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

    As some of you already know, journalists are being shuttled into the picturesque town of Ronda (not Rhondda!), which is an hour or so west of Malaga and in a mountainous and wild region of southern Spain. It's the turn of the Brits on Saturday (7AM flight from Gatwick, lovely) and I believe we'll be photographing birds of prey and some other wildlife. Anyway, we'll be outside and using E-M1 IIs representative of production quality.

    I'm minded to bring a 50-200 SWD and a 35-100 f/2 in order to do some Four Thirds lens testing. I'm quite sure they will have 40-150 Pros and the 300 f/4 available to use as well as the new 25 f/1.2, etc.

    As usual, I'm keen to represent you at events like this so if there is anything you would like me to try, check, or ask, please let me know

    Ian
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  • #2
    Re: Spending a day testing the E-M1 II in Spain this weekend

    I'd be keen to see a raw file from a long exposure shot (45s or more) to check for long exposure noise. Shot without dark frame subtraction ideally.
    Paul
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    • #3
      Re: Spending a day testing the E-M1 II in Spain this weekend

      I will be bringing an E-M1 Mark 1 so can do back to back comparisons.

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      • #4
        Re: Spending a day testing the E-M1 II in Spain this weekend

        Nice work if you can get it, even if it does mean getting up at silly o' clock to catch the plane!

        Looking forward to your report.
        John

        "A hundredth of a second here, a hundredth of a second there � even if you put them end to end, they still only add up to one, two, perhaps three seconds, snatched from eternity." ~ Robert Doisneau

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        • #5
          Re: Spending a day testing the E-M1 II in Spain this weekend

          I am sure it will be covered anyway but I would be interested to hear how the CAF works with a subject such as a bird moving against a busy background, rather than plain sky.

          I would also like to hear how effective the new cross-type AF points are. I frequently have problems focusing on a bird against a background with strong vertical elements (railings, reeds, grass etc.)

          Enjoy yourself Ian.

          Ron

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          • #6
            Re: Spending a day testing the E-M1 II in Spain this weekend

            As above, have a good time.
            I would like to see the same shots with a 4/3 lens set up ( both Olympus and Sigma ) of a bird in flight against trees, reeds etc.

            Think I am out of the market for some time at least until a large price drop but would like to get real world comments.

            Ed.
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            • #7
              Re: Spending a day testing the E-M1 II in Spain this weekend

              I wonder if they will re-enact the throwing of rebels off the bridge into the Gorge. It would be a good test of CAF, low light action etc
              This space for rent

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              • #8
                Re: Spending a day testing the E-M1 II in Spain this weekend

                Originally posted by DerekW View Post
                I wonder if they will re-enact the throwing of rebels off the bridge into the Gorge. It would be a good test of CAF, low light action etc
                EOS Rebel T6s for example?

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                • #9
                  Re: Spending a day testing the E-M1 II in Spain this weekend

                  Originally posted by Zuiko View Post
                  Nice work if you can get it, even if it does mean getting up at silly o' clock to catch the plane!

                  Looking forward to your report.
                  To bed tonight by 20.30 and 03.30 out of bed to leave by 04.00 Thinking I should have booked a hotel near Gatwick...

                  Ian
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                  • #10
                    Re: Spending a day testing the E-M1 II in Spain this weekend

                    Originally posted by Wee man View Post
                    As above, have a good time.
                    I would like to see the same shots with a 4/3 lens set up ( both Olympus and Sigma ) of a bird in flight against trees, reeds etc.

                    Think I am out of the market for some time at least until a large price drop but would like to get real world comments.

                    Ed.
                    Sadly, I don't have any Sigma lenses.

                    Ian
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                    • #11
                      Re: Spending a day testing the E-M1 II in Spain this weekend

                      Originally posted by DerekW View Post
                      I wonder if they will re-enact the throwing of rebels off the bridge into the Gorge. It would be a good test of CAF, low light action etc
                      They have ordered a consignment of American Canons just for this

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                      • #12
                        Re: Spending a day testing the E-M1 II in Spain this weekend

                        Originally posted by Ian View Post
                        They have ordered a consignment of American Canons just for this

                        Ian
                        That I would like to see!
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                        • #13
                          Re: Spending a day testing the E-M1 II in Spain this weekend

                          Ian,
                          Please will you try out the in-body AF Limiter feature and let us know how this works and if it is useful?
                          Thanks.
                          Chris

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                          • #14
                            Re: Spending a day testing the E-M1 II in Spain this weekend

                            Nice. Thunderstorms forecast for the Ronda area tomorrow. I ordered a new waterproof jacket as my old one is falling to bits. Collecting it today. Looks like I might have to invest in over-trousers as well

                            Ian
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                            • #15
                              Re: Spending a day testing the E-M1 II in Spain this weekend

                              Originally posted by Gwyver View Post
                              Please will you try out the in-body AF Limiter feature and let us know how this works and if it is useful?
                              If possible, please could you test it on a lens with a focus limit switch like the 300/4 and see if it works if the lens switch is set to full. The manual is not clear on this:

                              "AF Limiter is not available in the following cases.
                              - When the focus limiter is enabled on the lens."

                              It would be handy to limit the close focus to 10 or 15 metres.
                              Andy
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