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EM-5 Live Bulb feature video

Discussion in 'Olympus Cameras' started by Luke, Mar 27, 2012.

  1. Luke

    Luke Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Jul 30, 2010
    Milwaukee, WI
    I still think this is one of the coolest features in this camera. It may look like a novelty trick to some, but it will be invaluable to long exposure shooters.
    [ame=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rz4g-MFW_t8]Olympus OM-D: See Live Bulb Function in Action - YouTube[/ame]
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  2. jgregs

    jgregs Mu-43 Regular

    Nov 21, 2010
    Southern Ontario
    I'm surprised that they haven't made more of a deal out of this..
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  3. OdzBodkinz

    OdzBodkinz Mu-43 Regular

    Sep 11, 2011
  4. EthanFrank

    EthanFrank Mu-43 Regular

    Oct 30, 2011
    Agreed; it really is groundbreaking.
  5. meyerweb

    meyerweb Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Sep 5, 2011
    That's a cute demo, but it really doesn't have much to do with useful photography. How often do you photograph moving fire?

    The real point of this, I think, is that you can take a long time exposure and watch the image "develop" on the LCD, and then stop the exposure when it's "ready." I wonder how useful it really is, though. Trying to use the LCD to judge exposure generally doesn't work all that well.
  6. Luke

    Luke Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Jul 30, 2010
    Milwaukee, WI
    I wonder if you can have the histogram activated too. I think it would be invaluable for long exposure shots. The light painting was just a cute way to show it off.

    And I'd rather have the LCD to use to judge for exposure for 4 or 5 minutes exposures then pure guesswork. And there's no charge for the feature. You get it for free when you buy the $1,000 camera ;) 
  7. EthanFrank

    EthanFrank Mu-43 Regular

    Oct 30, 2011
    No, but it will certainly help give you a general idea of exposure. Having experimented with night photography, I'll tell you that getting the exposure in the ballpark is the hardest part. Once you're there, fine-tuning is easy enough.

    I can see it being useful for astrophotography, too.
  8. thinkcooper

    thinkcooper Mu-43 Veteran

    Oct 29, 2011
    For me? All the time.

    I put on a fire event last Friday in Santa Cruz called Glow. A bunch of great imagery of fire was shot. Unfortunately, as ringmaster, I had to put the camera aside for the night and run the show. I did get to play with fire though. I'm the guy in the white jacket and top hat.

    Glow, the Museum of Art and History, Santa Cruz


    Another example of our Glow event where bulb + fire = awesome.

    A few more links of various photographers' works... My faves? Julia Held's smugmug gallery. You guys will like these.

    Collection: 3rd Friday

    3rd Friday: GLOW Part I | Facebook
    3rd Friday: GLOW Part II- A Fire Festival | Facebook

    Julia Held Photographs:
    Glow Festival 2012 Part II - Julia & Lance Photography & Design

    Lance Miller Photographs:
    GLOW Festival at the M.A.H. Santa Cruz Ca - Julia & Lance Photography & Design
    GLOW & FIRE part 2 at the MAH - Julia & Lance Photography & Design

    Don Louv:
  9. OdzBodkinz

    OdzBodkinz Mu-43 Regular

    Sep 11, 2011
    This will be very valuable to light painters.
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  10. TheObiJuan

    TheObiJuan Mu-43 Rookie

    Mar 31, 2012
    DING DING DING! :thumbup:
  11. epsilon

    epsilon Mu-43 Rookie

    Jan 17, 2012
    woa...very useful
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