Monthly Archives: January 2016

Panasonic Leica DG Vario-Elmar 100 – 400mm F/4 – 6.3 lens

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400 mm, Exposure Triad 1/2000 sec at f /7.1, ISO 800

Last week at the Space Coast Birding and Wildlife festival I had the opportunity to briefly try out a pre-production unit.  The lens was one of the first pre-production units and a lot has changed since it’s manufacture.  The final units will be way better in image quality, performance and handling.  With that said, I will say I was truly impressed with the way the lens performed.

The Leica 100-400mm is an f/4-6.3 telephoto zoom lens that gives the equivalent of 200-800mm in 35mm equivalence.

The lens has a lockable zoom pull feature, so you can pull the end of the zoom to set the zoom position, or when it is locked, you need to rotate the zoom ring to vary the focal length. The lens has Power Optical Image Stabilization, and high-speed 240fps AF drive, which makes it incredibly fast in focusing performance. It is also, splash and dust proof.

A feature I found most useful was the lens collar and foot that also rotates all the lens function switches. This allows you to easily access these in any orientation, landscape or portrait.

In thumbnail view, hover over the thumbnail to see the focal length and exposure details.  To see a larger rendition of this slide show please click here

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Yosemite, Mono Lake, Bodie

Monolake at Sunset

Mono lake at Sunset

May 14 to May 22, 2016 – A 9 day 8 night photo workshop that includes air fare if traveling from NY only.  All transportation in California, hotels, and site fees are included. This workshop is in partnership with AIP (Adventures in Photography) (CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS)

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LRTimelapse 4.5 is now available - advanced time lapse photography made easy.






LRTimelapse 4.5 is now available for download and brings some nice improvements!

New Features in LRTimelapse 4.5

  • Added Support for the new Local Dehaze in Lightroom 6.2 / CC.2 on Linear, Circular Gradients and the Paintbrush.
  • The number of threads used to generate the visual previews will now be set automatically according to the number of cores that the processor has. This will considerably speed up the generation of the visual previews on computers with more then 4 cores. If you have a Pro-License, you can even configure the number of threads to be used manually in the settings dialog (expert settings).
  • The Visual Deflicker “Refine” option will now work finer in order to allow for the best deflickering in difficult situations.
  • The Visual Deflicker “Refine” will not anymore redo images, that are already well deflickered. This will considerably speed up the refining process, if you have to do several passes.
  • Added support for new raw formats: RWL, ERF, 3FR, DCR, KDC, MOS, X3FFixes
  • When manually launching a render in original Size from original sized intermediaries, the image sizes would not be rounded to 8 pixel multiples, making the encoder sometimes fail.
  • “Shift Date-Time” will now show an error if the Exif-Date/Time field is corrupt

LRTimelapse 4.5 is a free update for all users, that have a LRTimelapse 4 license. Click on the LR Time-lapse Icon to license the software now. - advanced time lapse photography made easy.

How to upgrade

To upgrade, just download the new Version from the Download page and install. There is no need to uninstall a previous LRT4.x version before. Only if you are updating from LRT3, please uninstall the old version, before installing LRT4.

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Panasonic announces LEICA DG VARIO-ELMAR 100-400mm F4.0-6.3 ASPH Power O.I.S. Lens

L100-400 copy

Press Release:

Panasonic announced today at CES 2016 a new telephoto lens for its LUMIX G range of Micro Four Thirds System cameras – the LEICA DG VARIO-ELMAR 100-400mm F4.0-6.3 ASPH. Telephoto-Zoom (H-RS100400) with Power Optical Image Stabilization (O.I.S.).

Small, light and highly durable, the latest addition to Panasonic’s range of interchangeable lenses is perfectly suited for photographing birds and other wildlife in all types of environments.

The lens is constructed of 20 elements in 13 groups and incorporates a number of aspherical and extra low dispersion elements to assure best quality and avoid flaring. The advanced construction of the new Telephoto-Zoom leads to highest quality standard earning the LEICA Logo for a LUMIX Lens once again.

Outstanding image quality and Telephoto-Zoom performance
Elegantly designed with a metallic black finish, the new 100mm-400mm LEICA DG VARIO-ELMAR lens from Panasonic provides superb image rendering across the entire zoom range. The lens’ 200-800mm focal length (35mm equivalent) and 0.5x Magnification capability provide highly detailed shots from distance, as well as stunning close up capability– ideal for subject matter regardless of shape and size.

In order to capture steady, vibration free images across the entire zoom range, the lens also incorporates Power O.I.S. to keep unwanted shaking under control and ensure pictures look crisp and clear.

The 100mm-400mm lens is also suited to a variety of photographic styles – with nine diaphragm blades providing a circular aperture to produce a smooth and beautiful bokeh.

Smaller and lighter than other Telephoto-Zoom lenses
When compared with conventional super telephoto DSLR lenses, the latest addition the LUMIX G line up offers outstanding mobility – perfect if you’re travelling and don’t want to pack too much. Similarly, the lens also boasts a durable, gapless construction so you no longer have to worry about unwanted dust or light rain damaging your equipment.

In addition to the lens’ practical size and weight, a compact, two-part tripod mount has also been incorporated to enable faster conversion between landscape and portrait orientation.  While conveniently and speedily turning to the 90 degree angle, the levers for Focus Limiting, Power O.I.S. and the manual focus switch remain right at your fingertips as they do not move when you turn the lens.

The lens also incorporates an integrated, hideaway hood to help you capture that perfect shot, without having to worry about sun glare.

Stunning 4K video capability
Panasonic’s new LEICA Telephoto-Zoom lens is perfectly suited for 4K video recording with its construction assuring the best contrast and colors. Furthermore the Telephoto-Zoom incorporates Panasonic’s high speed and precise 240 fps AF-motor. Due to the modern design, filming can also be conducted silently, so you can get up close to the subject without drawing attention.

As well as high resolution video, the lens’ 4K capability also enables you to take photos like never before. Panasonic’s 4K Photo function – found on LUMIX G cameras including the LUMIX DMC-G7 – lets you extract an 8-megapixel still from 4K video (30fps) easily right on the camera’s screen with a simple fingertip touch.

Key features:

  • Longest focal length for Micro Four Thirds
  • Compatible with Dual Image Stabilization
  • 240fps AF Drive
  • Zoom ring lock
  • Weather Sealing
  • Integrated Quick Shifting Tripod Mount
  • Integrated shift-away lens-hood

The LEICA DG VARIO-ELMAR 100-400mm lens will be available at and valued channel partners for $1799.99 in early April.

Focal Length: 100 – 400mm Comparable 35mm Focal Length: 200 – 800 mm
Aperture: Maximum: f/4 – 6.3 Minimum: f/22
Angle of View: 12° – 3.1°
Minimum Focus Distance: 4.27′ (1.3 m)
Magnification: 0.25x
Elements/Groups: 20/13
Diaphragm Blades: 9, Rounded
Image Stabilization Yes
Tripod Collar: Yes Fixed – rotating
Filter Thread Front: 72 mm
Dimensions: (DxL) Approx. 3.27 x 6.75″ (83 x 171.5 mm)
Weight: 2.17 lb (985 g)


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New York from Bayonne

NYC Byonne

This is an 8 image panorama captured on December 11, 2015.  The primary objective was to capture the Statue of Liberty aligned in front of the new World Trade Center/Freedom Tower and the expanse of the NY skyline.  With the haze it was difficult to get a truly sharp image but I am happy with this.  Please click on the image for an expanded view.

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TWiP 445 – Travel Hacks from Pro Photographers

TWiP_Logo_300I had the pleasure of co-hosting the very last TWiP podcast of 2015 with Frederick Van Johnson and Valérie Jardin.

For most people, photographers especially, the end of the year is typically when we start traveling a little more. Whether it be for work, vacation or visiting loved ones for the holidays.

The one thing that remains consistent with most of the amazing photos you see from both amateur and professional photographers  is that in order to create amazing photographs, you will most certainly always need an amazing subject. And considering two of the fastest growing segments in the world of photography are Street Photography and Landscape photography… it follows that in order to get these shots you must travel to where they are.

Much like commercial fishermen, they don’t just sit on shore waiting on fish to swim to them. They motor to where the fish are. And in the case of the photographer, you have to travel to where the best shots are.

Professional photographers and other people who travel frequently typically have several “tricks” that they employ to make the trip easier, their luggage lighter, and to ensure they are as comfortable as possible, so they can focus on making great images.

Click here for the Podcast

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