Okay, I am very much interested in to get Jolla phone. And jolla is a dinghy in English. Small open boat for rowing or sometimes with small sails too. Jolla phone is having a small Finnish company behind it and it has an open Sailfish OS. I really love the gesture-based approach Jolla has.
Jolla may well be my next phone.
See Jolla’s home page for more info. JollaUsers site is also one to visit for.
Posted in Gadgets | Tagged Finland, Jolla, Jolla phone, mobile phone, phone, Sailfish OS | 3 Comments »
…the minimum shutter speed can be selected for Auto ISO in Fuji’s X-Pro1! New 3.10 firmware is coming out on 5th of December and it will include this important and so much expected feature. After this FW the Auto ISO is really usable in X-Pro1 and I will be using it instantly. You will be able to go down to 1/500 seconds which is great.
Another great improvement will be that aperture and shutter speed can be changed once AE lock is selected. Cool!
Thumbs up for Fuji for caring and listening their customers.
Posted in Photography | Tagged auto ISO, firmware, Fuji, Fuji X-Pro1, Fujifilm, Photography | 3 Comments »
I had my Ricoh GR and my Fuji X-Pro1 with 35/1.4 lens with me in our Canary Islands vacation. Here are some thoughts on the GR and how I liked it as a vacation camera.
The absolutely biggest asset of the Ricoh GR was its small size. I carried it in my shorts’ pocket all the time and I never needed any special camera bag for it. Very easy and handy. I had the GR in my hand mainly using its wrist strap but sometimes I would liked to have it in a neck strap. Why so? Well, there are many situations, especially with kids with you, in which you would need your both hands. In those moments I had to put my GR in the pocket first and after that help my kids. With a neck or sling-type strap I would have had my both hands free when needed. This strap-question is one important thing to solve out soon. At least I have to think about other options in addition to the wrist strap.
I shot about 90% of shots in snapshot mode with the GR. I used snapshot distance of 2 m and aperture of 7.1 in TAv mode (so the camera decides the ISO value). The shutter speed was somewhere in the 1/250-1/320 s area. I had the back button focusing enabled too and that was a very nice thing because in that way I was able to override the snapshot mode if needed. In addition with the back button focusing the special macro mode button is not needed at all and this feature made the macro focusing much more faster to apply. I also had the ND filter in the auto mode (as I always do) all the time. This is so cool feature because it allows you to shoot wide open in bright daylight if needed.
I did not use in-camera effects at all and shot only RAW all the time. I think that was a good decision because there was heavy sun shine every day and you could easily have some burned areas in the shots.
The most difficult thing for me was the 28mm focal length of the Ricoh GR. I should go closer to my subject! There are many of those vast wide-angle shots which just give you the “blaah” feeling when seeing them on the computer screen. Fortunately, there are also those good ones where I have some foreground subjects and still nice background. I have to learn wide-angle shooting more. I have to admit that there were quite many situations where I missed a zoom lens. Me missing a zoom, oh my.
All in all, I have somehow mixed feelings about the Ricoh GR as a travel camera. My inabilities to use wide-angle lens is the main reason for those feelings. I do not yet have the proper touch and understanding of this camera and wide-angle focal lengths in general.
Posted in Photography | Tagged camera, Canary Islands, GR, Photography, Ricoh, Ricoh GR, travel, vacation | 1 Comment »
After our vacation I took my Digilux 2 out from the storage cabinet and shot some pics indoors in quite a poor light. As I can only (or at least mainly) use ISO 100 I once again utilized three-shot series to hopefully have some sharp shots. And I managed to get some. Some amazing shots. My Digilux 2 was in B&W white balance because I feel that this camera takes very nice monochromes. Every time I manage to get sharp shot with this camera I really like the result. It is very difficult to explain why those shots shine but there certainly is something in them. With other cameras the shot would just be one sharp shot among others, nothing special, but with this Leica it will be more.
Leica Digilux 2 is a tricky camera to shoot with that’s for sure. But the reward will be more than with those modern digital wonder-gadgets having all the bells and whistles. The shot below is one of those I love. F2.4, 1/4 s (hand-held), ISO 100, 90 mm.
Posted in Photography | Tagged B&W, camera, Digilux 2, Finland, Leica, Leica Digilux 2, Photography, Tiitus | 1 Comment »
We are back to chilly Finland. In Canary Islands it was sunny all the time and temps between 25 and 29 degrees Celsius. Here in Finland it is grey weather with temps of 0-3 degrees Celsius. It was a fantastic holiday and the whole family enjoyed a lot. I had Ricoh GR and Fuji X-Pro1 with 35/1.4 lens with me. I haven’t had time even take the pics from the SD cards to my computer yet so I will post them later on here and in my Flickr site.
Here are few iPhone pics from our hotel and Amadores beach.
Posted in Family, Photography | Tagged Canary Islands, Family, Gran Canaria, holiday, iPhone, Photography, Puerto Rico | 6 Comments »
Our vacation is closing in. We are leaving Wednesday afternoon. I am still waiting extra batteries for my Leica Digilux 2, Nikon 1 V1, and Ricoh GR. For the GR I have ordered also the battery charger.
I have spare battery only for my Fuji X-Pro1 at the moment. This battery matter may be a decisive thing now. I would like to have an extra battery for the camera(s) I am taking with me. I have noticed that the battery life of the GR is quite mediocre so the whole day shooting with just one battery could be somehow risky.
Yesterday I already “decided” to take only the GR with me but as you have already guessed of I am not sure anymore. Maybe a two-prime two-camera (28mm and 50mm) option?
Posted in Photography | Tagged battery, camera, Finland, Fuji X-Pro1, Leica Digilux 2, Nikon 1 V1, Photography, Ricoh GR, vacation | 4 Comments »
Here are three shots taken with V1 plus 18.5/1.8 combo. All are ISO 1600 and I have done only very mild noise reduction in Lightroom 5. I found all these quite acceptable. What do you think about the amount and nature of the noise? Please, click the photos so they will open larger in Flickr.
Posted in Photography | Tagged Finland, ISO1600, Nikon 1 NIKKOR 18.5mm f/1.8, Nikon 1 V1, noise, Photography | 4 Comments »