Ethereality News & Weblog

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

SITE NEWS:

Latest batch of Kitty Cat Diary is up:

 

WEBLOG:

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:

http://www.getolympus.com/us/en/e-m1-mark-ii.html?SID=rkdeafk8g742tidroikd5t2o40

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).

September 20, 2016

Enrollment for the October run of Becoming a Better Artist

Filed under: Art & CG,Arts & Media — Rob Chang @ 12:49 pm

Enrollment for the October run of Becoming a Better Artist: http://www.cgsociety.org/training/…/becoming-a-better-artist

The previous run was done on CGMA’s platform, and it took a bit of acclimating and tweaks to get it to feel more like how I’d like to run my workshop, but I’m happy to say that things worked out and it was a good run. The folks at CGMA were very accommodating and helpful, and it’s been a great experience.

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