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Olympus OM-D E-M1 Discussion


brian1208 e2
11 10.6k 12 United Kingdom
9 Nov 2013 6:57PM
that it is (especially around Orchard Street in the evening Wink )

I love the juxtaposition you have shown here - not a good advert for the product Grin

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camay e2
7 132 3 Scotland
9 Nov 2013 7:04PM
All taken in Singapore Botanic Gardens on a Saturday morning.


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A group practising stylised sword movements.
Carabosse e2
11 39.7k 269 England
9 Nov 2013 7:29PM
This thread is tempting me to spend yet more money! Sad

Will it ever end? (Answer: probably not!)

Any views on whether the sensor had been improved?
brian1208 e2
11 10.6k 12 United Kingdom
9 Nov 2013 7:35PM
to my eyes, yes. There seems to be a wider DR and greater tolerance / facility for processing the .orf files

Noise seems lower too so I'm now quite happy to go to ISO1600 for my action shots (to keep the shutter speed up) whereas I stick to ISO800 with the EM-5

The combined CDAF / PDAF sensor works a treat with my longer lenses in CAF mode and I am definitely getting much better success with it than I ever did with the EM-5 when shooting BIF and action (not something of importance to you though if I remember rightly CB?)

The handling is a real revelation too, whatever you do, don't try one or your wallet will be prised open faster than you can say "Its Mine!" Grin
Carabosse e2
11 39.7k 269 England
10 Nov 2013 2:16AM
Thanks Brian. Yes, the focusing is not really an issue (for me) on the E-M5 - but any improvement is welcome. Might even take up BIF work! Grin

I wouldn't buy the camera just for the better AF, which is why I wondered if the sensor has been improved. It seems it has and that, with improved handling, could be a clincher.

I wonder what special deals Olympus are offering? If the E-M5 is anything to go by, we could grow rather old waiting for the basic price to drop. Lol! Wink
mikehit e2
5 7.1k 11 United Kingdom
15 Nov 2013 8:36AM
I have seen some reports of wose noise performance than the E-M5 - have you noticed this, Brian?
Paul Morgan e2
13 16.1k 6 England
15 Nov 2013 2:15PM

Quote:I have seen some reports of wose noise performance than the E-M5 - have you noticed this, Brian?


Lol you make the EM5 sound bad, I`ve never seen any bad noise from my EM5 Smile
brian1208 e2
11 10.6k 12 United Kingdom
15 Nov 2013 2:20PM

Quote:I have seen some reports of wose noise performance than the E-M5 - have you noticed this, Brian?


I had read that Mike (somewhere in the bowels of DPreview from memory) but my experience is exactly the opposite, so much so that I'm now using ISO1600 as my normal top ISO for action shooting when (as now) the light intensity is dropping. I'm needing very little post-process noise reduction and am delighted with the results

(have a look at some of these shots from a couple of days ago http://www.flickr.com/photos/75445098@N04/sets/72157637673325863/ )

forgot to say, when I am getting noise (very low light, high ISO and long exposure I get the subjective feeling that is a bit more like film grain than digital noise)
Paul_Anthony e2
2 387 4 Wales
16 Nov 2013 8:20AM
Only got 'hands on' with the EM1 earlier in the week. I was expecting it to be larger than it was, not that much different to my EM5. I think I would definitely need the grip if I was to purchase one as I did for the EM5. Must admit though, it did feel great in the hand and felt well balanced with my Panasonic lenses attached..

Question is, do I sell the Nikon now and go for it? .... Possibly, I will need to have a better test with one first, take some low light images and test out that viewfinder in bright, backlit conditions etc.

Paul
brian1208 e2
11 10.6k 12 United Kingdom
16 Nov 2013 4:42PM
I spent an hour or so on our local quayside this morning shooting gulls and starlings using the EM-1 + 75-300 with some pretty consistent, good results using both CAF and SAF.

"Grab-shooting" was giving me around 50% sharp results and using a more considered approach, staking out a location such as Starlings on a roof / rigging or gulls fighting for food this went up to around 70%

Rather than dumping a load of images here I have posted a representative sample of them on my flikr site
here
brian1208 e2
11 10.6k 12 United Kingdom
3 Dec 2013 7:08PM
I've sold my mk1 version of the 75-300 and got the mk2, mainly because the old one was used when I got it and although I could get excellent images from it in good light I felt there was more possible under less ideal conditions

The new lens is mechanically a lot better, no zoom creep even with the hood attached and a lovely smooth zoom and manual focus action

After fairly extensive testing on my replacement EM-1 (now with firmware v1.1 loaded) under pretty dreadful light (cold grey and misty most of the time) I am happy that the new lens / body combo are performing as I want.

I'm getting consistently sharp results even when both the light and contrast between subject and background are low, something I struggled with using the old lens.

I can't wait to get some decent light to really push it but here are a few shots from today, taken on Avon Beach at lunch time with the typical grey, dreary lighting that is becoming the norm at the moment (none are "Good" shots but they show the detail I am seeing)

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and a first for me, a juvenile Cormorant showing its white breast feathers, shot from the beach café through the double glazed windows

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Carabosse e2
11 39.7k 269 England
4 Dec 2013 1:13PM
Excellent pics, especially given the light. Smile
brian1208 e2
11 10.6k 12 United Kingdom
9 Dec 2013 7:00AM
A good example of the resolving power of the 75-300 mk2 on the EM-1 on a cold still day with minimal haze or thermal diffraction.

The shot is across the estuary of Mudeford Harbour, a distance of between half and one mile (nearer the mile I would estimate without looking at the map)

The first is full frame width and the second a 100% crop

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brian1208 e2
11 10.6k 12 United Kingdom
9 Dec 2013 4:54PM
Another demo of the sharpness and resolution of the 75-300 mk2 on EM-1, a shot of this evenings moon, hand-held with ISO 400 and 1/400th sec, spot metered Aperture priority

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mikehit e2
5 7.1k 11 United Kingdom
9 Dec 2013 4:57PM

Quote:A good example of the resolving power of the 75-300 mk2 on the EM-1 on a cold still day with minimal haze or thermal diffraction.

The shot is across the estuary of Mudeford Harbour, a distance of between half and one mile (nearer the mile I would estimate without looking at the map)

The first is full frame width and the second a 100% crop



Didn't you do a shot like that with the E-M5? I've had a quick look but that thread is so damned long now....

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