Evenings like these

Evenings like these by Jere Ketola on 500px.com

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New cameras

I had the chance to visit the largest camera &electronics fair in Finland. Digiexpo is a yearly event and is often the first place to get to play around with new models. There were models introduced in Photokina so new models with also some very good discounts for buying at the fair. Here are some thoughts on cameras if you are interested.

The highlight for me this year was the new Samsung NX1. Got to play around with one that had the grip on it and a 16-50 F2 -2.8 lens.  Have to say that it impressed me as much as the Fujifilm XT-1 last year. Maybe even more considering the different backgrounds of Fuji and Samsung.

The NX1 felt good in my hand size-wise and the focus was really fast. I am used to pro dslr focus speed and that felt as fast. Very nice. The evf and screen were excellent as well. I would really, really love to have one for a while and see how it is to use with time. I have no doubt one could create great photos and video with it. The NX1 has specs that are pretty much class leading in everyway.  It can do 4k video and should be similar to the Panasonic GH4 as well. I Hope they sell well and continue to bring good lenses to the market as well. I think they should also try to get  Zeiss to make Touit lenses for the Nx system as well.

As a side mention I as a very large handed fellow feel that almost all mirrorless cameras need to have an accessory grip for me to have a good trusting hold on it. Same goes for the Fujifilm XT -1 as well as the Olympus EM-1.  Almost unusable without a grip. The Sony A7 series is quite similar as well. I just love the fact that cameras are getting lighter and smaller so as to be more travel friendly but it has its downsides.

The Fujifilm XT -1 Graphite looked really nice and old school and X100T was nice as well. Love them both. But with the above caveat. XT-1 with grip and a couple of primes would be really nice to have as a smaller system.

Got to play around with the D750 Nikon as well. First feelings are that it is a bit differently molded and even though it is much smaller than the Nikon D810 it seems to give a good grip. Still on my list of going to buy at some point as I have a lot of Nikon F-mount lenses already. 

The Canon 7D mk2 was also present and it is very good and seemed to focus very good as well. Good camera if you shoot sports of birds etc.

New Jolla phone!

Jolla side

As a self-admitted geek I have always enjoyed technology in its different forms and variations. As as Finn it was always nice to read how Nokia dominated the mobile markets for over a decade. With the advent of iPhone and Android Nokia has lost some of its glamour, although I still like the models the company is doing now. The Lumia series is lovely, the newest models in particular. With the discontinuing of Nokia / Intel software collaboration of a mobile OS called Meego I was a bit saddened.

However a bit later it was announced that that project would live on, and a small Finnish company called Jolla was formed to this end. Today is the long-awaited day when they finally released the phone to the public. Below is the video:

I love the simplistic elegance of this phone. A worthy successor to the Nokia N9 which used the earlier version of Meego. (the N9 form language lives on in the Lumia models)

Jolla

I cannot wait to get to test this phone. One of its great points is that it can run all Android based apps as well (both use Linux core).

colorful Jolla

What do you think?

all images+video copyright Jolla

Peaceful Sunday

Here are a couple of landscape pictures. A peaceful Sunday is nearing its end and one must prepare for the work week once more.

Peace by Jere Ketola (JKetola)) on 500px.com

The peace and serenity of rural Balkans is nice to the soul, yet somehow daunting as well. The nature has reclaimed what people have wrought as more and more people move to the cities. Before the collapse of the communist regime, the leader of Yugoslavia Tito, had plans to inhabit these areas. Natural movement, not hindered by the orders of a government, goes in the opposite direction.

Harvest by Jere Ketola (JKetola)) on 500px.com

The mountain ranges are not too forbidding in the area but we had to turn back as the road grew too rough for our rental Seat Cordoba.

Light at the end of the path

Photography is a matter of perspective. We all see the world differently. Walking with another photographer shows this very nicely. At the end of the day, both have captured different things and views, yet have moved from a to b the same path.

Light at the end of the path by Jere Ketola (JKetola)) on 500px.com

This small alley caught my eye and especially the light which was pouring through.

Instagram

Today or actually yesterday the good folks at Instagram (or should I say Facebook) launched the new web version of said service. I haven’t used the the service too much, but do visit my picture feed at My Instagram photos. This sort of direct access to these photos is much nicer when using a computer than the 3rd party things have been. Easier to link as well, however the quality is of course less a priority with these as they cannot compete with a photo taken with a proper camera (this is of course my opinion, you may disagree).

Digiexpo

Today I visited the local trade center of Messukeskus. This weekend the place is hosting Digiexpo, Skiexpo, Boardexpo and last but  not least Hifiexpo. All are consumer oriented although professionals visit as well.

Here are a couple of bad quality pics of the event as well as some thoughts.

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Digiexpo was primarily dominated by the new Windows 8 in its many iterations. The look is totally different to the old Windows and it seems to be hard.for some people to grasp. I feel its simpler maybe even  too simple. The Nokia Lumia 920 seemed very promising, will be interesting to see how it sells.

Anyways this was my first chance to also play with the iPad Mini. The feel was normal Apple, solid and fluid. The size is in my opinion more suited for carrying around. Actually fits my rather large hand and is more in the line of carry everywhere than use on the sofa at home. The price is okay as well, although the specs are more inline with the iPad 2 than the New iPad. Maybe a good choice for people who already have a laptop and who haven’t yet bought any of the  10″ tablets.

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There were a lot of great home theater systems as well as the more old school hi-fi stuff. The big  presence of Finnish brands such as Genelec, OR, Amphion and Aurelia was heart warming. The sound of our home brands are fully comparable to the foreign brands .

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High end stuff is fun to hear even though at prices that are beyond most peoples budgets. This system cost about 10k€ with speakers from Austrian brand that I have never heard of. Sound was fabulous though.

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Amphion demo was very popular.

In the camera side there were on display the new models from all the big camera manufacturers. The Canon Eos-M seemed a nice thing to hold and small enough to carry. The new 1D-X and 6D/5D mk3 were of course very interesting. Nikon also had their full line on show.