New firmware is out with what looks like a ton of changes:

For the E-M1:

  • Focus Bracketing
  • Focus Stacking
  • Advanced Focus Peaking
  • Silent Mode
  • Improved Anti-Shock Mode
  • Advanced Olympus Capture
  • S-OVF
  • 4K Time Lapse Video
  • Live Composite on OI.Share
  • Manual Focus Clutch Disable
  • Menu Cursor Memory Position
  • Movie Image Stabilization with 5-Axis Optical IS and Digital IS
  • 24p/25p Frame Rate
  • Movie Info Display
  • Movie Rec Start with RM-UC1 Release Cable
  • Time Code Settings
  • M-IS1 and M-IS2 image stabilization options
  • Slate Tone
  • Synchronized PCM Audio Recording in Video

Honestly, 24p alone is enough to make me consider switching to an E-M1. They are pretty cheap nowadays anyways.

E5 manual

by Guy Roberts

I have been going through the owners manual for the E5 to try to learn all of the features the camera has.
The thing is I find it disjointed and difficult to follow.
Does anyone know of a clearer but comprehensive guide to the camera?

"I got a million of 'em." So said the comedian Roger Dangerfield about jokes. In looking at my elk pictures, I have something of the same sentiment about those. But these are the last I'll send.
To me, the bugling of the elk is one of the most primative, primeval, haunting sounds in nature, the others being the howl of the wolf and the call of the Sandhill Crane. Will have to wait another year for the elk drama, when I hope to get more shots of the actual battles with antlers interlocked, etc. (Pic # 3 shows that a tine has been broken off the left antler of that bull; it gets violent.)
The final shot shows a young bull trying to get in on "the action," which he did when the dominant big bull was occupied with holding off a rival.

Here's more of the bull Elk "in the rut." The first shot (close crop) really looks wild, this from thrashing the antlers about in the brush. The last pic is of a too-young bull that must have been wondering what all the fuss is about.

A few weeks ago, I spent time getting some photos of bull elk, as they go through the rituals of sorting out the issues of dominance and the right to breed in the herds. I often just wanted to watch the primeval show, but did take lots of shots.
Most from tripod, E-5, 300/2.8 & 2X tc, cropped.

Coming to Guatemala a day ago after spending parts of 4 years in Nicaragua - - - is like NIGHT AND DAY. Guatemala is much more like being in a city in the United States.

We haven't made it to our destination of Xela yet as we wanted to stop on the way and get a taste of the capital Guatemala City and today will be spending time in beautiful Antigua a hour and a half away.

Walking the streets in the centre of town reminds me of our memorable experiences in San Jose, Costa Rica. The main street heading out from the government buildings, is a long strip of people walking, artisans and performers, and stores and malls with everything the eye desires.

I have been warned about the dangers of having a camera in many parts of the city such as here - but I my adventure is to take pictures after all - - - also I was told that I wouldn't have the freedom of taking photos of people and that to take any, I would have to pay them.

At least those were warnings from a few individuals and research on the web prior to coming. But I have heard the same things when we were in Costa Rica and as well Nicaragua - so I will continue to use common sense and photograph the people and the culture as before. I'm only one afternoon into my street shooting, but the experience was amazing and satisfying.

Here are a few of the 700 photos that I took along this stretch yesterday afternoon. For many of my shots I was able to stop and talk to the people for a while, ask their name and tell them my name and that I am Canadian and have moved to Guatemala - which opened up more discussion about the weather and sports. I then asked if I could take their photo - - - including a policeman - and all but one young boy selling toys with his father closely, agreed and requested nothing for it.

Photos taken with mirrorless camera Olympus E-PL5 and 14-42 kit lens.

I have been working on a photo book which will be published and sold on Amazon. It is a collection of some of my best work and all done with either my E-500, E-510, E-30 or my E-5 and of course my stable of lenses.

A preview of the book can be viewed on my website HERE

To fully appreciate - hit the four arrows in the bottom right to view the preview full screen


DXO 50% Off

by Don Baldwinson

DXO don't often have a sale, but this is a good one for a program which does do a nice job on Olympus files.

One of the lugs that hold the camera strap to the camera had come loose. - Fortunately the camera was in a carrying case. And the rubber grip at the back had become unglued. So, while the warranty was still valid, I decided that a repair was in order.

This afternoon, the rainbow lorikeets were making one hell of a racket. I dug out the Bigma, fitted it to the E-M1 via an MMF-3 adaptor and went out to see what I could catch. The Bigma being a 50-500mm lens, I have found that the best way to set the camera up is to set the focus to a single point, the exposure to 1/1000s shutter speed priority and then let the camera do the rest through a combination of setting the aperture and/or varying the ISO.

Today was unfortunately more than a bit overcast and rainy. I had very few keepers. This was the best of a bad lot:


1/1000s, f/6.3, ISO:1600, Focal Length: 500mm. Hand-held.

I was considering selling my E-5 with about 5500 clicks on it. I have tried to research but prices seem to be all over the place. Has a hld-4 grip, three or four batteries, box. I want to price at a good deal, but don't want to give it away either. What's a fair price?