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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

Long exposure:

6 seconds: https://flic.kr/p/NxgSZm

60 seconds: https://flic.kr/p/N31ReW

Noise reduction was switched off.

I am not seeing any noticeable long exposure noise. It's such a shame I don't have RAW files though.
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Re: Spending a day testing the E-M1 II in Spain this weekend

Hires (50 megapixel) comparison

Original image view:

_OMD0449_hires_original_raw-2 by Ian Burley, on Flickr

20 megapixel crop (from RAW file):

_OMD0449_hires_original_raw by Ian Burley, on Flickr

50MP JPEG crop:

_OMD0449_hires_crop by Ian Burley, on Flickr
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Re: Spending a day testing the E-M1 II in Spain this weekend

ISO range test, starting with ISO 200 (click on the image to view the rest on Flickr):

_OMD5352 by Ian Burley, on Flickr

I'm not entirely happy with these, but there simply wasn't enough time to set up an ideal test and I will repeat them, with RAW files, later when I get a camera to review properly.

That said, the ISO 25600 is certainly not a complete waste of time and would be fine for use on the Web, for example. The Olympus in-camera processing of very high ISO shots has always been impressive compared to DIY processing of RAW files in my experience so this will be interesting later on.

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

Ian, the big question for me is the C-AF. What is your impression?
To me some of the bird shots are spot on but many aren't. Admittedly a very challenging subject but turning to the cattle shots several of the shots are not focussed on the lead cattle but rather on the cow behind as if the C-AF is not keeping up. I would appreciate your thoughts and opinion.
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Ian, the big question for me is the C-AF. What is your impression?
To me some of the bird shots are spot on but many aren't. Admittedly a very challenging subject but turning to the cattle shots several of the shots are not focussed on the lead cattle but rather on the cow behind as if the C-AF is not keeping up. I would appreciate your thoughts and opinion.
Sorry for the late response - It was the funeral, today, of Amateur Photographer's former news editor, Chris Cheesman. There was a big turn out to say goodbye.

Anyway, in answer to your question, I can't answer it. To be perfectly honest, we were given cameras at 3PM and we then performed 5 different tasks at different locations until about 5:30PM. Basically there was nowhere enough time to get used to the camera and its settings. Olympus tried to help by configuring the camera's custom settings options especially for some of the tasks but, for example, the use of single AF point and aperture priority mode was very odd. I can only report that the E-M1's problem of not having cross-type points has been fixed. Sorry to disappoint, but that's the truth. But we will know the answer sooner or later!

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5. Pro Capture is not a gimmick. 60fps stills shooting at full resolution (though not Raw) saving the 14 frames before you hit the shutter home of awesome.

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I have corrected this now - you can save RAW files at 60fps! Sorry for any confusion!

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

As I posted on Graham's thread about his initial thoughts, I've been looking at raw files using Rawtherapee and they look very good - a worthwhile step up on the E-M1 IMHO.
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Re: Spending a day testing the E-M1 II in Spain this weekend

Original hires mode files for you to download:

Original RAW (20MP) file: http://fourthirds-user.com/files/download/_OMD0449.ORF
Original 50MP JPEG: http://fourthirds-user.com/files/download/_OMD0449.JPG

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

Thanks Ian. In 6 minutes time I'll be able to play with the raw file (internet here is certainly not fast).
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Thanks Ian. In 6 minutes time I'll be able to play with the raw file (internet here is certainly not fast).
Ah, probably because our server is in Trump land...

Mark II RAW files can be processed in the current version of Olympus Viewer.

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Ah, probably because our server is in Trump land...

Mark II RAW files can be processed in the current version of Olympus Viewer.

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That's a good one!

Yes, I've had a bit of a play with that photo in OV3 & I liked it when I cropped it to 16:9 too.

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

I played with an E-M1ii at LCE in Leamington earlier today (great place and great staff). It's a very nice camera in the hand and as everyone has said, very responsive. C-AF kept up with moving vehicles outside without any issue at all. If you're into stuff that moves or happens in a blink of an eye then the E-M1ii must be a no-brainer. It's certainly the fastest most responsive camera I've ever used. Pro-capture allows some very interesting shots to be captured.

As a predominantly landscape shooter though these sort of features are not of particular benefit. However, there are other factors that might push me to pre-order:

- The new Hi-Res modes do fix some big limitations on the E-M5ii's implementation:
  • Blurring due to subject movement seems much better handled. I do a lot of long exposure landscapes with a 10-stop ND filter so leaf movement etc is to be expected. I can live with blurring, but the problem with the E-M5ii Hi-Res is that it produces ugly jagged artefacts. This looks much better now.
  • Exposure time is not limited to 8s as it is on the E-M5ii. This is crucial to make proper use of it for long-exposure landscape shots (e.g. for blurring water etc).
  • In addition to the 50Mp 8-shot mode, there's also a 25Mp 4-shot mode. 25Mp is enough for most people but the 4-shot stitch significantly reduces noise and improves colour fidelity. It also results in a faster capture and smaller files. Fantastic idea Oly!
- The new 20Mp sensor does seem to deliver improved low-ISO noise, esp at the new ISO64 low setting. So long as highlights don't suffer too much, I suspect that DR will be at its best at ISO64 too.

So, I'm pretty impressed. It's a big wad of cash though...

As a sweetener, there's a number of experience days with an Olympus Visionary. I quite fancy a day with Steve Gosling - if the numbers on the day aren't stupid that's probably worth 100 of anyone's money!
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Re: Spending a day testing the E-M1 II in Spain this weekend

How did you get on with the articulated screen Paul? Could you live with it?

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How did you get on with the articulated screen Paul? Could you live with it?

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That's still a lingering doubt too Ron. I really don't like it.
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Re: Spending a day testing the E-M1 II in Spain this weekend

Good to hear, Paul, especially the details about the hi-res mode.
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