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snaarman
30th April 2012, 10:05 PM
Well, I am deeply impressed with this E-M5, particularly in conjunction with the 45mm lens. I was busy tonight so by the time I was able to shoot some images it was very dark, overcast and starting to rain. Furthermore all the local lighting was vile sodium lamps. So: time for some High ISO tests, and check that Image Stabilisation.

ISO1600, f1.8 1/8th handheld :-)
http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/622/EM500005.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/45927)

ISO3200
http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/622/EM500019.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/45929)

ISO6400
http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/622/EM500008.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/45928)

These are all jpg. I would obviously like to get going with raw files, but there's not much to moan at here *chr

Having the IS effect visible in the EVF as you half press the shutter is a great confidence builder. The shutter is noticable quieter than the E-PL3. As to the so called "hum", it sounds like a continuous wistful sigh to me.

Next purchase is a second MMF-1. All this adapter swapping is making my life complicated.. I figure folks will be changing up to the MMF-3 soon.

Pete

steverh
30th April 2012, 10:51 PM
I think you're going to enjoy it after all the hassle of getting one!

Looking forward to some daylight shots from you...

PeterBirder
30th April 2012, 10:57 PM
These look great Pete.
The IS effect in the EVF sounds really useful.

Ordered a 45mm on Saturday, arrives on Wednesday. Just need the ****** camera now.:rolleyes:

Regards.*chr

snaarman
1st May 2012, 07:12 AM
The IS effect in the EVF sounds really useful.
Ordered a 45mm on Saturday, arrives on Wednesday. Just need the ****** camera now.:rolleyes:

Regards.*chr

They make a remarkable pair and you can get good pictures in truly lousy conditions. I mean, being forced down to 1/8th and f1.8 at ISO1600 - now that is dark... It does however take a mind shift to start regarding ISO 800 and 1600 as run of the mill settings...

The menu system is immense and I suspect it will take me several passes to get it set as I want. It's worth downloading the manual (it's more comprehensive than the multi language booklet you get with the camera). I wouls also suggest reading through the Dpreview menu description in advance of getting the camera...

More pictures and more first impressions later today.

Pete

StephenL
1st May 2012, 07:22 AM
Some good proving shots. Th lens is good too, isn't it? I will probably settle down this morning with the Review in one hand and the camera in t'other and go through my settings.

Chevvyf1
1st May 2012, 08:19 AM
Well, I am deeply impressed with this E-M5, ...

Having the IS effect visible in the EVF as you half press the shutter is a great confidence builder. The shutter is noticeably quieter than the E-PL3. As to the so called "hum", it sounds like a continuous wistful sigh to me.

Pete


Pete, Glad your so pleased with this kit :D. However, I do feel that the it could be an "appreciative sigh" from your good self :D :D :D especially, as it is continuous *yes ... :eek:

PeterBirder
1st May 2012, 08:53 AM
They make a remarkable pair and you can get good pictures in truly lousy conditions. I mean, being forced down to 1/8th and f1.8 at ISO1600 - now that is dark... It does however take a mind shift to start regarding ISO 800 and 1600 as run of the mill settings...

The menu system is immense and I suspect it will take me several passes to get it set as I want. It's worth downloading the manual (it's more comprehensive than the multi language booklet you get with the camera). I wouls also suggest reading through the Dpreview menu description in advance of getting the camera...

More pictures and more first impressions later today.

Pete

Thanks Pete.
I've been reading the manual online and the review, didn't realise you now don't even get a manual with the camera.:eek:

Regards.*chr

p.s. Did you see my post about Kenko extension tubes being offered by Park Cameras?

snaarman
1st May 2012, 08:57 AM
p.s. Did you see my post about Kenko extension tubes being offered by Park Cameras?

Yes, I'm keeping my eye on that. I don't do much macro, but next time I need to copy some old slides or negs I will certainly need auto tubes.

Pete

snaarman
1st May 2012, 09:50 AM
Mmm. A nice dull damp day in North Hampshire.

I managed to un-weld the 45mm from the E-M5 and I will give it a try at lunchtime with the 14-54 and 40-150 4/3 lenses and report.

Being restricted to JPG is a bit of a bind though. I wonder if the latest Viewer2 will take E-M5 ORF files? It's not my favourite software to be honest.

Pete

StephenL
1st May 2012, 10:07 AM
Being restricted to JPG is a bit of a bind though. I wonder if the latest Viewer2 will take E-M5 ORF files? It's not my favourite software to be honest.

Pete

Yes, it does. But I thought you were a Lightroom-er? The latest Release Candidate for Lightroom takes E-M5 raw files, and works well with them.

snaarman
1st May 2012, 10:35 AM
Yes, it does. But I thought you were a Lightroom-er? The latest Release Candidate for Lightroom takes E-M5 raw files, and works well with them.

Nope. I use the latest Adobe DNG converter on my the big steam powered computer at home. I edit with CS3, and that in turn accepts the resultant DNG files via old fashioned ACR4.6. I archive the DNG files and delete the ORFs.

All this because I would prefer to spend my hard earned cash with Olympus rather than Adobe.

However this laptop at work has Elements 10 and Viewer 2 on it, both of which I find to be slow and annoying compared to CS3 ..

Pete

snaarman
1st May 2012, 01:58 PM
I had to give this a try:

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/622/EM510052x.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/45941)

But I think I would prefer to do this effect myself in CS3 next time. Interesting seeing it live mode in the EVF..

A more conventional shot. The AF with the 14-54 and 40-150 is the same speed as the E-PL3. Not lighting fast but perfectly useable.

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/622/EM510034.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/45940)

More later..

Pete

StephenL
1st May 2012, 02:04 PM
That 40-150 works well. Seems not to matter which version of that lens is used, it's capable of boxing above its weight.

Chevvyf1
1st May 2012, 02:19 PM
I had to give this a try:

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/622/EM510052x.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/45941)

But I think I would prefer to do this effect myself in CS3 next time. Interesting seeing it live mode in the EVF..

A more conventional shot. The AF with the 14-54 and 40-150 is the same speed as the E-PL3. Not lighting fast but perfectly useable.

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/622/EM510034.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/45940)

More later..

Pete


Pete, is the view down the lane, in Dramatic Tone Art Filter ? :D

Bikie John
1st May 2012, 02:29 PM
Being restricted to JPG is a bit of a bind though. I wonder if the latest Viewer2 will take E-M5 ORF files? It's not my favourite software to be honest.

Yes it does. I tried it even though I've never liked it. I found that it is very limited in what it can do in comparison with LR (and PS once it supports the latest Adobe raw converter). I was trying to recover highlights, LR did it fine, Oly Viewer was hopeless. Thread to follow on this when I have time to get it organised.

Of course, there may be a newer version of Viewer waiting in the wings which has optimisations for the E-M5.

Ciao ... John

snaarman
1st May 2012, 02:52 PM
Pete, is the view down the lane, in Dramatic Tone Art Filter ? :D

Yep, you got it. The farm track behind the church, and dramatic tone.

P

Chevvyf1
1st May 2012, 03:43 PM
Pete, I think its a great shot - but can you crop the higgildy piggildy fence on the right to another shot ? I feel it may look really special ... :D or perhaps its worth another shot !

I really do like this DT filter ! Suits this shot ! :D

snaarman
1st May 2012, 03:51 PM
Pete, I think its a great shot - but can you crop the higgildy piggildy fence on the right to another shot ? I feel it may look really special ... :D or perhaps its worth another shot !

I really do like this DT filter ! Suits this shot ! :D


:)

Thanks, it was one of those skies, so I wondered what DT filter would do to it.. Not one of my artier shots I'm afraid.

Meanwhile, here's a pair from the barn stables this lunchtime. They were taken a couple of seconds apart. What's the difference, can you see?

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/622/EM510022.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/45948)

Well the right had side was taken at ISO200, the left hand side used ISO3200. Just amazing. Even viewed at 100% the high ISO shot is not at all bad, and perfectly printable.

Pete

Chevvyf1
1st May 2012, 04:03 PM
Pete, YOU have given me an idea for a few "Stormy" shots ...

The left ISO3200 is better than the 200 - but I think it has to do with more light from skylight in shot :)

... I want to photograph the horses :) :) :)

snaarman
1st May 2012, 07:27 PM
One last one from my first day mastering this E-M5. This is the 14-54 on an adapter.

Once the grip is fitted the camera should feel better balanced with this combo. I think this combination could grow on me, it doesn't have lighting fast AF like the little silver 45mm lens but I have a lot of respect for the 14-54 and I think the E-M5 will drag the best out of it...

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/622/EM510048.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/45954)

Pete

Mmm. Bottle of Adnams Broadside. A bottle.... Those Adnams experts will know what that means...

brianvickers
2nd May 2012, 08:43 PM
Thanks for posting these Pete, and for confirming the high ISO performance...I've found the same but I keep thinking I've got my critical eye turned off and that one day I'm going to wake up and see all the noise that I cant see at the moment!
I hope DXO mark publish their test...just to see how it compares, they've been quick getting the Canon 5DMKIII tested which became available a bit later.

trailer
4th May 2012, 06:21 PM
http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8153/7142417747_474175f684_z.jpg

Received mine yesterday and this was taken today without even reading the manual :confused: (Lumix 100-300mm)

bredman
4th May 2012, 06:36 PM
http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8153/7142417747_474175f684_z.jpg

Received mine yesterday and this was taken today without even reading the manual :confused: (Lumix 100-300mm)

Very impressive. If that's your first they'll just keep getting better, right? :D


:)

trailer
4th May 2012, 06:57 PM
Very impressive. If that's your first they'll just keep getting better, right? :D


:)

Thanks and erm.....yes :)

smartwombat
8th May 2012, 09:06 PM
Received mine yesterday and this was taken today without even reading the manual :confused: (Lumix 100-300mm)

I use Panasonic lenses too, how fast did you feel the AF was with that lens?

trailer
9th May 2012, 02:22 PM
I use Panasonic lenses too, how fast did you feel the AF was with that lens?

I tried a few of the different AF modes at the time and found them OK. Considering it was quite a blowy day and the camera was handheld the performance was pretty good.