-M1 (disappointed) but it worked with E-M5 very well as promised. The package was very nice. The box contained two screwdrivers. I was wondering why it came with a small cross type screwdriver at the first place. After the first few test shots, I knew why... Infinity focus was unavailable (off badly). There was a tiny screw on the camera mount side like Metabones'. Unscrewing it a bit and you turn the glass anti-clockwise a few times until you can focus the far objects.

From the test, EF-M2 was very sharp and AF fast with E-M5. I felt bad about I couldn't use it on E-M1. Comparing to Kipon Bav EYES, EF-M2 has a bit better image quality. I didn't touch the infinity focus adjustment screw on Kipon Bav EYES from the first day. It might affect the result (Should I adjust it too?). However, Kipon Bav EYES worked with E-M1 very well and EF-M2 couldn't.

For the price, EF-M2 is a good deal. I hope the future firmware update will fix the E-M1 compatibility issue.

Viltrox EF-M2 Advantage over Kipon Bav EYES:
- A little bit Sharper
- Better mount fitting (both lens and camera end)
- Better contact between lens to the adapter
- Camera knows your correct lens focal length after x0.71 (Correct in body IS)
- Cheaper (USD199 now)

Kipon Bav EYES Advantage over Viltrox EF-M2:
- Works with E-M1
- No need to tune infinity focus. Works right out of package.

*EF-M2 Firmware version 2.2 (Firmware Update Here)
*Official supported cameras: GH5/GH4/GF1/E-M5/E-M10/E-M5 II/E-M10 II/PEN-F/E-PL3
*Official non-supported cameras: E-M1 II/E-M10 III

Some people said Olympus has lots of good lenses in smaller size and why using Canon lenses. Yes, you are right if you only have m4/3 cameras. However, Olympus's Pro f/1.2 are all over-priced (cost as much as full frame Canon L Primes) and not light weight, too. Pro f/1.2 lenses are not for the people like us who have almost the whole set of Canon L Primes after 11 years of professional career. We prefer to keep using the lenses that can be for work and leisure at the same time. In 2018, it's a fact that m4/3 is still not commonly used in wedding jobs unless it can provide a usable ISO6400 photos. Before that point, I still think Olympus Pro f/1.2 lenses are over-priced.

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You will find two screwdrivers inside. The small cross-type one is very important!!!

I test with 24mm f/1.4L and Sigma 35mm f/1.4 ART

The infinity focus was way off. Now it is ok after 20 mins adjustment. AF point at the line "zoom 24-105mm" on i40 flash.

E-M5 + EF-M2 + 24L
1/200s, f/1.8, ISO400

100% pixel

E-M5 + EF-M2 + 24L

100% pixel

Let's compare with Kipon Bav EYES

E-M1 + Kipon Bav EYES + 24L
1/200s, f/1.8, ISO400

100% pixel

E-M1 + Kipon Bav EYES + 24L

100% pixel: Seems like the focus shifted to backward (on the traffic light instead of the hand)

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Baby Zion's Photo Session

Liz's baby: Zion is here! We had a fun photo session with this little cutie. It's the sneak peek for his basketball fan father.
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Disney Fantasy Cruise: Star Wars Day At Sea

After the season ended, we had our family trip to Orlando for getting on board of Disney Fantasy. The main attraction was "Star Wars Day At Sea" theme. As a long Star Wars fan, Raymond treated it as an once in the lifetime trip. Disney Fantasy cruise itself was a great trip already with fancy food and non-stop fun events to keep us busy. The Aladdin show before dinner was very good. At the same time, the ship had a Star Wars movie marathon (From Episode 1 to the latest The Last Jedi). The single day's Star Wars Day At Sea was an unforgettable memory. Without expectation, the final day's Castaway Cay island was even more unforgettable. It was a Disney owned island with white fine sand and tap-water-clear beach water.

It was quite hard to get back to work after this trip...

*Photos taken by Olympus OM-D E-M1 and E-M5
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Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Peak Design Camera Strap: Slide - Unexpectedly Good

Before we start this short review, we have to tell you that don't get money from Peak Design or contact with it. It's just a personal review.

We travel quite often with cameras especially with two Olympus OM-D's. For leisure use, we use the neck strap instead of the double side way ones for wedding shoots. First, it's weird to carry two cameras on each side as a visitor. Second, we carry bags (with kids, we have no choice). The old red foam strap is getting dirty and we need a replacement.

Peak Design's strap caught our eyes because of the detachable feature. At the same time, it's 15% off for me to get one. Why not?

The package is really fancy - Apple product type of packaging. We don't expect it comes with 4 knots thingy. That means I can switch the strap between my E-M1 and E-M5 (or two as backup). Put it on... it is surprisingly comfortable.

The knot thingy is easy to lock and unlock. The string is looking strong. Now, we can share the strap between two cameras.

One of the best features should be this length adjuster. It is well designed for easy adjustment but we don't know if it's durable (we will know in the next trip). Design like this can be very good when it's new but turn into big problem if the metal lock can't hold it after the test of time. Let's see what will happen after 2 months.

Another smart design is the rubber on one side of the strap. When it's wore as cross body strap, we want no friction. However, if it's wore on the single shoulder, we need the friction to avoid the strap falling off the shoulder. This strap will look the same from a distance no matter we wore with which side.

At this moment, we are happy with this product. It will face our first travel test in March. Come back and see what we think of this strap. Stay tuned!

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