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Olympus OM-D E-M1 The first 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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Old 23rd March 2015
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More thumbs up for V3 firmware

Work is getting in way of using camera as much as I would like but after two events with E-M1 with latest firmware I am pretty impressed. Lenses were original 14-54 and 50-200.

Prior to going to events I did some tests at home and was nice to find that focus was acquired quickly and it did not continue to try and focus after shutter was released. One slight quirk is that if you move single focus point between far and near point it never refocus's until you release shutter and retry. Not a problem but just need to remember to release shutter if focus not obtained quickly.

Most of my trials bike shots are taken with the 14-54 and fill in flash set to auto rather than ttl ( auto significantly reduces shutter delay with C-AF). Where as I used to use single point and C-AF early release=on I found 9x9 and C-AF early release off was working really well. 9x9 grabs focus nice and quick and holds it. C-AF set to with off or low. For fun I tried face detection as others have said it worked.... it was quickly switched off again after no white boxes appeared.

There were a few occasions where shutter did not release because of lack of focus. Most of those were due to me not panning very well.

Now the more impressive bit. The 50-200 had sat on shelf since acquiring E-M1 simply as it was so slow to get focus. This was not because of lens being slow but rather C-AF struggled to decide on a focus point. With V3 it acquires focus pretty quickly and maintains focus for a burst ( low and hi ). Again this was done with Early release off. yes there are the expected pauses but very useable. I was also able to track motion and fire shutter at point of interest with no real delay.

Yesterday I went back to single focus point on riders face for bikes coming up a shady gulley. This was ideal for high speed as face was going quickly in and out of shade. Lens track pretty well at high speed and I got a good percentage of keepers.

Just need to get down the local Kart track with the big lens and see how it does with a really fast moving subject

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Old 27th March 2015
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Re: More thumbs up for V3 firmware

I thought I'd add some comments based on my findings with V3. I really struggled with the EM1 for any sort of action - to the point when on occasion I regretted my move from Canon. I recently made two changes, upgrade to V3 and purchase of the 40-150 PRO with 1.4 converter. On Tuesday I got round to giving it a proper test run up at Bempton Cliffs. I'm impressed. C-AF from being useless is now my setting of choice. High activity with back button focus. I was able to consistently get sequences of Gannets, Fulmars and even Puffins in flight using the 40-150 with converter. Also, as an experiment I reattached the Panny 100-300 to see how this works. Answer from a short in the field test is not as good. I can now see the 100-300 going on Fleabay as it just doesn't compare in any way to the PRO lens - apart from weight.

Now is this change in fortune the new firmware, the lens or a combination of both? I am inclined to say it is mostly lens. So while I am now very happy with the results (and will try to post a couple of samples if I can figure out how), I am also slightly disappointed that I shed the Canon to save weight and have ended up carrying the same weight in OMD an PRO lenses. But at least I can use the small primes too...

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Re: More thumbs up for V3 firmware

WoW Great news ! thanks for all the valuable information here
note to self : upgrade ONEs firmware asap
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Re: More thumbs up for V3 firmware

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WoW Great news ! thanks for all the valuable information here
note to self : upgrade ONEs firmware asap
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