Tell me I'm doing the right thing

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zzzxtreme
zzzxtreme Senior Member • Posts: 1,097
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: 1,267
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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: 1,888
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.

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

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Skeeterbytes Forum Pro • Posts: 14,137
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,

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Gary from Seattle Senior Member • Posts: 2,535
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
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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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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: 5,296
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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: 3,579
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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
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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: 3,318
Re: Tell me I'm doing the right thing

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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