Tell me I'm doing the right thing

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zzzxtreme
zzzxtreme Senior Member • Posts: 1,052
Tell me I'm doing the right thing

Currently using em5 + Zuiko 14-54mm ii + 7.5mm fe

Have the cash ready to get a used em1, namely to use Live Composite, and maybe get faster AF for not very fast moving subject.

I now see that the price of used Fujifilm XT1 is similar (also around $500).

So I'm in a dilemma. Do any of you find Live Composite a must-have gem? How bout focus bracketing? Decisions 😭

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bgalb
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The only must-have in photography is that you must have a camera -- and even that is questionable. Back in the day I have made my own camera and got results that some might consider ok (pinhole camera).  I have purchased used cameras for $10 or so that made OK images.

Now I have some high-priced gear and some people might not consider my images all that OK.   ????????????????????

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BruceRH Senior Member • Posts: 1,172
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I love using Live Composite, great for lightning shots! Live Composite alone is worth the upgrade IMO. Yes, focusing will also be faster. I would say it is the right decision.

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khunpapa
khunpapa Senior Member • Posts: 1,786
Re: Tell me I'm doing the right thing

zzzxtreme wrote:

Currently using em5 + Zuiko 14-54mm ii + 7.5mm fe

Have the cash ready to get a used em1, namely to use Live Composite, and maybe get faster AF for not very fast moving subject.

I now see that the price of used Fujifilm XT1 is similar (also around $500).

So I'm in a dilemma. Do any of you find Live Composite a must-have gem? How bout focus bracketing? Decisions 😭

Did you love shooting star? Or fireworks, or lightening?

With LC, these tedious, prone-to-failed tasks are reduced to a simple few clicks.

The plus : E-M1 & ZD lens is the (almost) perfect couple.

..

BTW, I still keep my E-M5 as the backup even now solely use E-M1.

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Skeeterbytes Forum Pro • Posts: 13,804
Re: Tell me I'm doing the right thing
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zzzxtreme wrote:

Currently using em5 + Zuiko 14-54mm ii + 7.5mm fe

Have the cash ready to get a used em1, namely to use Live Composite, and maybe get faster AF for not very fast moving subject.

I now see that the price of used Fujifilm XT1 is similar (also around $500).

So I'm in a dilemma. Do any of you find Live Composite a must-have gem? How bout focus bracketing? Decisions 😭

Does focus bracketing work with 4/3 lenses?

E-M5 to E-M1 is an amazing transition, doubly so with 4/3 lenses because you get better AF than with the E-series. Better EVF, 1/8000 shutter, wifi remote, C-AF that actually works, 10FPS high burst, E first curtain and full E-shutter (no more shutter shock), better, more complete controls...it's a no-brainer upgrade.

If you wish to start from scratch, lenses included, I'm sure the Fuji is nice, but always match tool to task before buying.

Cheers,

Rick

Gary from Seattle Senior Member • Posts: 2,415
Re: Tell me I'm doing the right thing

In camera focus stacking is pretty awesome if you like to shoot macro. I use it a lot photographing mosses and lichens.

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umptious Regular Member • Posts: 488
Re: Tell me I'm doing the right thing

Gary from Seattle wrote:

In camera focus stacking is pretty awesome if you like to shoot macro. I use it a lot photographing mosses and lichens.

Exactly. It's a specialist tool and no one can tell the OP how useful it will be to him from the information given.

Lola1234 Regular Member • Posts: 142
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More newbie questions:

What's  composite?

After a shot , why do I get a view of the "catch", then a view of the "real capture"?  Like first I get a preview of what I thought I took a picture of, the I get a preview of the horrible picture I will end up with?

On my Oly 60mm macro, why does the lens do so much searching before focusing?

Thanks

zzzxtreme
OP zzzxtreme Senior Member • Posts: 1,052
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Focus stacking unfortunately only available for select lenses. But could do it in PP with focus bracketing. I read that it's useful for non-macro shots too?

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zzzxtreme
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Does focus bracketing work with 4/3 lenses?

I'll have to check tomorrow. Focus stacking does mention it only works on selected lenses hmmm

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Tommi K1 Senior Member • Posts: 4,770
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bgalb wrote:

The only must-have in photography is that you must have a camera -- and even that is questionable.

A camera that allows you to:

- Change Aperture

- Change Shutter Speed

- Change ISO

All rest is just questionable. With those you can control camera in every situation.

jimrpdx
jimrpdx Veteran Member • Posts: 3,553
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If  your main lens is a Zuiko the em1 will be a major step up in AF speed as I understand it. I would justify the camera more for that reason than for the coolness of live comp.

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Michael Meissner
Michael Meissner Forum Pro • Posts: 25,784
Re: Tell me I'm doing the right thing

Skeeterbytes wrote:

Does focus bracketing work with 4/3 lenses?

No, see page 173 of the updated manual after firmware 4.0 came out:

Focus bracketing is not available with lenses that have mounts conforming to the Four-Thirds standard.

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Michael Meissner
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zzzxtreme wrote:

Focus stacking unfortunately only available for select lenses. But could do it in PP with focus bracketing. I read that it's useful for non-macro shots too?

See my previous reply.  Focus bracketing is not available with classic 4/3rds mount lenses like you 14-54mm mark II lens.

Perhaps get a 14-42mm mark II or similar native lens to go with the camera to use with focus bracketing.  Or perhaps the 30/60mm macro lens that work with focus stacking as well as focus bracketing.

Note, with 4/3rds lenses, only the MMF-3 adapter is weather sealed.  The MMF-1/2 and DMW-MA1 adapters are not weather sealed.

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SkiHound Veteran Member • Posts: 3,260
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Both are very nice cameras. I think live composite is a very nice feature. It's wonderful when I use it, but I don't really take as much advantage of it as I could. If you see yourself doing a lot of that type of photography, then it's a great feature. Same with focus stacking/bracketing. Killer feature for some folks, of little or no use to others. I'd say IBIS is probably a bigger overall advantage for the E-M1.  I don't know the X-T1 so I can't really tell you what it offers that the E-M1 doesn't. But, I'd bet it has some features that the E-M1 lacks.

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