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E-M1 with MF lenses

Discussion in 'Olympus Cameras' started by datagov, Nov 3, 2013.

  1. datagov

    datagov Mu-43 All-Pro

    Dec 2, 2012
    New York
    I've only had the E-M1 a few days but have tried it with a few MF lenses I had experience using with the E-M5 and so far what I notice is:

    IBIS is noisier and moves the camera more.
    My photos are less sharp than on the E-M5.
    The viewfinder is darker with long lenses.

    I've tried the canon fd 100 f2, super takumar 135 3.5 and the nikkor 200mm f4 AIS.

    I have used magnification and focus peaking. Images come out not as sharp. Anyone else had similar experiences?

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  2. bcaslis

    bcaslis Mu-43 Veteran

    302
    Jul 3, 2011
    Wilsonville, OR, USA
    Brian Caslis
    Are you looking at JPEG or RAW? By default the E-M1 JPEGs use much less aggressive sharpening than the E-M5. This allows you to change it in post processing (it's considered a pro level camera and feature). If you are comparing JPEGs, just turn up the sharpening or sharpen in post. The E-M1 images are not less sharp in terms of actual detail.
     
  3. datagov

    datagov Mu-43 All-Pro

    Dec 2, 2012
    New York
    I shot both and thought ibis was misfiring. But let me try it again and compare them with more sharpening. I think I saw this most often with distance objects like trees in a landscape.

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  4. Foster2380

    Foster2380 Mu-43 Regular

    47
    Jun 6, 2012
    I've not noticed that. I'm really enjoying the focus peaking and finding it very easy to really nail the focus more consistently. I think the higher level of detail in the EVF is also helping quite a bit.
     
  5. MAubrey

    MAubrey Photographer

    Jul 9, 2012
    Bellingham, WA
    Mike Aubrey
    This sounds a lot like what happens when IBIS has the wrong focal length entered in the camera...
     
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  6. 50orsohours

    50orsohours Mu-43 All-Pro

    Oct 13, 2013
    Portland Oregon
    That seems to be the weakness of the m4/3 format (distant landscape)


     
  7. kevinparis

    kevinparis Cantankerous Scotsman

    Feb 12, 2010
    Gent, Belgium
    OK distant landscape ain't my thing... but with regards to EM-1 and MF lenses, I had a friend and her daughter visiting the other day and it was a good opportunity to try out my EM-1 wit some legacy lenses.

    These are JPEGs with minimal PP... and I think I am guessing right on lenses used. I have assigned the front two buttons to focus peaking and magnify

    think this is Contax 85/1.4

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    PA310188 by kevinparis, on Flickr

    know this is leica Summicron R 50/2

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    PA310004 by kevinparis, on Flickr

    and these I believe are both OM 100/2.8

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    PA310031 by kevinparis, on Flickr

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    PA310019 by kevinparis, on Flickr

    for reference.. this was the 45/1.8 @2.8

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    PA310012 by kevinparis, on Flickr
    cheers

    K
     

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  8. Clint

    Clint Mu-43 All-Pro

    Apr 22, 2013
    San Diego area, CA
    Clint
    > IBIS is noisier and moves the camera more.
    I have not noticed a change

    >My photos are less sharp than on the E-M5.
    Are the size and compression of your jpegs the same for your compsiron. I noticed my E-M1 was set to Large Normal instead of Large Fine.

    >The viewfinder is darker with long lenses.
    The E-M1 has EVF Auto Illumination which simulates an optical viewfinder. You may want to change that setting.

    >I have used magnification and focus peaking. Images come out not as sharp.
    See the comment about jpegs. The focus peaking is great! Magnification seems unchanged. With foucs peaking I can fine tune more of what is in or not in focus - so I'm really liking it. The new EVF has somewhat muted the need focus peaking in my opinion.