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brian1208
10th September 2013, 04:21 AM
http://blog.mingthein.com/2013/09/10/olympus-om-d-e-m1-review-1/

http://www.dpreview.com/previews/olympus-om-d-e-m1/

if it fits my hand as well as it looks then this will be mine soon *chr

Ian
10th September 2013, 04:52 AM
And:

http://fourthirds-user.com/2013/09/olympus_omd_em1_new_features_explained_.php

Ian

Alpha1
10th September 2013, 01:38 PM
Just returned from a Leica Fellowship long week-end in Dover and France, so just enough time to check the reviews and read the stuff sent to me by Olympus.

I really looks good and if C-AF+tr is really as good as the guff says it is, then I shall be joining the queue! *chr

josephlck
10th September 2013, 02:05 PM
Posted elsewhere on this forum, but I thought it would be nice to collect everything in one place.

http://robinwong.blogspot.co.uk/2013/09/olympus-om-d-e-m1-review-introduction.html

Olybirder
10th September 2013, 02:42 PM
There is a thorough review on the Camera Labs site, including a good video with a pre-production example of the EM-1. Link here (http://cameralabs.com/reviews/Olympus_OMD_EM1/).

Ron

brian1208
10th September 2013, 04:38 PM
I've pre-ordered mine following a review of all the available info and registered my claim for the free battery grip (worth £199). I missed out last time by being a bit chicken, not this time hopefully (although I see they say that there are only a "Limited number" of the grips on offer )

Got to wait until the end of October now (oh well, at least I should get to play with one on Sept 28th :D )

Olybirder
10th September 2013, 04:41 PM
Does anybody have any theories on which retailers are likely to get stock quickest? I seem to remember that some were much faster than others when the EM-5 was first released.

Ron

Jetset95
10th September 2013, 04:56 PM
Just one more review and one comment right at the end - when he added his metabones adaptor and added a Nikon lens - lost the focus peaking... THF? Focus peaking doesn't work with old manual lenses - what's the point of that? Hopefully something in a pre-production firmware that will be fixed when it's released, or I'll be holding onto my cash.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ESOj56fWB8Q

Wally
10th September 2013, 05:31 PM
Linky-poo - 1 more 2 add 2 the mix (http://www.pocket-lint.com/news/123113-hands-on-olympus-om-d-e-m1-review)

Ian
10th September 2013, 06:00 PM
Focus peaking does of course work with old manual lenses but you need to enable it for such lenses in the settings.

Ian

timg
10th September 2013, 08:40 PM
No-one seems to have covered the AF speed with regular 43 lenses in any depth so far... is there still an embargo in place stopping this from being covered?

brian1208
11th September 2013, 04:46 AM
The manual is available to download http://www.olympus.co.jp/en/support/imsg/digicamera/download/manual/pen.cfm here and looks reassuringly similar to the EM-5 + improvement

Jetset95
11th September 2013, 07:26 AM
Focus peaking does of course work with old manual lenses but you need to enable it for such lenses in the settings.

Ian

Phew! Thanks for clarifying that Ian - just not sure my wallet appreciates it as much *chr

Alpha1
11th September 2013, 07:27 AM
Olympus OMD E-M1 Hands-On Field Test - YouTube
Whilst I really like the new EM1 as the improvements over the EM5 are quite substantial on the whole, I really don't think that my BIF and similar action photography will be improved by a vast amount.

The link above is really very good and positive as it shows by actual video of just what can and cannot be achieved with the new EM1 in an actual shoot.

The shots of teenagers moving around a skatepark in Alberta are still quite hit and miss on C+tr AF mode and the camera still only actually fixes focus on the first shot. The reviewer who is obviously an Oly fan and clearly likes the new EM1, is honest enough to admit that it is not a replacement for a DSLR when it comes to action photography. My pre-order is now on hold!! :rolleyes:

pvasc
11th September 2013, 08:07 AM
Whilst I really like the new EM1 as the improvements over the EM5 are quite substantial on the whole, I really don't think that my BIF and similar action photography will be improved by a vast amount.

The link above is really very good and positive as it shows by actual video of just what can and cannot be achieved with the new EM1 in an actual shoot.

The shots of teenagers moving around a skatepark in Alberta are still quite hit and miss on C+tr AF mode and the camera still only actually fixes focus on the first shot. The reviewer who is obviously an Oly fan and clearly likes the new EM1, is honest enough to admit that it is not a replacement for a DSLR when it comes to action photography. My pre-order is now on hold!! :rolleyes:

Fixes focus on the first shot in high speed sequential, (9/10 FPS), slow it down and it continuously focuses is my understanding of it. Like the E-M5.

bredman
11th September 2013, 08:33 AM
Fixes focus on the first shot in high speed sequential, (9/10 FPS), slow it down and it continuously focuses is my understanding of it. Like the E-M5.

That's how i read it too. 6.5 fps for c-af. However with IBIS ON the max is 3.5 fps.

bilbo
11th September 2013, 04:34 PM
Phew! Thanks for clarifying that Ian - just not sure my wallet appreciates it as much *chrand they've added a correction to the video you posted.

David M
11th September 2013, 11:38 PM
Why would you expect reviewers to know how to use the equipment they're reviewing? It's more important to get lots of hits on your web site than be accurate.

Zuiko
11th September 2013, 11:43 PM
Why would you expect reviewers to know how to use the equipment they're reviewing? It's more important to get lots of hits on your web site than be accurate.

That's why I favour Ian's reviews and opinions on Olympus gear and it's all right here, on this forum. :)

Zuiko
11th September 2013, 11:48 PM
That's how i read it too. 6.5 fps for c-af. However with IBIS ON the max is 3.5 fps.

To achieve 6.5fps I would think you would need a shutter speed fast enough not to need IBIS anyway. :)

David M
11th September 2013, 11:48 PM
Exactly John, which is why Ian's correcting other reviews.

Zuiko
12th September 2013, 12:05 AM
Exactly John, which is why Ian's correcting other reviews.

Trouble is it would be a full-time job just to correct all the rubbish out there! :eek:

Alpha1
12th September 2013, 02:36 PM
Well darned the reviews, I have placed an advanced order and paid my deposit.

With a bit of luck and a following wind it should be here before I leave for Namibia! *chr

brian1208
12th September 2013, 06:19 PM
You joined all of us weak-minded new gear freaks in the end then Dave.

Won't it be fun as we all try to find those funny little "I didn't know it did that" actions :)

Ian
12th September 2013, 08:56 PM
That's how i read it too. 6.5 fps for c-af. However with IBIS ON the max is 3.5 fps.

I think that is conservative - I will do some measurements but it seems much faster with C-AF.

Ian

David M
13th September 2013, 12:10 AM
Now that 4/3 is officially dead shouldn't we have a new mast head graphic?

bredman
13th September 2013, 04:48 AM
DPR have updated the AF page on the EM-1 first impressions review.


http://www.dpreview.com/previews/olympus-om-d-e-m1/7

bilbo
13th September 2013, 07:38 AM
DPR have updated the AF page on the EM-1 first impressions review.


http://www.dpreview.com/previews/olympus-om-d-e-m1/7Ian - could you comment on this from dpreview please?

The E-M1 devotes every 16th pixel to autofocus duties, arranged in offset stripes of left and right-looking pixels. The focusing pixels sit behind clear sections of the color filter array to increase their capability in low light and do not contribute to the final image. The result is a 37-point AF array that is used when a Four Thirds lens is mounted.

Any inaccuracy (or variance in a particular copy of a lens) can be corrected-for, with the camera's AF fine-adjust system. This allows the user to input correction values for each AF point and specify different corrections for the wide and telephoto ends of the lens. These values can either be applied to all lenses or entered on a per-lens basis.

Is it correct? I will be able to mess with, sorry, fine tune, the autofocus in this way on my EM-1?
Thanks
Brian

Ian
13th September 2013, 07:53 AM
Ian - could you comment on this from dpreview please?

The E-M1 devotes every 16th pixel to autofocus duties, arranged in offset stripes of left and right-looking pixels. The focusing pixels sit behind clear sections of the color filter array to increase their capability in low light and do not contribute to the final image. The result is a 37-point AF array that is used when a Four Thirds lens is mounted.

Any inaccuracy (or variance in a particular copy of a lens) can be corrected-for, with the camera's AF fine-adjust system. This allows the user to input correction values for each AF point and specify different corrections for the wide and telephoto ends of the lens. These values can either be applied to all lenses or entered on a per-lens basis.

Is it correct? I will be able to mess with, sorry, fine tune, the autofocus in this way on my EM-1?
Thanks
Brian

http://fourthirds-user.com/2013/09/olympus_omd_em1_new_features_explained_.php/b

Scroll down the page :)

Ian

Ian
13th September 2013, 07:54 AM
Now that 4/3 is officially dead shouldn't we have a new mast head graphic?

4/3 is not 'dead'! All of the current range of Four Thirds lenses are officially available and in production.

Ian

bilbo
13th September 2013, 08:04 AM
http://fourthirds-user.com/2013/09/olympus_omd_em1_new_features_explained_.php/b

Scroll down the page :)

IanThanks Ian.

So I can effectively calibrate my own copies of the lenses to my own copy of the EM-1. Fantastic!

I notice that your review says that the E-5, E-30 and E-620 have similar capabilities. I didn't know that. I might have signed up earlier to the E-5 if I had known!

Olybirder
13th September 2013, 08:17 AM
Robin Wong has updated his blog and it now features some stunning macro images taken with the E-M1 and his first experiments using CAF with the 12-40 lens. I think the results are very impressive.

Link here (http://robinwong.blogspot.it/2013/09/olympus-om-d-e-m1-review-image.html).

Ron

Ian
13th September 2013, 08:17 AM
Thanks Ian.

So I can effectively calibrate my own copies of the lenses to my own copy of the EM-1. Fantastic!

I notice that your review says that the E-5, E-30 and E-620 have similar capabilities. I didn't know that. I might have signed up earlier to the E-5 if I had known!

Yes, it was introduced after the E-3. Of course the E-M1 let's you view the calibration from the sensor live view as you make the adjustment which is not possible with the other cameras.

Ian

Roy Clarke
13th September 2013, 08:46 AM
Ian
In your review on FT user you make the point that there are no cross type focus points. As cross type focus points have been deemed necessary in previous FT models what is the implication for real life shooting with the EM1?

I don't consider turning the camera to portrait mode a viable solution.

Regards
Roy

brian1208
2nd October 2013, 01:17 PM
I've just spotted that if you own the EM-5 and pre-order the EM-1 in the UK you can get the 4/3rds adapter as well as the battery grip for free.
I had already registered for the grip and received my confirmation code and have now received the same for the adapter
If it works out it will be a cracking good deal!