Photokina 2018 - What To Expect?

South Entrance 2012.

South Entrance 2012.

Photokina 2018 is around the corner. This year its going to be from 26th to 29th of September. A day shorter than previous years. Photokina 2018 is also going to be the last one that is held in fall. next one is already next spring, in May 2019. An now on Photokina will be every year.

The idea behind the schedule change is the change of the market. A quote from a press release from 23rd of May 2017 :

"The digital transformation of the imaging industry is advancing, and thus opening up new perspectives and value creation potential. The new date and the annual cycle should in future make photokina even more attractive to all providers of the imaging ecosystem. In this way, we show the specialised trade, the media and our users an even broader bandwidth of state-of-the-art products, applications and services in Cologne which especially suits the young imaging culture," Rainer Führes, chairman of the board of the photography industry association (PIV) is pleased to state.”

The industry is much more than just the gear. Even though the industry still have giants the times when Kodak had a whole hall in the Cologne Fair Center is gone. The biggest camera manufacturers are the companies that make phones, like Apple and Samsung for example. The way we use photographs has changed a lot from the days of Kodak and film. I think Photokina just has to change. Big launches are mainly made before the fair. But of course those new products are displayed in Photokina for the first time. That attracts public.

Social media is a big part of photography nowadays and that is propably seen also in Photokina.

Its going to be interesting to see how the exhibitors and public will react on this change.

I made a video about my expectations and what I see to be interesting for me personally in the upcoming Photokina 2018. If you find this video worth watching, give it the thumbs up and subscribe to my channel.

Best Video settings for Olympus - part 1

I made a video about the best settings for video for Olympus. I had Olympus OM-D E-M1 MKII the example camera. But of course the other Olympus cameras are very good in video too.

The basic settings are the same. The Movie setttings in the menus are in different places. In the OM-D E-M5MKII the movie menu can found in the Special menu I. The same goes with the Pen-F.

The Pen E-PL9 has its own video menu like the E-M1 MKII. Remember to use M-IS 2 setting with the stabiliser in the Pen E-PL9. It will turn the digital stabilising off. The OM-D E-M10MKII has a very similar menu system as the Pen E-PL9.

From this video you get idea and understand the terms better. If needed read the settings from the manual. If you do not have it try find it from Olympus website.

What lens should you get next?

This is a question that I hear a lot. When you start to get more into photography the lens that came with the camera might not be enough for you. I made a video about the things you should consider when buying your first lens after the kit lens. Of course this video will help you to decide even if you are more advantaged photographer.

You can get any of those lenses from my store. (disclaimer: I get a few bucks if you buy from these links.)

The link to the store:

Olympus vs. Hasselblad

I had a change to test the Hasselblad X1D. Its an interesting camera, a medium format mirrorless camera with a 50 megapixel sensor. It has a price of around 9000€ the body alone. The Finnish Hasselblad dealer Fimeko borrowed me the camera.

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First impresssion

I made a first impression video a couple a weeks ago. My Olympus OM-D E-M1 MKII (in Finnish) has a highres mode. With the highress I can make 80 megapixel images with it. It uses the pixel sift technology. Of course there are limitation with that technology.


Olympus and Hasselblad head to head!

I wanted to compare my Olympus OM-D E-M1 MKII against the Hasselbald X1D. In the video below you can watch the results. There are also links to to My first impression video on the Hasselblad X1D and a tutorial video about the Highres mode in Olympus cameras.


Tutorial - Using Olympus Episode 8: Raw or Jpg?


In this tutorial Episode Using Olympus I talk about the advantages of raw and jpg. and how to set them in your Olympus.

In E-M5 it can be found in Custom Menu G

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In Pen E-PL8, Pen-F, E-M10, E-M10 MkII, E-M5 MkII, E-M1, E-M1 MkII the Image format and jpg quality can found in the Shooting Menu 1 

Pen E-PL9 and E-M10 MkII the jpog quality can be found in the Custom Menu F. The choice between raw or jpg can done in the Live Control. To access the Live Control press OK-button. 

If you havent seen the previous episodes I recomend you to watch them. The whole Using Olympus playlist can be found here:

If you have any questions please ask them in the comments!



Tutorial - Using Olympus Episode 7: Auto ISO

This time I am talking about Auto ISO. 

The Auto ISO can be found in Custom Menu E in the following Olympus cameras:

Pen E-PL8, E-M5, E-M5 MkII, E-M10, E-M1 and MkII, E-M1,   

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In Pen E-PL9 and E-M10 MKIII its in the Custom Menu D1

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and as shown in the video in E-M1 MkII its in the Custom menu E1.


The Auto ISO can also be set with the Super Panel.

If you havent seen the previous episodes I recomend you to watch them. The whole Using Olympus playlist can be found here:

If you have any questions please ask them in the comments!

Tutorial - Using Olympus Episode 6: MF Clutch


Have ever thought that your Olympus cameras Auto Focus is broken? Well most likely its not, check out the video above and find out how to fix it.

MF Clutch is in the following M.Zuiko PRO lenses:

ED 7-14mm f2.8 PRO, ED 8mm Fisheye PRO, ED 12-40 f2.8 PRO, ED 12-100mm f4 PRO, ED 17mm f1.2 PRO, ED 25mm f1.2 PRO, ED 45 mm f1.2 PRO, ED 40-150mm f2.8 PRO, ED 300mm f4 PRO

MF Clutch is in the following M.Zuiko Premium lenses:

ED 12mm f2.0 and 17mm f1.8


MF Clutch can be turned off in some Olympus bodies. Here is a list and instructions how to do it your Olympus camera:

E-M1 (firmware 4.0) and Pen-F from Custom Menu A.

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E-M1 MkII as shown in the video from Custom Menu A3. 

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If you havent seen the previous episodes I recomend you to watch them. The whole Using Olympus playlist can be found here:

If you have any questions please ask them in the comments!