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Olympus E-M1 II mini-review - a sign of things to come with the Panasonic GH5?

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On 6/26/2019 at 1:02 AM, DaveAltizer said:

I just received my EM1 Mkii from B&H used department and immediately loaded V3 on it. 

I am using the Panasonic 12-35mm f2.8 and the autofocus performs flawlessly. As good as Canon Dual Pixel AF IMO and more reliable than the Nikon Z6. 

I love the colors on the camera and I feel the size of this body is just perfect. THIS is what I wanted. The EM1X was overpriced and always having a grip made it unnecessarily bulky for a MFT camera. Going to do a review on this new setup soon. 

I feel the upcoming Panasonic Leica 10-25mm f1.7 paired with this camera will be my go to "YouTuber" camera for a while. I love the color science and IBIS is magical. Only thing "missing" is a good 120fps mode...which I can just get with my Z6 when I occasionally need it. 

So for now my current setup is this:

1DC on a tripod in my studio setup for that 4K MJPG Canon Log.

EM1 Mkii for vlog style, run and gun shooting.

Nikon Z6 for 120fps and run and gun shooting/ backup cam.

Leica Q (which I just picked up used for a steal) pictures of my kid and everyday life/ instagram shots. 

I'd agree with that. The EM1X is a great camera but a bit heavy for Vlogging. I was really surprised E-M1 II got such a big firmware update, so long after release. If the AF is as good as you say it is, then you can pick one up used cheaper than a boring old A6400 and have much more fun with it, with much better colour, ergonomics, not to mention that incredible IBIS.

I am glad you have a 1D C again. I'd love to see a comparison of images between the 1D C and everything else. I still feel like the hefty MJPEG codec has the most CCD/film like colour going on of all the modern 4K stuff, especially in Canon LOG with a good LUT.

Even though the E-M1 II has taken a leap, I am keeping my EM1X though. I don't currently do any vlogging, and having a smaller, lighter pro Canon 1D style camera with great colour and IBIS is really nice. The feel of the body is superb, like a mini 1D C or 1D X II.

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4 hours ago, Andrew Reid said:

I'd agree with that. The EM1X is a great camera but a bit heavy for Vlogging. I was really surprised E-M1 II got such a big firmware update, so long after release. If the AF is as good as you say it is, then you can pick one up used cheaper than a boring old A6400 and have much more fun with it, with much better colour, ergonomics, not to mention that incredible IBIS.

I am glad you have a 1D C again. I'd love to see a comparison of images between the 1D C and everything else. I still feel like the hefty MJPEG codec has the most CCD/film like colour going on of all the modern 4K stuff, especially in Canon LOG with a good LUT.

Even though the E-M1 II has taken a leap, I am keeping my EM1X though. I don't currently do any vlogging, and having a smaller, lighter pro Canon 1D style camera with great colour and IBIS is really nice. The feel of the body is superb, like a mini 1D C or 1D X II.

I'm totally with you...however...have you had any bugs with the EM1X? I owned two of them and both had crazy firmware bugs. Like the camera locks up and doesn't let me take photos, or in video mode all of a sudden the buttons get all whacked out and don't work. Gotta be just early firmware issues. If I can get a good deal on an EM1X I'd go with that over the EM1mkii.

Great perspective though on pricing. It is cheaper than the Sony a6400 and is a much better option for most people. 

Ya...I won't let go of the 1DC again. I think its an important camera and it's a camera I want to always have in my collection. The Leica Q feels excessive. I may sell that honestly lol. 

I want to pick up that Panny Leica 10-25mm f1.7 for the Olympus system and I'll be set. 

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Cinematic that one, a good example of making such ordinary stuff look emotional. A flower pot on a table in the rain... Who'd have thought :)

That first shot lingers a bit too long BUT it's lovely stuff... And the video is just 2 shots which isn't enough, but the garden is a nice setting.

Camera is looking great, AF doing the trick, stabilisation impressive... Also liking the colours.

The fake Anamorphic flare didn't add anything, I'd have got rid of it. Anamorphic flare has to be real and suited to the content, I think a mellow piece like this doesn't need the drama to be honest.

I am going to install the new firmware and see how it goes... I have the E-M1X at the moment as well to act as the benchmark. Man, is that camera nice feeling in the hand. I have not had any bugs yet but didn't take it to Berlin with me when I got it, so haven't used it in anger yet... need to get to shoot with it much more but initial impressions are great... Aside from the price that is ;)

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Pretty funny outtakes start about 11:13. Oh, and AF comparison between the previous firmware and 3.0 is at 3:15. Impressive. The only thing I didn't like about the E-M10iii was the atrocious continuous AF:

 

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I’m getting an itchy trigger finger. Hopefully the 3.0 update is a sign of things to come with Olympus. Having more video specs can’t hurt. Crossing my fingers Olympus will add better codecs and more framerate and resolution options to the EM1X or a forthcoming EM1.3

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9 hours ago, liork said:

Based on E-M1 II timing history, you will have to wait more than 2 years for that...

Nah... 3rd Q19 should be when they have something with the release date for 150-400 F4.5. And Probably an update to the lens roadmap.

 

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I’m on the verge of getting an em1 mark II second hand, could someone here who owns it please tell how the continuous autofocus performs in video with firmware 3.0.

I know how the xt3, the a7r3 and the z6 works in comparison. The few tests I’ve managed to find on YouTube seem a bit inconclusive. So is it on par with the z6 (in good lighting) and is the face detection sticky or does it tend to hunt/drift?

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The 2016 E-M1 ii just became the ultimate Youtube/vlogging camera (full stop) and literally no one (except this thread) is talking about it. Even if the E-M5 iii coming in August gets PDAF it probably won't have the flippy screen...

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5 hours ago, noplz said:

The 2016 E-M1 ii just became the ultimate Youtube/vlogging camera (full stop) and literally no one (except this thread) is talking about it. Even if the E-M5 iii coming in August gets PDAF it probably won't have the flippy screen...

It’s extremely compelling for m43 shooters now. But, right now, full frame and EOS R are winning the vlogging game.

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I have aways liked the look of the Olympus OM-D E-M1 II & with this new firmware update it looks a very interesting proposition so I have just ordered a used model with Panasonic 25mm F/1.7 lens from Wex here in the UK. Trading in my Sony RX10M4 has covered almost the entire cost.

The RX10M4 has been pretty much redundant since I bought the RX100M6 as except for the amazing 600mm FF equivalent zoom there is nothing to choose between the two cameras in terms of image quality & as the RX100M6 fits in my pocket I use it 80-90% of the time for stills. When I want to "do photography" I have my Nikon D810 & a bunch of lenses so I'll be looking at getting a Speedbooster for the E-M1 to take advantage of my Nikkor lenses.

I gave up pro video about five years ago but latterly I shot wedding with a pair of OM-D E-M5s & loved them for their fantastic 5-axis IBIS & the light weight & compactness. The HD video was a bit mushy but the colours were lovely. The E-M1 is a bit larger but still should have many of the same characteristics but now with sharp 4K video.

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My new (used) camera arrived yesterday. First impressions are that it's very well made & fits beautifully in my hands. I'm just looking to download & install the new firmware`& it looks like they have even updated the user manual with details of features included with the new firmware http://download.aws.olympus.eu/consumer/manuals/cameras/E-M1_Mark_II_MANUAL_FW30_EN.pdf

Update: Can't do the FW update as I need a USB-C cable so ordered one from Amazon for delivery tomorrow.

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6 hours ago, nigelbb said:

My new (used) camera arrived yesterday. First impressions are that it's very well made & fits beautifully in my hands. I'm just looking to download & install the new firmware`& it looks like they have even updated the user manual with details of features included with the new firmware http://download.aws.olympus.eu/consumer/manuals/cameras/E-M1_Mark_II_MANUAL_FW30_EN.pdf

Update: Can't do the FW update as I need a USB-C cable so ordered one from Amazon for delivery tomorrow.

I think you will enjoy it immensely with the new firmware. 

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