E-M1 Mk I to Mk II Transition Questions

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All good Ken and by the sound of it you likely would have zero issues anyway, but it's your personal call.

It still seems that most are being overly cautious and even you are basing expectation on experiences with other systems.

I'm going to put this in reverse context after using the EM1X and EM1mk2 FW31 since they both became available and i would not hesitate to pick up my old EM1mk1 that my son has on loan and use it with only the following concern...... there is no way i would use/trust the AFC to be up to par with the newer bodies, the rest would just perform in line with technical limits between the systems ... no zagging when it should zig etc.
The only reason i didn't use it as a third body for his wedding shoot was he forgot to charge the batteries!!!!

the AF/CAF is so far improved on the Mk2fw3x that even if it did zag i'm personally convinced you would still end up with more keepers :)

didn't 3.1 resolved 99% of the 3.0 issues covered in that particular thread anyway...?
I suspect things should go well, but I am now fighting against time for the rest of the week. I am glad to hear that the AF was improved, as I never found the C-AF on the MK I to work for me. I have higher hopes for the Mk II, and it sounds like I may be happy with the results.

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The only confusing change you may face (other than getting used to the articulating screen) is the need to enable AF+MF in the menu. Once you do that, you’ll have it available for both S-AF and C-AF. C-AF is much better, btw. Not so much for C-AF+Tracking (at least for me).

On the battery: I rarely ever deplete a full Mark II battery over the course of a day. I regularly did with the Mark I batteries.
 

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The only confusing change you may face (other than getting used to the articulating screen) is the need to enable AF+MF in the menu. Once you do that, you’ll have it available for both S-AF and C-AF. C-AF is much better, btw. Not so much for C-AF+Tracking (at least for me).

On the battery: I rarely ever deplete a full Mark II battery over the course of a day. I regularly did with the Mark I batteries.
I do not think that anybody has Tracking fully worked out, so I will not hold Olympus to a higher standard than anybody else. Yes, some have greatly improved on it, but not enough to get me to want to rely on it.

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I do not think that anybody has Tracking fully worked out, so I will not hold Olympus to a higher standard than anybody else. Yes, some have greatly improved on it, but not enough to get me to want to rely on it.

--Ken
:) I have tracking worked out fairly well for Tennis and some motorsport but it took some practice and experimenting a little.... but like cross most brands it takes some experience both with the camera and the sport.... Once you learn the idiosyncrasies of each then your tracking performance goes up.
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:) I have tracking worked out fairly well for Tennis and some motorsport but it took some practice and experimenting a little.... but like cross most brands it takes some experience both with the camera and the sport.... Once you learn the idiosyncrasies of each then your tracking performance goes up.
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I leave that as something to look forward to after I have what I need worked out (and the same goes for my D500). Always nice to have something new to look forward to learning.

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I have found Tony Phillips' book on the Mk2 most helpful and may be worth a purchase & read: https://tonyphillips.org/product/em1-ii/?v=6cc98ba2045f He explains the more arcane features in plain english. He hasn't updated for 3.1 but I am sure he will do shortly (this has prompted met to contact him and ask). I have the PDF on my laptop and tablet and dip into when I am away on trips for a reminder on the more obscure features.
 

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Having recently made the upgrade myself, these are all solid suggestions.

Battery life feels shorter. Despite the bigger cell, the high speed functions can drain it pretty quickly. The EVF sucks up a bunch of power, which you’ll need if you’re doing a lot of Continuous Focus or ProCap shooting. Get an extra (or two, if you’re traveling).
That is contrary to my experience.

With the power sucking 12-100/4:

The EM1-mk1 gets about 2-1/2 hours of run time.
I have FIVE batteries for the mk1.​
I drained three batteries, shooting a softball then two lacrosse games. This was with the 12-100.​
Granted the mk1 does not have ProCapture.​
The EM1-mk2 easily goes well beyond 2-1/2 hours.
I currently only have two batteries for the mk2.​

Spare battery/batteries is mandatory with a mirrorless.
 

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I have a bunch - 5? - for my E-M1. I have used as many of three in a day.

For the Mark II, I have two Olympus batteries and one third party. The only time I used the third one was on safari in Africa, where charging was a challenge. And the camera was driving the Panasonic 100-400 with OIS. I just spent four weeks in Asia, 3700 images, never used more than 50% of one Olympus battery.
 

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i Just updated my Mark II to 3.1 after waiting to see if there were any major bugs. With no hint of a problem from my camera, it didn’t work properly after the update. After some time on the phone with Olympus they think it may be the shutter. With only 5000 clicks on the shutter I’m not convinced.

if it was me, I’d use the camera as is until after my trip. Although I’ve updated many of my Olympus cameras without issue. The Olympus process isn’t fool proof. If anything goes wrong in the process, you have an expensive paper weight.
 

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Keep us posted once you hear something. i am curious. Where did it go btw? Precision in Connecticut?
 
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Yes, it has been sent in for evaluation. I haven’t heard anything as of today.
I’m sorry to hear you have experienced problems, hope Olympus will sort things out!


One thing I would add to the thread is to look at which features you need for the trip/shoot.

If your current gear has everything you need no need to rush in and start using the latest/greatest. If you need the new capabilities, familiarize yourself with those features and bring the newer gear.
 

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That is contrary to my experience.

With the power sucking 12-100/4:

The EM1-mk1 gets about 2-1/2 hours of run time.
I have FIVE batteries for the mk1.​
I drained three batteries, shooting a softball then two lacrosse games. This was with the 12-100.​
Granted the mk1 does not have ProCapture.​
The EM1-mk2 easily goes well beyond 2-1/2 hours.
I currently only have two batteries for the mk2.​

Spare battery/batteries is mandatory with a mirrorless.
Update, I finally have some real run times on the mk2.
I shot a basketball quad (4 games; boy and girls, JV and Varsity), with the EM1-mk2 + 12-40/2.8.
The battery lasted about 3-1/2 hours before the indicator went RED. So, despite the mk2 having a larger battery than the mk1, it did not last as long. The 2nd battery was at 30% at the end of the 6 hour set of games. So I figure both batteries had similar real capacity.
The only other variable was the lens 12-40/2.8 on the mk2, vs. P-Lumix 12-60 on the mk1.

I have to duplicate this run time test with the same lens on both cameras, to eliminate that variable.

So it appears that the mk2 itself has a higher battery drain than the mk1.
The larger capacity battery is needed just to power the camera.
Looks like I need to get ONE maybe TWO more batteries for the mk2; bringing me up to three or four batteries.
 

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