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Olympus Looks at E-M5 Banding with 20mm

Discussion in 'Olympus Cameras' started by Djarum, Jun 13, 2012.

  1. Djarum

    Djarum Super Moderator

    Dec 15, 2009
    Huntsville, AL, USA
    Jason
  2. drewbot

    drewbot Mu-43 Top Veteran

    702
    Oct 21, 2011
    Toronto, ON
    Just rebought the 20 after 6 months without it. Hopefully this gets fixed sooner than later.
     
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  3. dgorman47

    dgorman47 Mu-43 Regular

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    Mar 13, 2012
    Connecticut
    Dutch
    I noticed the banding whilst manually focusing my 20 on the OMD. When I turn the focus ring I can see the bands without actually taking a picture.
     
  4. hkpzee

    hkpzee Mu-43 All-Pro

    Sep 5, 2011
    Hong Kong
    Patrick
    The banding is supposed to appear only at high ISO of 6400 or above (someone posted sample photos demonstrating this problem in another thread, which I cannot find now), so one is safe using the 20mm on the E-M5 as long as the ISO is set lower.

    I personally never use ISO 6400, so luckily, I won't have to deal with that problem. :wink:
     
  5. hanzo

    hanzo Mu-43 Veteran

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    Jan 22, 2010
    Chan
    Neh.. I had banding issues even at 3200. :rolleyes:
     
  6. hkpzee

    hkpzee Mu-43 All-Pro

    Sep 5, 2011
    Hong Kong
    Patrick
    I see. Then stay at ISO 1600 or below until there is a fix... :tongue:
     
  7. Agent00soul

    Agent00soul Mu-43 Regular

    77
    Jan 22, 2010
    Well, since the banding only happens at 1/125 - 1/320 s, you can happily use as high ISO as you want, as long as you keep the shutter speed below 1/125 s.
     
  8. hkpzee

    hkpzee Mu-43 All-Pro

    Sep 5, 2011
    Hong Kong
    Patrick
    It's hard to image when there will be real life situations where the camera is set at shutter speed of 1/125 or faster, but ISO at 3200 or higher. It's a fast 20mm lens afterall...
     
  9. b_rubenstein

    b_rubenstein Mu-43 All-Pro

    Mar 20, 2012
    Melbourne, FL
    I've shot as high as ISO 3200 with my OM-D & 20/1.7 and saw no banding. Never shot above 1/30 sec. either. If there was enough light to go above 1/30 sec., I would drop the ISO instead.
     
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  10. hanzo

    hanzo Mu-43 Veteran

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    Jan 22, 2010
    Chan
    They say a picture is worth a thousand words :wink:

    7186409421_86e3d85d16_b.
     
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  11. hkpzee

    hkpzee Mu-43 All-Pro

    Sep 5, 2011
    Hong Kong
    Patrick
    That's exactly my point! Why would you use fast shutter speed & high ISO at the same time?!
     
  12. Sammyboy

    Sammyboy m43 Pro

    Oct 26, 2010
    Steeler Country
    Anyone know the true source of this statement, it's the one posted on dpr ? My guess is this is not an official statement from Olympus.

    Olympus statement:

    'After checking every possible combination of a body and a lens, we found the phenomena only with this combination (OM-D, E-M5 coupled with the Panasonic 20mm pancake lens). We are continuing to study how we can eliminate this and we recommend for our customers using E-M5 with Panasonic 20mm pancake lens to keep a low ISO to avoid this problem for the time being.'
     
  13. fredlong

    fredlong Just this guy...

    Apr 18, 2011
    Massachusetts USA
    Fred
    There's always the incredibly unlikely possibility that some one might use a high ISO in order to get a high shutter speed. I know that's really reaching, but I guess it's possible.

    Fred
     
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  14. hkpzee

    hkpzee Mu-43 All-Pro

    Sep 5, 2011
    Hong Kong
    Patrick
    I agree it's possible. Just highly unlikely for a 20mm lens IMHO :wink:
     
  15. ageha

    ageha Mu-43 Regular

    64
    Jun 14, 2011
    No. :)
     
  16. MichaelJC

    MichaelJC Mu-43 Regular

    Banding Issue

    E-M5, Panasonic 14mm, f/4.0, ISO 3200, 1/15s... :frown:

    120705_211232-w-2.
     
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  17. hanzo

    hanzo Mu-43 Veteran

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    Jan 22, 2010
    Chan
    not too worry.. I set maximum iso to 2000 now :biggrin:

    cheer up folks :biggrin:
     
  18. MajorMagee

    MajorMagee Mu-43 All-Pro

    Feb 24, 2011
    Dayton, OH
    Is this still a problem after the 1.2 Firmware update?
     
  19. gardengirl13

    gardengirl13 Mu-43 Veteran

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    Jun 26, 2012
    US
    Personally when I shoot my husbands band I use iso6400 in order to get higher shutter speeds. I need to freeze the action on stage and I need 1/125 to do that much higher to freeze the drummer, more like 1/250-500. So yes some of us need high iOS and high shutter speeds. This is why I do not know if I want the 20 or not. I really want it, but not if it's going to be an issue.
     
  20. MichaelJC

    MichaelJC Mu-43 Regular

    Does anyone have a technical explanation as to why this (supposedly, see photo above) occurs only with a particular lens/camera combo?