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Paul Morgan
Paul Morgan e2 Member 1314963 forum postsPaul Morgan vcard England6 Constructive Critique Points
10 Jan 2013 - 6:25 PM

First person I thought of was Mark Humpage but I don`t think he`s using an OMD.

http://www.markhumpage.com/

This link looks more useful Pete.

http://www.ayton.id.au/wp02/?p=5426

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conrad
conrad  1010874 forum posts116 Constructive Critique Points
10 Jan 2013 - 8:00 PM

Hi everyone,

Does anyone have any experience with this problem? My photos aren't being recorded on the memory card. The camera acts like it's taking the photo, in every single respect it does look and sound like the photo is being taken - but theres nothing on the memory card.

Have I done something wrong? I have successfully taken photos and stored them on this card before, and in this camera. But for some reason it isn't working now.

I'm probably overlooking something, but at the moment I have no idea what.

Suggestions welcome!

AnneWorner
AnneWorner e2 Member 6606 forum postsAnneWorner vcard United States41 Constructive Critique Points
10 Jan 2013 - 8:13 PM

Have your tried another memory card?

keithh
keithh  1022805 forum posts Wallis and Futuna29 Constructive Critique Points
10 Jan 2013 - 8:14 PM

I guess you've checked the card in another camera but does the OM-D have a menu setting that allows it to fire the shutter when a card is not inserted or without recording to the card. I remember the Canons had this setting to allow recording to a hard drive (laptop etc) .

mdpontin
mdpontin  106016 forum posts Scotland
10 Jan 2013 - 8:16 PM

You haven't accidentally knocked the write-protect (or lock) switch on the card, by any chance?

keithh
keithh  1022805 forum posts Wallis and Futuna29 Constructive Critique Points
10 Jan 2013 - 8:40 PM

excellent call!

conrad
conrad  1010874 forum posts116 Constructive Critique Points
11 Jan 2013 - 8:27 AM

Ah, those are all things I hadn't thought of myself - excellent ideas. Will check as soon as I get a break today. Will let you know how it goes - thanks!

mike162
mike162  1
11 Jan 2013 - 2:09 PM

I am going to buy a new camera this year.

Last year I purchased a Sony RX100 as a "pocket camera" and I am thrilled with it.

Now I want a camera mainly for taking photos or birds and wildlife, plus landscapes.

My old Canon SX1 IS bridge camera was great for taking photos of elephants, zebra etc in good light Africa (light too strong really), its x20 zoom got acceptable quality pictures, where my professional photographer friend with his EOS and limited length zoom did not get in close enough to get many good shots.

In the UK, the light is often poor, and the SX1 IS does not perform so well half the year. I have considered the Panasonic FZ200 (430 ish) with its 50-600mm f2.8 throughout, however it has the small sensor and not too good noise performance of pretty well all bridge cameras and I want to move up a gear.

I have pretty well decided that M4/3 with its high quality and possibility of a 600mm (equiv) lenses in a relatively small and light package is the way to go. Unfortunately the 100-300mm (my coveted 600mm equiv) lens that I have seen is f4 - 5.6.

I am looking for good low light performance

So my questions to you knowledgeable people;-

Which is the best Image Stabilisation in M4/3 and how much difference will it make?

DxOMark recons the PEN E-PM2, PEN E-PL5, and OM-D E-M5 are 1,2 & 3 for low light sensor performance, how much difference will it make? APS-C sensors can be better (they are bigger) but the lenses with an effective 600mm reach are huge in wieght size and cost.

Is there anything else that would help?

Thanks

Paul Morgan
Paul Morgan e2 Member 1314963 forum postsPaul Morgan vcard England6 Constructive Critique Points
11 Jan 2013 - 4:31 PM


Quote: I am looking for good low light performance

Even slowish lenses can perform well in low light these days Smile

mikehit
mikehit  46188 forum posts United Kingdom9 Constructive Critique Points
11 Jan 2013 - 4:47 PM


Quote: Unfortunately the 100-300mm (my coveted 600mm equiv) lens that I have seen is f4 - 5.6.

The MFTs will give good quality images up to ISO 800 or even 1600 (with processing) so that will allow higher-than expected shutter speeds. As for the best image stabilisation I think that is firmly with the Olympus EM-5. All the Olympus and Sony models have IS in the body, the Panasonics have it in the lens and outside the EM-5 it is up to you which you go for.
Two things to note: With the 300mm lens you will probably need a tripod/monopod for most situations at the longest focal length; and the focus tracking used in MFTs is not yet as good as DSLRs, especially in lower light.


Quote: APS-C sensors can be better (they are bigger) but the lenses with an effective 600mm reach are huge in wieght size and cost.

Your calculations are incorrect because you forgot to take into account the crop factor of APS-C bodies: APS-C lens of 400mm has same FOV as 300mm on MFT so this reduces the price differential significantly. An dunless your technique is excellent the cropped image from 600D_70-300 will be very similar to EPL+70-300.
If you cannot afford EM-5, my choice would be between a Canon 600D with 70-300 (non-L) and EPL plus 70-300. For the focussing advantages I would probably go for the 600D (with the 70-300L it is cheaper than the EM-5 body alone). If size really is an issue then the EP will do you very well.

Last Modified By mikehit at 11 Jan 2013 - 4:48 PM
StrayCat
StrayCat  1014491 forum posts Canada2 Constructive Critique Points
11 Jan 2013 - 5:07 PM

E-M5 with either the Panasonic 100-300mm, or Olympus 75-300mm. I have the Panasonic, and shoot at 300mm most of the time, and almost always handheld. With the E-M5's 5-axis IS you can't go wrong. The E-M5 plus the Panasonic is $1500.00 USD, and with the Olympus lens it's about $300 - $400 more. There are great deals around for the camera body plus a lens, I believe.

Paul Morgan
Paul Morgan e2 Member 1314963 forum postsPaul Morgan vcard England6 Constructive Critique Points
11 Jan 2013 - 9:45 PM

There are rumours that the current Olympus 75-300 is going to be discontinued.

Maybe there`s a newer cheaper version on the way.

mikehit
mikehit  46188 forum posts United Kingdom9 Constructive Critique Points
11 Jan 2013 - 10:34 PM

The planned 150mm f2.8 looks very tempting, but unfortunately not until 2014 Sad

StrayCat
StrayCat  1014491 forum posts Canada2 Constructive Critique Points
12 Jan 2013 - 1:06 AM

A 150/f2.8 will be in excess of 2Gs.

Paul Morgan
Paul Morgan e2 Member 1314963 forum postsPaul Morgan vcard England6 Constructive Critique Points
12 Jan 2013 - 2:44 AM


Quote: A 150/f2.8 will be in excess of 2Gs

You forgot that most premium M4/3 lenses cost about half that of the Canon counterparts Smile

I notice the Sigma equ sells for about 2200 in the UK.

Last Modified By Paul Morgan at 12 Jan 2013 - 2:45 AM

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