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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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Updaters mk1 - mk2

Folks,

Need a bit of guidance if anyone can help.

Currently have a mk1 and looking to upgrade to the mk2...if the continuous AF performance is significantly better. I am typically talking wildlife and some slower moving sports.

Any views or comments would be great

Thanks in advance

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Re: Updaters mk1 - mk2

The reason I upgraded from MKi to MKii was purely to get an improvement in performance for wildlife photography.

It takes a little learning on both cameras but once you get into it the MKii is significantly better than the MKi.

I don't think you'd regret it!

Also Mrs Walti benefitted from the MKi becoming available for her to use!
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Re: Updaters mk1 - mk2

You wont regret the upgrade ,I did it soon after mk2 came out caf,saf, all improved plus pro-capture feature, it even works on my p/l 100/400lens. there should be second hand mk2 on the market with the new model just arriving.any snags and the forum helps a lot.
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Re: Updaters mk1 - mk2

The mark ii is better in most ways. AF, shutter, speed, features, battery life, image quality, IBIS, long exposure noise, ... Only thing that's worse is that it's got a fully articulated screen
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Re: Updaters mk1 - mk2

I had an EM1 briefly so my question is please
Does the Em1 ii still need anti shock settings to be selected as a workaround.
Or have they eliminated the issue like Panasonic with a new shutter mechanism?
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Re: Updaters mk1 - mk2

There are still the anti shock settings on the MkII. I use them all the time and have found no problems.
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Re: Updaters mk1 - mk2

I use silent shutter most of the time, but switch to mechanical on occasion and have had no issues.

I upgraded because the MKi was limiting my photography, the MKii - I'm limiting it!
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Re: Updaters mk1 - mk2

If you talk to regular oly users the general impression I get is that the mk2 is the best oly since the om1, and being oly since om1 I agree, it does all I want a camera to do in a smallish size.I mainly do wild life, bif,s, macro and general stuff with 3 lenses, carrying lenses in pockets, big deal for me.
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Re: Updaters mk1 - mk2

I agree with all said above.

I'd add that I'd found the 1i CAF good enough for most sports (e.g. rugby, motorsports and canoeing are ones I shoot fairly regularly), but the 1ii's faster VF refresh and much bigger buffer made a big difference to how easy it was to follow those sports with long-ish bursts. Certainly with canoeing and rugby you need to burst away while following the ball/canoeist, because its so difficult otherwise to catch a good moment.

I really didn't find an increase in the proportion of critically-sharp images over the 1i, so the main improvement was in the number of good bursts of play captured.

There's almost no VF blackout with the 1ii, and I don't think I've ever had the camera fill its buffer and not be able to carry on shooting (I use Lexar UHS-II cards).

BIF is a totally different experience with the 1ii for me. I'd always found the 1i very frustrating, to the extent that I gave up trying, whereas the 1ii is pretty good if you use the right settings (and use the focus-limiter when appropriate), practice at keeping the target under the focus points, and shoot at around 10-15fps in moderately-long bursts. Not as good as a D500, but certainly good enough to be satisfying.

The 1i is still a great camera, but for your sorts of usage I'd say the 1ii was very well worth it (especially if you can find a good one s/h).
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Re: Updaters mk1 - mk2

Folks,

Many thanks for taking the time to share your views - I guess it will be a worthy upgrade whilst keeping the mk1 as a second body

Cheers

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Re: Updaters mk1 - mk2

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Folks,

Many thanks for taking the time to share your views - I guess it will be a worthy upgrade whilst keeping the mk1 as a second body

Cheers

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Re: Updaters mk1 - mk2

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I use silent shutter most of the time, but switch to mechanical on occasion and have had no issues.

I upgraded because the MKi was limiting my photography, the MKii - I'm limiting it!
Have you used electronic shutter when panning, and if so have you noticed any jello effect?
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Re: Updaters mk1 - mk2

This was a fairly high speed pass taken with the electronic shutter:

Edit! - Whoops forgot the photo!

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Re: Updaters mk1 - mk2

All the photos in this Duxford Airshow gallery are electronic shutter...

Shutter count:

mechanical 7,590
Total count 31,540
So electronic = 23,950
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