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It seems, after reading information found elsewhere that by value of quite comprehensive tests that some people have done, the E-620 underexposes by 1 stop when the ISO is set to 200 and the file system set to RAW.

There does not seem to be the same problem if the file system at 200 ISO is set to Jpg. Perhaps the in-camera processing sorts the under-exposure out.

So, the rule of thumb seems to avoid shooting in RAW at 200 ISO

Mrs M. and I are back from Italy after 3 days in Florence. The weather was good apart from the evenings when it rained a little.

Camera equipment-wise, I took my Domke bag with my E-620, the 14-42 zoom and the pancake lens.

It was whilst I was using the 620 on the first day,  that I found that I was having to increase exposure by 1/3 of a stop to get some brightness into the pictures. There was nothing special about the situations I was photographing, just street scenes and buildings.

Once back at the hotel, I reset the camera menu so that the 620 was permanently shooting 1/3 over. I will keep an eye on this to ensure I am getting good results from the over-exposure, but I seem to remember reading somewhere that the E-620 is prone to slight under-exposure.

As promised I have taken some pictures of the three bags that I use, with the normal amount of equipment I use with them, installed.

First up is the Lowepro 400AW Flipside. As I stated, this is the bag that I use to store most of photographic equipment – well at least 95% of it anyway.

As you see it above, the bag contains my three E-system bodies, the E-30 on the left of the picture has the Zuiko ED 14-42mm 1:3.5-5.6 lens attached to it – this is pretty much my standard lens.

The body at the bottom of the picture is the E-620 without a lens attached. To its right is the Zuiko 25 mm 1:2.8 Pancake lens, a really great lens for reportage photography. Small and unobtrusive it really goes well with the smaller Olympus bodies like the E-620.

At the top of the picture is my newest body but also the oldest. It’s a second-hand E-1 which I got as an absolute bargain not long ago. It’s in immaculate condition with no marks, dents or scratches and it’s a brilliant camera.

In the centre of the bag you can see another lens, this the Zuiko ED 40-150mm 1:4.0-5.6. This is another really nice lens (does Olympus make anything else but great lenses) although I don’t use it that much, prefering my small zoom.

So, on to my Domke F-6 (a little bit smaller) bag. This is my day-to-day bag, which I carry around with me on photographic trips out and about. It’s big enough for one body with a lens attached and some other odds and ends. The bag is made of canvas and very pliable so as it hangs over your shoulder it really sits nicely on your shoulder.

I have various layouts depending on what I want to take with me on the trip. The one above shows my E-30 with an extra lens, the Zuiko ED 40-150mm 1:4.0-5.6 in the side pocket.

This layout shows the E-30 again, but this time with the E620 with the Zuiko 25 mm 1:2.8 Pancake lens attached.

The picture above again has the E-30 in the main pocket but the smaller one has both the Zuiko 25 mm 1:2.8 Pancake and 40-150mm 1:4.0-5.6 lenses, ready to be used on the camera.

My smallest bag is the Lowepro Terraclime 100. This bag is really only big enough to carry one camera, but what I like about it is that like the Domke F-6t it doesn’t really look like a camera bag. You can wander around town without people suspecting you have an expensive camera with you. Once again it is made of canvas so is pliable and sits snugly against the body. I use a Domke insert inside it to carry and protect my camera and I have changed the rather insecure standard strap clips to some plastic ones.

In the picture you can see the camera in the Domke pouch which leaves room at either end for things such as filters and filter holders.

This is the blog of a photographer. In it he will discuss various aspects of this fascinating hobby as it affects him. It could be the actual theory of photography, it could be the practise of photographer and it could be about equipment.

Anything goes – as long as photography is in the blog somewhere.

I use three camera bags at the moment. I have a Lowepro Flipside AW400 backpack in which I store all my gear apart from the little odds and ends like USB cables etc. The bag has numerous removable, padded partitions and can be arranged in numerous ways in order to fit your equipment. It has loops to carry a tripod and external net pockets for drinks etc. It also has a large zip pocket on the front for a phone and other bits and pieces and an integrated waterproof cover stored in a pouch on the bottom. This is a fantastic, comfortable bag to wear with all the equipment stored within.

I also have a Domke 6 (Little Bit smaller bag) which I use for everyday use. In this I can transport two cameras and two lenses.  It doesn’t look like a camera bag and it’s my favourite. It’s made of heavy duty canvas with a zip pocket on the front and in the lid and an open pocket on the back. Like all Domke’s it comes unpaddded apart from the bottom and you have to buy the Domke padded inserts (or make your own) in which to put your camera and lenses. The bag comes with a collapsable 4 lens compartment, from which I have removed the partitions and I use this to put one of the cameras in. I then purchased the 1-Compartment Short compartment in which you can fit a body with out a lens, although I don’t tend to use this.

The third bag I have is a Lowepro Terraclime 100. This bag is made from reconstituted plastic bottles and is actually a very nice nondescript ‘man-bag’ type. It comes with a padded wrap with which you can wrap your camera for extra protection, although I tend to use the padded insert from my Domke bag that just fits in nicely. it has pockets on the front and a zip pocket on the inside.

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