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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

Thanks for the offer, Ian.

If you get the chance, could you look at a couple of things please:

1. Apparently the Mk II has a better battery charge indicator (which has long been a bugbear of mine). Could you try and get some feel for whether it is actually better, or just displaying the same old rubbish but to more decimal places? I appreciate that this might be difficult under the circs.

2. One pet peeve of mine about the Mk I is the glow on the back screen, which is a bit of a nuisance when shooting in a dark public place like a concert hall. Could you see if the Mk II will let you avoid that - whether by not having the screen glow when it's not being used, or by turning the screen round to face the body. Specifically, is it possible to review images and change basic settings (ISO etc.) through the EVF when running like that. The Mk I will do it but only in auto-eye-EVF switch mode, which is when the back screen has the irritating glow.

And one other thing - I am always pleased to hear about places that do good patatas bravas

Ronda is lovely. If you get the chance, have a wander round the back streets of the Moorish old town south of the bridge. There is not much of it, but it is quiet and very atmospheric.

I have stayed at the Premier Inn at Gatwick north terminal several times. It is right outside the terminal building so you can walk in and not have to bother with shuttle buses or taxis, which is good for the peace of mind specially when your flight leaves at sparrow-fart.

Good luck ... John

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

Ian,
Another task please. Depending on how you interpret the user manual, it appears to suggest the spot metering has been enhanced to allow it to 'follow' the selected AF point. Please could you verify if this is the case - I know that many forum users have requested this feature.
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PS: sounds like you'll get to try out the splash proofing - hope your new 'workwear' proves as effective!
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Re: Spending a day testing the E-M1 II in Spain this weekend

The focus limiter works well with 43 lenses, I have test it with my ZD14-35/2 SWD lens and there is an option to lock shutter release if the target isn't inside the area you choose (on meters or feet up to one decimal point), also you can program up to three different memories for the focus limiter but of course only one is active.
If the screen is close facing the body you can review and change parameters with the EVF , if you open it even if the sensor is off and only use the EVF when you try to review the images unfortunately the LCD opens just like EM1 mki.
The battery indicator works well and shows the remaining battery percent , I think the camera's estimation is way better than with old EM1 mki and the new charger is really fast.
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Re: Spending a day testing the E-M1 II in Spain this weekend

Thank you kbouk. That is very good news about the battery meter.

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

Ian,

Please, would you be able to clarify the warranty period?

The rumour site was suggesting that for $99 per year you could purchase a "pro" warranty, to whit 3 day turnaround on repairs or guaranteed extended loan of a replacement item. There is also one thead on this forum discussing a 6 year warranty and another post indicating that the standard 2 year warranty, extended to 2 1/2 by registering your item, has in some cases been showing as 3 years. I also reacall some months ago a discussion about the 2 year warranty being reduced to 1 year in line with some other parts od the world.

It would be nice to get some clarification on the warranty for all "PRO" items (EM-1 i & ii, and the PRO lenses) and especially whether the E-M1 ii which is aimed at professionals (this comes from Olympus) gets a professional level warranty. My understanding was that the pro support network was disbanded but anyone paying the "professional" price for the mark ii would surely want a professional level of support for it and the associated lenses.
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Re: Spending a day testing the E-M1 II in Spain this weekend

Probably a bit late now, but if you see this please could you check this info from the manual: "Pro capture is available only with OLYMPUS Micro Four Thirds lenses."

Any reason why it won't work with Panasonic lenses? Thanks.
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Re: Spending a day testing the E-M1 II in Spain this weekend

Well I'm here and yes, the only thing missing is the thunder and lightning

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

Look forward to a good test of the weather sealing then
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Re: Spending a day testing the E-M1 II in Spain this weekend

I have uploaded a selection of shots with the Mark II from yesterday on Flickr here:

https://flic.kr/s/aHskGBpzUV

More feedback later!

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

The ones of the lone horse look mostly OOF on my iPad but I guess that probably down to shooting at f1.2 and 100/125s ? For example, the dog looks ok in terms of focus and is at 1/320s

Looking at the exif, you shot in aperture mode so maybe that's why ?

Good to see a test of the IBIS with the heldheld night shots. I've seen people achieving 10-15s of in focus HH shots which I'm stunned at - personally I'd be surprised if I could get to 1s
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Re: Spending a day testing the E-M1 II in Spain this weekend

I like the images from the 12-100mm - what are your initial thoughts on that lens Ian?
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Re: Spending a day testing the E-M1 II in Spain this weekend

Morning all!

To be frank, the schedule and limited time means I am still left with a lot more work to do before I can be satisfied I know enough about the camera. I can make some comments though:

1. Battery life is definitely better as of the charge remaining indicator which is now displayed as a percent. Personally, I had 20% left at the end of the day. The battery is physically at least twice the size of the old one.

2. Particularly when using silent shutter mode, the Four Thirds lenses worked well.

3. Focusing is definitely better, but by how much, still needs more time for me to declare. But simply having cross type points if a major step forward.

4. The camera is a little larger to accommodate the bigger battery and the fatter grip but on the whole this didn't sacrifice the luggability of the camera.

5. Pro Capture is not a gimmick. 60fps stills shooting at full resolution (t̶h̶o̶u̶g̶h̶ ̶n̶o̶t̶ ̶R̶a̶w̶ - RAW IS supported!) saving the 14 frames before you hit the shutter home of awesome.

6. Dedicated access to custom function settings via the mode knob and being able to load and save them from and to your computer is a welcome move.

7. Dual card slots, excellent although switching between then for saving sad reviewing is not very intuitive at first.

8. In camera focus limiter is completely customisable and works with any FT or MFT Olympus lens. Not sure about non Olympus lenses.

9. I have not yet fully examined high ISO and long exposure shots but there are no obvious issues.

10. Loving the 12-100. Certainly sharp wide open at 100.

Feeling a bit car sick on the coach back to the airport as I write this! More later!

Apologies for any typos, using my phone browser!

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

Focus limiter, sorry, not focus 'longer'!

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

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I like the images from the 12-100mm - what are your initial thoughts on that lens Ian?
So far very positive. It's a natural for the Mark II. Certainly very crisp at full aperture at 100 from what I have seen of my shots, although because I didn't bring a laptop I reserve final judgement after looking at them on a big screen.

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The ones of the lone horse look mostly OOF on my iPad but I guess that probably down to shooting at f1.2 and 100/125s ? For example, the dog looks ok in terms of focus and is at 1/320s

Looking at the exif, you shot in aperture mode so maybe that's why ?

Good to see a test of the IBIS with the heldheld night shots. I've seen people achieving 10-15s of in focus HH shots which I'm stunned at - personally I'd be surprised if I could get to 1s
Yes, the shots of the horse and the dog indoors was more about the animals and their antics than anything else. It was very dark in there!

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