Oli4D

Oli4D

Lives in Switzerland Switzerland
Works as a 3D Animator
Has a website at www.flickr.com/photos/oli_4d
Joined on Nov 2, 2009

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Brian Wadie: has anyone been able to read .orf files from the EM-5 mk2? (I still get the file format not recognised message even though the mk2 is on the list of supported cameras)

Yes, it worked for me... are you sure you did not accidentally use LR 5.7 to import?
Happend to me... :D

Direct link | Posted on Apr 22, 2015 at 08:18 UTC
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gary payne: There was a documentary that aired recently - cannot remember if it was 60 Minutes or Frontline or something similar - that noted that Amazon had it's incredible bank of supercomputers in the same skyscaper that the NSA computer bank operates in. It's probably just a coincidence...

I may use a cloud storage facility some day. But I cannot help thinking that these giant storage vaults can be hacked, even if only by an insider. I don't worry about copyright violation, I worry about losing the data. It might be best to use these clouds for backup only.

regarding the "coincidence": Better doubt that ;)
You probably have not yet seen the documentary Citizenfour...

Direct link | Posted on Mar 26, 2015 at 19:51 UTC
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nerd2: I don't get it. $1099 body + $899 12-40 2.8 + $1499 40-150 2.8 + 45 1.8 = whooping $4K worth of gear, frequent lens changes and only 5fps.

I could use D750 + 28-300 lens combo to take approximately the same outputs, while much less hassle overall (cheaper and lighter, does not require lens change, faster AF, faster fps, comparable DOF, comparable resolution etc)

@nerd2: You can't calculate that way. There are very good kit offers, you would never ever pay that much.
And furthermore: No need to get all these lenses. Choose wisely and one lens will be enough in this case.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 25, 2015 at 21:13 UTC
On Olympus OM-D E-M5 II Review preview (740 comments in total)
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panpen: $1100 for a camera with a tiny sensor when you can get a Sony full frame for only $100 more? No thank you.

@HFLM: Well it probably depends on what kind of macro work you do. I'm mostly doing macro with living creatures like lizards, dragon flies, etc.
My experience is on one side that it's easier to get very close to subjects like lizards and dragon flies with a small camera with a small lens. With the small body and small lens, the risk of accidentally hitting a branch or leaf that scares them away because of the movement is smaller.
The other thing is that with let's say f-stop 6, you get more DOF on MFT then on an FF sensor.
Sure, stacking and flash is an option, but with living insects, I usually can't /don't want to stack. And I also try to keep the natural light, therefore I dislike flash.
Sure you can achieve equally great macro with FF cameras, but for me out there in nature, MFT has some good advantages.
Or at least certainly no disadvantages.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 19, 2015 at 18:31 UTC
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panpen: $1100 for a camera with a tiny sensor when you can get a Sony full frame for only $100 more? No thank you.

@ panpen: Well, the sensor size is not the most important thing. Sonys A7 is a good camera for sure, but with full frame you have the problem of large / heavy lenses, especially the tele zooms.
Also, full frame DOF is not always an advantage. For macro work for example, the E-M5 II with the MFT sensor has actually an advantage.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 19, 2015 at 13:48 UTC
On Olympus OM-D E-M5 II Review preview (740 comments in total)

@ panpen: Well, the sensor size is not the most important thing. Sonys A7 is a good camera for sure, but with full frame you have the problem of large / heavy lenses, especially the tele zooms.
Also, full frame DOF is not always an advantage. For macro work for example, the E-M5 II with the MFT sensor has actually an advantage.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 19, 2015 at 13:47 UTC as 86th comment | 5 replies
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keepreal: How good is the EVF, really? If only Olympus were to make a MFT camera with an optical viewfinder roughly the size and weight as in the full frame OM1 film camera.

EVFs are never going to come close to that, but is this one similar or better than the VF-4 or more like the EVF in the Fuji XE-2? The former is poor but bearable, I have one, but the latter is dreadful.

This trend to EVFs by all the leading manufacturers is a substantial backwards step, just as lenses with wild native barrel distortion.

Taking pictures with an EVF makes the job much more difficult to get right than with an optical viewfinder. Why do all the serious reviewers of cameras make light of EVFs and their deficiencies as if they are a real contender in a compact with interchangeable lenses versus a decent DSLR?

Visit http://www.ipernity.com/home/contrajur, especially in the albums for South Western USA and Slovenia. Most shots there with a DSLR. Using an EVF for them would not have been a pleasant experience.

I checked out the photos. Nice work. Is it yours?
I don't really get your point tough. What exactly makes it more difficult with an EVF?

Here are some shots I made with the first E-M5, pretty much all shot via EVF (the one of the E-M5 II is actually better).
No problem really.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/oli_4d/sets/72157646148232217/

I don't know why this could not be possible with an EVF...

Direct link | Posted on Mar 19, 2015 at 09:14 UTC
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WT21: mini clip-on bounce/rotate flash. Yes! Not a reason to get this camera, but more makers need to provide this!

That mini bounce/rotate flash is actually awesome :)

Direct link | Posted on Mar 18, 2015 at 21:05 UTC
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mpgxsvcd: I have a GH3, GH4, LX100, and the E-M5 MK II. I love the video quality of the GH4 and I think the control layout of the LX100 is just brilliant. Even the GH3 has better video quality than the E-M5 MK II.

However, I still can’t put the E-M5 MK II down. The IBIS is just phenomenal especially for videos. I shoot all of my videos hand held and I have to do image stabilization in post processing to make them useable. With the E-M5 I don’t have to worry about shaky videos anymore.

The stills resolution is perfect for my needs and probably great for the majority of people. The colors are great and the AFC tracking is rock solid.

The High Resolution mode works great for product shots, architecture, and moon photos. That works just fine for my needs.

The E-M5 MK II is just simply a fun camera to use. However, it isn't easy to setup. The menu structure is effective but not really intuitive. You can spend hours trying to get the camera setup properly. That is probably its weakest point.

"hours to set up properly" is a bit exaggerated... ;)
Sure, I felt the same when configuring it to my needs the first time, but in the end, that's not really an issue and actually I think it's a good thing to be "forced" to have close look at all the functions. Otherwise you would miss some useful stuff.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 18, 2015 at 20:58 UTC
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rebel99: i wanted this camera for travel and landscape but the files (16mp) are to small and won't cut it! i really like the quality of olympus but maybe the next generation with larger sensor! on the other hand, the new amsung with new NX-1 has a killer 28mp sensor that is perfect but i am not quite sure of the lens offerings! like i have commented before, the M4/3 cameras have a couple more generation to be ready for show time! until then, i'll stick with my clunky canon 1Dx and 1dmk4 cameras :-( the new canon announced 5Ds/r cameras supposed to have 53mp sensor, perfect for landscape photography ;-) and i have a big load of "L" lenses to go with it. but the announced price is ~ $4000.00, yuk... ;-( we'll see!

syd

@rebel99: The E-M5 II (and also the first E-M5) are perfect for travel and landscape.
The 16 MP is absolutely enough. And if not, you still have the 40MP Highres mode in the E-M5 II that works rather well for landscape (as long as you don't have strong wind in trees for example).
Here are some examples of the E-M5 I have shot:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/oli_4d/sets/72157646148232217/

Direct link | Posted on Mar 18, 2015 at 20:54 UTC
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rrr_hhh: Bahhh another video where you will loose half an hour instead of reading the gist of it in five minutes..

This is not fair for non anglophones !

@rrr_hhh: lots of young folks out there prefer video over text tough. Some "kids" (18-28 years) these days don't read anything longer online than just a couple of lines.
I see this all the time.
So, video can help to get to those people.
I guess a good mix is what is needed.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 13, 2015 at 09:38 UTC
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Angrymagpie: I'm trying to understand why a super sharp 35mm f/1.4 would be a good thing.
A very sharp and fast standard FL prime like a 55mm is good versatile lens that could be used for portrait where details, sharpness, and subject-background separation are simultaneously important. A 35mm is not usually used as a portrait lens as far as I know.
I'm not criticising the lens of course, I'm just trying to understand its purpose and the advantage of trading off compact size for superb image quality and f/1.4 in the context of a 35mm lens.

You are right Angrymagpie, but 35mm (17mm in MFT) is very versatile. It's a lens you can use for lot's of indoor work with people (single or groups) and indoors, lowlight is often an issue so 1.4 is good for that.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 4, 2015 at 08:39 UTC
On Olympus OM-D E-M5 II First Impressions Review preview (1392 comments in total)
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AnniM: Sorry if this has been covered elsewhere - can you still use 4/3 glass with this camera? The Olympus website never answers the question - when I click on "lenses" there the link goes to the "accessories" page instead. Can you still use the 4/3 - m4/3 adapter with this camera?

Yes if you already have an 4/3 - m4/3 adapter, then you can use it with the E-M5 II of course.
I has the same m43 mount like the PENs and other OM-Ds.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 1, 2015 at 12:13 UTC
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blink667: Olympus creates beautiful looking camera bodies, but I never understood why they wouldn't get involved with FF on at least one of their models. It's almost as if they're impervious to market trends.

Why should they? There is plenty of others who do that.
If they would go FF, I probably would not buy it since it would mean much bigger, heavier lenses. And I don't want that.
I want small and light, but still very capable. That's what MFT is there for.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 8, 2015 at 11:10 UTC
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Max888: Will there be m1 mark this year? I having been thinking getting an m1, but consider its approaching 2 year mark, and many other new camera with higher resolution recently, I just can not pull the trigger, even though I have to admit 40m mode is a great technique they put in.

Who knows. I don't expect the E-M1 II (or whatever they'll call it) not earlier than in a year from now on.
But who knows.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 6, 2015 at 07:50 UTC
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MFiftysomething: "Dated sensor"

Come on: this is electronics: it is 2015: if it is in stock it is out of date!

So? Better don't release anything at all since it's outdate quick anyway? What's your point?
I definitely hoped for a new sensor... but well, the existing one is still fine, all the other improvements are at least as valuable for me.
With the great IBIS, you can reduce high ISO problems in many cases.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 5, 2015 at 13:57 UTC
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montxsuz: Never mind the pixels. I want to know how it performs in low light. What are the noise levels like? Better than my Panasonic MFTs? How much better? Will it be a worthy second camera to my Nikon D810?

Since the new stabilizer is even better than the old one, it seems to perform better in low light. Comparing in the dpr studio, high ISO MkII images also look a tiny bit better than Mk1 images.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 5, 2015 at 13:44 UTC
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aandeg: Seems like a lot of manufactures are hitting the brick wall in terms of innovation, usability, and IQ. Instead we get a usless blurry hires mode and selfie mode.

Shame on us for encouraging this.

@aandeg ok I see. Well I have to say I (almost) never use my E-M5 for CAF tracking.
S-AF is VERY fast, I'm very happy with the focusing speed over all.
I think if you want MFT and fast(er) C-AF and tracking, you have to look into the E-M1 or GH4.
They perform much better in those terms as far as I know.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 5, 2015 at 13:37 UTC
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aandeg: Seems like a lot of manufactures are hitting the brick wall in terms of innovation, usability, and IQ. Instead we get a usless blurry hires mode and selfie mode.

Shame on us for encouraging this.

aandeg... did you actually read the review?
And own an E-M5?
As an owner of the E-M5, this new E-M5 II sounds very interesting to me. Making an already very nice camera even better. That's how I see it.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 5, 2015 at 12:53 UTC
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tennjed: It is as if Panasonic marketing does things specifically to spite customers. I have, and love, the GM1.....When I can use it, which is any time there is no sunshine in the area. I was hoping for the GM5, or something similar, since purchase of the GM1. Now, Panasonic decides they are not going to sell this interchangable lens camera, body-only. I do not need, and will not pay for, another identical kit lens. At a bare minimum, they should offer a kit version with the newer 35-100 lens.

It is probably foolish for me to rant here. My purpose is to make Panasonic aware of the fact that I- a loyal Panasonic customer- want a body-only option for this camera. How insane must I be to think that Panasonic would monitor a consumer based site like DPreview?

I agree, it's annoying.
However: the 12-32 kit lens sells rather well on ebay...

Direct link | Posted on Jan 31, 2015 at 13:14 UTC
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