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Any love for the Olympus E-M1 mk II ?
Old 12-17-2016   #1
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Any love for the Olympus E-M1 mk II ?

just checking if anyone has one, opinions, any interest ?
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Old 12-19-2016   #2
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Wish I had the money for this one. It got a good review at Luminous Landscape. For now I'll have to live with the e-m10.
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Old 12-19-2016   #3
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With a limited user base so far, the thing's not even available for most to buy yet, how much love could you expect to be seeing?
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Old 12-19-2016   #4
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My wife has the first version and it's a heck of a camera. I'm constantly impressed with the IQ of the thing and it's ergonomics. I've got big and stiff hands and can operate the thing with a minimum of klutzing. More MPs and better grip can only be a good thing.
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Love mine. CAF is useless to me on my EM1.1
CAF-TR is amazing on my EM1.2 and has no problems keeping up with toddlers or puppies.

HLD-9 makes for a "big" camera (pretty similar to F90x with grip), but the lenses keep everything reasonable. The grip on the EM1.1 lacks a four-way control, and I found that hugely annoying because I shoot SAF and move my AF point a lot. On the EM1.2 it now has the four way control, but because of the CAF-Tr and the touch screen to move the AF point, I find I no longer use it. Go figure.

It drives the 50-200 F2.8-3.5 non-SWD much better than the EM1. I had been thinking of replacing that lens, but not anymore.
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Old 01-14-2017   #6
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okay I made the jump
so far, love the camera

it is a significant improvement on the EM1.1

I really like the manual focus on the pro lenses, I'm not sure if the EM1.1 had this, but when you switch a Pro lens to MF by pulling back on the focus ring , and start turning to focus, the camera does "Magnify on Manual Focus", zooming and enlarging the image, and turning on focus peaking, it makes MF a breeze. As soon as you stop focusing, it switches back to normal view

In general the focus is fast and sharp in AF mode, I have not tested with the CAF-TR for sports/action yet.

Not much more to report, battery life much better than before, ergonomics very good, menu system complex.

I purchased the 25/1.1 (50mm equiv) and it is a beauty, full of Bokeh and razor thin DoF, here's an example, not to hard to get thin DoF at close distances w 1.1:

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Looks like a great camera if you want the ultimate in M43. I'm seriously thinking of trying a Pen-F myself.
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Old 02-28-2017   #8
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Both the E-M1 and E-M1.2 have a combined phase detect and contrast detect auto focusing. They are the only two Olympus cameras that have that feature. This would make getting people in motion shots a lot easier.
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Phase detect autofocus also permits use of legacy 4/3 lenses, which for some users (myself included) is a ncie benefit. I especially would like to use my 4/3 50mm f2 macro lens, and plan to upgrade to this camera in the near future.

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I've been using the Fuji system for a few years, and now have the X-T2. I just had a look at B&H's prices for the OM-1 m2. It costs $400 more than the X-T2. That surprises me. The X-T2 has a larger sensor, but doesn't have in-body stabilization. What do you all think about this price difference... justified? Why? Thanks.
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In Barcelona Olympus have set up a "Playground" (so it is named) based around light installations and Olympus cameras are lended for the circuit. From EPL's to OMD's
Hope to attend this next weekend with a friend and be able to try the EMD's or the Pen F!

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I've been using the Fuji system for a few years, and now have the X-T2. I just had a look at B&H's prices for the OM-1 m2. It costs $400 more than the X-T2. That surprises me. The X-T2 has a larger sensor, but doesn't have in-body stabilization. What do you all think about this price difference... justified? Why? Thanks.
I have neither (an old cheap EPL2) but did extensive research for this friend who wanted to get into photography. So far, only specs and review wise Fuji's system seems great for stills and primes but m43 has a certain equilibrium and "roundness" to it. Ie. the IBIS specially.

I'm thinking about which step to take if I upgrade (not any soon) but something like a Pana GX80/85 seems very well rounded. Not APS but it has the IBIS, and perhaps with a 20mm f1.7 and a zoom it's great walkaround. The EM1 is too far to me (amateur).
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I've been using the Fuji system for a few years, and now have the X-T2. I just had a look at B&H's prices for the OM-1 m2. It costs $400 more than the X-T2. That surprises me. The X-T2 has a larger sensor, but doesn't have in-body stabilization. What do you all think about this price difference... justified? Why? Thanks.
Justified: Yes, but only worth while to a select group of photographers.

While the EM1's sensor is smaller, it is no less sophisticated. Remember it reads out so fast that it can burst at 60FPS full resolution. There are limits on that (electronic shutter only, no AF), but seriously, the only other class of camera capable of that are true cinema cameras (like the RED). Panasonic has 4K (8MP) and will have 6K in the GH5, but this is 8K.
Most people don't need this. But if you do, you do.

The AF tracking is far better than any other camera I've used. I'm not sure how it compares to the X-T2 (also supposedly very good). The EM1.2 did not benchmark cameras like the 5D/D750 for it's AF, it benchmarked the 1D/D4. It is targeting professional sports and wildlife photographers. Here we have a hand-holdable system that can do 600mm f4 with 6 stops of shake reduction (no monopod required due to either blur or weight), while tracking high speed targets. Again, this is a very niche target. Most people don't need it. but for those who do, it's incredible.
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