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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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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

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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.
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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.
I have done some rather simple long exposure shots in the hotel room with the lights turned down and will post these when I get home.

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I have done some rather simple long exposure shots in the hotel room with the lights turned down and will post these when I get home.

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That's great Ian. Thank you. Any chance we could get the raw?
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Re: Spending a day testing the E-M1 II in Spain this weekend

Ian Question on Pro Capture When you half press the shutter the camera starts taking 14 temp captures, if you keep it half pressed is it only saving the last 14 frames? I am thinking you have a bird on branch and you are waiting for it to fly so in Pro Capture you keep the shutter half pressed and when it flys you then have the 14 frames before and the frames after.

Love the arrow through the ballon shots
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Ian Question on Pro Capture When you half press the shutter the camera starts taking 14 temp captures, if you keep it half pressed is it only saving the last 14 frames?...
Just logged on to ask the same question; is it the first 14 or the last 14 before the shutter press. Thanks.
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Ian Question on Pro Capture When you half press the shutter the camera starts taking 14 temp captures, if you keep it half pressed is it only saving the last 14 frames? I am thinking you have a bird on branch and you are waiting for it to fly so in Pro Capture you keep the shutter half pressed and when it flys you then have the 14 frames before and the frames after.

Love the arrow through the ballon shots
Yes, the idea is that the 14 frames prior to you pressing the shutter release will be saved. This can either be at 18 or 60fps. But that's only a quarter of a second in 60fps mode! I missed the critical arrow impacting on the balloons several times and I need to understand if that was just me (more likely!) or if you must release the shutter promptly as well. I had half a dozen goes and was successful in about half the attempts so I will look at how many frames were recorded, etc. It's a great feature though, especially as it's full 20MP resolution. Panasonic has this feature as part of its 4K Photo mode but that's only at 8MP resolution and 25 or 30fps.

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Yes, the idea is that the 14 frames prior to you pressing the shutter release will be saved. This can either be at 18 or 60fps. But that's only a quarter of a second in 60fps mode! I missed the critical arrow impacting on the balloons several times and I need to understand if that was just me (more likely!) or if you must release the shutter promptly as well. I had half a dozen goes and was successful in about half the attempts so I will look at how many frames were recorded, etc. It's a great feature though, especially as it's full 20MP resolution. Panasonic has this feature as part of its 4K Photo mode but that's only at 8MP resolution and 25 or 30fps.

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Thanks Ian this is very helpful information on the Pro Capture feature even at 18fps less than a second to press the shutter once you see the arrow. Are your images from a set using the 18 or 60fps drive? This is a reflex sensitive challenge to get right. Did you have a countdown from the person releasing the arrow or was a question of listening for the flight of the arrow?
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Thanks Ian this is very helpful information on the Pro Capture feature even at 18fps less than a second to press the shutter once you see the arrow. Are your images from a set using the 18 or 60fps drive? This is a reflex sensitive challenge to get right. Did you have a countdown from the person releasing the arrow or was a question of listening for the flight of the arrow?
The cameras were set up for us and I understand they were set to 60fps for the balloons. We did have a count down but as you say, it's a challenge! I counted the frames and each sequence was between 43 and 47 frames. I suspect that any were down to me more than anything else!

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That's great Ian. Thank you. Any chance we could get the raw?
On this I have messed-up At one point the camera settings went haywire, probably because I accidentally flipped the settings mode lever from 1 to 2, and I rushed to reset the settings and it looks like I didn't reinstate RAW recording. So the ISO comparisons and long exposure shots are all JPEGs only. I am so annoyed! They are at full resolution though.

Olympus Viewer is able to process Mark II RAW files now and Adobe Camera RAW is expected to get the Mark II update in a couple of weeks.

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

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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!

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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...

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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.)

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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.

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