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Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Di mana?

Searching the light of the space..
Masih mencari di mana arah
yang hilang menyerah
usaha dikerah
bukan tanda pasrah..

Friday, January 08, 2010

Olympus and Me. Why I shoot Olympus

For all brand wars out there, one might ask why I'm using Olympus DSLR? The answer is obviously simple, because I choose Olympus. I'm not a pro and never a pro but a user of the camera that I choose.

Its all about preference and which system you are familiar and attached to it. I choose Olympus simply because I was attached to it from the beginning. Again its a matter of preference and very subjective. Each DSLR systems has their pros and cons therefore their potential and limit need to be utilized.

Although I talk mostly about higher end Olympus camera here but still the E-30, E-620, E-520 share the same technologies such as the original  Olympus invention - SSWF (super sonic wave filter for dust reduction), IS (In-body Image Stabilization) and Live-View in the LCD. In addition, E-30 and E-620 offer few interesting art filters which add more creative shooting in-camera. And believe me you will be addicted with the art filters. The basic and pretty small camera, E-420 is there if you want a cheaper camera for normal usage without IS but with SSWF and still can use Olympus Zuiko Digital range of lenses. Now even smaller DSLR cameras such as PEN (E-P1 and E-P2) with remarkable performance.

Olympus E-1 + splashproof
Point 1: Splash proof of the body and durable (E-1 and E-3). 

Olympus E1 + ZD ED 12-60mm SWD
Point 2: Splash proof in body and some of the lenses enable me to shot in mild rain (e.g. during the 4x4 event where there always rain during the event). Even the standard lens 14-42mm still survived during Tagudon 4x4 event with rain - forgot to bring an umbrella. 

Olympus E1, Battery Grip, Zuiko Digital 14-42mm
Point 3: Dust Reduction - I NEVER encounter dust in my photo because the SSWF (Super Sonic Wave Filter) helps a lot, which it uses a powerful ultrasonic vibration to shake off dust and debris.

Olympus E1 + ZD ED 12-60mm SWD
Point 4: The beauty -  I don't have to own many lenses for my photography interest.

Olympus E1 + OM 50mm f/1.8
Point 5: The old remain fresh with the OM lenses.

Supernonic wave drive in 12-60mm f/2.8-4.0
Point 6: SWD - Supersonic Wave Drive in some of the lenses for faster focusing

Olympus E3 + ZD ED 12-60mm SWD
Point 7: I'm full - Weatherproof, SWD, SSWF (supersonic wave filter) and what it takes, unless I'm going to pro lenses - only high ISO performance will Olympus strive to improve.

Monday, January 04, 2010

My Olympus E-1 shutter life

I was busy photographing the 4x4 Challenge at Kundasang on 1/1/2010 when the E-1 camera produces odd looking photo patched with white, looks like a flare every time I press the shutter. I thought that my 14-42mm lens dead but when I remove the lens, I noticed one piece of thing blocked the sensor as seen in the following photo.

Olympus E-1 and broken shutter curtain?

I bought this camera 2nd hand early 2009 with marks all in its body shows that it was heavily used before me. I use again the E-1 extremely heavy that it's become my daily camera, going anywhere with me. In a year I have clicked the shutter almost 30k or more looking from my photo collections. In the certain event, I press the shutter in burst mode. The body rock but the elements inside are not, which the lifetime could be ended. The shutter curtain failed in January 2010 exactly a year I bought the camera. Need a new life because I still love the camera.

Olympus E-1 Shutter Actuation reset?
The shutter count is not true because it will reset to 0 especially if the battery is empty during use of the camera.

Look at the video below:

Saturday, January 02, 2010

2010 New Year TA4XDC 4x4 Challenge

I only managed to come to this 4x4 event on the second day because I was at Kundasang covering the New Year Kundasang 4x4 Novice Challenge. New Year TA4XDC challenge is Sabah Open for hardcore competitors. Some of the photos:

TA4XDC New Year 4x4 Challenge 2010 - Toyota Landcruiser BJ43 1JZ competitor jump

TA4XDC New Year Challenge - Suzuki SJ 4x4 competitor jump

TA4XDC New Year Challenge - Toyota Landcruiser BJ40 competitor jump

Hardcore 4x4 hill climbing..

TA4XDC New Year 4x4 Challenge - Toyota Landcruiser BJ43

Kundasang New Year 4x4 Novice Challenge 2010

The challenge is a novice/semi hardcore level. Some 9 4x4 cars from different brand participated this event which held at Sinar, Mesilau. Organized by Kundasang Four Wheel Drive Club (K4WDC). I was using my Olympus E-1 but on the second day, my E-1 failed due to broken shutter curtain. Anyway, these are some photos during the event.
Kundasang Novice 4x4 Challenge - Toyota Hilux LN106
 Kundasang 4x4 Novice Challenge - Co-driver running
 Kundasang Novice 4x4 Challenge - Toyota Landcruiser BJ46
 Kundasang 4x4 Novice Challenge - Suzuki SJ 4x4 Panning
 Kundasang 4x4 Novice Challenge - BJ40 stuck in the mud
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