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September 21, 2016

Kitty Cat Diary updated / Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II announced

Filed under: Arts & Media,Latest Works,Photography,Site News — Rob Chang @ 9:49 pm


Latest batch of Kitty Cat Diary is up:



On a related note, Olympus just announced the successor to the OM-D E-M1, the mark II version, and so far everything looks great on paper:

I’m really looking forward to getting my paws on it. As much as I love the E-M1, it certainly could use improvements in some areas. The new/improved features I’m most excited about are:

  • Better autofocus tracking.
  • Fully articulated LCD screen
  • Improved high ISO image quality
  • Improve dynamic range
  • Improved image stabilization (I’m mainly concerned about video stabilization)
  • Ability to assign pre-designated autofocus points/modes to buttons

There are a few other things I’d love to see added/improved, but they’re not important enough to be listed in the marketing bullet points. They are:

  • Ability to control exposure compensation during video recording
  • Revamped menu system
  • Actually show the eye-autofocus tracking in live view (like the Sony a7RII)
  • Show the ISO number during playback by default, without having to switch to histogram view

I’m hoping those features have also been improved, but the only way I’ll find out is after the user’s manual becomes available for download.

The newly announced lenses don’t really excite me.  Even the M.Zuiko 25mm f/1.2 Pro is still only f/2.5 in full-frame equivalent, which isn’t fast enough to tempt me. They’ll have to release something that’s at least f/1.8 in full-frame equivalent for me to get excited (and it has to be autofocus too).

April 30, 2016

Latest batch of Kitty Cat Diary & camera/lens reviews

Filed under: Arts & Media,Latest Works,Photography,Site News — Rob Chang @ 9:08 pm


Latest batch of Kitty Cat Diary is up:

I also added some camera and lens reviews to the photography page:


March 1, 2016

Kitty Cat Diary photo-collection book

Filed under: Latest Works,Photography,Site News — Rob Chang @ 12:04 am


New batch of Kitty Cat Diary is up:


I recently printed a photo-collection book as a gift for Elena, and used the above photo as the cover. Here are some photos of it:

I’ve had people ask me about the possibility of a photo-collection of the best photos from the Kitty Cat Diary before. It’s something I’ve considered, but it’s prohibitively expensive to do a small print run (even considering print-on-demand services, which is what I used for this book) and would have to be priced really high to just break even. As much positive feedback Elena and I have gotten over the years about the Kitty Cat Diary, I’m not sure if there are enough people who’d be willing to pay a lot of money for a photo-collection book, so this was really just a gift for Elena on her 45th birthday. Although we don’t celebrate holidays, anniversaries, and birthdays (we believe that every day is a special day and we don’t need to be reminded to show appreciation for each other), I got a good discount for this particular print-on-demand service due to a photography-related gear purchase I made, so it was the perfect excuse to give it a try.

BTW, in case you’re wondering, the print-on-demand service I used was Shutterfly. I’ve read mixed reviews about the quality of their service and products, but I was satisfied with quality of the printing and there were no mistakes with the layout (I designed my own instead of using their templates). There are other similar services out there, so if you are considering using one, make sure you do your research first.

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