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Willkommen in der neuen Dimension

ZEISS Ventum 2.8/21 - Full Frame, Light & Wide

Zeiss Ventum 2.8/21

Just arrived: Zeiss Ventum 21mm f/2.8.

An exclusive review can be found on our partner site at: http://kopterkraft.com/index.php/zeiss-ventum-21


Norway 2018

Norway 2018

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Maskenzauber 2018 - Carnival Venetian Style in Hamburg

Maskenzauber 2018 (Carnval Venetian Style)

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Maskenzauber - Carnival Venetian Style in Hamburg

Most enchanting masks and costumes as every year!
The album: https://www.flickr.com/photos/hhackbarth/albums/72157680175289796

If you missed it last year, see the video (4K):

Please select fullscreen and the desired resolution (available up to 2160p) in the player's button bar for best viewing experience.
You can find the original UHD file (5GB) for download below the player on the Vimeo page (Vimeo account required).

The fire show after the mask's walk is available as well here, starting at 07:27: https://youtu.be/oC-_bKITXLQ?t=7m27s


Laowa 7.5mm - world's widest rectilinear f/2 mFT lens

Just arrived - the latest prototype of the world's widest rectilinar f/2 Micro Four Thirds lens - the Laowa 7.5mm f/2 mFT.

During Photokina 2016, Venus Optics presented first prototypes of two new ultra wide angle lenses - the Laowa 15mm f/2 for full frame and the Laowa 7.5mm f/2 for mFT. Although I left mFT some years ago in favor of full frame, I still appreciate mFT in situations where more compact and lightweight gear is required - e.g. when recording 4K footage on a drone. I found the Yi M1 quite interesting (see my review here) but had to recognize, that it uses only a crop of it's 20 MP sensor for 4K video which makes it quite hard to find lenses that provide a very wide angle even in 4K mode. Before the Laowa appeared, you could find in this focal range only fisheye lenses or the heavy and expensive Lumix Vario 7-14mm zoom. It is also worth mentioning that you can use standard filters with a filter thread of 46mm (an earlier prototype shown on the Photokina used 49mm but 46mm will be the final diameter) and the lens hood is removable.

This is, how this little 170g gem looks on the Yi M1 mirrorless:

But before putting it on a drone, I took it around for some photos in Hamburg's Hafencity and it's new town landmark, the "Elbphilharmonie", where it could demonstrate it's extreme viewing angle of about 110° combined with good low liight capabilities and even some potential to play with depth of field. In all following photos there was not any electronic correction for distortion, chromatic aberrations (CAs) or vignetting used. If you click on the photos, the flickr photo page will open so that you can see EXIFs and select higher resolutions including full size.


Need a new Display? Smartwatches become suitable for daily use!

Smartwatches get more and more powerful and meanwhile prove usefulness not only for nerds. Beside the popular models from Samsung, Apple, Huawei et al you can find Chinese gadgets that cost only a fraction and provide even more power and features. Here we take a closer look to the LEMFO LEM5 - enriched with some useful tips.

If you look at the main specs, this little gem looks really impressive:

  • 1.39" OLED round display 400*400 in resolution
  • MT6580 quad core processor, 1.3 GH
  • RAM 1GB + 8GB flash memory (~6GB available)
  • OS Android 5.1
  • GPS / WiFi / Bluetooth 4.0
  • Cellular phone: 2G: GSM 850 900 1900 2100 MHz / 3G: WCDMA 850 1900 2100 MHz
  • 50+ styles of clock faces
  • Heart rate monitor, pedometer and sedentary reminder
  • 450 mAh battery

LEMFO LEM5 - available colors


YI M1 Mirrorless vs. Sony A6300 Comparison Review

Sony A6300 vs. YI M1

One of the few suprises on this year's Photokina was the new and first Chinese mirrorless camera from YI Technology, the M1. Some voices saw it on par even with Sony's A6300. This made me curious and inspired me to take a closer look.

There is a new firmware 1.0.20.-int from 28th November 2016 that adds several features and some fixes. Release Notes:
1. Adding live view interface for video mode, long - press the REC button for 2 seconds to enter. The original one click recording video function is still retained.
2. Adding ISO upper limit setting function of ISO AUTO option. Valid for P / A / S mode.
3. Adding GUI MF function for 42.5mm F1.8 lens.
4. Adding EIS menu for video mode. EIS off by default when recording 4K video.
5. Adding file storage status indication. When the file is written to the memory card, the original location for remaining number will display the corresponding Icon.
6. C-AF video performance improved. Continuous autofocus performance is further enhanced.
7. 4K Video performance improved.
8. Adding German menu.

Fixed some known bugs, and improved the overall stability of the system.

YI's first Micro Four Thirds (MFT) camera features the Sony IMX269 sensor, capable to deliver 12 bit raw photos with 20 MP and 4K video with 30 fps. You find this sensor also in the Lumix GX8 and the Olympus PEN-F. Beside some Chinese sellers, the YI M1 meanwhile is offered also in the U.S. with prices between $499 (body with 12-40mm f/3.5-5.6 zoom lens) and $699 for the double lens kit including also a 42.5mm f/1.8 macro capable portrait prime lens. You may see the camera for about 2/3 of these prices in some Chinese stores but this is not the international model. I ordered the international double lens kit directly from China, it gets delivered in a nice packaging:

YI M1 double lens kit

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