All posts tagged: Olympus

Magnum Retold goes on show in London, 05-09 December

It’s a commendable milestone by anyone’s standards – for 70 years, Magnum Photos has been at the forefront of documentary photography, photojournalism and visual storytelling, its members reporting on conflicts, crises and changes for humanity the world over. To celebrate Magnum’s long and rich history, the agency has devised Magnum Retold, a huge group project in which current members revisit stories by their predecessors. Photographers were invited to respond to an archival story that had influenced or inspired their practice in some way – a story that meant something to them personally, or a topical subject they wished to revisit. “There is a repository of amazing work, which is the 70-year-old legacy of these incredible photographers,” explains Magnum’s content director, Francesca Sears.

2017-12-01T12:33:24+00:00

Is America great again? Peter Dench goes beyond the red, white and blue to document the “land of the free”.

Over the years he’s created a huge archive of images documenting ‘Britishness’, covering topics such as Brits abroad and alcohol consumption in England. Now Peter Dench has his sights set on America. In the summer of 2015, commissioned by Olympus, Dench travelled to Dallas to record his first instalment in documenting the daily life of the people who live there. He photographed everything from a bikini contest to Buddhist monks, baseball fans and Sunday worshippers, capturing in his images the essence of what it means to be American in the 21st century. He’s also photographed in Miami and San Francisco, all part of his quest “to challenge what I thought I knew of the country.” Dench, a pro photographer for more than 20 years, has long been fascinated by America. As a teenager in the 1980s he remembers how he “voraciously consumed the American soap operas Dallas and Baywatch”, and when he was studying photography he read books by Diane Arbus, Walker Evans, Robert Frank and Tony Ray-Jones. These photographers “alerted me to the fact …

2017-03-03T11:07:22+00:00

Photokina News: Olympus announce development of OM-D E-M1 ll

Olympus has announced the development of its next OM-D E-M1 flagship and says that the new body will have an emphasis on fast reactions via both its AF system and its ability to work at high frame rates. The OM-D E-M1 ll will be aimed at professional photographers and will offer frame rates as high as 60fps in full 20-million-pixel resolution. The company says that sport and wildlife photographers will appreciate the enhanced AF tracking abilities of the camera and its ability to reach 18fps with AF and AE on and 60fps with those features locked, while in Pro Capture mode the camera records 14 frames right before the shutter release is fully pressed to ensure the effect of shutter lag is completely negated. The AF system will have 121 cross-type AF points spread across the screen and will use a combination of standard contrast detection and phase detection systems that should deliver both speed and accuracy. The company’s 5-axis in-body stabilisation system is claimed to provide a remarkable 6.5 stops of shake-compensation in both …

2016-09-27T12:42:43+00:00

The best of CES 2016

The new year opened with the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, and it proved rich pickings for pro photographers, with new flagship cameras from Nikon and Phase One, some welcome long-lens additions designed for CSC cameras, and the usual array of storage devices, action cams and drones. We round up the most intriguing new photography announcements. Kodak Super 8 Revival Initiative CES’s one genuine surprise came in an announcement from Kodak, stating it plans to revive the Super 8 format, 50 years after it first debuted. Showing a prototype that “combines the classic features of a Super 8 with digital functionality”, and with a new ‘limited edition’ camera planned for autumn, the company says it has devised a roadmap that includes a range of cameras, film development services, post production tools and more, in what amounts to a new “ecosystem for film”. It comes on the back of resurgence of interest in film within Hollywood, according to Kodak, and the new initiative has the backing of filmmakers including Christopher Nolan, Steven Spielberg and Star Wars writer/director JJ Abrams. Kodak is …

2016-01-25T13:06:16+00:00

Gear of the Year 2015

Sony A7 Mark II series The year 2015 saw the arrival of Sony’s full Mark II A7 fleet, adding five-axis full-frame sensor stabilisation to the mirrorless ILC. While the 42-megapixel A7R II [below left] is now acknowledged as the top of the range, the first update, the A7 II (24-megapixels), also improved autofocus, body design, sealing and shutter life. Its on-sensor, phase-detection AF works with many adapted Sony A-mount and Canon EF lenses. The second update (A7R to A7R II) moved from 36- to 42-megapixels with a new shutter and 4k video direct to SDXC card, plus a larger electronic viewfinder (0.78×). The backside-illuminated CMOS sensor allows first curtain electronic and silent shutter modes while curing rangefinder wide-angle colour shading and smearing. The final upgrade, the A7S II, kept 12-megapixels and moonlight-friendly ISO 409,600, while adding the advances of the A7R II and 14-bit uncompressed raw. Finally, Sony gave this to the A7 II/A7R II by a firmware upgrade. www.sony.co.uk Leica Q If you are looking for an absolutely first-class compact camera that will produce results …

2015-12-22T16:26:23+00:00

Cowboys, cheerleaders and the stars and stripes: classic Americana through British eyes

“Dallas is BIG,” writes British photographer Peter Dench in the forward to his book Dench Does Dallas. “The flags are big, as are the signs; sky; storm drains; food portions; restaurant tips; drive thrus; cows; cow horns and ‘brestaurants.’” So are his larger-than-life photographs of the city, which capture cheerleaders, junk food, baseball matches, men in cowboy hats and a healthy dose of starts and stripes. A celebrated photojournalist, Peter Dench is most well known for his iconic images of the British doing what they do best – drinking. As the title suggests, these pictures are all taken in the scorching-hot capital city of Texas, Dallas. Instead of travelling by car, Dench decided to traverse the 40-mile across Metroplex by foot and on public transport, in the middle of July in 35-degree heat.   The project began when Dench was approached by Olympus, who wanted him to test run their new camera, the E-M5. “They asked me where I would like to photograph,” Dench says. “And I said America. They then asked where, and I raced …

2015-11-24T15:24:58+00:00

Olympus announces PEN E-PL7

It seems the engineers behind the new Olympus PEN E-PL7 have pulled out all the stops to create a camera that is tailored to capture selfies. Announced today, the compact, light-weight, retro-styled camera with its all-metal finish, is priced £500, and comes with a slim-line 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 EZ pancake zoom lens, a large, flip-down and tiltable LCD touchscreen, and automatic ‘selfie mode’ settings, including wide-angle lens position and portrait mode. Live Guide allows users to check and adjust settings manually using a sliding scale on the LCD screen without the need for menu navigation, which is meant to make handling easier, especially self-portraits. [bjp_ad_slot] The camera comes with a 16.1 megapixel sensor and built-in wifi, allowing users to share images via their (compatible) smart phone and the bundled Olympus Image Share app, available for both Android and iOS. Users will also be able to take advantage of options that include sequential and self-timer interval shooting. Using the flip-down screen, it will be possible “to frame and shoot a series of pre-timed, sequential still or video selfies… without even touching the camera, by simply tapping your smart phone,” claims the company. While Olympus admits that an interchangeable-lens camera allowing …

2014-08-28T10:36:50+00:00

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