OMD M5 astrophotography review at The Roving Photographer.

Discussion in 'Olympus Cameras' started by fgbrault, May 19, 2012.

  1. fgbrault

    fgbrault Mu-43 Regular

    Mar 2, 2012
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  2. Spuff

    Spuff Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Dec 5, 2010
    Berkshire, UK.
    I didn't know about the 'live time' feature - that sounds really useful.
  3. ckrueger

    ckrueger Mu-43 Veteran

    Jul 16, 2011
    The Live Time refresh is REALLY cool. I've only played with it a bit, but you can watch the scene being slowly painted and stop the exposure when it looks good.

    As someone who spent many a chilly night fumbling with his 5D only to get slightly misfocused and poorly exposed images due to all the guesswork involved in shooting with an SLR at night, the EM5 looks like a great nighttime camera, especially with improved noise performance over prior Four Thirds cameras.
  4. dannat

    dannat Mu-43 Regular

    May 2, 2010
    Melbourne Australia
    i liked the shots & review but wasn't overly impressed with the images he put out
  5. arad85

    arad85 Mu-43 Veteran

    Aug 16, 2012
    I don't think he's a serious astro tog. Certainly you wouldn't use the timer on top of the 7d to time image exposure - just use a timer remote for £20 off eBay
  6. Pennington

    Pennington Mu-43 Regular

    Thanks all - that's my blog! I'm glad that my ramblings were interesting to folks here :smile:

    arad85 is correct, I'm not a serious astrophotographer. It's just something I mess around with when I'm able to. I enjoy it, in large part because it gives me a good excuse to go outside and stare at the night sky.

    dannat, my biggest problem with astro shots is sharing them online. They just don't render well at all at smaller sizes and end up looking like dark, blurry things. I posted some the other day and included links to larger versions, which I think helps. But anything less than full-size, I think it loses some of the impact.

    I tried to do a series of real-world reviews on the E-M5 when I got it; this was one that I hadn't planned for, but worked out. (The whole review series got a little out of control and dragged on way too long...)
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  7. sueifong

    sueifong Mu-43 Regular

    Aug 22, 2012
    It's 1.59 plus 0.99 GBP postage actually.
    Just got mine yesterday , no time to go out so try a bit of indoor star trails.:biggrin:
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  8. arad85

    arad85 Mu-43 Veteran

    Aug 16, 2012
    At that price, I assume you mean a remote release like this:

    I mean one that you can set to interval time like this:

    Although it is only £12...

    Much much easier than the manual one as you just set it for the correct exposure length, interval and number of frames and then go and have a glass of your favourite tipple whilst it does its thing... Also easier to use dedicated star stacking software if you can.
  9. sueifong

    sueifong Mu-43 Regular

    Aug 22, 2012
    The cheap one can do continuous / interval shooting as well. The photo above is 120 photos blend together, 60 seconds per frame. I set the camera to Sequential L, 60 seconds, press shutter button and slide it to hold, go watching tv for 2 hours or just let it shoot till battery dies.
  10. arad85

    arad85 Mu-43 Veteran

    Aug 16, 2012
    So can the expensive one. You just aren't limited by the setting you make on the camera...
  11. ISO1600

    ISO1600 Mu-43 Regular

    Aug 17, 2012
    Abilene, TX
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    i messed around with my OMD last weekend a little for some star shots, and was somewhat disappointed. This is coming from experience with both Canon and Nikon DSLR's.
    5D was pretty good. 5DII was quite good. D700 and D7000 were both great IMO.
    OMD is back in the pretty good category, i think most limited by lens selection.

    Keep in mind, most of what i've done is static tripod-mounted wide-field shots, trying to get milky way and the like.
    The noise characteristics of the OMD are just not ideal, or i haven't found the right settings yet.
  12. geelog

    geelog Mu-43 Rookie

    Apr 6, 2012
    Calgary, AB
    I was fooling around with some night shots of the milky way in August and came up with these shots. I mostly varied the ISO but left the fstop at f2 with the 12mm Oly lens and time exposure at 15 seconds or 20 seconds.
    Night Skies - a set on Flickr
  13. arad85

    arad85 Mu-43 Veteran

    Aug 16, 2012
    Well if you will live/visit somewhere that has no light pollution....

    That's a great set :)
  14. Jeroen

    Jeroen Mu-43 Regular

    Jul 16, 2010
    the netherlands
    wow these are fantastic. now i can safely buy an e-p5. thanks for sharing!
  15. IDLookout

    IDLookout Mu-43 Regular

    Apr 26, 2012
    Northern Idaho
    The other day i decided to try a few star shots. Shots at 1600iso, f1.8, with my OMD and 17/1.8 at about 20 seconds seemed to work. No where near perfect yet, but it's fun getting into it: