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Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II The second Micro Four Thirds camera that offers phase detect focusing so you can use Four Thirds DSLR lenses normally as well a Micro Four Thirds lenses.

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Re: Spending a day testing the E-M1 II in Spain this weekend

I didn't like the flipping screen on the E-3/5 and was very happy when the E-M1 didn't have it. However, I so rarely use it, that it will not be a problem for me at all.

Often when I need to make a composition in which a movable screen is required, I simply use OI.Share with the iPhone.
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Re: Spending a day testing the E-M1 II in Spain this weekend

Paul I am not listening, de-di-de dum dumb. Will see it on the 24th in Dublin.

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Re: Spending a day testing the E-M1 II in Spain this weekend

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Re: Spending a day testing the E-M1 II in Spain this weekend

It is a very nice camera for sure. I'm still battling with my conscience as to whether to blow 2k on one. It's certainly a significant step up on the E-M1 and its speed must put it ahead of any camera on the market from any manufacturer. If I were into wildlife, I'd think the E-M1ii with the 40-150/2.8 and 300/4 would take some beating.

I also had a good play with the 12-100/4. It looks to be a very high quality optic. That plus the 7-14 would suit most landscape needs.

It's interesting what Oly is doing. The early u43 world of moderate cost bodies and small f1.8/f2 standard primes (12, 17, 25, 45, 75) is being supplemented by much higher-end bodies and "pro-spec" zoom lenses. It's making for a bigger and more expensive wing to the u43 world - so something for everyone really.
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Re: Spending a day testing the E-M1 II in Spain this weekend

I think it's a lot more than "something for everyone" Paul. I really like the small kit - body, no grip, 17, 25 or 45 f/1.8 prime, and use it like that when I can. But it is good to have the option within the same system of bolting on a big tele or zoom and battery grip, and having the whole lot weathersealed so I can stand in the rain for an hour and half while we lose another game of rugby E-M1 plus grip plus big lens is in no way a compact kit, but it is still a hell of a lot lighter and smaller than the equivalent with a 35mm-format sensor would be. And because I can use the same body for everything I know how to process the raw files, how to set (some of) the options and so on.

Of course other systems have different strengths, but for me the OM-D offers a very versatile system and meets most of my needs.

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Re: Spending a day testing the E-M1 II in Spain this weekend

I suspect that the lower end of the CSC & DSLR market for casual photographers is rapidly being eaten by high-end smartphones. Hence the established camera manufacturers will have to move to providing niche products (with higher sales margins) in order to minimise this damage and preserve their revenues.
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Re: Spending a day testing the E-M1 II in Spain this weekend

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...having the whole lot weathersealed so I can stand in the rain for an hour and half...

...And because I can use the same body for everything I know how to process the raw files, how to set (some of) the options and so on.
Yes, good points that work strongly for me and which (together with size & weight) explain why I'm not going to be considering ditching Olympus for a long time.

The standardising of processing is a significant issue that isn't often mentioned, although it must be said that I find the raw files from Panasonic and Sony sensors in the M1 and M5ii do respond best to different handling. For example, putting aside the fairly subtle colour differences, I find the 5ii can't take as much clarity and sharpening before it looks crunchy (i.e. I assume the files have higher microcontrast and are perhaps 'sharper' to begin with).

Fortunately I've catalogued my images by camera body from the year dot, so remembering what to do is easier.

I suppose that's another potential advantage of the M1ii + M5ii combination. I was, however, listening to a podcast the other day where the authors were moaning about how much the various manifestations of the A7 series varied in the colours & micro-contrast of their files, so it'll be interesting to see what the expert post-processors have to say about this in reviews of their Oly sensor manifestations.

I guess this variation is most of an issue for pros who might use several different bodies on (say) one wedding shoot and want to have completely standardised processing and homogeneous output.
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Re: Spending a day testing the E-M1 II in Spain this weekend

Google found my horse and dog stills sequence from the Ronda trip and strung them together like this (a rather large animated gif!):



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Re: Spending a day testing the E-M1 II in Spain this weekend

Interestingly you can see the focus keeping up wit the horse if you look at the floor

These shots were criticised but I think the blur was more down to the motion of the horse combined with the dim light and inadequate shutter speed more than the focusing.

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Re: Spending a day testing the E-M1 II in Spain this weekend

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Google found my horse and dog stills sequence from the Ronda trip and strung them together like this (a rather large animated gif!):



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So this wasn't all done in camera?
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Re: Spending a day testing the E-M1 II in Spain this weekend

So, basically I copied the E-M1 ii images to my tablet and uploaded them from there to Flickr. You can find them here:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/dpnow/...57672555707433

My tablet automatically backs up my photos from the tablet to Google Photos. Google has this slightly gimmicky, if technically quite clever, feature whereby it looks for a sequence of stills and asks you if you would like them strung together as an animated gif. If you look at the originals the camera was moving but as you can see in the Google stitch-up the scene has been stabilised by lining each frame up so the camera appears to be stationary.

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