SalmanH: Reading all the full frame fan boy comments here it would appear that there is little more to good photography than shallow depth of field. In reality a lot of the time shallow depth of field merely hides bad or lazy composition, making a poor photo look a little better.
I believe this would be worthwhile reading for many people around here...
Robert Evagelista: I had 6 Digital Cameras since 2001. And this Camera makes me Emotional.This is the best one I have used. The one that keeps me excited everyday.Fastest in everything, Sharpest, Cleanest, Great color, Very versatile, Complete bang for the buck. Amazing lens selection at the most reasonable price. Bleeding edge Software and functions. It makes me drop down in tears. I cant believe I was able to save up and get the pre-order and find out that it will go way above my expectation. Thank you olympus, this year was very tough for me, but you are a source of my inspiration... Looking forward to weekend adventures with you.!
I looked up some of your shots on 500px.com . Congratulations! Some really nice pictures there, and not only when using the E-M1. You are very talented. Keep up the great work and enjoy life!
PGen: Can I have some advice/feedback on the quality/usefulness of electronic viewfinders? My reference is the optical viewfinder in a pre-digital SLR, which I liked very much.
You might want to read this:
as well as read this thread:
My personal experience with electronic viewfinders is with older cameras (Olympus E-100RS and Minolta Dimage 7i). They were pretty bad. Although they did not prevent me from shooting good pictures, I much prefer the optical viewfinder of my E-510 and E-620 which are currently in my camera bag. Cameras with 24x36 sensors (aka Full Frame) and even APS-C sensors have bigger and brighter viewfinders than OVF in 4/3 models but these cameras are generally too large and heavy to suit my needs. Other prefer them. To each his own.
As much as I like my current cameras with OVF, my next camera will likely use an EVF.
Ricey: Am planning a trip to Antarctica, taking wildlife photos of penguins, seals, whales etc on ship and land. Also decent landscape photos of icebergs. Need something weathersealed, freeze resistant. My research so far points to OMD E-M1 or Pentax K5 II for my budget. Would appreciate advise from any of you semi-pros to help my choice. TIA
You might want to check with the guy who posted this message in Olympus SLR Talk:
He appears to have some experience using the E-M1 in cold weather.
Fiacre: Sadly, even with dark frame substitution by the camera, try to get back some information from the shadow (RAW or jpg) with a long exposure at same temperature from E-M5 and E-M1 (there are plenty of samples on the web...). You will see the noise problem with the E-M1 (or "poor performance", as you want). THE PROBLEM IS STILL THERE EVEN WITH DARK FRAME SUBSTITUTION. Silly story for a 1400 euros camera.As i do a lot of long exposures, i will avoid this camera until the problem is solved. But i'm afraid it won't be only a software issue fixed by firmware, as it looks like a termal problem with the sensor, it could by heated by an electronic board (or PDAF sensors ?). That would explain why an older camera with nearly the same sensor can perform better for long exposure. My message is not to attack Oly, as i'm a king of Oly fanboy but just to say it is a real problem and Oly must work on it !
Dark Frame Substraction is not intended to control noise in shadow areas of your pictures. It will remove hot pixels that appear in your images during long exposures or when your camera warms up. That's why "Noise Reduction" is best left on "Auto".
To control noise in shadow areas, you apply the Noise Filter (next item in your menus after Noise Reduction). You should choose a level that you feel is appropriate for your type of photography. That's why there are different settings for this. Experiment.
You have picked one of the best cameras on the market. Mastering it requires more effort than using a point&shoot. Just like shifting gears on a Ferrari requires more skill than doing so on a Toyota.
Enjoy your new camera!
xlsmile: Hello E-M1 lovers and haters!
I am wondering if anyone has raised a question about E-M1's sensor performance in poor lighting conditions and long exposures. There seems to ba a major problem with E-M1. These are the links I found so far (including my own thread on Flickr) reporting the issue (with images to scratch your head about):
Has anyone had similar issues with E-M1's sensor performance?
If you believe your unit is faulty, you should send it in for repair.
I have no personal experience with the E-M1, still saving up to buy one, but Noise Reduction (aka Dark Frame Substraction) should normally be left on Auto with any digital camera. The number of hot pixels showing up during long exposures will vary from camera to camera and will also change depending if your camera's internal parts are cold, warm or hot.
As far as residual noise is concerned, there will always be some noise filtering applied in any camera, even in the Off position. Noise filtering is a necessary evil and it is done at the expense of image precision and detail. For that reason, it is very possible that Olympus have chosen to use a less agressive noise filtering algorithm on the E-M1 than on the E-M5 to preserve more detail in the final picture. This may be based on the idea that pros should know how to get rid of objectionable noise in post processing. Therefore, I don't see this as a sensor fault, just a logical engineering decision. You may prefer the E-M5 settings.
faberryman: I wish Olympus would make an OM-DF, which would be the size of the OM-D M1 with a full frame 24/36MP sensor, that would take the older OM-1 lenses. If Sony can do it with its A7/A7R, surely Olympus can too.
IMHO, you'll never see a 24x36 digital body from Olympus. This company is not into building marginally better "me too" products. Their strategy is to offer original solutions to open-minded people.
Comparing 4/3 to 110 film format is simply not fair. Pick up a used E-5xx or E-6xx with just a kit lens to start and be prepared to fall in love. 4/3 is that good.
They certainly have the knowhow to do so. But, in the end, it boils down to how much people would be willing to pay for such a niche product and how many they would sell at that price.
rfstudio: Canon...canon...the shape is just getting uglier
It's not what it looks like. It's how it feels in your hands.
joes49: An Oly E-3 owner here who has waited ... patiently ...for this, the EM-1. A load of wonderful glass in my bag, and finally, truly innovative hardware to make better use of. So much nonsensical prattling over what is professional equipment, what is not. In the end, it is the creative mind behind the viewfinder. Photography is not my full time profession, but I do make a good income from prints and photo shoots. New, unique, and leading edge. I love what I see. My order went in today!
I own two E-Series bodies and half a dozen 4/3 lenses. I played with a friend's E-M5 recently and loved it but would have never have purchased one because of lack of real compatibilty with my old lenses. The E-M1 now provides a fabulous upgrade path to leading edge technology and easy entry into m4/3 while protecting my investment in glass. I am now saving up to get an E-M1 soon. Smart move, Olympus. Thank you!