Dil Roberts Photography

Panasonic GM1 - Panasonic G Vario 12-32 f3.5-5.6
Olympus E-PL1 - Tamron 14-150 f3.5-5.8 Di III C001
Panasonic GX7 - Olympus M 14-150 f4-5.6
Fuji X-T10 - Fujinon 18-55 f2.8-4.0 OIS
Fuji X-T10 - Fujinon 18-55 f2.8-4.0 OIS
Fuji X-T10 - Fujinon 18-55 f2.8-4.0 OIS
Olympus OM-D E-M1 - Panasonic Lumix G Vario 35-100 f2.8
Fujifilm X100S - Fujifilm TCL-X100 Tele Converter Lens
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05/19/12
Background Separation

Background Separation

I hear quite often that background separation (or bokeh) is terrible with the micro four thirds cameras. I think this image, using the mZD 14-150 on the E-P3 shows quite clearly that it is not terrible. Personally I think it's great. The separation between the subject and background has to be large enough. This was taken at f5.6.

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E-P3
Focal Length: 150 mm
Aperture: f/5.6
Exposure Time: 1/500 sec
ISO: 200
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05/18/12
Olympus E-P3 fitted with the mZD 14-150 Lens

Olympus E-P3 fitted with the mZD 14-150 Lens

Focusing with the E-P3 is pretty fast, even with the older lenses. I find that focusing with the 12 f2 or the 45 f1.8 is really fast, nearly instantaneous. That makes it fun to use. Even with the 14-150 focusing is ok, but it's not made for sports photography. Actually the whole system isn't designed for that. If you want to do sports photography you really are better off with a DSLR.

976
E-P3
Focal Length: 14 mm
Aperture: f/8.0
Exposure Time: 1/400 sec
ISO: 200
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• Olympus • E-P3 • mZD 14-150 

05/17/12
Square Format

Square Format

I've said it before and I'll say it again, the more I photograph in the square format the more I like it, especially using a zoom lens. I can frame it in a totally different way from the normal 4:3 or 3:2 format. I've also been dabling in the 16:9 format which seems great. The only problem is, the Panasonic GH2 is the only camera on the market right now that has an extra wide sensor so that when you photograph in the 16:9 format, you don't lose pixels doing it. I'm not going to be buying the GH2 but I'll be keeping an eye out on future cameras that offer this feature. It's a great idea and the format opens up a whole new world.

1065
E-P3
Focal Length: 34 mm
Aperture: f/11.0
Exposure Time: 1/200 sec
ISO: 200
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• square format • Olympus • E-P3 

05/17/12
Great Holiday

Great Holiday

Still trying to figure things out here, hence the post.
Had a great holiday at the Finca in Spain a few weeks ago. What a great place to spend some time.
1122
E-PL1
Focal Length: 9 mm
Aperture: f/8.0
Exposure Time: 1/400 sec
ISO: 200
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• holiday • Spain • Finca 

05/16/12
Frames II

Frames II

I think I've taken more pictures with this lens than with all the others combined. I just think it's a great travel lens. I always take it along on my outings, even if I don't think I'm going to use it. You never know.

1244
E-P3
Focal Length: 22 mm
Aperture: f/11.0
Exposure Time: 1/160 sec
ISO: 200
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• E-P3 • mZD 14-150 

05/16/12
Another Test Post

Another Test Post

I've been having a few problems recently with my server so I thought I'd post another portait of my better half to test if everything is ok again.
Taken in Spain a couple of weeks ago where we had some great weather. The Saturday when we flew back brough in a cold front with LOTS of rain and cold weather.
1120
E-P3
Focal Length: 45 mm
Aperture: f/1.8
Exposure Time: 1/2500 sec
ISO: 200
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05/15/12
Frames I

Frames I

I was talking earlier about frames within the image. The following post is about such an image and you should always be on the lookout for such images. When you have found such an opportunity, take your time in framing and double-check everything before taking a picture. You'll thank yourself when you look at the image on a monitor.
This one was taken on the Olypus E-P3 and the new fantastic 12 f2 lens. Without this wide angle I couldn't have framed this the way I did.
1671
E-P3
Focal Length: 12 mm
Aperture: f/5.6
Exposure Time: 1/100 sec
ISO: 200
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• frames • Olympus • 12 f2 

05/14/12
The Difference 2 Stops Makes II

The Difference 2 Stops Makes II

Following up on yesterdays post, look at the above image and compare it to yesterdays image. The difference in depth of field is quite apparent. Now, imaine if you had a lens with a maximum aperture of f2.8, that is again 2 stops brighter than f5.6. Imagine how that mosque would look at that aperture. That is what a lot of people are waiting for from the 4/3 manufacturers. Fast wide to standard zooms with an aperture of f2.8. I wonder how the Panasonic zooms will handle. Things are getting interesting for this format sensor at last.

851
E-P3
Focal Length: 36 mm
Aperture: f/11.0
Exposure Time: 1/400 sec
ISO: 200
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• bokeh • DOF 

05/13/12
The Difference 2 Stops Makes I

The Difference 2 Stops Makes I

I'd like to show an example of the difference 2 stops make to an image. by that I mean I took images, one at f5.6 and one at f11. That is 2 stops in total. That means that only a quarter of the light gets through at f11 as got through at f5.6. Stopping the lens down one stop will halve the light getting through, causing the shutter to stay open twice as long. That is not the only result of stopping down, the depth of field will also increase resulting in a totally different image. Why photographers love a fast lens (i.e. A lens with an aperture of f2.8 or faster) is that they can control the depth of field.
This first image was shot wide open on the mZD 14-150, f5.6. Look at the mosque in the background. It is not sharp but also it isn't perfectly out of focus either. A lens with an aperture of f2.8 would render that building as just a blur in the background. 
The image tomorrow will show the mosque taken only seconds after the above image taken at f11. Amazing what 2 stops can achieve.
551
E-P3
Focal Length: 49 mm
Aperture: f/5.4
Exposure Time: 1/1600 sec
ISO: 200
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• bokeh 

05/12/12
Background Separation

Background Separation

This background separation concept is quite important and plays a big part in getting the image to, what some people might call, pop. It gives 3D impression and really improved the image. On this occation I was using the mZD 14-150 (yet again) and it is not easy to achieve this effect with this lens. The background was several meters behind my subject and this is one of those times that you require the lens to be fully open. Well, if you remember me saying a post or two ago the mZD 14-150 is not really sharp at 150mm and f5.6. Well, I had no choice in the matter and this shot was taken at 150 and f5.6. Notice that the background is little too busy for my taste and an aperture of f2.8 or f4 would have been wonderful here. Unfortunately, there are no f2.8 zooms for the m4/3 system as yet, however, Panasonic have announced a couple of zooms and should be available quite soon.
I think it turned out ok though.
943
E-P3
Focal Length: 150 mm
Aperture: f/5.6
Exposure Time: 1/640 sec
ISO: 200
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