Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Montréal Like It Like It Not: A Black & White Desire


Montréal is my born city even if I became a suburb boomer like many of us. Montreal is the essence of our cultural french identity the other places are simply anecdotical for us. When I walk in the streets of Montreal I am always strike by infinite nature of changes over the places, the people and the time. Montreal is a survivor in this very competitive world of North America.


You can see the buildings, the beautiful girls and boys as the ancients, the surroundings, the noise and  the music, it is the the dis-harmony of life. It is Montréal!





Are you with me ?



Saturday, December 17, 2016

New 2017 Year with Daniel M





 New Year Resolutions ... ! 



A fresh new year is coming and is almost already here, 2017. So it is time to forecast some blog projects for the months to come. But the big news is that I will be "free agent" starting next April 2017. That life project has been planned since two years and at last it will be concretized in 2017. At this point of my modest evolution it may be the best thing that happens to me.

Now for more photo equipment oriented subjects, since I have just received the new "Pro" Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II, a very personal review of the camera will be issued later this spring of of 2017. An article on the lenses with fixed focal lenght is also on the way. Another subject that will be title "On Assignation" will be a kind of personal view as an in-house photographer regarding the preparation and the production of a specific photo project.











On the photo artistic side many subjects will be part of my attention. Since we are confronting the constant rapid changes of our surrounding, I want to explore the artefacts of the recent human remains of our society. Are we really documented of our recent evolution or just have burned it. Sub-Urban Abstractions is another challenge to picture especially if you can extract it from the concrete reality of the object or the subject



Photography has never take such an important place in our everyday life and its constant presence is a strong témoignage of its current vitality. Yes the new photo taking-diffusing media are part of our personal surrounding and play a vital role of our life. It stay a modern form of expression in many ways including as an art by itself. Lets hope only that we are not only "consuming" photography but also take time to "contemplate" its various expressions.

Saturday, December 3, 2016

Get in the "pro" side with the Olympus M.Zuiko 12-40mm F2.8



Olympus M.Zuiko 12-40mm F2.8
The original (and first) Olympus M.Zuiko Pro lens actor on compact photo task with Daniel M.

We know already all the big advantages of using a so-called "Pro" lens. Better construction, larger controls and grip, better quality glasses, constant aperture (most of the time), all weather protection, etc. But "pro" lenses are also larger, heavier and... more expensive. Usually their variable focal length latitude is narrowed compare to the "amateur" counterparts.So it can be tricky to suggest or moreover to recommend such an exclusive product. And I am not a big fan of "bazooka" lenses that are intimidating the subject by their lack of discretion. The only add credibility you can expect from other people when using this type of lenses usually came from persons without real knowledge of photography (especially press credential personal).

So you can be rightly suspicious when I decide to bring you this specific and modest personal review about the Olympus M.Zuiko 12-40mm F/2.8 lens.

On the Run (Olympus OM-D E-M5 II / M. 12-40mm F2.8)
The Olympus M.Zuiko 12-40mm F\2.8 is in fact a big lens. It is true to say that it is a smaller lens compare to its equivalent in larger image actor format such as APS-C or 24X36mm so-called "full" frame format. Its focal length latitude offers a practical range starting with an interesting wide angle up to a modest telephoto setting. Its constant maximum aperture of F/2.8 is the usual standard for this kind of "pro" product.

Olympus OM-D E-M5 II W/Grip / M.12-40mm F2.8 

The Olympus M.Zuiko 12-40mm F/2.8 is an impressive piece of glasses in particular if you apply the compactness standards of the m4/3 format. To properly use it you may need a camera model with a greater potential handle grip to be able to handle it with confidence and confort. But I must add that the lens is still usable  without add-on grip. As a "Pro" design lens its primary destination is without a doubt the Olympus OM-D E-M1 (in both variations). With the OM-D E-M5 (again in both versions)  the optional grip will help you  in certain situations like studio or action shooting sessions. That can be said also when you are using the OM-D E-M10 (again and again ... original or Mark II models).

The feeling of the 12-40mm F/2.8 lens reveals its high class all weather construction especially in comparaison with the kit zoom lenses such as the M.Zuiko 12-50mm or the diminutive 14-42mm. Control rings for zooming and focusing are fairly larger and can be easily distinctive by the touch. On the spot manual focusing operation is possible by pulling the focus ring very conviently (that specific option is also present into the 12-50mm lens). We appreciate that the lens hood is part of the included accessory packaged with the lens.

One of the big advantage of the M.Zuiko 12-40mm F/2.8 is surely its focal length variation starting with a real wide setting of 12mm (84 degrees of angle of view) up to an extended normal angle of view ( 30 degrees) at 40mm. I really consider that telephoto designation should start at 60-75mm focal length in M4/3 format which represent an angle of view of 20-15 degrees to make a visual difference. At that point you get a magnification ratio of 2.5-3X compare to your naked eye. The Olympus M.Zuiko 75mm F/1.8 should be an excellent complement to the M.Zuiko 12-40mm F/2.8.

Like I have said earlier the bigger dimensions of "Pro" lenses is often generating intimidating reactions from many spontaneous subjects. It is a price to pay and you may have to earn the confidence of the people you want to photograph prior to the shooting itself. Even the non-initiated person in photography will be aware of the "pro" level of your photo taking device.

The performance of the Olympus M.Zuiko 12-40mm lens is on the upper lever flirting with the stellar performances seen on the prime (focal fix) lenses. It is a good substitute product to the 12mm, the 17mm, the 25mm and the 45mm prime lenses although all theses models offer a much larger maximum aperture (F1.8-2) which support a better depth of field control.

The extended focal range of the M.12-40mm qualify it as a good urban traveller optic to keep at hand. more than on your chest. And yes it can be a good action lens.



If you are looking for a basic "pro" setting the Olympus M.Zuiko 12-40mm F2.8 will be a strong contender to fill the task. And the image results will speak by themself.




Good Bye