Olympus Test & Wow

Michael Meissner

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I just got mail that the E-m1 mark III is now added to the list of cameras to be tried out. Since I was already trying out the E-m5 mark III for this weekend, I added the E-m1 mark III as well (though I suspect because of the LCD viewfinder in the E-m1 mark III, that I will ultimately go for the E-m5 mark III). I replied to a post over in dpreview about questions of whether the viewfinder is TFT LCD or OLED, and it looks like tomorrow, I will find out:
And note, while it isn't part of Test & Wow, Hunts in Melrose, MA will be having their clean and check session with Olympus cameras next weekend where they have the repair pros come in and check the camera, clean the sensors, etc.
 

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This seems very unique. Any other manufactures lending new bodies out to regular users before release for free? Just tried the E-M1X only because I could, but now I have an E-M1iii reserved for early March. I'm actually interested in the mark iii and could see myself making the purchase.
 

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Just picked up the E-M1 iii. Excited to put it through its paces this weekend. On a side note, I was a little surprised the staff at the store were excited to talk about it and had real world experience with the new features.

Just goes to show the internet and reality are different. Not everyone is down on Oly and M43.
 

Michael Meissner

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I have this little project to measure how much power various modes on the E-m5 mark III and other cameras use. I wanted to see how much power the 12-100mm f/4 IS lens used over the non-IS lenses, so I went back to the Test & Wow page and saw that it was still active.

Given this is fall foliage season in New England, I decided to be greedy and borrow the 7-14mm, the E-m1x with 40-150mm as well for this coming weekend. Originally I had made the reservation for next weekend (Columbus Day), but it looks like the leaves may be turning faster this year.

In cancelling the reservations and rebooking them, I noticed that Hunts (the MA store participating in Test & Wow) now has the 100-400mm and I said what the heck, might as well borrow that also. I suspect most of my pictures will be with my standard 12-200mm lens, but we will see.

Given there is a small zoo (Stone Zoo) near the camera store, I need to make a timed reservation for Monday to try out the 100-400mm in a zoo location before returning the lens. I suspect, that ultimately, I won't buy any of the lenses (40-150mm f/2.8 and 100-400mm f/5-6.3 being too heavy, and I don't use wide angle much except for foliage to warrant buying the 7-14mm over the 9-18mm I own), but at least I can try them out.

Here is the link for Test & Wow: https://testandwow.getolympus.com/en_US/welcome.

Unfortunately, the locations (within the US) are fairly limited:
  • Mike's Camera in Sacramento, CA.
  • Mike's Camera in Denver, CO.
  • Robert's Camera in Indianapolis, IN.
  • Hunts Photo & Video in Melrose, MA.
  • Camera Mall in Ann Arbor, MI.
  • The Camera Shop in Muskegon, MI.
  • Precision Camera & Video in Austin, TX. (and)
  • Kenmore Camera in Kenmore, WA.
I suspect when the sale to JIP is finalized, the Test and Wow program might end.
 
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