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  1. ijm5012

    Shootout Olympus 50-200/2.8~3.5 SWD vs 40-150/2.8

    That’s perfectly reasonable. I was simply mentioning a more modern optic that filled the same focal range and speed.
  2. ijm5012

    Shootout Olympus 50-200/2.8~3.5 SWD vs 40-150/2.8

    You said you didn’t use the 300 PRO much because of it’s weight. The 300/4 PRO weighs 1475g. The 50-200 SWD weighs 995g.The PanaLeica weighs 655g. If you want a lens with less weight, the PL 50-200 is it. Plus, in addition to being lighter, the PL is smaller, has faster focus motors, doesn’t...
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    Shootout Olympus 50-200/2.8~3.5 SWD vs 40-150/2.8

    When you’re original SWD broke, why didn’t you get the PL 50-200 f/2.8-4.0? It gives you the same range, but is much more compact and light weight.
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    E-M5 mk III released at US$1199

    The landscape was very different back in early 2015 when the E-M5 II was released. The E-M1 II saw a $200 discount (on a $2,000 MSRP, so 10%) a few months after launch. However, given some of the critical feedback regarding pricing, I am curious as to whether or not Olympus will expedite price...
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    Back to m43?

    Yes, that’s a good point. For me, it was the exact opposite (I cropped the majority of my images to 3:2). for vertical shots though, I tend to crop native 2:3 images to 3:4 (I find the former to be too skinny in a vertical orientation)
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    Back to m43?

    Ummm… since when was 20MP a "web friendly resolution"? This website will resize files to a maximum of 1,600 pixels on the long edge, or 2MP for a 4:3 image. 20MP is overkill for web-use. Also, my 24MP Z6 makes some fantastic large prints (>36"). I'm always amazed that people think they need to...
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    Back to m43?

    I sold off all my m43 gear and switched to Nikon. D500's for shooting sports, and a Z6 for everything else. I love the image quality and the unbeatable AF. I do miss the compact lenses from m43, but the f/4 zooms and f/1.8 primes from Nikon are about the same size as the large m43 lenses I was...
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    E-M5 mk III released at US$1199

    The dedicated B mode does make it a bit quicker to access the "Live ___" shooting modes, saving a few turns of the dial. Then again, with the E-M1 II's 3 custom modes, you could just as easily set the camera up so that it goes directly to your desired "Live ___" shooting mode, and still have two...
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    E-M5 mk III released at US$1199

    Ah ok. I didn't think there were many new features, but I just wanted to confirm I wasn't overlooking anything. I'm not really sure what Bluetooth would be used for. Maybe GPS-tagging your images through Olympus' phone app? But you can already do that today via Wi-Fi. And as for USB charging...
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    E-M5 mk III released at US$1199

    Other than the addition of 120fps video, what other features are new vs. the E-M1 II? lol, the camera hasn't even been released yet and they're already offering incentives to get people to buy it. At least with the E-M1 II it took them a couple months before they attempted to make the retail...
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    Best Lightroom non-Subscription Replacement?

    I know that DXO Photolab has custom camera calibrations, and also allows for custom profiles to be loaded/applied. While DXO's PL lacks some of the features of LR, I find it to be a very good RAW editor with superior sharpening and noise reduction. I to still use LR6 for merging panoramic and...
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    E-M5 mk III released at US$1199

    IBIS is nice, but it is not the panacea of photography. It's helpful in some scenarios, and useless in others. If all you do is take photos of static subjects in poorly light venues, then yes, the X-H1 will be a better camera. However, if you use your camera to shoot subjects that move (whether...
  13. ijm5012

    E-M5 mk III released at US$1199

    Can you please point me to where I said the X-T3 has IBIS? I'm not certain where I wrote that, substantiating your claim that I've been misleading. OK, so the X-H1 has IBIS. The X-T3 has the best sensor Fuji has put in a camera yet, the 26MP BSI sensor. The X-T3 has 30% more PDAF points than...
  14. ijm5012

    E-M5 mk III released at US$1199

    Look at the other specs. Newer sensor, newer focus algorithms, far superior video specs and codecs. It's a better camera than the X-H1.
  15. ijm5012

    E-M5 mk III released at US$1199

    The X-T3 outperforms the X-H1 (Fuji's high-end APS-C camera). The EOS M6 II outperforms the EOS M5 (Canon's high-end APS-C camera). Why did Fuji and Canon make "lesser" cameras better than the high-end flagship camera? I don't know, but it shows that they're constantly improving their hardware...
  16. ijm5012

    E-M5 mk III released at US$1199

    You're correct, the E-M1 II still is very competitive, which is why I said exactly that two weeks ago in this very thread. But I think there are valid reasons for people to question the lack of technological improvement made over the E-M1 II, which was released 3 years ago. The E-M5 II brought...
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    E-M5 mk III released at US$1199

    If it's the "nature of technology", then why are there no new features over the E-M1 II, which is 3 years old? As @whumber pointed out, the E-M5 II was released ~1.5 years after the E-M1 I (Feb. 2015 vs. Oct 2013), and featured a number of improvements (I won't list them all out again)...
  18. ijm5012

    Results of E-M1 mk1 at football game :-(

    All of the PRO lenses have a stiffer zoom ring than Nikon's 70-200 zooms. I've owned the 40-150 PRO, currently own a 70-200 VR II, and have handled a Nikon 70-200 f/4. I didn't notice a difference between the two Nikon lenses, but the Olympus lens was noticeably stiffer. It definitely is not as...
  19. ijm5012

    E-M5 mk III released at US$1199

    I never noticed any "jaggies" with my E-M1 II hi-res (which was a good deal better than that in the E-M5 II). But yes, the G9's is sharper than the E-M1 II.
  20. ijm5012

    E-M5 mk III released at US$1199

    Except for the fact that Panasonic have, for some reason, implemented a 1s limit per image, making the hi-res mode useless for long exposures (which was what I used the mode for with my E-M1 II). I could easily create 2 or 4 minute exposures with the E-M1 II, allowing for some really dramatic...
  21. ijm5012

    Is Canon ambassador Andy Rouse going to switch to Olympus?

    Man, that backlit silhouette shot of the moneys is incredible.
  22. ijm5012

    E-M5 mk III released at US$1199

    You think the M1.2 or the M5.3 feels nicer than the G9? If you're saying the M1.2, then yes I agree. I've held both, and found the E-M1 II more comfortable in the hand (with the RRS base plate installed, which is a must-have IMO).
  23. ijm5012

    E-M5 mk III released at US$1199

    That's unfortunate to hear about how the camera feels in the hand. The solid, dense feeling feeling of the M5.2 was one of my favorite features of the camera. I don't think you'll be disappointed with the E-M1 II. Solid, metal body. Fantastic grip. It's a very nice camera.
  24. ijm5012

    And you thought the E-M5 III was overpriced...

    If you’re shooting in a dark venue with flash (or even in good light with OCF), and EVF is still better. In a dark venue, you turn off live exposure preview, and you’re no longer staring at a black screen. Sure, your final image won’t match what your EVF shows, but it doesn’t with an OVF...
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    E-M5 mk III released at US$1199

    You really think an E-M5 III will be going for half its retail cost in less than a year? The E-M1 II is 3 years old at this point, and only now are used copies going for half the original retail cost.
  26. ijm5012

    And you thought the E-M5 III was overpriced...

    I think aspects of the color wheel had merit, while other aspects of it were gimmicky. Even though a Pen-F II wont' happen, if it were to I would like Olympus to create their own film emulations and have them pre-loaded on the camera. As for the EVF, I'd want something better than what the E-M1...
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    And you thought the E-M5 III was overpriced...

    What about the Fuji X-Pro 3? Granted, they're fully indulging the "film nostalgia" crowd, but $1800 for the normal body and an extra $200 for the "special paint" puts you at $2k. It seems to recycle the guts of the X-T3 & X-T30, but comes with an odd (borderline useless?) rear LCD. I know the...
  28. ijm5012

    Motorsports with m4/3 – am I expecting too much (within my budget)? – Post 1

    If you're moving over to m43, make sure to get an E-M1 II. Anything else, and I think you'll be pretty disappointed. FWIW, I moved from an E-M1 II to a D500 specifically for shooting motorsports. Granted, I was shooting the E-M1 II on FW 2.0 (FW 3.0 hadn't been released yet), but I found the...
  29. ijm5012

    Olympus 25 1.2 for Italy

    I would suggest a small tripod over the monopod. Bringing a tripod would allow you to use the high-res mode, which I’ve used in the past to make some fantastically large prints.
  30. ijm5012

    Olympus 25 1.2 for Italy

    You bring cameras with you when you travel? I just bring the lenses, hold them up to my eye, and look through them. That's how I document my memories.
  31. ijm5012

    Olympus 25 1.2 for Italy

    But the E-M1 II has Sync IS when paired with 12-100, allowing for multi-second handheld exposures. Surely that should be sufficient, no (unless the OP plans on shooting black cats in the alleyways at night)? If wide and speed is the need, then the 7-14 PRO gives the best of both worlds. I did...
  32. ijm5012

    Olympus 25 1.2 for Italy

    Oh, so wider than the 12mm of the 12-100 PRO? And I’m not really certain why you bothered to mention cars, since I didn’t see anybody say anything about cars in the previous posts. What do you suggest then? The 7-14 PRO? PL 8-18? PL 10-25? It’s also entirely possible that the OP has a...
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    Olympus 25 1.2 for Italy

    Rent the 17 PRO. It's weather sealed (unlike the PL15), and balances great on the M1.2 (it's basically a clone of the 25/1.2) I'll offer a different viewpoint though. Everybody is saying "go wide, go wide", but you've already got that covered with the 12-100 PRO. When I owned the PRO primes, my...
  34. ijm5012

    E-M5 mk III released at US$1199

    Yep, you pretty much nailed it IMO. The M5.3 is not a bad camera (quite the contrary IMO), but Olympus' release schedule and decisions on when to debut new technology seems to be out of whack. The E-M5 II had been on the market for ~4.5 years when the E-M5 III was released, but the E-M5 III is...
  35. ijm5012

    E-M5 mk III released at US$1199

    Hmm... that strap lug location could be a deal-killer for some. Back when I got in to m43, I bought a GX7. I loved the size and shape of the camera, but ultimately returned it and got a G6 because of the location of the right strap lug on the GX7. With how I held the camera, it dug in to my...
  36. ijm5012

    Olympus EM-5 Mark III news and rumors

    Yep, unless you’re Nikon, where you cap your electronic shutter at the same speed as your mechanical shutter for no reason at all. Yet another “WTF Nikon” moment with the brand new, it’s almost 2020 Z50 camera.
  37. ijm5012

    Olympus EM-5 Mark III news and rumors

    Probably not. I just got back from a race weekend where I shot withmy D500 quite a bit, so the 1/8000 shutter was a big help there when shooting wide open at f/1.4. Buton a mirrorless camera with an e-shutter,it’s less of an issue.
  38. ijm5012

    120fps on E-M1 II ?

    Fuji pushed 120fps via a FW update. Now that the E-M5 III has it out of the box with the same hardware, I'm curious if Olympus will throw E-M1 II owners a bone and add it via FW?
  39. ijm5012

    Olympus EM-5 Mark III news and rumors

    I agree that the E-M5 III seems to strike a balance between the X-T3 and X-T30. However, I always felt that the X-H1 was a better comparison to the E-M1 (larger body & grip, IBIS). But for some reason it seems that Fuji has abandoned that camera after only one iteration. The weather sealing...
  40. ijm5012

    E-M5 mk III released at US$1199

    You're going to use the DSLR-sized 4/3 lenses on the E-M5 III? And ask for Bluetooth, it's likely for Olympus' phone apps like the GPS tagging and what not.
  41. ijm5012

    Olympus EM-5 Mark III news and rumors

    The E-M5 III is a higher-end camera than the X-T30 and Z50. The X-T30 has no weather sealing and a consumer-speed shutter (1/4000). The Z50 is largely in the same boat (that's an unimpressive camera IMO). None of those cameras have IBIS. The E-M5 III has Olympus' fantastic weather sealing...
  42. ijm5012

    Olympus EM-5 Mark III news and rumors

    While you're likely correct that the engineers that design the cameras are not the same as the manufacturing engineers, If the manufacturing engineers are busy shutting down equipment, traveling with the equipment to a new facility, writing and executing IQOQPQ activities for the equipment in...
  43. ijm5012

    Olympus EM-5 Mark III news and rumors

    It'dve been pretty remarkable had Olympus released the E-M5 III alongside the E-M5 II, considering the sensor used in the E-M5 III hadn't been used in any other camera yet. As far as what Olympus has been doing the past three years, arguably a large effort has been the shift in their...
  44. ijm5012

    Mid-grade lenses at mid-grade prices

    If you're going through the effort of adapting lenses to gain faster apertures on a m43 sensor, have you ever thought about simply switching to a larger sensor camera and using "slower" lenses that have the same effective speed? You SB'd 8-14/2.0 is essentially the same as a 16-28/4. The 22/1.0...
  45. ijm5012

    Olympus EM-5 Mark III news and rumors

    30g of those weight savings come from using a smaller battery. Factor in the weight loss due to the elimination of the more robust grip as well, and is seems like the only real weight savings are then coming from the switch to a plastic body. I wouldn't really say "using a smaller battery...
  46. ijm5012

    Olympus EM-5 Mark III news and rumors

    Here's my thoughts on the E-M5 III: It's a great camera. If you look at the specs in a vacuum, it's bloody fantastic. However, because the E-M1 II came out 3 years ago and had/has basically the same specs, people are now disappointed because the E-M5 III simply recycled the guts of the E-M1 II...
  47. ijm5012

    Olympus EM-5 Mark III news and rumors

    I mean, you’re not trolling. That’s simply the truth. The E-M1 IIis a great camera now, but it’s on FW 3.0 and has been out for years now. When it was released, people’s balked at it’s $2k USD price tag, compounded by the lackluster AF performance (based on what the marketeers we’re pushing)...
  48. ijm5012

    Olympus EM1MK111 early next year

    Yes, but if you’re REALLY serious about vlogging, then you’ve got an external LCD that’s hot shoe mounted along with a shotgun mic for better audio, all being stabilized on a hand-held gimbal while you ride your electric skateboard through traffic. If you’re not doing that, are you really even...
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    Olympus EM-5 Mark III news and rumors

    Before it disappeared, while there was mention of Hi-Res mode, it said that a tripod was necessary. HHHR seems like it isn’t going to be included. This camera appears to simply be an E-M1 II with a few small tweaks, put in an E-M5 sized body. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, since the E-M1...
  50. ijm5012

    Olympus EM1MK111 early next year

    I think that's a more fair assessment. At first blush, it was a more polished E-M1. However, once you really shot with it and dug through the menu and settings, it's evident that the E-M1 II was a big upgrade, and is still a very relevant camera in 2019.
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