Panasonic GH5 and Lenses Discounted

The Panasonic GH5 is currently discounted $300 along with some m43 lenses at B&H Photo and Adorama. The Panasonic GH5 is also discounted on B&H PhotoAmazon, and Adorama.

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New Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark III TP Leather Case

TP Leather Case released 8 handmade cases for the Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark III. You can find them on Amazon.

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Iridient O-Transformer 1.0 Beta 1

It looks like Iridient Digital is expanding their transformer product to as many camera manufacturers as possible from their origin which is tightly tied to Fujifilm’s X-Tran sensor. You can read more about what this product does below, but many Fujifilm photographer swear by Iridient Digital’s processing algorithms.

Iridient O-Transformer is a utility that can be used to convert Olympus ORF/ORI images to DNG format using Iridient Digital’s high quality RAW processing algorithms. Much of the core RAW processing, sharpening, noise reduction and lens corrections featured in this program are shared with Iridient Developer a more full-featured RAW processor that is available only for macOS.

The Iridient RAW processing routines have been in active development for over 14 years for use in Iridient Developer and have been optimized and refined over the years for the best possible image quality. Iridient Developer is widely regarded as one of the highest quality RAW processors available.

This program converts Olympus’ proprietary ORF and ORI image data to the openly specified DNG image format. The DNG format was created and is publicly documented by Adobe. They have detailed information regarding the format on their website here:
Adobe DNG information

The key RAW processing stages that can be applied by Iridient O-Transformer during conversion to DNG include:

    • Interpolation or demosaic processing. This transforms the camera sensor’s Bayer color filter information or associated pixel shift frames to produce a full color RGB image. This processing is always applied by Iridient O-Transformer and cannot be disabled or undone. There are two interpolation options, one for a more detailed rendering and a second smoother, lower artifact version. The algorithms are identical to the latest “detail+” and “smooth” options in Iridient Developer 3.2.2.
    • Sharpening. Iridient O-Transformer features advanced sharpening based on the very highly regarded “Iridient Reveal” sharpening algorithms featured in Iridient Developer. Sharpening is optional and can be adjusted (low/med/high) or disabled.
    • Automatic lens corrections for distortion, chromatic aberration and vignetting. Corrections are based on native Olympus lens information specified in their ORF/ORI metadata. The lens correction stage is optional and lens correction information can also be passed on through DNG opcode metadata and left to later processing stages or ignored altogether. The lens correction processing in Iridient O-Transformer uses the same high quality resampling algorithms as Iridient Developer.
    • Color and luminance noise reduction. The noise reduction processing in Iridient O-Transformer shares much in common with the latest noise reduction available in Iridient Developer and is specifically optimized for RAW image processing. Noise reduction is optional and can be adjusted (low/med/high) or disabled.

Supported Cameras

Iridient O-Transformer 1.0 beta 1 — Olympus ORF/ORI to DNG processing for macOS and Windows:

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Elinchrom Brings ELB 500 TTL Compatibility For Sony And Olympus Users With Fujifilm To Shortly Follow

Elinchrom Brings ELB 500 TTL Compatibility For Sony And Olympus Users With Fujifilm To Shortly Follow
Canon®, Nikon®, Sony®, Olympus® and Panasonic® users can now have it all. All existing Elinchrom HS Transmitters can be updated to the Transmitter PRO version, which includes TTL functionality for the ELB 500 TTL.

Right after Nikon and Canon, Hi-Sync, HSS and TTL are now available for Sony and Olympus users too.
TTL, HSS or Hi-Sync. All features a photographer may need are now compiled in one single transmitter.

Using an ELB 1200 with Hi-Sync synchronisation or an ELB 500 TTL with HSS, the Transmitter PRO will detect automatically in which mode to switch. Even better, using an ELB 1200 with a Hi-Sync head along with a ELB 500 TTL in the same setup is possible (manual mode). Hi-Sync and HSS just work seamlessly.

Compatibility for all with the ELB 500 TTL.
The ELB 500 TTL is the ideal tool for photographers who find themselves in time sensitive shooting environments where the inherent speed of TTL lets them capture images at the speed of life or for those who simply prefer the convenience of TTL.

The “Manual Lock” functionality allows photographers to get an initial “lock” on their exposure in TTL and then switch to manual mode to further adjust their exposure as they need or to explore different creative effects.

A new version (2.2) for Canon and Nikon also brings more features, stability and support for third part devices such as Rotolight.

These features are built-in right from the start on versions 2.1 for Sony and Olympus.

Fujifilm, the wait is over.
Users of the long-awaited Transmitter for Fujifilm will soon be rewarded for their wait. The Transmitter PRO for Fujiilm will be available in September.

Elinchrom Skyport: B&H Photo / Amazon / Adorama

via elinchrom

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DXO: Panasonic Lumix DC-GX850/GX800 – A mini-GH4

The Panasonic GX800 is a mini GH4 according to DXO’s measurements. It’s impressive that Panasonic has been able to maintain the image quality of the Panasonic GH4’s rather large body in the miniature GX850/800 with there 16-megapixel m43 sensor.

“The Panasonic Lumix GX800 is very small and attractively priced for novice photographers looking for their first interchangeable-lens camera. However, the sensor is showing its age a bit and the image quality is let down by its low-light performance.

This means the GX800 is best suited for use in bright conditions when the sensitivity (ISO) can be kept low. It could be a good travel camera, but it’s not the best all-rounder.

It’s a very compact option with the tiny 12-32mm lens, but for just a little more money, the Canon M100 and Sony A6000 offer better image quality in a wider range of conditions than the GX800.”

You can read the rest of the review at DXOMark.

Panasonic GX850 (Black): B&H PhotoAmazon / Adorama
Panasonic GX850 (Silver): B&H PhotoAmazon / Adorama

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Panasonic GH5S Menu Walkthrough

I received this hand-on Panasonic GH5S video from a reader that visited the Panasonic Brand Store (inside Sogo Department Store), Causeway Bay, HK. The Panasonic GH5S certainly has a lot of interesting video options that make it a very versatile video camera.

Panasonic GH5S: B&H Photo /  Amazon / Adorama

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