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Goodbye Sony! It wasn’t you, it was Olympus. Why I Switched, Part 1

This is Part 1 of a multi-part series. I will add links for new additions here when they become available.

Part 1 – an Introduction


It is official – on July 9, 2019 I broke-up with Sony after 5 years and went back to my first love from way back in the 1980’s, Olympus. It wasn’t you Sony, but it was definitely me, and it was definitely Olympus.

Goodbye Sony full-frame, hello (again) Olympus!

Woah – What Brought This About – How Did All of This Start?

My History with Olympus, and My Long History with Digital Cameras

The very first camera I ever bought with my own money – not the very first camera I used, but first one I purchased – was a 35mm film camera from Olympus – the OM-G (also known as the OM-20 overseas).

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Sony Just Announced New 60MP Camera – Am I Bummed Now That I Switched to Olympus?

So right on the heals of me leaving Sony FF for Olympus, Sony today announces a 60MP upgrade to the camera I just got rid of. Am I upset? Am I regretting my choice??

Absolutely not, and this shot is just one reason why!

There is more to a camera than it’s megapixels, and what you can do with a camera is now more important to me than the megapixels. And the Live Composition feature in particular of my Olympus OM-D E-M1X camera is one such feature that allows me to create images that would have been either too difficult to do otherwise or it would have been such a pain that I probably wouldn’t have shot it to begin with.

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Luminar Flex from Skylum Updated to v1.1 – What is Flex and What About this Update

Skylum today has released a free update to Luminar Flex bringing it to version 1.1.

What is Luminar Flex? Don’t they have Luminar 3 too?

For those not familiar with Flex, think of all the great photo editing filters and tools from Luminar 3, minus the not-ready-for-primetime catalog features that Luminar 3 has. If you don’t want to use the “DAM” (digital asset manager) of Luminar 3 (and I can’t blame you as it has been a big disappointment from day 1) but still want to use Luminar’s filters to enhance your photos, then Flex might be for you.

Luminar Flex v1.1 running as a plugin inside Photoshop

I say “might be for you” because this is where things get a little confusing. And bear with me for a moment as I discuss Flex, as I never posted a review of it when it first came out. If you just want to see what’s new with Flex, scroll down to the New Features.

A Little History

Luminar 3 arrived back on December 18, 2018 and was initially marketed by Skylum as a Lightroom replacement, even though it barely had any more organizational power than Finder on Mac or Explorer on Windows. I was not a fan, and apparently I wasn’t alone as the majority of people in my Learn Skylum’s Luminar & Aurora HDR Facebook Group who voted in a poll I conducted just last month still couldn’t use the DAM because of missing features and/or performance issues. Only a small percentage were happy with Luminar 3 at the time. In fact, one of my most popular YouTube videos I have is a video I recorded showing how to use Luminar 3 without the catalog.

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Used Canon and Sony Camera Equipment For Sale

Now that I am officially switching full-time to Olympus, I have some great used gear for sale. Prices listed are asking prices and don’t include shipping. First come first serve. Contact Me if you want more details on any item, if you want photos of it, and to purchase. Feel free to share this post with your photography friends 😀
 
Sony Gear:
 
Sony a7R iii – less than 24K shutter activations, Condition 8 for $2,000
Sony FE 35mm f2.8 lens – Condition 9+ for $650
Sony FE 24-240mm f3.5-6.3 lens – Condition 9 for $775
Sony FE 90mm Macro G OSS F2.8 lens – Condition 10 for $900
Godox v860 II S Flash for Sony – Condition 10 for $145 each, and I have 3 of them
Godox x1 T S transmitter for Sony – Condition 10 for $35
Rokinon 24mm f1.4 lens – Condition 10 for $350
Sigma MC-11 Mount Converter/Lens Adapter to use Canon EF lenses on Sony E—mount – Condition 10 for $115
 
Canon Gear:
 
Canon EF 17-40mm L f.4 lens – Condition 8+ / 9 – SOLD
Canon EF 24-70mm L f2.8 lens – Condition 8+ / 9 for $795
Canon EF 100mm f2.8 lens – Condition 8+ / 9 for $400
Tamron SP 15-30mm f/2.8 Di VC USD Lens for Canon EF – Condition 10 for $900 (this lens is awesome!!!)
Sigma 150-600mm f5-6.3 Contemporary Lens – SOLD
Rokinon 14mm f2.8 lens – SOLD
 
10 Preowned equipment, but appears as new
9+ Shows little or no signs of wear
9 Shows signs of use, but very clean
8+ Shows moderate wear or finish marks
8 Well used – may exhibit “dings” or finish marks
7 Shows considerable amount of use – More than average wear
6 Usable, but has considerable optical or mechanical imperfections

Registration Now Open for my 2019 Fall Grand Tetons Photo Workshop

Registration has just opened for my 5th Annual Fall Grand Teton Photography Workshop in Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming!!

Here is some of the important info:

Dates: Monday, September 23 – Saturday, September 28, 2019

Location: Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming

Skill Level: Beginner to Advanced

Class Size: Limited to just 6 students

Type: Field Workshop

Status: Open – Click Here for more info and to Register

Note: Previous fall workshops have sold out in the past so don’t delay in registering – only 6 seats are available! My other 2 Tetons workshops for 2019 sold out months in advance.

I have a complete information page dedicated to this workshop with a ton of information and a link to register.

View Info About Matt’s 2019 Tetons Fall Photo Workshop

Check out some photos taken during my past fall photo workshops in the Tetons or in that same time period:


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