Richard Butler

Richard Butler

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On Olympus OM-D E-M5 II First Impressions Review preview (1329 comments in total)
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Markol: I just saw this costs 500$ more than the current E-M5.
That's crazy.
As crazy as the 10 months it took Olympus to "fix" the shutter shock of the E-P5. Without the fix, around 30% of my pictures were unsharp.
Olympus has so much going for it (OIS, jpegs) but they also make some huge mistakes.

In fairness, it costs exactly what the E-M5 did at the time it was launched. And, given there has been some inflation in the meantime, this means it costs (fractionally) less in real terms.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 20, 2015 at 18:21 UTC
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Earth Art: Screw the camera... Nice Turner bike!

Was this shot at Duthie Hill?

Thanks - I've been really enjoying the bike, but I need to ride it more.

We filmed this around Grand Ridge trail, so very close to Duthie.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 20, 2015 at 18:07 UTC
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cgarrard: Richard, let me know when you are in So Cal, we can climb Harding Truck Trail and you'll get a 360 panorama view of Southern California which includes Catalina, San Diego, LA, San Bernardino/Riverside Mountains. It's a 16 mile climb from 1K to 5,400K. Bring a light camera :).

Besides the view, you'll get a major endorphin rush from all that climbing that in over 25 years of cycling, I've seen unrivaled. Its hard (hence Harding...) but, so worth it.

Nice spot on the EM5 II, Oly have really worked that camera out :).

Carl

I'm not sure that my legs (or lungs) are up to that much climbing, but it would be interesting to take a crack at it some day.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 20, 2015 at 18:05 UTC
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Hugo808: Nice bike.

Can't believe you put the camera in your pack without a lens cap though. Tsk.

Although that sequence shows me using the lens without a lenscap, I was actually using one (filming me taking my bag off, unclipping the camera, taking it out and removing the lens cap without dropping it took too long and was boring to watch, so we simplified it).

Direct link | Posted on Feb 20, 2015 at 15:29 UTC
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Gesture: Why are reviews a section at a time?

Our reviews involve extensive testing, so can take a long time. In response to reader feedback, we publish significant chunks of the review as soon as they're ready.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 20, 2015 at 15:23 UTC
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bskbo: Link doesn't work?

It's amazing what damage one missing character can do.

Sorry about the error. The links should work now.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 20, 2015 at 15:21 UTC
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bluevellet: They take out the camera because it's weather-sealed... Then slap a non-weather-sealed lens on it.

The weather ended up being nicer than expected, so I didn't feel the need to limit myself to weather-sealed lenses.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 20, 2015 at 07:18 UTC
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Tapper123: Noticeable moire here and there, but overall very nice. More than good enough for personal videos, but not sure it would be a first choice for pros. I guess in some documentary applications the extraordinary ibis could give it an advantage.

For people like me considering this camera mainly for stills, the improved video is just icing. But good icing does help complete a cake.

I hadn't thought about that ambiguity. The entire video was shot using the E-M5 II. The sections of me speaking to camera were shot using a tripod, as were the close-ups of the camera, but the whole video was shot with the M5 II.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 20, 2015 at 06:26 UTC
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Tapper123: Noticeable moire here and there, but overall very nice. More than good enough for personal videos, but not sure it would be a first choice for pros. I guess in some documentary applications the extraordinary ibis could give it an advantage.

For people like me considering this camera mainly for stills, the improved video is just icing. But good icing does help complete a cake.

We took two E-M5 IIs.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 20, 2015 at 05:58 UTC
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stmpjmpr: Did not expect to see a Turner in this. Nice choice!

I thought it'd be nice to get something (comparatively) local. Dave Weagle's suspension design sounded perfect for the kind of riding I wanted to do, so...

Direct link | Posted on Feb 20, 2015 at 03:55 UTC
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prossi: Where is the video shot? That's a fantastic place!

It's on one of the trails out towards Issaquah, just east of Seattle, Washington.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 20, 2015 at 02:50 UTC
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J A C S: "Most of the shots were taken handheld"? Which ones were not???

@J A C S - I see your point, but there are a fair number of static hand-held shots in there - all of which would have been unusable, had they been hand-held (at 1080, even the steadiest hand tends to result in disconcerting wobbliness).

Direct link | Posted on Feb 20, 2015 at 01:59 UTC
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Horshack: How well does the camera survive a collision with a tree?

Er...

Direct link | Posted on Feb 20, 2015 at 01:52 UTC
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Horshack: How well does the camera survive a collision with a tree?

We haven't tested that.

I didn't want to find out how my ribcage would survive a collision with a tree if there was a big lump of magnesium alloy strapped to it.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 20, 2015 at 01:42 UTC
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joe6pack: All pros and no cons. I am feeling more and more that these videos are all paid advertisements. Tell me this isn't so!

@joe6pack - to add more detail to what Scott correctly points out: this is an overview of the camera's features, it's not a full review because we've not spent enough time with the camera to be able to make a full assessment, yet.

Our full review will, as always, be positive and critical wherever appropriate.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 20, 2015 at 01:29 UTC
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steelhead3: Since Butler is a OLY shooter and he was the subject,; who shot the video handheld, pretty impressive.

May I point out that I'm not 'an Oly shooter' any more than I'm a Nikon shooter when I'm reviewing a Nikon, a Panasonic shooter when I'm reviewing a Panasonic, a Pentax shooter when...

My colleague Dale was videographer on this shoot.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 20, 2015 at 01:25 UTC
On Olympus OM-D E-M5 II First Impressions Review preview (1329 comments in total)
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Alien from Mars: Does 0s AS work in the sequential or bracketed shooting modes?

Antishock is available in both sequential (L) and bracketing modes.

Full electronic shutter mode is also available for sequential H mode.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 16, 2015 at 18:11 UTC
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DonThomaso: So the D810A is a consumer camera? In that case why not count the Pentax 645D IR? Larger sensor ;)

@Daedbird - The two situations seem rather different to me:

The Canon is a product aimed at the mass market, which will be available everywhere except North America (and therefore over 60% of our audience).

The other is a very specialized product that even the manufacturer states isn't intended for general consumers, that's only available in Japan (less than 1% of our audience).

Even ignoring that the M3 represents a change in that series to become a camera more likely to be of interest to our readers, I hope the difference in potential audience explains the different levels of coverage.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 12, 2015 at 18:54 UTC
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DonThomaso: So the D810A is a consumer camera? In that case why not count the Pentax 645D IR? Larger sensor ;)

In fairness they're rather different things: this isn't an IR camera, it's a visible light camera with a more precise cut-off at the IR end of things.

Also, Ricoh explicitly said: ["General consumers will not be the intended target for the 'PENTAX 645D IR'"](http://www.ricoh.com/release/2012/1212_1.html).

But the main reason is that I don't think anyone in the office remembered/was aware of the Japan-only 645D IR. We defer to your greater memory.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 11, 2015 at 20:47 UTC
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wus: Anyone know how I should understand this "the ability to dim the viewfinder’s OLED" that DPR writes above? An EVF in a Nikon DSLR??? That would be a first ...

The display of shooting settings at the bottom of the optical viewfinder is an OLED.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 10, 2015 at 18:25 UTC
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