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  1. Michael Meissner

    Alert : EM5 Mk3 Release this year - it’s (well nearly) official

    And note that CIPA requires that if your camera has a flash that every other shot uses the flash. So cameras that have a flash built-in tend to have worse numbers on paper than cameras where a flash was not part of the package. I don't know whether Olympus includes the FL-LM1/2/3 usage with...
  2. Michael Meissner

    Alert : EM5 Mk3 Release this year - it’s (well nearly) official

    As I responded over there: When Olympus came out with the BLN battery it had a slightly higher voltage (nominal voltage 7.6 volts) than the standard 2 cell lithium ion battery used by most cameras (7.4 volts). One consequence is that if you use a typical third party battery it seems to not...
  3. Michael Meissner

    E-M5 mkII vs E-M1 mkI

    There are two main focusing mechanisms: Phase Detect Auto Focus (PDAF): This is the focusing mechanism primarily used in both film and digital single lens reflex cameras (like your E-510). In the SLR/DSLR, there is a mirror that either reflects light to the viewfinder or is moved away to have...
  4. Michael Meissner

    17 or 25? Use Case

    It depends on how dark your surroundings are. There are times when I just need that extra 1 1/3 stop of light the f/1.7 or f/1.8 lenses give. And while I might buy a $300 lens for those times, so far it has not gotten to the point that I'm willing to budget for a $1.2k lens. Another factor I...
  5. Michael Meissner

    17 or 25? Use Case

    The Olympus 17mm f/1.8 is listed as a MSC lens, so you should not be picking up the focusing sounds. This is the designation that Olympus started adding in the 2nd or 3rd generation of lenses to indicate that the lens auto focusing is optimized for movie and stills. Using an external...
  6. Michael Meissner

    What do you think of the "Orange" dark theme?

    Got it, I rarely scroll all of the way down.
  7. Michael Meissner

    What do you think of the "Orange" dark theme?

    So where are these themes hidden? I use Fedora 28 and I use both the google chrome and firefox browsers. I went into preferences and I didn't see anything related to themes.
  8. Michael Meissner

    EM1MK11 what should the image numbers start at

    In the Olympus naming scheme, the first letter is typically 'P', but you can change it in the menus. On each of my Olympus cameras since they have added the mechanism, I use a different letter (i.e. my E-m1 mark I is 'W', my E-m10 mark II is 'X'). See page 120. The second letter denotes the...
  9. Michael Meissner

    Any Good 2019 Amazon Prime Day deals?

    In terms of prime day, I noticed some other sellers having sales. I liked keh.com's prime day of selling certain prime lenses at 20% off. Unfortunately when I checked, none of the micro 4/3rds lenses I wanted were on the list. But keh.com did/does have 10% off other lenses (but they didn't...
  10. Michael Meissner

    Any Good 2019 Amazon Prime Day deals?

    Given Lexar got bought out in 2017 (by the Chinese company Longsys), I would not count on any experience with previous cards for reliability issues compared to the newly manufactured cards. Maybe they are just as reliable, maybe even more reliable, maybe not. To their credit, Longsys has...
  11. Michael Meissner

    what photography related item did you buy this week?

    I noticed Adorama had some interesting things, piggy backing on Amazon's 'Prime' day. I kept looking at the Think Tank Perception Daypack Tablet (for $30 if ordered on July 16th), but I eventually went up to the Think Tank Perception 15 backpack which is slightly bigger, and would have space...
  12. Michael Meissner

    Olympus EM-5 Mark III news and rumors

    Or at least go back to having an option to sell the G95 (in the USA) without the Panasonic 12-60mm f/3.5-5.6 lens. Since I already own the G85, and might be considering upgrading, I have that lens already.
  13. Michael Meissner

    New Canon G5X II - 24-120mm f1.8-2.8, 4k, EVF

    Funny the pop-up VF is one of the things that made me perk up. One of several reasons why I chose the LX10 over the LX100 last year was the viewfinder. Generally, I like viewfinders (except for my hot-button polarization issue). On my Olympus Stylus-1, I found that the viewfinder jutting out...
  14. Michael Meissner

    Would Replacing My GX85 with an EM5 II Be a Good Idea?

    Six of one, half a dozen of the other. It depends, do you wear polarized sunglasses? The G85 (and E-m10 mark II/III, Pen-F) use an OLED viewfinder while the E-m5 mark I/II, E-m1 mark I, and E-m1x use a TFT viewfinder which has degradation of about 1/2 the viewing area when shooting in...
  15. Michael Meissner

    Buy VF viewfinder or 2nd body with viewfinder?

    Yes. The lock was added in the VF-3. I believe the VF-4 has more resolution (so VF-3 -> VF-2 -> VF-4).
  16. Michael Meissner

    Buy VF viewfinder or 2nd body with viewfinder?

    You probably can't buy a body with an electronic viewfinder at the cost of the VF-2, VF-3, or VF-4 viewfinders ($110 - $150 for the lowest price on ebay). It is interesting that the VF-3 (which was originally made to be a cheaper solution with smaller resolution that the VF-2 viewfinder) is...
  17. Michael Meissner

    E-M5 mkII vs E-M1 mkI

    I forgot to mention: Olympus E-m5 mark I, bought refurbished, now it is my main steampunk camera (I do custom boxes with my various cameras inside meant to evoke images of earlier cameras); Olympus E-pm2, bought new, when I couldn't afford the E-m5, used to be my light weight steampunk camera...
  18. Michael Meissner

    E-M5 mkII vs E-M1 mkI

    Whereas I had been using the E-1, and I felt so let down with the E-510 in terms of everything but image stabilization. Note, I was an early adapter of the E-510, so I and others figured out its quirks. My general take is the E-510 did not really support ISO 100. If you measured it, it was...
  19. Michael Meissner

    Clothing Pictures

    Without details, it is kind of hard to say what is going wrong. I would tend to think getting the white balance correct is the main issue. Secondarily make sure the photo is properly exposed. Are you shooting indoors, or are you taking the photos outdoors on sunny/cloudy days? If you are...
  20. Michael Meissner

    EM-1 Mk II memory card price / performance

    It may depend on whether the cards are new Lexars or old ones from existing stock. The Chinese company Longsys bought the Lexar company in 2017. I have to imagine that there might be differences between the current Lexar cards or the pre-2017 Lexar cards.
  21. Michael Meissner

    E-M5 mkII vs E-M1 mkI

    I've shot with a 4 4/3rds cameras (E-1, E-510, E-3, E-5) and 7 micro 4/3rds cameras (E-P2, E-PM2, E-M5 mark I, E-M1 mark I, G85, E-M10 mark II, and AIR A01), and the E-510 was one of two cameras that I actively disliked (the other was the AIR A01 that returned within the 30 day period). I was...
  22. Michael Meissner

    E-M5 mkII vs E-M1 mkI

    Note, one of my hot button topics is using the electronic viewfinder when wearing polarized sunglasses. The E-m5 mark I, E-m1 mark I/II, and E-m1x all have viewfinders that about about 1/2 of the viewing area is obscured when shooting in horizontal (landscape) orientation, but I can generally...
  23. Michael Meissner

    Alert : EM5 Mk3 Release this year - it’s (well nearly) official

    I seriously doubt the charging circuity adds up to that much space. And the trouble is when you start diddling with battery sizes, you tend to have batteries specific to a given camera. I've been down this road with cell phones, where I've had to replace cell phones because the battery used...
  24. Michael Meissner

    Alert : EM5 Mk3 Release this year - it’s (well nearly) official

    Ummm, no. Yes the TG-4 used the 12-pin Olympus cable, but the TG-5 (and TG-6) switched to the standard micro-USB cable. It is the new standard USB-C plug. In a few years, the USB micro-B plug will seem as dated as the USB mini-B plug that preceded it. While I too have a drawer full of USB...
  25. Michael Meissner

    Gx80/85 firmware swap

    They are 'mostly' the same camera, but there may be small details that are different. For instance, Panasonic cameras for the European market tend to limit video to 30 minutes (for most cameras designed in the past). In addition, because the A/C current has a phase of 50 cycles per second...
  26. Michael Meissner

    Oly USB adapter

    True, I had forgotten about the FL-LM1/FL-LM2 using the accesory port (even though I own 3 cameras that use it). But I believe the E-m1 mark II comes with FL-LM3, so I don't see it as a big deal that the FL-LM1/FL-LM2 don't work with the E-m1 mark II. A minor issue might be the FL-LM3 sits...
  27. Michael Meissner

    Oly USB adapter

    As far as I know, no such adapter exists. If I understand what you are asking, is you want to use the old accessories with the E-m1 mark II. The old accessories used an Olympus 12-pin cable. So off the top of my head, the accessories in question are: The wired shutter release (RM-UC1). The...
  28. Michael Meissner

    Alert : EM5 Mk3 Release this year - it’s (well nearly) official

    Some of the newer cameras (G9 for instance, and I believe S1/etc.) can be powered via USB-C as well as charge the batteries at the same time. But if your camera has a battery grip, there is always my solution. On my E-m5 mark I, E-m1 mark I, and G85, I set up the camera so that it draws power...
  29. Michael Meissner

    Alert : EM5 Mk3 Release this year - it’s (well nearly) official

    Unfortunately, I do spend some amount of time at ISO 3,200 and 6,400, that I do care somewhat about higher ISO support. Particularly with video (that limits your shutter speed options). Given the European tariff has finally expired on video cameras, I would hope that Olympus finally eliminates...
  30. Michael Meissner

    Any E-M1mkII users not yet updated to v3.0 firmware? I have a question!

    While it isn't 'official', you can use the lightsnowdev [dot] com site to load a particular firmware to your SD card, and it will allow you to go back to a previous version. I've used it twice when the E-m1 mark I had some issues before Olympus came out with the replacement revision that did...
  31. Michael Meissner

    USB port/cable OM-D E-M5

    I don't use the Olympus tether software, but I recall that Olympus Capture support was added to the E-m5 mark II. Looking at the firmware releases, it was added in version 2.0 of the firmware in November 2015. The Olympus E-m5 mark I was not upgraded to support Olympus Capture, nor as you...
  32. Michael Meissner

    USB port/cable OM-D E-M5

    Yes, the USB cable has been the same pretty much the same until Olympus switched to using a USB-C with the E-m1 mark II and E-m1x. I believe the E-m10 mark III and E-PL9 both use a micro-USB cable. I would imagine to tether, just get a USB-A female to USB-A male extension cable.
  33. Michael Meissner

    What rig for family occasions holidays/birthdays etc!

    It always depends. Depending on the lighting conditions, I have used: Small primes, no flash. Originally I used the Panasonic 20mm f/1.7, but in a lot of small rooms, I found the 20mm to be a little long, and last year I bought a used Panasonic-Leica 15mm f/1.7 lens that I really like. But...
  34. Michael Meissner

    Olympus Outlet sale 20% off Refurbished using coupon "SUMMER20"

    Yes, I've bought the TG-5 and E-m10 mark II last year, the TG-860 3 years ago, and the E-m5 mark I 5 years ago, and they had all of the accessories (battery, charger, software CD, strap, instruction booklet, etc.). Note, the box is different, and says 'refurbished' on it.
  35. Michael Meissner

    Olympus Outlet sale 20% off Refurbished using coupon "SUMMER20"

    Yeah, I just bought a refurbished Sigma 16mm for my steampunk camera builds (where it goes between outdoor events where we've had rain) and indoor stuff where I need a fast aperture. So, I'm trying to be good...
  36. Michael Meissner

    The G9 as a video camera.....

    I've seen reports on this forum that somebody got 34 minutes at 4K/60p. Elsewhere I think I recall somebody get 50+ minutes, though I don't recall if it was 4K/30p or 4K/60p. Note there are some other limits to think about: 1) How long do your batteries last for recording? My G85 is...
  37. Michael Meissner

    Alert : EM5 Mk3 Release this year - it’s (well nearly) official

    Though there has been some speculation about an Olympus event Precision Cameras (in Austin, Texas) is having in August. I assumed it was mainly a store event with Olympus visionaries that several of the Olympus flagship stores has from time to time, but who knows. However, an event in Austin...
  38. Michael Meissner

    Olympus Outlet sale 20% off Refurbished using coupon "SUMMER20"

    Yes, I didn't get email either. But I did register my cell phone, and I got a text message about 'SUMMER20' yesterday. Evidently the sale ends tonight (June 27th). Since you live outside of Boston, I've seen Hunts (Melrose, MA) having used Pen-F's from time to time. I picked up an E-m10 mark...
  39. Michael Meissner

    COMPLETED Want to Buy: M10 2 or 3? | Location: USA | Ships:

    Since you live in the USA, if are willing to buy today (June 27th), the Olympus USA outlet store is having a 20% off sale on refurbished cameras. You need to use the code 'SUMMER20 in the checkout section. As I'm writing this, they had both E-m10 mark II's and E-m10 mark III's. With...
  40. Michael Meissner

    Video mic for M5II?

    I don't have an Olympus E-m5 mark II, but when I started recording video with my Panasonic G85, I picked up an Azden SMX-10 microphone that I use to record renaissance faire performers. It does a good job of being a directional microphone, eliminating the sounds of people talking behind me...
  41. Michael Meissner

    Refurnished Sigma Lenses: 16mm f1.4, 19mm f2.8, 30mm f2.8

    Thanks, I was able to snag a 16mm f/1.4 splash proof lens. I just checked in, and it looks like the 16mm's have been sold.
  42. Michael Meissner

    The G9 as a video camera.....

    I don't own a G9, but people have posted this link to remove the 30 minute limit on the G9. Evidently the one drawback is that the G9 won't connect to your PC:
  43. Michael Meissner

    Anyone been to a "Clean and Check"?

    The other thing about the undocumented method of updating firmware from the SD card is you can go backward. Twice the E-m1 mark I had problems with a firmware release. Instead of waiting for the next release, I just went to the previous version I had been using. And as a Linux only user, I...
  44. Michael Meissner

    Shutter release for Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark III?

    Though I imagine with fireworks, there may be an issue with your eyes having to adjust between the darkness of seeing the fireworks live and the relatively bright screen of the phone (and/or back LCD). One thing that I occasionally forget to do with fireworks is turn off auto focus and if you...
  45. Michael Meissner

    Shutter release for Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark III?

    The lack of a wired shutter release was one of the reasons, I immediately dropped the E-m10 mark III from any desire list, and instead picked up a refurbished E-m10 mark II. As others have said, the wifi interface will work, but I would not like using it for fireworks. With the wired shutter...
  46. Michael Meissner

    E-M5 II upgrade path?

    If so, I will not buy it. While there are times when I use the grip on my E-m1 mark I, E-m5 mark I, and G85, I generally prefer not to use the grip, unless I need the power or occasionally, use it for heavy lens to improve the balance. In fact, one of the things that I do with the G85 when...
  47. Michael Meissner

    Olympus EM-5 Mark III news and rumors

    I dunno, in the March time frame there were hints that the E-m5 mark III was coming. Recently there hasn't been much talk from Olympus. Olympus Q&A @ CP+ 2019: Finally! Why the E-M5 III is running so late, and why not to worry
  48. Michael Meissner

    $160 10TB WD Easystore External HDD back at Best Buy

    Newegg had it briefly on its sale of the day today for email subscribers for $159.99, but it appears to be sold out.
  49. Michael Meissner

    Olympus EM-5 Mark III news and rumors

    Sure someday, but will it be in 2019 or later?
  50. Michael Meissner

    E-M5 II upgrade path?

    I tend to think the E-m1x is essentially the E-m1 mark III. I am hopeful that the eventual E-m5 mark III will be in a nice price range, and have a decent feature set.
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