Wednesday, April 21, 2010

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The Olympus VF-2 for the E-P2 and E-PL1 cameras is AMAZING. The tech for electronic viewfinders has been getting better over the last year and the VF-2 is the best example yet. I prefer a built-in EVF like the SLR-styled Panasonic GH1 instead of an add-on, but the word is that they will start to appear in slimmer non-SLR-like cameras like the Pen series later this year.



It'll work just fine for now. This is what it looks like on the E-PL1 (yes I took the two pics above).



Operation Anchorage

My iPad Camera Connection kit shipped from Hong Kong a few days ago and is currently in Anchorage Alaska according to the tracking info. It’s exciting to be able to back up photos directly to the iPad, but I’m wondering if it will save them at full res or downsize them the way iPhoto does before syncing. It’s also the first accessory that is basically a USB plug for the iPad. It would be a huge missed opportunity if Apple and other app makers don't use it for things other than photo transfers. I’d really like the plug in my regular Mac keyboard please.


App update

If you haven’t purchased Magic Piano, do so now! It’s only a buck and it’s a great musical diversion for any time of the day. You’re not going to be playing like a normal piano and that’s the whole point. It’s about touching and making noises while being visually stimulated.



Guardian Eyewitness serves up one new stunning image a day along with details of the photo and photographic tips on how the shot was accomplished. Even if you care little for the technical details, the photos will mesmerize you for hours.


I finally got around to messing around with the Zinio magazine app and it’s a good first step. It’s certainly more comfortable to read magazines on the iPad vs a monitor. These are bare bones without the enhancements like the Time magazine app. The upside of less interactive elements is the cheaper prices. The magazine selection ranges from good to extremely random (Lots of Russian magazines for some reason). The Achilles heal of the thing is the speed of the reader. It takes a hair too long to navigate and sharpen each page.


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