All posts by Jason Odell

Solved: Image Stabilization with the Fujinon 18-55 OIS lens

Earlier this year, I posted about using image stabilization with the Fuji 18-55mm f/2.8-4.0 OIS Fujinon lens. Actually, I posted about how turning OIS on ended up creating softer images than hand-holding at moderate to fast shutter speeds. It’s frustrating to me because I really like the overall sharpness and versatility of this lens, but I was at the point where I’d only turn stabilization (IS) on when I was shooting at very low shutter speeds (slower than 1/60s).

Today I got a message from a friend asking if I’d tried setting stabilization to Mode 2, as he’d heard this might solve the softness issue we were both seeing with the Fuji 18-55mm lens.

Huh? I had to plead ignorance on that one. I knew there were two stabilization (IS) modes with the Fujifilm X-T1, but I didn’t think they’d cause any major differences in sharpness. Why? Here’s what the manual says about the two image stabilization options: Continue reading

Sensor Plane Podcast #11: Nikon D810

Hands-on with the Nikon D810

I just received a new Nikon D810, which I bought from site sponsor B&H Photo. Although I’ve only had the camera in my hands for a few hours, I like it a lot. On paper, there aren’t that many discriminators between it and the D800/e. The D810 has a new sensor that dispenses with the Optical Low-Pass (OLP) filter entirely for ridiculously sharp images with amazing detail and resolution. In reality, these differences are quite small as compared to my D800e which used some technical trickery to “eliminate” the OLP filter.  In this episode of The Sensor Plane, I discuss my rationale for upgrading and compare the D810 with my other cameras. Stay tuned until the end where I offer some tips for Adobe Photoshop Lightroom!

Download an audio only version of this podcast (mp3) here

Why did I choose to upgrade? As usual, it’s in the details. While no single feature of the D810 blows me away, it’s the sum of the parts that really makes this a solid upgrade. More importantly, it’s how this camera fits into my kit that sold me on it. Continue reading

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Carhenge Photo Workshop Sept. 27-28

Carhenge: Sunrise, Sunset and Stars

Get creative photographing Carhenge Sept. 27-28th 2014.
Get creative photographing Carhenge Sept. 27-28th 2014.

Join me for a photo workshop at Carhenge, USA September 27-28th. We’ll photograph this quirky location (voted #3 quirky destination by USA Today) at sunset, and then after twilight we’ll move on to light-painting and astrophotography (star-trails and Milky Way). We’ll return the next morning for sunrise between the “stones,” followed by a special side trip to a tractor graveyard nearby. I’ve arranged special access to these locations, and the workshop is limited to eight (8) photographers! Hope to see you there! Click here for full details and to RSVP.

I've arranged special access to a tractor "graveyard;" perfect for HDR and monochrome shooting!
I’ve arranged special access to a tractor “graveyard;” perfect for HDR and monochrome shooting!

 

Fuji X-T1 versus Nikon D4: High ISO Test

File this under “just for fun.” I have both a Nikon D4 and Fujifilm X-T1. Both cameras are roughly 16MP resolution, but the Fuji uses an APS-C sensor while the Nikon D4 is a 35mm sensor. I performed this quick ISO comparison simply to see how well Fuji’s sensor stacked up against that of my D4, which is a low-light champ. Before I go on, please understand that these are two very different cameras, for very different uses. I like them both for different reasons! Continue reading