E-M1 II with 4/3 Lens - Reviews?

Discussion in 'Olympus Cameras' started by ijm5012, Jan 10, 2017.

  1. ijm5012

    ijm5012 Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Oct 2, 2013
    Pittsburgh, PA
    Ian
    I'm aware that there is a thread for reviews for the E-M1 II, but nearly every single one talks about the use of the camera with native m43 lenses, which enable features like Sync IS, Pro Capture, etc.

    While these features are very impressive, and it's reasonable to assume that a new camera will be tested with new lenses, I think there are a fair majority of people who are interested in how well the camera performs with the older, 4/3 glass.

    I personally have two E-M1's, a 12-60 SWD and 50-200 SWD. There are many other who have copies of the 14-54, 150/2, and even the 300/2.8. The 4/3 glass represents a remarkable value in terms of IQ per $, and initial reports seem to suggest that the E-M1 II makes great strides in the use of 4/3 over the predecessor, the E-M1.

    It's my hope that people will either post thinks to threads/discussions/reviews where the use of 4/3 lenses on the E-M1 II is discussed, or even offer their own review based on using the camera with these lenses.
     
  2. ijm5012

    ijm5012 Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Oct 2, 2013
    Pittsburgh, PA
    Ian
    Here's a thread from over at DPR, where the user compares the focusing speed and accuracy of the E-M1 II + 50-200 SWD against that of an E-M1 + 300/4 PRO. His thoughts are that the E-M1 II + 50-200 SWD focuses faster and more accurately than the E-M1 + 300/4 PRO.

    He also talks about using it with the 12-60 SWD, but doesn't report as much of an improvement with than lens compared to the 50-200 SWD.
     
  3. AussiePhil

    AussiePhil Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jun 1, 2014
    Canberra, ACT, Aust
    Phil
    I seen that and whilst I personally don't have the 300F4 I've shot enough 50-200SWD v the 40-150Pro to form the following.
    Both the 12-60swd and the 50-200swd perform better by quite a bit imo, with no real focus hunting that I experienced on the mk1. However from a pure focus acquisition and general use the 40-150Pro is just quicker and snappier to the point that only if I want to play in the 150-200 range and I don't have the mc14 handy will the 50-200 come out.
    IQ wise it's likely a bit of a wash with maybe slightly smoother backgrounds to the 50-200 as the 40-150 can get nervous.
    FPS goes to the 40-150Pro, the 50-200 is slower
    I'd still call the 40-150Pro faster on both mk1 and mk2 but the mk2 does lift the general performance of the old glass
     
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  4. ijm5012

    ijm5012 Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Oct 2, 2013
    Pittsburgh, PA
    Ian
    Hey Phil,

    Thanks for your input. I believe it's reasonable to assume that the much newer 40-150 PRO will perform better than the 50-200 SWD when it comes to things like focus acquisition speed and frame rate while burst shooting. I do have a few questions:
    • With the 50-200 SWD, can you achieve the same frame rate as the 40-150 when shooting in "L"? Is it possible to get 8-10 fps with the lens, or is it slower than the 40-150?
    • With the 50-200 SWWD, how does it perform with regards to focus acquisition speed and tracking an object coming at you? I'm interested in shooting motorsports, where some shots have the cars coming head-on at the shooter.
    As much as I love the 40-150 PRO, having the built-in 150-200 range, while still remaining sub f/4 below 100mm is very useful with the SWD. Additionally, I have the EC-14 which allows me to shoot at 280mm f/5 wide open, with excellent sharpness. It makes it such a difficult lens to replace, especially considering I managed to pick up the kit for ~$500.
     
  5. AussiePhil

    AussiePhil Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jun 1, 2014
    Canberra, ACT, Aust
    Phil
    Q1
    Haven't specifically tested that but first chance I'll give it a go. In eshutter at 18fps setting it didn't feel like the same rate but it could have been at least 10 but still need to check. In lower light on the EM1.1 it was always slower so be interesting
    Q2
    Despite being an ex rally driver and still a keen motorcycle rider shooting motor sport is one of my missing experiences so not able to directly handle that however the experience from the tennis court for caf-tr was that it seemed no worse once focus was locked just the 40-150 was snappier in general making it more pleasing and confidence inspiring

    I'm keeping my 50-200 regardless and won't be afraid to pull it out to use and I expect you would be suitable happy as well
    I don't have the ec14 but can mount the 4/3 lens in front of the mc14 with the negative of incorrectly reported focal lengths
     
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  6. alex g

    alex g Mu-43 All-Pro Subscribing Member

    Mar 30, 2016
    New York / Bath
    I started a thread here last month, with some initial impressions and figures. I'm gradually gaining more experience with the gear and will post updates once I feel I have some reasonably consistent results!
     
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