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benvendetta
11th September 2013, 10:00 PM
So who is going to this event then? I have booked the day off work and will be taking along my HG and SHG glass as they don't have much 43rds stuff there.

joglos
13th September 2013, 10:57 AM
Unfortunately both localish events clash with prior appointments I cant get out of :( will be very interested to hear your thoughts after the event

Ian
13th September 2013, 11:04 AM
Keen to hear how it went! :)

Ian

Bikie John
13th September 2013, 04:32 PM
I popped over this morning after the rather inconclusive go with Birdboy's 50-200 at the London meet on Thursday. There was one Oly rep who had taken his own E-M1, a few nice m43 lenses and an MF-3 adapter. I took my own 50-200.

It was a lot more relaxed than the London meet. One gentleman was there when I arrived, he hadn't used any m43 before so he was interested in the whole system. When my turn came I put the 50-200 on and the rep and I discussed a few options to try. It performed much more happily, I took a few shots which I haven't had time to load up yet, let alone look at.

I think the problem in London yesterday is that there are so many options, and they interact in strange ways, so it will really take time to sort out which works best. I really wish I had seen Ian's explanation about C-AF tracking before schlepping over to Brizzle this morning!

I'm now feeling a lot more positive about it and will check the sample shots when I get a moment. Did you get there, Dave? What did you think?

Ciao ... John

benvendetta
13th September 2013, 07:10 PM
Returned back from my day out in Bristol. Went straight to LCE at about 12:30. I was the only one there but two guys were in earlier (I wonder who they were???? :D). Met Jeremy Sugars , the South West 'In Store Support Specialist' (well that is what it says on his card). He was joined by another Oly guy after lunch.

There was just the one EM1 and a selection of micro glass - 12, 17, 45, 75 (loverly) but no 12-40, although I pretty much expected this after reading recent posts on here.

I took all my HG and SHG glass and systemactively tried each one with the EM1 and the supplies MMF3. Good job I was the only one there for the first hour!!!

The body is gorgeous and with my smallish hands felt loads better than my E3which always seems just a touch too large in my hands. The grip is quite slim but an excellent shape. Buttons have space to breathe and the whole package seemed, well, right. The twin dials are perfently placed and have a nice resistance - same with the mode dial.

12-60 - quick focusing almost all the time with just a few instances of hunting. I would say it seemed as quick as with my E3. Does not appear huge on the EM1.

7-14 - Again fine in all departments. What else can I say. Bit of a beast of a lens but this has always been the case.

50-200 (old) - A bit of juddering occasionally and a touch of hunting but nothing like the EM5 and my EPL5. Acceptably quick most of the time. I don't do much action photography but I did try the C-AF and C-AF tracking. Like the green (in focus) and red/orange (not in focus) squares using the latter mode. They tended to wander off a bit (I was shooting the busy Broadmead area) but I am sure that with other subjects, the box would stay ocked on better. Most images were sharp. Seems bulky on front of the EM1, especially with the EC20 and the necessary MMF3.

50-200 + EC20 - a real test and to start with, the camera defaulted to MF and wouldn't shift. I tried remounting the lenses and this did the trick so dirty contacts I guess. Focusing was a bit less accurate and was a touch slower but as I don't use the EC20 much, I guess that I could probably live with this. Didn't try C-AF with this combo.

50 macro - a real surprise as it focused pretty darn quick and was accurate. Size just right on the camera.

Jeremy told me about the focus peaking, which looked a great feature (no experience of this previously). He also eplained about the live bulb feature where the image develops on the screen but of course we couldn't really try this in the store. I would loved to have tried the WiFi but he didn't have the right app on his tablet.

All in all, very impressive. However, I can't help thinking that we will only see the best focusing performance with this camera using micro 43rds glass as this is what it was designed to be used with primarily. Having to use the MMF3 with the 43rds glass and accept a slightly slower focus speed is a necessary compromise which I guess most of us are happy to live with. Micro 43rds is all almost making things smaller which using 43rds glass does not really address. But we can use the EM1 with all our glassware and those that want it just to hang their HG and SHG zoom lenses on are happy and those that want it for the smaller but arguably lower quality glass (well zooms anyway - for now) have a top notch body to do so.

I am sure that I have missed other things I saw/did/talked about but the memory ain't what it was.

Do I want an EM1 - hell YES! but convincing the missus will be harder to do than having to it back to Jeremy at the end of my visit.

Incidently two other guys came in to look at the EM1 when I was there. The first, someone not on this forum but a DPR user brought in his 300 f2.8, 35-100 f2 and other nice glass including the 12-60. He is an E30 user. He liked the EM1 but commented on the balance with the 300mm. He did think the grip was a decent size and even held the combo in one hand :eek:.

Another (localish, Brizzle accent) guy was there who has the E3 and I believe the EM5. He is a lurker on here so maybe he will see my post and chip in. hE is due to move to Greece in a couple of weeks so wasn't sure about buying the EM1 here to get the offer.

My thanks to Olympus for arranging the viewing and the staff of LCE in Broadmead for ably assisting Jeremy and the other Oly guy (sorry I didn't remember your name). One of the staff let me play with the EP5 - very nice and the 15mm f8 - thanks but no thanks!

Hope someone gets saomeone from this post. The EM1 sure is very nice and anyone who buys it are in for a treat.

benvendetta
13th September 2013, 08:56 PM
And another thing, the evf is stunning and HUGE. I also tried the ep5 in the store with the vf4 fitted and that seemed bigger again but maybe my eyes were deceiving me.
Wife still hasn't said I can buy it :(

Phill D
13th September 2013, 09:59 PM
Mine did !!!...*chr :eek: What's the catch :rolleyes:

tomphotofx
13th September 2013, 10:03 PM
I think the wife need some gentle persuasion in the form of wining and dining or a romantic weekend away. Maybe*yes:cool:

Tom

andym
13th September 2013, 10:09 PM
and the necessary MMF3.



Hang on am I missing something, I've seen one or two other references to this.Are we saying that the MMF2 wont work on the E-M1 with 4/3 lenses?

Not a problem to me as I'll get an MMF3 with my order at some stage but it's just a bit of plastic with some through connectors.Unless there's something I don't know:(:(:(

benvendetta
13th September 2013, 10:18 PM
Hang on am I missing something, I've seen one or two other references to this.Are we saying that the MMF2 wont work on the E-M1 with 4/3 lenses?

Not a problem to me as I'll get an MMF3 with my order at some stage but it's just a bit of plastic with some through connectors.Unless there's something I don't know:(:(:(

When I said 'necessary' I meant an adapter. There happened to be the mmf3 there but obviously the others work too, it is just that they are not sealed.

benvendetta
13th September 2013, 10:22 PM
Mine did !!!...*chr :eek: What's the catch :rolleyes:

You don't know my wife. Can I have yours - seems very amenable ;)

Olybirder
13th September 2013, 10:25 PM
You don't know my wife. Can I have yours - seems very amenable ;)
Well, I am shocked. I didn't think I was a member of that sort of forum!! :eek:

Ron

benvendetta
13th September 2013, 10:37 PM
Well, I am shocked. I didn't think I was a member of that sort of forum!! :eek:

Ron

Of course I should have said amenable to sanctioning the purchase of boy's toys:o

Olybirder
13th September 2013, 10:40 PM
Of course I should have said amenable to sanctioning the purchase of boy's toys:o
Phew!

Ron

Phill D
14th September 2013, 07:40 AM
Dave she's only amenable when it comes to spending my money ;)