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My X-perience with the E-M1X

I was blessed enough to recently lead another safari here in South Africa and our local folks were kind enough to loan me an X with a 300/4.0 PRO. Wow! What a combo.

Anyway, if you are interested in reading more about my experience with the camera, head on over here. It's quite a long piece with lots of images, so it may take a while to load.

Would I buy one? Probably not, but if I was to be given one I am sure I'd put it to good use.
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Re: My X-perience with the E-M1X

Very impressive images for sure.
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Re: My X-perience with the E-M1X

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Very impressive images for sure.
Thank you! I was looking at that one close up shot of the leopard again last night and I honestly think it's the sharpest image I have ever taken. It's also pretty much out of camera like that, I never sharpen anything anymore since moving to Olympus.
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Re: My X-perience with the E-M1X

It was an interesting read too as well as having some superb images illustrating it. When you say you didn't sharpen the images Dallas do you mean that they were straight jpgs out of the camera? The reason I ask is that I find raw files to be pretty soft and need sharpening to get to a similar sharpness to the ooc jpg.
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It was an interesting read too as well as having some superb images illustrating it. When you say you didn't sharpen the images Dallas do you mean that they were straight jpgs out of the camera? The reasonbi ask is that I find raw files to be pretty soft and need sharpening to get to a similar sharpness to the ooc jpg.
Thanks Phil.

I only shoot raw and edit in Lightroom, creating various sizes of JPG output files from there. Since I started with Olympus OM-D cameras in 2012 I don't believe I have ever applied any sharpening to any of the shots I have taken. Prior to that I was a Nikon user and there is no way I could get away with that. Everything had to be sharpened.

I should also state that every shot I took with that 300/4.0 PRO was shot at f/4.0.
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Re: My X-perience with the E-M1X

I use LR too but usually sharpen 40-50% then use 20-25% noise reduction to reduce the extra grainyness it adds. Hadn't really thought about it before but maybe I'd be better off not doing these steps. Will have to try a comparison.
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Well, here's the leopard I was referring to for those who didn't click through. When I zoom into the animal's nose and eyes I am astonished at just how sharp it is.

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Re: My X-perience with the E-M1X

Nice photo....

I NEVER sharpen, but I do use the TEXTURE button in LR6. Has much the same effect I think. But that button has only been there since a couple of recent updates...

Too much can make the photo a bit stark though....
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Re: My X-perience with the E-M1X

I'm not certain, but I think LR will apply a certain amount of sharpening by default. Should be easy to check - in the develop module, open the Detail tab and see if there is a non-zero value there.

The first ting I do with a new camera is import a file, then in the develop module set profile to "Camera natural" and sharpening to zero then save that as camera defaults. This means that it will be automagically and transparently applied to all future imports. Unfortunately the user interface for managing this is not very good so it is not easy to check it.

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I have to agree Dallas that leopard shot is just stunning.

Mark hmm didn't know there was a texture button, definitely every day's a school day here .
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I have to agree Dallas that leopard shot is just stunning.

Mark hmm didn't know there was a texture button, definitely every day's a school day here .
In the basic setting, Texture is "lumped" with Clarity and dehaze..

It must (!) increase the contrast between two colour zones I think....
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Re: My X-perience with the E-M1X

I have just had a look at files from a camera where clearly I have forgotten to set the defaults. It seems to apply 40 units of sharpening with radius 1.0, and some noise reduction. The noise reduction seems to be applied "intelligently" as it is higher for higher ISOs.

LR is latest version.

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Re: My X-perience with the E-M1X

In my version of LR the default sharpness setting seems to be +25 but with no NR added. Not sure why it would be different?
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Re: My X-perience with the E-M1X

I just get Clarity in my basic tab Mark, no Texture or Dehaze.
I think it's because on this old 32 bit PC I can't use the latest features of LR. Must make the switch to my new W10 laptop and the latest LR I guess for image processing. Just cant quite decide how to cope with the file saving between new and old yet.
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Re: My X-perience with the E-M1X

It's really useful info for me but sorry Dallas I seem to have taken your excellent thread down a rabbit hole.
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