sunnuntai 23. syyskuuta 2012

Venice - trying to do something different

I just returned from a trip to Venice. It is one of the most photographed cities in the world so I didn't take much stress on photographing the biggest tourist attractions. I did take some 500 pictures when experimenting and reheasing with the camera and some 500 other pictures.

I will continue posting these Venice pictures while going them through in following days and writing some opinions about the camera.

 A pocketable 80-300mm (equiv.) telezoom is a blessing for a landscape shooter. I didn't miss at all Nikon's 70-200 or 70-300 telezooms. Color rendition is on par with those much bigger lenses and the longer end is much better than in 70-300 VR. I'm sold with this lens.

 This picture is a good example where I found camera's "Smart photo selector" to be a very good feature. Human reaction is too slow when man fells down from a surfing board, but when Smart photo selector is used the camera has a buffer going before pushing the shutter release. When trying to shoot falling surfers. In 90% cases I got a better picture from the buffer before I pushed the shutter release than the image which was recorded after.

 Working with ND-filters is not as easy as with D800. In D800 you can push easily 7-8 stops more light in liveview, but with V1 it's not that easy or I haven't found the right way. In direct sunlight V1 was sometimes able to focus, but mostly I focused without a filter and then put the camera on MF and screwed the filter on.
I was shooting on the beaches in the middle of the day so my Hoya ND400 filter was not even enough every time. I have 77mm version which I used with step-up rings, so there wasn't much vignetting problem like with full frame lenses. ( Later I did put ND400 + ND8 filters together. I will post that picture later )

Try to get this kind of photo with some m4/3 body ;)
I took 3 shots and 2 were right on focus.

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