VA-1 adapter for the OM-D E-M5 II available!

The VA-1 angle finder mounted on the OM-D E-M5 II

I got the first production grade adapter to mount teh VA-1 angle finder on the OM-D E-M5 II. It fits well and the visibility of the view finder is good. I have no experience yet, how the material will stand over time and usage. I used (first time) selective laser sintering (SLS) as production method for this kind of adapter.

With this adapter, the VA-1 may be mounted to yet another type of camera body.

You may order the adapter directly through my Shapeways web shop.

m.ZUIKO 7–14mm with polarizing filter

m.ZUIKO 7-14mm f2.8 with polarization filter

Oh, yes. It can be done. I mounted a haida PRO II NC slim polarizer on my Olympus m.ZUIKO 7–14mm f2.8 lens. The filter has a diameter of 105 mm. Slight vignetting is still visible. The effect ist a bit strange when taking pictures of teh blue sky. It is quite promising when aiming at reflections. More tests will follow.

Testing Dive-Computers

Testing equipment in mountain lakes.

I got a brand new dive computer a couple of days ago. It needs a certain number of operating hours in order to get the approval for public usage. I am therefore out and diving a lot. This may cause delays in answering requests. Please be patient.

The picture shows computers I got for testing a while ago. The current test devices are still top secret!

Threaded filter holder for the Zuiko 7–14mm f2.0 lens

Who says, that you can’t mount a threaded filter on top of the Zuiko 7–14 mm f2.0 lens? With a filter diameter of 105 mm it is possible. I tested with the bare holder for vignetting. Up to now, the results are promising.

Threaded filter holder for the Zuiko 7-14mm f2,8 lens

I designed and built a prototype on request. I couldn’t test the holder yet. None of the dealers in my vicinity stocks filters of that diameter. Since I wasn’t willing to spend more than 200 € for a quick test, I have to be patient. My customer will test the holder and I will report the results.

Polarizers are expected to produce strange effects when pointed at the sky. Nevertheless, they should remove reflections quite good across the whole image.

New Heavy-duty Buzzer

Heavy-duty buzzer with charging adapter and USB-receiver
Heavy-duty buzzer with charging adapter and USB-receiver

I built a new buzzer for photo booths. The new case is even more stable than its predecessor. As a bonus, it allows charging two AA cells independently without opening the case. The receiver is implemented using a Yongnuo RF-603. It may be expanded with a USB-dongle that emulates a left mouse click or hitting a key on a keyboard.


Power Olympus Cameras from a 5 V Source

I performed tests to power Olympus cameras (OM-D E-M1) from a 5 V source. The voltage of 7.5 to 7.6 V required by the camera was delivered by a DC-DC step-up converter.

In general, powering a camer this way is possible. I just couldn’t find a power source yet that allows to drive the camera without restrictions. Even a wall wart delivering 2 A maximum current wasn’t enough to get single frame pictures at a decent pace. Too short image intervals caused troubles saving the taken pictures. Common USB chargers won’t drive the camera even in idle mode.

Maybe a power source delivering 2.5 or 3 A may do the trick. I couldn’t verify it yet.