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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: Should I upgrade to E_M1 Mk II?

Congratulations on the MkII Ross, you'll love it
But make sure you enjoy the weekend in the meantime
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Re: Should I upgrade to E_M1 Mk II?

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It's the OV3 software I'm trying to update (from 2.1.2), not a camera thanks.
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Update the camera firmware too, when it arrives!
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Yes, but I think I will sort out the OV3 software first since it also contains the updater as I don't want to have the camera FW go wrong even though it's only an hour's drive down the road to get it to Olympus. I'm wondering what level it will have as it came from Olympus Australia during the last two weeks & I'd be interested to know when it left the factory.

After failed attempts for the software update to succeed I decided to uninstall it & start again. I left the other components & just reinstalled OV3 (Version 2.2). I did download it before uninstalling the older version though & as a last resort I could have done a Windows Restore if things didn't work out. Anyhow, I will wait & see if the camera comes with FW 1.1 or 1.2 but probably the former & will update during the week if so.

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Re: Should I upgrade to E_M1 Mk II?

Exciting news. You have got a good deal too I really was hoping for a special offer from Olympus e.g. EM1 Markii coupled with the handgrip. I really like the marki and want to hold on to it as a second camera so the trade in offer here in the UK is not for me. I was wondering what price the 300 Pro is selling at in Australia because I am in the market for that superb lens but the price is staying very high. Enjoy your new toy
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Re: Should I upgrade to E_M1 Mk II?

Why does it seem like 'forever' waiting for the battery to charge?
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Re: Should I upgrade to E_M1 Mk II?

I love the new battery. It charges really quickly (contrary to how it "seems" ;-) ), and it goes for a long time. I shot a rehearsal and a concert of some young musicians my daughter works with, Mark II with ma trusty old 50-200, 1350 shots and it still showed 40% charge. I have heard though that when it starts to drop below about 30% it goes quite fast. I picked up a $5 USB charger and a tiny digital voltmeter for about $1 on-line. I soldered the voltmeter onto the leads to watch the voltage as those cheapies have no overcharge protection. I just know when it reads 8.4V (unplugged... charging it reads about 9.3V) the battery is full. Being USB it is a lot slower than the mains charger, but it is enough to keep it going. Don't even think I will buy a reserve battery, not at €80 a pop!
At any rate, it has been one hour since your last post, so it must be charged by now! Trouble is, it is dark out... not that that will stop you from trying it out!
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Re: Should I upgrade to E_M1 Mk II?

Correct. After indicator shows 30-40 percent the battery charge drops steeply.
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Re: Should I upgrade to E_M1 Mk II?

I have noticed that when in "walk around mode" ie taking pictures every few minutes then leaving the sleep control such that the camera is on for a few minutes (such that it never gets to go to sleep) then the battery appears to run down faster than on the MK1 version of the camera.
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Re: Should I upgrade to E_M1 Mk II?

I have configured On/Off to my Fn lever, so I just turn it off and back on with my thumb as needed. Using the LCD display and doing a lot of C-AF are both things that eat juice like crazy, so I avoid them too. I often went through two batteries in a day with the Mk I, but have as yet gone through one with the Mk II.

The lens also makes a big difference. My Canon 400 for sure takes more power to focus than something like the mFT 75-300, or even my 50-200. But still, I have done upwards of 900-1000 shots in a day with the Canon on a single charge.
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Re: Should I upgrade to E_M1 Mk II?

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I have configured On/Off to my Fn lever, so I just turn it off and back on with my thumb as needed...
I've noticed a couple of people doing this, but I'm slightly mystified why. Is it just that it's a lever that falls more immediately to the thumb of the hand that's always holding the camera?

I use the on-off lever for just that, and use all the provided buttons, dials and levers for a wide range of other allocated functions, so I'd miss losing one of them...
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Re: Should I upgrade to E_M1 Mk II?

I went through a battery and a half in a full days 2500 shots on Saturday, I usually switch off the camera when walking around to stop inadvertent button changes occurring, but don't switch ff between shots when I'm staying still. I also went through a card and a half! roughly 64GB in total.

It was quite marked the difference in speed for the two cards (300Mb/s vs 62Mb/s) as the first card was not buffering at all, even after extended 16fps bursts, whereas the slower card would be writing from the buffer for a significant number of seconds afterwards.
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Re: Should I upgrade to E_M1 Mk II?

Thanks for all the helpful replies.
Here is one photo I've taken today in some contrasting light & as the JPEG came out.



And then processing the raw file in Capture One & cropped (but still resized & sharpened for web view in OV3).



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Re: Should I upgrade to E_M1 Mk II?

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I love the new battery. It charges really quickly (contrary to how it "seems" ;-) ), and it goes for a long time. I shot a rehearsal and a concert of some young musicians my daughter works with, Mark II with ma trusty old 50-200, 1350 shots and it still showed 40% charge. I have heard though that when it starts to drop below about 30% it goes quite fast. I picked up a $5 USB charger and a tiny digital voltmeter for about $1 on-line. I soldered the voltmeter onto the leads to watch the voltage as those cheapies have no overcharge protection. I just know when it reads 8.4V (unplugged... charging it reads about 9.3V) the battery is full. Being USB it is a lot slower than the mains charger, but it is enough to keep it going. Don't even think I will buy a reserve battery, not at €80 a pop!
At any rate, it has been one hour since your last post, so it must be charged by now! Trouble is, it is dark out... not that that will stop you from trying it out!
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It's dark now but not when you replied. I did have work to do & to clean up the kitchen to cook dinner (chicken drumsticks with herb baked veggies) for my wife & daughter to welcome them home from a hard days work (teaching). At least my daughter made it easy in breaking the news of my new camera to my wife.

I love the really quiet shutter!

I prefer to stick with genuine batteries as I have had to throw out one of the generic batteries I bought for the E-M5 because of swelling (had no choice back then while we waited for Olympus stock) & so I have ordered the battery from another supplier (since Ryda.com didn't stock them but were the best price around, apart from grey imports) & I've put my claim into Olympus for the bonus SD card worth $150 (at least $100 if I was buying one).

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Re: Should I upgrade to E_M1 Mk II?

I tend to just buy genuine batteries nowadays, the good news is that with the EM1ii you only need to buy one extra as opposed to three as you would for the previous OMDs.
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Re: Should I upgrade to E_M1 Mk II?

Precisely. As I almost always have the Canon 400 on the Mark II, I need my left hand to support the weight, and I have all the controls I need right under my right hand fingers so I can do anything I need without changing my grip, including turning the camera on and off.
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Re: Should I upgrade to E_M1 Mk II?

I think I'll be keeping the power switch as it is to be consistent with the E-M1 since I intend to use both E-M1's on occasions (shorter focal length 12-60 SWD on the E-M1 & 4-150 Pro on the Mk II), especially for indoor events.

Anyhow, I've just updated the FW which took 11 minutes to download & it is rather nice how it also saves the settings & reloads it again at the end.

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