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A day on location with the E-M1 II on Saturday

As some of you already know, journalists are being shuttled into the picturesque town of Ronda (not Rhondda!), which is an hour or so west of Malaga and in a mountainous and wild region of southern Spain. It's the turn of the Brits on Saturday (7AM flight from Gatwick, lovely) and I believe we'll be photographing birds of prey and some other wildlife. Anyway, we'll be outside and using E-M1 IIs representative of production quality.

I'm minded to bring a 50-200 SWD and a 35-100 f/2 in order to do some Four Thirds lens testing. I'm quite sure they will have 40-150 Pros and the 300 f/4 available to use as well as the new 25 f/1.2, etc.

As usual, I'm keen to represent you at events like this so if there is anything you would like me to try, check, or ask, please let me know

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Re: A day on location with the E-M1 II on Saturday

Hi Ian -

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With battery pack on and off how stable is the camera when taking video hand held.
Also, how does the camera cope with MP4 please.

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Re: A day on location with the E-M1 II on Saturday

Ian number of shots one battery and number of shots with two batteries one in body one in grip if possible. Also if using two any changes to drop of speed saving and shooting compared to one battery? Thanks.
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Re: A day on location with the E-M1 II on Saturday

Yes, thank you so much for planning to bring the 50-200 SWD! I'm dying to know how the AF system performs with this lens, in all modes--single, continuous, tracking, eye detection . . . and also how performance changes in lower light levels and with lower contrast subjects. A comparison with newer lenses (like the 40-150) would be instructive as well.

The headlining features of the E-M1 II are the high-speed modes, so I'd like to know how you find these. Are they easy to use and effective? Does AF work well with them? Is image quality compromised using the electronic shutter? Your experiences/results with the IBIS would be instructive as well--how much of a benefit does it provide, and is it much improved over the previous 5-axis IS?

Some other things to test and report on if you have the time and opportunity would be the other new/improved features, like the high-resolution mode, focus stacking and bracketing, etc. And general impressions of the operation--ergonomics, controls, menu system . . . I know, I'm asking for a lot.

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Re: A day on location with the E-M1 II on Saturday

I will do my best!

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Yes, thank you so much for planning to bring the 50-200 SWD! I'm dying to know how the AF system performs with this lens, in all modes--single, continuous, tracking, eye detection . . . and also how performance changes in lower light levels and with lower contrast subjects. A comparison with newer lenses (like the 40-150) would be instructive as well.

The headlining features of the E-M1 II are the high-speed modes, so I'd like to know how you find these. Are they easy to use and effective? Does AF work well with them? Is image quality compromised using the electronic shutter? Your experiences/results with the IBIS would be instructive as well--how much of a benefit does it provide, and is it much improved over the previous 5-axis IS?

Some other things to test and report on if you have the time and opportunity would be the other new/improved features, like the high-resolution mode, focus stacking and bracketing, etc. And general impressions of the operation--ergonomics, controls, menu system . . . I know, I'm asking for a lot.

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With battery pack on and off how stable is the camera when taking video hand held.
Also, how does the camera cope with MP4 please.

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Not entirely sure I understand what you mean concerning MP4, Barr1e?

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Re: A day on location with the E-M1 II on Saturday

Hi Ian -

My recent foray in using video in MP4 for the first time showed movement/ shimmering on some of the metalwork.
I have just uploaded a small section of video to YouTube to demonstrate this.
Note the metal work on the stairs leading down from the track and one of the gates in the field.
The video was taken on a Panasonic TZ100.

https://youtu.be/Hrs7Qpn99LE

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Re: A day on location with the E-M1 II on Saturday

I returned yesterday from a very interesting, if rushed, hands-on with the new E-M1 Mark II. Here are some initial thoughts:

To be frank, the schedule and limited time means I am still left with a lot more work to do before I can be satisfied I know enough about the camera. I can make some comments though:

1. Battery life is definitely better as is the charge remaining indicator which is now displayed as a percent. Personally, I had 20% left at the end of the day. The battery is physically at least twice the size of the old one.

2. Particularly when using silent shutter mode, the Four Thirds lenses worked well.

3. Focusing is definitely better, but by how much, still needs more time for me to declare. But simply having cross type points is a major step forward.

4. The camera is a little larger to accommodate the bigger battery and the fatter grip but on the whole this didn't sacrifice the luggability of the camera.

5. Pro Capture is not a gimmick. 60fps stills shooting at full resolution (t̶h̶o̶u̶g̶h̶ ̶n̶o̶t̶ ̶R̶a̶w̶ - RAW IS supported!) saving the 14 frames before you hit the shutter home is awesome.

6. Dedicated access to custom function settings via the mode knob and being able to load and save them from and to your computer is a welcome move.

7. Dual card slots, excellent although switching between them for saving and reviewing is not very intuitive at first.

8. In-camera focus limiter is completely customisable and works with any FT or MFT Olympus lens. Not sure about non-Olympus lenses.

9. I have not yet fully examined high ISO and long exposure shots but there are no obvious issues.

10. Loving the 12-100. Certainly sharp wide open at 100.

There is an album of edited and processed JPEG samples on my Flickr site here:

https://flic.kr/s/aHskGGAvmf

More to come!

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I rather like that set Ian - thanks.

Looking forward to your 'more to come'.

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Re: A day on location with the E-M1 II on Saturday

Long exposure:

This was an attempt to see of there was any long exposure noise, but I a glitch with the camera and my riushed setting up the camera afterwards meant that I didn't set the camera to record RAW. So these are from in-camera JPEGs.

6 seconds: https://flic.kr/p/NxgSZm

60 seconds: https://flic.kr/p/N31ReW

Noise reduction was switched off.

I am not seeing any noticeable long exposure noise. It's such a shame I don't have RAW files though.
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