New camera get! - Olympus OMD EM-5

Olympus OMD E-M5 Hello peeps, how are you enjoying your first days of spring?

If you look at the title of this post, you can probably guess how I will enjoy mine.

One of the reasons I stopped blogging for a while was my good ol' Nikon D3000. Lovely camera but I became increasingly dissatisfied with it last year. The Nikon D3000 is the entry of entry level cameras from Nikon which I bought back in 2009. As such it lacks quite a bit of features found in other more contemporary cameras.

Olympus OMD E-M5

Things like live view for example, which would cause some problems once in a while as I would need to contort my body in ways I would rather not to take low or high angle photos.

The newly lovely OMD E-M5 thankfully includes both the option of live view as well a viewfinder giving me the best of both worlds. Although I got to say getting used to an electronic viewfinder is taking me a bit of time.

Other things include better low light and high ISO performance which is great for me. Both of those made my D3000 useless in low light conditions such as inside a restaurant making it very hard to take a nice low noise picture without a tripod. One of the reasons I would much rather use my cute little Lumix LX7. Plus the M5 has a fancy 5-axis stabilization system making taking hand held shots at slow speeds more than feasible neglecting the need for a tripod most of the time.

Olympus OMD E-M5

Another reason I would constantly choose my LX7 was it's size, it really is so cute and tiny, perfect for taking out and about. Sometimes though I wish I could carry my DSLR with me but it's size made it impractical or cumbersome. While not as small the M5 is quite portable even more so with one of the pancake lens available for micro 4/3rds.

Speaking of lenses, I got the M.Zuiko Digital ED 60mm f2.8 macro. Such a nice lens, it has an equivalent focal length of 120mm, something I find super nice is I don't have to get super close to my figures as I had to with Nikon's 40mm micro that I use. I plan to buy the Olympus M.Zuiko 17mm f1.8 which is a 35mm equivalent lens as my multi purpose prime lens.

Now, why this camera out of all those out there? Allow me to show the reason with this dramatization of a conversation with Fab from Wieselhead.

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That's why... I also think it looks pretty.

I got a new toy, yay!

Just a quickie today.

So I upgraded my venerable Lumix LX5 to the next iteration the Lumix LX7.

I use my LX5 way more than my DSLR. For simple snaps for Twitter and other social media, family gatherings, friend gatherings, it simply is my go to camera. I also use it in mostly in low light conditions, inside homes, in restaurants, etc. Plus the LX7 has a new faster F1.4 - 2.3 lens, the sensor swapped from a CCD to a CMOS sensor, upped ISO performance and new easy to use controls for aperture and white balance. It's all too perfect for my needs.

To make it even better Amazon had a sale on Point & Shoots during Black Friday and I had an Amazon gift card allowing to buy the LX7 for essentially half off the regular price, considerably less than what I paid for the LX5.

With this my "imaging armory" now contains my lovely Nikon D3000 with the stock 18-55mm lens, a 40mm micro prime lens, the LX5, a fancy Eye Fi card for easy transfer of pictures to my PC at home, an IR remote and now the LX7. Someday when I'm more willing to drop a few grand for the Nikon 105mm micro prime lens and new DSLR that allows me auto focus non AF-S lenses I will add those to the list as well. I would also like a nice portrait lens for when I take pictures of things that are not figures, like people.

What about you guys, what's on your "imaging armory", what do you want to add to it?

A certain Decepticon's sunny day out

OTL.... this is too much work... like seriously... good thing I had a helping hand this time. Anyways, enjoy this "high production" figure story and make sure to see those two gifs.

A continuation of this other figure story.

Now, behold the power of animation!!!

City gets attacked again? Sounds like a scoop to me.

Aya, diligently performing her work as usual.

A little to flashy with that title there Aya.

That sounds more like some MC building hype than reporting if you ask me.

Did I ever mention the Pretty Cure franchise is really awesome.

In paritcular Heartcatch is my favorite show so far. It's like mixing Casshern Sins, Kamen Rider and magical girls.

You know, this bugs me to no end. Why is Precure not popular in the west? It certainly has great appeal for various audiences.

I mean, if you like stuff like Nanoha, any Super Sentai or Kamen Raider show then Precure is for you. Also goes for magical girl fans in general, heck Precure is made by the same studio that brought Sailor Moon to the world.

Enough ranting about that.

This sequence of events is pretty typical for a Heartcatch episode.

In case you are wondering for the reason behind the attack, it's just some ploy to overthrow Megatron... or steal energon... or something or other that Starscream would do.

So I learned that for being such a distinct sound effect, that transforming sound has no consensus as to what the onomatopoeia for it is.

As one comment on flickr put it, legendary dialogue... legendary indeed XD.

exilehero helped me out with some of the special effects. It's so nice to have help with this stuff, while not necessarily hard to do, it is time consuming.

Hmm... I don't think I have a comment for this one.

This is the sunny in the title, the third Heartcatch Precure girl. She is cool, she knows martial arts and stuff.

Yes, Precure fight using tactics and strategy every now and then.

Now this is one of the things I love the most about Heartcatch... the finishing moves and the combos using them.

I wanted to add sound to this animation, but exilehero was telling me that would be making a movie rather than some gif animation.

Boasting, the number 1 cause of defeats for evil doers everywhere.

These girls so totally did this in the show proper as well. Really awesome plot relevant episode.

Poor Starscream totally got hit head on by the attack. This means only one thing.

Bad guy explodes!

Go Starscream, explode all Megaman X Maverick boss style.

Indeed it was Aya, this is how Precure roll.

One last thing to mention, when I first watched Precure this is exactly how it was for me.

I watched Futari wa Precure first, I did expect something like Doremi but boy did I get something else.

I'll catch your heart

This kinda stuff is too much work =_=... This post is on the image heavy side.

I'm sorry, I totally stole this one from you, it's fine since we are like buddies and stuff right? ... Right?

It was just so cool and Aya like that I ended liking too much.

Fastest yes, honest? Well that's questionable as always.

In case you forgot she is CNN9's field correspondent.

So, who wants to bet on the answer?

Robots or little girls of mass destruction?

Also, typo... sigh.

Hey, that description sounds familiar!

If you are a Touhou fan anyways.

Totally meaningless cameo...

Rumble?

So nostalgic, that totally dominated my childhood for a while. Among other things anyways, yay for the 90s!

While doing my silly crappy effects I came across this video compilation.

So awesome!

Saving people is not her job apparently. Who will save the city then?

Once again wanna guess? Another robot or little girls of mass destruction?

A challenger has appeared? Who could it be?

Dropped kicked with high heels... that must suck.

They did call out your attention, that's like a warning and stuff right? Besides who gives warnings when they attack someone?

Nana Mizuki voices her, she also voices a certain other magical girl by the way.

 She is my favorite Precure ever.

Flowers are a big motif throughout Heartcatch Precure.

Let me talk about these two figures a bit. They are from Bandai's S.H.Figuarts line, I like them quite accurate to the show.

However, Bandai thought it would be a good idea to make their hair solid PVC. Because of that they are very top heavy and impossible to balance without using a stand. As you might or might not know, usually I either don't use them or hide them with different angles and other tricks.

In this case, that was impossible for me, not apparent at least with my limited time.

I really like Cure Marine, she so cute and spunky.

I somehow managed to miss that until it was pointed out to me. I wonder how I was like 20 something episodes in.

Hoh?

I bet getting kicked in the gut with high heels must also suck.

Yes, the Heartcatch girls totally gang up to beat up their enemies. Perfect example is the awesomeness that was the last battle with the big bad villain.

Nice dodge!

Too bad it was the only one.

Smart people? Why needlessly endanger yourself? Finish off your enemies quick.

That's why gloating villains never win, they always wait for the good guys to get up again.

Exactly!

Only good guys get a free turn. That's why they can transform, combine, call out their attacks and so on without getting attacked midway.

Sorry, this time your the bad guy Mighty Morphing Megazord. Hmm.. did that title also apply to the Megazord or only the rangers?

Crappy special effects start now, be warned.

Also some robot mutilation.

A similar thing happened in the show proper... no dismemberment there though.

By the way that's not blood, it's like Megazord oil or something.

Yes, Precure occasionally attack you with your own weapons and/or body parts.

Again, that's not blood.

Yes, once they beat you down and maim you Precure will typically use their finishing move on you.

Again, crappy special effects incoming.

Finishing move sequence part 1.

Part 2.

I really like this finishing move, it's pretty cool.

Part 3.

It gets even better with the third Heartcatch Precure.

Part 4.

That's supposed to be a fortissimo sign as in music and stuff I think.

Part 5.

They cover themselves in flower power(?) and shoot themselves at their enemy.

Part 6.

Usually their enemies end up watching helplessly as the Fortissimo approaches them.

Part 7.

Followed by promptly getting pierced by the Fortissimo.

Part 8.

The enemies heart is then captured by the Precure, thus the show name: Heartcatch Precure.

Part 9.

Yes, at the end the enemy blows up.

Hmm... now that I did a play by play of the Fortissimo, I can't help but find it a little messed up. Get's even better with the Shining Fortissimo and the Heartcatch Orchestra, the next two tiers of finishing moves.

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Now then I will leave you off with the first Heartcatch ending.

This is my favorite Precure ending watched it every time, which means I watched it like 30 or so times by the time the second ending was used.

By the way Heartcatch is my favorite Precure show so far.

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Don't you love it when you get a new toy?

I sure do and I'm super happy I got my hands on a Lumix LX5.

I originally wanted the Lumix LX3; however, back then for some reason there was a high demand for it. It was sold out everywhere and where it wasn't, the price had a mark up, in the end I bought my D3000.

Fast forward to today and there is the Lumix LX5, from reviews the general conclusion was simple. The Lumix LX3 was a favorite, the Lumix LX5 does everything better while adding some changes asked for by the ones who owned the LX3.

The primary reason I bought it, which I failed to show properly in this crappy iPhone picture, was portability.

I like my D3000 but it's a pain to carry around when I'm around and about with friends and family. DSLR's in general are bulky and heavy, the LX5 is much smaller, fits nicely in my pockets, much simpler to use for a quick shot here and there.

The first thing I did when I received it was change the default lens cap for the spiffy self retractable one. Unlike with the LX3 where it had to be forced in, this one neatly screws in into the camera.

Once of the things I like a lot about it are the way the controls are on the camera itself. No need to navigate through menus to change the settings for pictures. I love that you can change the aspect ratio for the photos right on the lens itself.

One thing I don't like though, it's the zoom controls, I'm used to zooming in or out by twisting the lens so the controls on the LX5 feels kinda cheap and unintuitive.

The flash neatly retracts into the body of the camera and stays out of the way. I like that since I don't use the flash at all when I do my figure photography.

Since I failed at properly using the LX5 no comparison pictures with my D3000 or stand alone pictures either. That will have to wait until after I can use it properly out of auto.

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