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As I’ve told before, I started going to gym somewhere in February, I don’t remember the exact date. I’ve been continuing that ever since while doing some adjustments. Last time I was asked about how I’m training, so now I’m going to tell more about that. Just keep in mind that I’m not an expert in this subject and I’m mostly writing based on my own experiences, not some scientifically tested data.

First of all, let’s talk motivation and targets. Well, to be honest, I don’t have a clear cut objective for my training myself. I just thought I would like to get rid of some unnecessary body fat and maybe improve my health in the process. I haven’t measured my energy consumption or followed too closely how I’m training: I eat when I’m hungry and try to train listening to my body and according to my abilities and energy level at the moment.

It looks like I’m making some progression towards the first target: when I started training, the classic analog scale at the gym told my weight was almost 92kilograms. On Saturday, the same scale read 86.7 kilograms. I was quite shocked at the reading, as an electric scale had told me just a week before my mass was about 88 kilograms. Okay, I had only eaten my breakfast before Saturday’s training session, but still. Okay, to put the weight into a perspective I should maybe add that I’m about 189 centimeters tall, so if I’m going to keep training, I don’t know how much mass I can lose. Read More

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There is no shortage of different zooms for Micro Four Thirds cameras. Most of them are pretty cheap and not that high end stuff. The most expensive zooms are the Panasonic f2.8 zooms that correspond to the classic 24-70mm and 70-200mm zooms on full frame. They would most likely be awesome, but like I said, they’re pretty expensive too.

From the cheap zoom collection I currently own the Olympus 40-150mm f4.0-5.6 one. It’s not fast, but it offers a fantastic reach for somewhat bright environments. I bought it last autumn, since I didn’t have anything that reachy and it was pretty cheap: I think I paid something like 150 euros for the lens, a 8GB memory card and a smallish Olympus Pen bag. I haven’t used the memory card yet, but it’s good to have a backup, and I mostly use the bag to store my lenses, even if it would fit the camera and maybe two lenses.

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Olympus recently revealed their newest camera model for the Micro Four Thirds. I know that Panasonic has actually announced two new models, but I didn’t find them particularly exciting. Okay, GF6 might work as a second body, but I don’t know about G6. Maybe if its video features are truly exciting.

But anyways, Olympus announced E-P5. There had been a lot of speculation and rumors about what features the camera would include in the end. I haven’t had the chance to actually try it myself but based on pictures and specifications it seems to be a sexy beast.

The body style of E-P5 stays true to the PEN design and it looks really good, especially in silver and black. borrows many features from the E-M5 while improving them and then adding some while lacking some, probably just to differentiate it enough compared to E-M5. I’m not going to go through all the specifications here, you can read them from other websites (Ming Thein’s blog, for example) and press releases, but I’ll point out a few interesting things.

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I’ve now had the pleasure of using my Panasonic-Leica 25mm f1.4 quite a lot more, as the lens hasn’t left my OM-D since I got it. I visited my mother and brother in Kokkola on May Day. Some wise man once said that the true test of a lens comes when shooting cats. Well, I probably just made that up and I’m not that wise, but it was still nice to get to shoot some cats. As in cat pictures, not actually shooting them dead, that would be horrible. And to be honest, I did shoot a lot of other things, too.

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