Some Slow Motion Samples from Finnmarksløpet 2015

I recorded a bit of video during the start of Finnmarksløpet 2015, both at the main start at Alta city center, and at the restart for the 1000km participants (they have famous people etc. in their sled from the city center to the restart at Sorrisniva). Here are some clips from the video I recorded.

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The Solar Eclipse

Today there was a partial solar eclipse where I live, Alta, Norway.

The weather wasn't 100% optimal for us to see it perfectly as there was clouds flying by all the time, but for photography it gave me the chance for some interesting images. I wanted to do a time lapse of it, and I did, but the images aren't usable for a time lapse as the images varies so much, but it did leave me with a lot of pictures to pick from.

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A Slow Motion Dog's Day at the Beach

A trip to the snowy Lathari beach in Alta with some friends and all our dogs. Mine is  Luna, the very energetic white one with black areas around the eye sand a ring on the back.

I just got the Samsung 45mm f/1.8, a small, cheap plastic lens, cause I realizes it would be nice to have something with auto focus for when Finnmarksløpet starts at the end of this week. My impression of it so far after having using for a couple of day is extremely positive. i don't understand how they managed to make something so cheap be so good. It renders sharp images at f/1.8, and that's with 28 megapixels on an APS-C sized sensor. I'm very impressed. A full review is coming later.

This is the lens I used for the video, it was my first time using anything with auto focus on the NX1, so I wasn't completely aware of how it worked, but the result was still pretty good in my opinion, these are active dogs, and Luna is a white dog, and it was snow, so quite impressed.

This Sunday I also recorded some video of snowmobile drag racing, and I'm working on that now, so that's coming up before Finnmarksløpet starts on Friday, so look out for that.

A week with the Samsung NX1, some initial thoughts

So I ended up selling my lovely Fujifilm X-T1 all of the sudden. The reason is the Samsung NX1. The reason is that the NX1 would be at least as good for stills (peaking for manual focus, 28 megapixels, 15 FPS, very good ISO performance, great electronic view finder(EVF) etc..), and if Samsung fixes the very cumbersome focus peaking (it has to be turned on after every touch of the shutter button), then it will be.

But, the video specs and performance of the NX1 is far beyond the X-T1, even after the X-T1 got manual video in the December 2014 firmware update. It does 4K and UHD, and 1080p up to 120 FPS, all with peaking while recording (on the X-T1, peaking turned off when recording started), and you can connect an external monitor and recorder, no such thing on the X-T1.

Don't get me wrong, I loved the X-T1, it was magnificent to use, and the pictures it captured were amazing. But I want to do video as well, and with the X-T1, it just wasn't going to happen as I wanted it.

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Unboxing the Fujifilm X-T1 (and some adapters)

Here is the video where I unbox my new camera, the Fujifilm X-T1. I also unbox the two adapters I'll be using to connect my Pentax K-mount lenses (at the moment I don't have any lenses for the Fujiilm X mount). One is just an adapter to connect the lenses, the other is a lens turbo / speedbooster (not from Metabones), both are completely manual with no electronic contacts.