OM-D E-M5 II
Panasonic Leica DG Summilux 12mm f/1.4 ASPH
by Guy Roberts
I haven't used a prime lens since I went digital and I am wondering if there is any appreciable gain in picture quality against today's zooms.
Has anyone got any experience with Panasonic Leica DG Summilux 12mm f/1.4 ASPH lens and if so is it better than the Olympus 12mm f2?
I just picked up a Panasonic MFT G7 body only. I want their 10x 14-140MM lens, but I wonder if the extra 1/2 F stop would be worth the difference in price of $100 (used $300 vs $400) between the older F4 and the current F3.5?
This is a general purpose camera, mostly hobby, but I'm not a newcomer. Except this will be my 1st interchangeable lens camera (and micro 4/3's)
Quick em-1 repair
The rear dial function was becoming more and more undependable on my em1. I had read that this is a known problem.
I sent my camera in for repair and received it back in 11 days as good as new! I was really impressed by Olympus service.
IS-1 versus IS-Auto
I know what the manual says about the technical difference between IS-1 and IS-Auto but in practice, what have members found to be the most useful in what situation? Frankly, I don't see any significant difference.
Just returned from a photo show in my home town! Overall, a great experience, I got to handle basically all cameras from all manufacturers except Panasonic.
The new EM1 II sadly, I was not allowed to turn on and there was no battery. They said it ran version 0.7 firmware, so I'm guessing there is still a bit of a way until a finished camera.
I was able to handle all the new lenses, the 12-100mm f/4 and the 25mm f/1.2
The 12-100mm f/4 is large, but not surprisingly so. I think it will make a fine lens for travel situations, or if you want to take a zoom along with one or two primes.
The 25mm f/1.2 however, is large and is surprisingly large. That thing is bigger than the Fuji 56mm f/1.2, and I really think Olympus is going in the wrong direction here. Its kind of like the old 35-100mm f/2, if people remember it. I mean, that thing was flawless, but it was also absolutely gigantic and really expensive, and everyone just kinda wondered why am I using 1/4 size sensor on a full frame size lens. I mean, the 25mm f/1.2 is exactly the same size as the 12-40mm f/2.8 zoomed to 25mm. That is large for a prime lens.
I also handled the 300mm f/4. That thing is a beast. I bet birds drop dead just by looking into it. An E-M5 is basically a lens cap for it. But this is a different shooting discipline with different needs.
I was also able to handle all other cameras that interest me right now, especially the Fuji XT-2. What can I say, guys? Olympus, within its niche, is the best. You put a 17mm f/1.8 or a 45mm f/1.8 or a 9-18mm f/4-5.6 on a PEN-F or an EM-5 II, and you've got a picture quality, size and feature combo that you simply can't get anywhere else. And the options for lenses we have are staggering - for example, Fuji has no direct equivalents for the 12mm f/2 and the 45mm f/1.8 which are two of my most used lenses.
That said, I think that Olympus, and also Panasonic, lately have been on the wrong path. If I want uncompromising picture quality, I'm not going to buy a 4/3" sensor camera. The 42.5mm f/1.2 should have been smaller than the Fuji 56mm f/1.2, not the other way around. I also bet the 300mm f/4 could have been half the size it is now. And the 1/3 of a stop difference between the Oly 25mm f/1.2 and the Pana 25mm f/1.4 is not enough to justify it being over twice the weight and twice the price.
Shutter count? What would be considered a high count?
I'm think about picking up a used 4/3 Olympus. One I stumbled across on e-bay had a 47,000 shutter count which seemed really astronomical to me.
What do you guys consider a high (acceptable) shutter count for this type of camera?
OM-D E-M5 New in Box!
Hi folks. I've been a Fuji X-Range shooter for the past few years and Nikon full frame prior to that. I've never really paid much attention the the four-thirds world until recently when my uncle offered me a camera that he doesn't use. I wasn't expecting anything too flash at all but it turns out to be an E-M5 mark i with a 14-42mm kit lens. So then I am assuming that the sensor will have been hammered and the actuation count will be through the roof. It has been taking out of the box once! I kid you not when I say it has taken 2 photos. I've told him that it is worth a few bob in its current condition but he wasn't interested and wants me to have it (I'll have to treat him to a few pints and pub lunch). So, I am going to make forays into the world of four-thirds for the first time in my photographic journey. But first thing is first, are there any firmware upgrades for the mark i and are they still available so long after its release. Just wanted to run it past the forum to see what you guys think.
CF (very old) speed of writing jpg from E-1
Hi, I have 1GB CF card made by SanDisk.
I was going to put it in the E-1 and use it for jpgs due to a small capacity of the card and small pixel size output of this camera. Once I got it formatted I noticed it would take around 32 seconds before I am able to review a photo or press any buttons (menu/info/play) on the camera.
Do you think there is something wrong with this card or camera ?
I will try the newer CF cards and see how they fare....it's kind of useless as is.
There is a speed test involving this card on this page but I still don't understand what's the bottle neck in here.
I did format it before I used it.
p.s....i just shot the whole buffer full (11 photos) and it took just under 6 min to write it all on the card.
Oly FT 14-54 II surprisingly good at medium macro
by Daniel Bradley
I find it much better than the earlier version of this lens which wouldn't let you get as close. This is hand held, 1/15 at 5.6, 54mm, ISO 400. The light source is an LED flashlight held by my son who spotted this guy on the wall of our house one night. The picture has been rotated by 90°.
I think a few years ago this was mentioned, but I can't find the thread. I still shoot with an E-300 alongside the EPL-7 PEN and when shooting portraits the PEN doesn't look as good to me. Other types of photos the PEN does well when compared to the E-300. I first noticed it when when using adapted 4/3rds lenses and thought maybe there's the issue. Shortly after I bought three Sigma lenses (19, 30, & 60mm f/2.8) and the portrait images just seem so flat. I've played with the white balance in camera and manually and picture modes and "portrait" and "vivid" makes things better but images from the the E-300 just feel better.
Maybe I need to get used to the switch from CCD to CMOS sensors? For those of you that made the switch have you noticed the same?