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  1. Hi Janet, looking at your pictures - as you dont shoot much at low light, the Olympus will work pretty well. I moved from a D800 & D300 to M10 I/II, now EM1II. Its easier to get sharp pictures, wider depth of field, and the stabilization works pretty well. Sensor cleaning better than on my Nikons. Lenses depend on your budget - all my Chile pictures here got shot with kit lenses (Panasonic 14-42, 45-150, rated slightly better than the Olympus ones, see The 2.8/12-40 is tack sharp. Ephotozine has reviews of most lenses you may look for. M10III - I would recommend the cheaper M10II, the III has no real benefits for still photography. M10III has a modified menu system, 4K video, both share 16 MP sensor and nice features like live-composite & focusstacking. Andreas
  2. Planning travel/outdoor trips

    The viewranger app might fit, but I'd prefer something with free maps like OpenStreetMap. Will dig more into OneNote, had used it years ago on my job. I like to stroll around as well, taking minor roads and just see whats there. But I remember situations when I missed spots just some kilometers away - e.g. special basalt formations on Iceland, or a village on Lofoten Island where I just was too tired after a days shooting, but with an idea what I missed I'd made the extra mile.
  3. Hi, a question to travel/outdoor photographers - how do you plan your trips to a country and save your research ? I use multipe sources - (paper) maps as an overview to get a feeling for distances and areas worth to visit - web research for hiking trips / blogs on regions - paper travel guide - look up pictures in tour books to get an idea of an area I'm looking for an easy way to collect this information, my favorite would be - an electronic map where I could add points of interests/link related web pages/hiking info. - usable by PC and Android - not forced to store this in a specific cloud (would use my current online storage provider) . I would really prefer something where I could add my information as layers/POI on free maps like Open Street Map. Looks like Google offers tagging on own maps, but I'd like to avoid Google for this. Any tool you know that fits for these requirements ? (My currrent favorite: One Note from Microsoft. Plus: free, allows to embed URL's, pics and more. Minus: Microsoft cloud. Map screenshots need to get manually added. ) Andreas Andreas
  4. Affordable online backup solutions/providers

    I wanted to use european-based storage only dropbox is a no-go, and use 1 TB from Strato. You can access your data from PC and phone (android at least) with a user friendly app. The price consists of multiple elements: storage, number of users, additional access methods like (s)ftp, Webdav. They have various offers, currently 7.5 Eur/month , including 10 user accounts and additional access protocols.
  5. Slow month?

    No slow month, but a pretty slow year. Added new pics from a journey to Chile in spring which increased views, but had only 2 sales within last 12 month. Views ~ 8500, 60 zooms. Sharp sales reduction at another agency as well. Anyway, its a lottery for most of us, for some a business.
  6. Seeking Opinions on New / Different Camera

    I use mFT, Olympus and can recommend the M10 II (not III), with a slow zoom a small camera. Good Ibis & sensor cleaning, some nice features like live composite (adding only lighter part to the image during long time exposure). All my Chile pictures here are shot with an M10 and 2 cheap Panasonic lenses (12-42, 45-175), complete set ~800 Eur. As slightly effected by GAS I normally use the more robust and bit better Pro lenses, but the cheaper one do the job (Pro lenses got stolen after arrival in Chile, only my wifes small equipment was left) . Bought a 1,8 /45 mm (= 90 mm equivalent), looks like a toy - but I can confirm the good reviews on the web.
  7. Not for me. My top sale within the last years , 800 gross in 2016, usage inside as bar/restaurant decoration, was not shot with a D800 I owned for 2 years, not with my 16 mp Olympus - a D300 with 12 mp made it. A scan of a 35 mm slide, more than 15 year old picture, used for ads, 400 gross. Only one sale as wallpaper where I could expect it was selected due to size (D800). At least for me, travel photographie, the rare occasions where size mattes do not justify cost/weigth/handling of any mp monster(-lenses). But as I suffer from GAS as well, I upgraded to Olympus Pro lenses and the top body - but thats more for fun and 'having the options' . Downsize to sharpen - I do it rarely if original size looks soft after explicit sharpening.
  8. I moved from a D300/D800 to mFT (Olympus) - I usually had heavy dust spots on my first vacation. Olympus cleaning is pretty good compared to these 2 models. Any CA in Olympus raw files disappear when I tick the box in Lighroom to remove them, only in seldom cases I need to manually adjust CA. Shooting with a D800 had its issues, wouldnt go back to high MP count again if not mandatory. Read couple of people downgraded to a D750.
  9. Olympus M43

    No issues, using mFT since more than 2 years (majority of my Alamy pics are shot with Olympus). Much easier to achieve good technical quality travel/landscape shots than with a Nikon D800 i owned previously. Larger depth of field, pretty good sensor stabilization, no dust issues. Using Pro lenses prints up to A2 (40 x 60 cm) look tack sharp.
  10. XT2, possibly

    Hi Alex, I had a look at your portfolio, usually daylight, not much need for selective sharpness. I would recommend to look at mFT cams, saves weight, lenses are smaller. And image quality is fine for prints up to 45x60. I moved to Olympus after I used a D8oo and the cheapest Olympus (OMD M10, but with the 12-40 Pro zoom) in 2014 side by side. Its perfect for travel shots. - default sharpness area is larger than APS-C - sensor stabilization works very well - sensor cleaning much better than my Nikons where I had dust spots in my first vacation (D300,D800) - some nice features like live composite (only lighter areas add to night scene), focus bracketing are build in. Regarding LR 6 - the current version usually gets updated with new camera profiles until the next version is published. New features, like haze removal, are added to cloud version only.
  11. Slow month?

    Not a slow month, but a slow year - I'm aware that my collection here is small, but with a bit less than ~900 images online last year I had 6 sales, only one this year with pictures added. Pictures I distribute using a german macro stock agency show a decline of more than 50 % this year. I do stock for a while and I'm aware that this may be just a normal variance - but, pushes a bit to check other options to make some revenue. Andreas
  12. German photographers - VAT tax handling

    @andyman - thanks a lot, I just have form UR on my desk. @stockfotoart: this works since +20 years. Surely is any repaid tax an income you need to declare and pay tax for. Just standard.
  13. German photographers - VAT tax handling

    @andyman - thanks a lot, I just have form UR on my desk. @stockfotoart: this works since +20 years. Surely is any repaid tax an income you need to declare and pay tax for. Just standard.
  14. German photographers - VAT tax handling

    Thanks for your feedback - I assume that the procedure will be the same here in Germany and the guy at the information desk at the tax authorities does not see cases like this often.
  15. Even if I have only a small revenue selling licenses, I opted to pay VAT in Germany. The benefit is that any VAT I pay on gear (19%) gets refunded (good for people with GAS), I charge 7% on licenses, the net balance of both is often positive for me. When I signed up for Alamy, I didnt see any option in the user account settings to enter a german VAT ID. Only a british VAT ID starting with GB + 9 digits may get entered. I checked german requirements at the information desk of our local tax authorities, they told me that I need to add 7 % german VAT on any revenue I make in GB. I mailed contributor service - they add VAT only to photographers with a britisch VAT id. Could any german photographer who opted for VAT tell how he handles this ? Would expect same questions for photographers in other EC countries. Thanks, Andreas