AussiePhil

Lives in Australia Canberra ACT, Australia
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Joined on Jan 16, 2003
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EM1mk1 and soon EM1mk2
40-150Pro, FT12-60 plus many others

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On article Olympus OM-D E-M1X review (2411 comments in total)
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Felice62: Would never put 3k in that body.

Nah neither would I... much rather spend the 3k on the body

Link | Posted on May 15, 2019 at 14:10 UTC
On article Olympus OM-D E-M1X review (2411 comments in total)
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ponyman: I think you may have missed my point, Dunc.

Huh... that whole reply makes zero sense....
I have friends that have em5’s and em10s, I personally own a couple small body M43 Cameras and find them all to be too small and cramped... the em1 series with grips are the first M43 Cameras that have felt comfortable in the hand... The EM1X has nearly molded in... some more shooting time and all the buttons will fall to hand without thought.
Outside of lens eco-systems it is camera ergonomics that keeps pro’s especially locked into even one model let alone a brand

Link | Posted on May 15, 2019 at 14:08 UTC
On article Olympus OM-D E-M1X review (2411 comments in total)
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ponyman: I think you may have missed my point, Dunc.

Nah, i think he choose to not bite ..... Oly have made a near perfect body for anyone intending to use this camera in the fashion it was designed for.... it's not meant to be a small cramped layout that you end up not pressing the right button because they are all crammed together.
I have handed mine now to a number of Canon DSLR users and to a person they have commented how comfortable and light it felt .... everything is relative.

Link | Posted on May 14, 2019 at 01:45 UTC
On article Olympus E-M1X vs Nikon D5: shooting tennis (654 comments in total)
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Thermidor: Dan, did you shoot using Pro Capture Mode on the E-M1X? Now, if you were using Pro Capture Mode and getting a lousy keep rate from the entire burst, it's a fair comment. But considering that Pro Capture Mode is specifically intended for shooting fast motion, you should at least have tried it and given some commentary on whether it had helped or hurt your shooting.

The claim was that the eve frame rate became the same as the FPS used for pro-capture which is pure BS I use 18fps all the time, I picked 10fps purely because it would be easier to see if the claim by Dan was true... it wasn’t
It least I had the grace to discuss what actually occurred including the negative.

Link | Posted on May 1, 2019 at 21:05 UTC
On article Olympus E-M1X vs Nikon D5: shooting tennis (654 comments in total)
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Thermidor: Dan, did you shoot using Pro Capture Mode on the E-M1X? Now, if you were using Pro Capture Mode and getting a lousy keep rate from the entire burst, it's a fair comment. But considering that Pro Capture Mode is specifically intended for shooting fast motion, you should at least have tried it and given some commentary on whether it had helped or hurt your shooting.

@dan B
Well how to prove further you either didn't try or test it .... just set my EM1X pro-capture low to 10fps ... should be easy to see the evf slow to 10fps.... nope it didn't!!!!
What does happen is you will see a momentary hiccup as pro-capture starts and then the evf will return to normal frame rate, not observable out of sync with the real world using two eyes...
The other impact that would be a negative for OVF people is a slight drop in the evf image quality BUT frame rate and sync to real world easily lets you follow the action...
Really wish you would stop propagating incorrect information or is the bias actually real

Link | Posted on May 1, 2019 at 08:29 UTC
On article Olympus E-M1X vs Nikon D5: shooting tennis (654 comments in total)
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BobT3218: BTW, how did the pro capture work out?

@dan B
Well how to prove further you either didn't try or test it .... just set my EM1X pro-capture low to 10fps ... should be easy to see the evf slow to 10fps.... nope it didn't!!!!
What does happen is you will see a momentary hiccup as pro-capture starts and then the evf will return to normal frame rate, not observable out of sync with the real world using two eyes...
The other impact that would be a negative for OVF people is a slight drop in the evf image quality BUT frame rate and sync to real world easily lets you follow the action...
Really wish you would stop propagating incorrect information or is the bias actually real

Link | Posted on May 1, 2019 at 08:24 UTC
On article Olympus E-M1X vs Nikon D5: shooting tennis (654 comments in total)
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Thermidor: Dan, did you shoot using Pro Capture Mode on the E-M1X? Now, if you were using Pro Capture Mode and getting a lousy keep rate from the entire burst, it's a fair comment. But considering that Pro Capture Mode is specifically intended for shooting fast motion, you should at least have tried it and given some commentary on whether it had helped or hurt your shooting.

@ Dan Bracaglia
I will test that claim when i go home, but the couple of times i tried pro-capture on the EM1X i honestly don't recall it slowing down the actual evf frame rate... will be easy to prove, set the fps to 5 and test.
What can be jarring is if your shooting some lenses stopped down a little and you get a dimming at the selected fps due to aperture closing down for the exposure.... can look like the evf fps has slowed but that is not the case.
Used pro-capture a lot in the early days of shooting tennis with the mk2 and had no trouble following the action.
I get that coming from a OVF that the EVF will seem strange but really calling it impossible to follow the action is a considerable stretch.
I stand by my continued claim the Pro-Cap is not required by experienced togs in any sport except in rare circumstances.

I will test and follow up
Thanks for reading Dan ....

Link | Posted on May 1, 2019 at 03:35 UTC
On article Olympus E-M1X vs Nikon D5: shooting tennis (654 comments in total)
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horsth: "Ultimately I decided the benefits of the faster 18 fps rate outweighed my desire to avoid rolling shutter (which ended up having a minimal impact)."
I don't know what to think about this "review".
I would never shoot any sport with a fast flying ball with the electronic shutter because of this "minimal impact". Why 18fps for tennis? 10fps mechanical is enough in any case. Shooting with both eyes open? Never done, never heard. To compare the E-M1X with the D5 only from a technical body point of view is bad journalism. What about weight, shooting freedom and flexibility without a tripod? What about Olympus Pro Capture mode? What about lenses and their prizes?

And I see that even when corrected twice carey_rose never bothered to come back and acknowledge AND correct the erroneous information posted.
Pro-capture Low AND silent low up to 18FPS will focus between each shoot. Interestingly according to nikons own specs the D5 only gets 3fps yes three in silent shooting mode
10 with the mirror flapping, the same as the em1x in mech shutter so equal frames rates there... need faster you need to lock the mirror up and that means I assume the off goes black... excellent for following the action

Link | Posted on Apr 29, 2019 at 14:26 UTC
On article Olympus E-M1X vs Nikon D5: shooting tennis (654 comments in total)
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entoman: No surprises here, but it's good to see expectations confirmed by a side by side comparison in a demanding real life scenario.

The message seems pretty clear - for pros the D5 is the go to camera for sports photography. Those needing something lighter and cheaper have the excellent D500.

Kudos to Olympus for trying, but M43 just doesn't have the cropping ability or the viewfinder quality necessary for pro sports or wildlife photography.

No doubt the 14-150 was bought with the em10mk2 and whilst s decent lens is really just another basic kit lens
The 60mm macro paired with the EM1Mk2 should deliver highly detailed pin sharp shots rivaling or bettering the high end canon l glass... that lens is that good.
Anything soft is pure user error....
As for Richards comment about af-s... just what is that about, even DPR recognizes the speed and accuracy of af-s on modern Olympus bodies

Link | Posted on Apr 29, 2019 at 14:13 UTC
On article Olympus E-M1X vs Nikon D5: shooting tennis (654 comments in total)
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QuarryCat: It‘s not all about cameras...
Maybe the 2.8/40-150 mm is ok with tennis - but a Nikon 2.8/70-200 mm is clearly faster and a Canon 2.8/70-200 mm too.
Olympus should have at least:
1.4/100 mm
1.8/150 mm
2.8/300 mm
2.0/40-150 mm
2.8/50-200 mm
to compete with full frame or even APS-C!
I use G9 with 2.8/200 mm Leica - but this is 3 big light-steps behind my eperience with Sony 7RIII and 2.8/400 mm.
You can turn it around the hole day - mFT cameras can not compete with full frame - to do so, they would need a 1.4/200 mm!
In good light, and with slower action - mFT can be good enough and make a lot of fun - but with moving targets and clouds - it is at the limit!

@quarrycat... I could ask you the same.. i at least did stump up the money for a EM1X and have been enjoying solidly for the last 4 weeks, I have shoot tennis with the em1 series for a few years now as well as playing and why I have been as vocal as I have both about the errors in the article AND against my fellow m43 users for harping on about pro-capture which isn’t required by experienced tennis togs regardless of pro or not.
Oly does have a 300 F2.8 and a 150 F2.0 that are both very usable on the EM1 series.
Yes I know they are 4/3 glass but they are available, usable and are the equal in IQ to any canon L lens so out goes another talking point

Link | Posted on Apr 28, 2019 at 09:26 UTC
On article Olympus E-M1X vs Nikon D5: shooting tennis (654 comments in total)
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Thermidor: Dan, did you shoot using Pro Capture Mode on the E-M1X? Now, if you were using Pro Capture Mode and getting a lousy keep rate from the entire burst, it's a fair comment. But considering that Pro Capture Mode is specifically intended for shooting fast motion, you should at least have tried it and given some commentary on whether it had helped or hurt your shooting.

@wu
You are the one clearly in denial.. the author wrote those words and is wrong, I have clear photographic proof he is wrong. You have failed to show which photo actually has eshutter artifacts and just fallen back on the statement.... well done, I have a cheap used harbor bridge for sale seeing as you are so gullible

Link | Posted on Apr 27, 2019 at 22:35 UTC
On article Olympus E-M1X vs Nikon D5: shooting tennis (654 comments in total)
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QuarryCat: It‘s not all about cameras...
Maybe the 2.8/40-150 mm is ok with tennis - but a Nikon 2.8/70-200 mm is clearly faster and a Canon 2.8/70-200 mm too.
Olympus should have at least:
1.4/100 mm
1.8/150 mm
2.8/300 mm
2.0/40-150 mm
2.8/50-200 mm
to compete with full frame or even APS-C!
I use G9 with 2.8/200 mm Leica - but this is 3 big light-steps behind my eperience with Sony 7RIII and 2.8/400 mm.
You can turn it around the hole day - mFT cameras can not compete with full frame - to do so, they would need a 1.4/200 mm!
In good light, and with slower action - mFT can be good enough and make a lot of fun - but with moving targets and clouds - it is at the limit!

Sigh more equivalence couched in bs language to confuse people.
A 200mm lens remains 200 regardless of sensor
The AOV/FOV changes based on the sensor size
The shutter speed for any given fstop/iso pairing is IDENTICAL regardless of sensor
The ONLY two things different between sensor sizes is the Angle of view and the depth of field
Sensor noise performance will be better for larger pixels granted but that is also generational dependent to some extent
It’s all a trade off, need more DOF then a smaller sensor is your friend, need razor thin then a larger sensor will be better

Link | Posted on Apr 27, 2019 at 15:58 UTC
On article Olympus E-M1X vs Nikon D5: shooting tennis (654 comments in total)
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Thermidor: Dan, did you shoot using Pro Capture Mode on the E-M1X? Now, if you were using Pro Capture Mode and getting a lousy keep rate from the entire burst, it's a fair comment. But considering that Pro Capture Mode is specifically intended for shooting fast motion, you should at least have tried it and given some commentary on whether it had helped or hurt your shooting.

Where, which image... the one with the motion blur doesn’t have a bent racket
I’ve provided images to prove otherwise where is your evidence
If I can capture the worlds fastest server with no rolling shutter artifacts during his swing then for all intents and purpose eshutter artifacts are for the EM1X non existent in a tennis match... the same applies for the A9

Link | Posted on Apr 27, 2019 at 15:35 UTC
On article Olympus E-M1X vs Nikon D5: shooting tennis (654 comments in total)
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J2Gphoto: Sorry but to me this is just a poor comparison. Yes I shoot Olympus, call me a fan boy thats ok. But the part where they say save the $1000 and get a D500 because the focus is closer to a D5? Think about that. Basically give up ALL of the other features the Olympus offers ( and if you know anything about this camera there is a crap ton) and buy a D500? Ok sooo why does anyone need to spend $6500 on a D5? If you can get close the same performance in a D500 at 10fps? Is it me or does that just read really stupid? So give up the extra 8fps, the industry leading weather sealing. Lenses 1/2 the cost, less than half the weight, a new infant focusing system that I'm sure will be updated to follow people better with a firmware update. They never used or mentioned pro capture. So buy the cheaper Nikon that focuses a little better? So you get a higher hit rate? Missing 3 out of 10 leaves you 7 shots. Missing even 8 out of 18 =10? Is my math right? How many frames does one need?

As a believer and user of pro-capture it doesn’t change the fact it is irrelevant for this D5/EM1X comparison as a working professional camera... they won’t need it as a specialist in the sport photographer
Though to be far to the pro-capture crowd it may well have helped this particular reviewer who based on the images may well be a decent tog is not a serious tennis tog or if they are then...........

Link | Posted on Apr 27, 2019 at 15:29 UTC
On article Olympus E-M1X vs Nikon D5: shooting tennis (654 comments in total)
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BobT3218: BTW, how did the pro capture work out?

@yxa
The slightly elongated ball is NOT an eshutter artifact, easy to prove and I’ve provided that proof
It was also shoot at a shutter speed insufficient to freeze either the racket or the ball leaving the stings. Tennis balls can get seriously deformed in and on exiting to the strings combine that with essentially motion blur and you get a weird looking ball.
A tennis ball covers not a lot of pixel rows so at the 1/60 Oly and 1/160 of an A9 so called eshutter artifacts are none to minimal.
A racket being swung may show jello/rolling shutter and of the ball or racket the racket will show it first as it covers 10x the number of pixel,rows

Link | Posted on Apr 27, 2019 at 15:20 UTC
On article Olympus E-M1X vs Nikon D5: shooting tennis (654 comments in total)
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QuarryCat: It‘s not all about cameras...
Maybe the 2.8/40-150 mm is ok with tennis - but a Nikon 2.8/70-200 mm is clearly faster and a Canon 2.8/70-200 mm too.
Olympus should have at least:
1.4/100 mm
1.8/150 mm
2.8/300 mm
2.0/40-150 mm
2.8/50-200 mm
to compete with full frame or even APS-C!
I use G9 with 2.8/200 mm Leica - but this is 3 big light-steps behind my eperience with Sony 7RIII and 2.8/400 mm.
You can turn it around the hole day - mFT cameras can not compete with full frame - to do so, they would need a 1.4/200 mm!
In good light, and with slower action - mFT can be good enough and make a lot of fun - but with moving targets and clouds - it is at the limit!

An absolute first for DPR with the equivalence brigade arriving late to the scene

Shooting tennis from the normal pro tog sideline area the DOF provided by m43 is usually shallow enough but I would agree that at times is not quite shallow enough but that is also normally shorter than 200mm FF and in the 70-200FF ranges.
I nice f2 would even it out enough so m43 is really just missing one lens that isn’t always needed

Link | Posted on Apr 27, 2019 at 15:08 UTC
On article Olympus E-M1X vs Nikon D5: shooting tennis (654 comments in total)
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BigBen08: Maybe the kurchunk sound a camera makes should be included in DPR reviews.

Mirror slap kerchunk sounds obviously make the difference between silver and gold awards
A loud kerchunk will gain you 15 bonus points
A sensible silent shutter that doesn’t scare small children, golfers, old ladies and tennis players gets 5 point deduction
And the winning result goes to the cheaper kerchunker.... maybe the ranking is price / kerchunk volume

Link | Posted on Apr 27, 2019 at 14:53 UTC
On article Olympus E-M1X vs Nikon D5: shooting tennis (654 comments in total)
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Falk_senior: I now own and love the EM1X and also occasionally try the Canon 1DX mk2 (but not the Nikon D5).
And In My Humble Opinion the D5 should have the potential to be the better camera (and it should considering the price difference).
But the EM1X might be a better choice in certain situations where you can use Hi-Res mode, Proc-Capture and Live-ND or the amazing Live time/Composite.
Used by a competent photographer it should also be able to yield satisfactory results as shown in this test.
The auto focus is greatly improved and can be adjusted in several ways for specific sitations. Hopefully Olympus will add more use cases like the (useless ) trains and excellent motorsports and avaiation. (BIF, Tennis, Dancing, People ? You name it) in a future FW update.
Where the Nikon D5 (and all other FF cameras) really shine is in low-light situations, where one can use higher ISO and thus higher shutter times.

Was in my local newsagent today and the number of train magazines nearly matched the number of car magazines, out numbered the aviation and birding magazines... trains seems a sensible inclusion if you think about the following..

A specialist genre pro or enthusiast photography actually has not need for the AI modes and they may even hinder their ability. Where they shine is for a photographer covering an event like a motor race or air show that they don’t normally do.. turn on the AI mode and get some assistance. Applies for the few newspaper togs who need to be jack of all trades etc and can use the help
I hope they add more modes as well..
I attended and shoot a 5k colour run once with gripped em1.1 and 1.2 and appropriate lenses, I was there as a spectator... the funny thing was the hired group of pro’s shooting largely with Nikon gear tried to have security remove me claiming the gear I was using was professional and shouldn’t be allowed
They failed as it was a public area

Link | Posted on Apr 27, 2019 at 14:47 UTC
On article Olympus E-M1X vs Nikon D5: shooting tennis (654 comments in total)
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M1X: "perfect tennis photo: the ideal frame is often the split second after or before the ball touches the strings of an athlete's racket. " - and not even tried the pre-Capture feature ? No Comment.

Otherwise: Live-ND would bring some spectacular new looks in Tennis. Maybe some stick too much on too old thinkings. Time for a new Generation of photographers.

Live ND is NOT for action work... at least read the manual

Despite my views about the published story the constant harping on about pro-capture is tiresome... it is NOT needed by any experienced tennis tog to get those shoots... i’ve Hundreds of images that prove it... I have used pro-capture a lot as well but it really doesn’t improve the odds... now 60fps captures of serves can be useful but trust me at 60fps you may still only get the ball in the strings 1 in 30 bursts ... I can usually do better by just getting the timing right

Link | Posted on Apr 27, 2019 at 14:28 UTC
On article Olympus E-M1X vs Nikon D5: shooting tennis (654 comments in total)
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BigBen08: I'd like to see this test again when Oly releases their new zoom lens.

@ross nope the 150-400 on one camera and the 40-150 on the second will be a killer tennis combo... 400mm is a fairly normal tennis lens

Link | Posted on Apr 27, 2019 at 14:20 UTC
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