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  1. I will stick to my $29 L plate.
  3. Adobe released Lr 2015.9 today plus corresponding update to ACR. The contents are bug fixes and new camera support. For E-M1 II Lr now seems to open the large high res ORF. But it seems to ignore the ORI file. IMHO that is a half ass solution. I will stick with DxO Optics as it opens both sizes of ORF plus ORI.
  5. “Stability of RAW file formation has been improved.”
  6. Already booked the order for the E-M1 II for $1799. At there site you tell them what camera you want to trade in and you get a discount code to apply at checkout. It worked just fine. No mention from Adorama about actually shipping the Pentax to them. Likely they would not want a 30+ year old SLR.
  7. Yes $200 off the body. Also hundreds off on lenses also. Some planning to purchase a new Orly m43 kit could save up to $800. And of course if you purchase via B&H or Adorama, there is no sales tax or shipping costs (unless you live in (NY/NJ). Amazon collects state sales tax.
  8. I just traded in a Pentax Super Program for $200 at Adorama. Fee shipping and no sales tax. Just in time for the wife's birthday!
  9. Shot with 256GB 1000x Lexar cards in Kenya and Alaska for weeks on the same cards without problem. Every additional card adds another point of failure or loss. The tradeoff with a larger card is that if the large card dies or is lost you lose a larger portion of your work.
  10. Not a cheap card if it is indeed $400 for a 128GB card. It will force Lexar to drop pipes on their 2000x cards.
  11. My father was a machinist so I can tell you that the plate has no mold marks or soft edges from casting. It seems on par with RRS and Kirk plates. it is simply a generic one with no overhead cost trying to exactly match the E-M1 II body. So many of the L plates made have bottom sections that are in the 100-110mm range. Those are way too long for a M43 body. The bottom section of this plate is around 82mm.
  12. Back to the topic.....L plates Just got the Desmond DAL L plates from B&H. With them mounted, the LCD panel will swing open around 170 degrees. So that is noticeable better that using the Kirk L plate. When you mount the plate, you move the bolt from the center slot to the slot towards the front of the camera. When you move the plate just to the end of the battery door, you end up with around a 10cm gap between the port side of the camera body and the vertical portion of the L plate. That may be enough for folks to put cables into the ports with the plate mounted. I will not check that as I don't connect cables in the field. The plate comes with a large allen wrench for tightening the main bolt to the camera. A smaller wrench is provided in case you want to remove the two sets of stop bolts that could prevent the plate from sliding out of a clamp that was not as tight as it should have been. For $20 each and no shipping or sales tax at B&H, they seem to be good value for money.
  13. This may be of interest to those that shoot Fuji.
  14. I think I found a replacement for the Kirk L plates. I will get them Wednesday from B&H. I will update when I know more.
  15. Got two of them in the mail yesterday. Fit and finish is good. The vertical part is permanently bolted into the horizontal plate. That is different for me. My RRS L plate for E-M1 had a vertical part that could be unbolted from the horizontal plate. Two items of concern: The horizontal plate does not extend fully under the camera body. The plate stops around the battery door hinge and does not extend under the grip. I would prefer the horizontal to extent under the entire camera body. Granted that would weight a few grams more in machined aluminum. The vertical part is pushed toward the back of the back of the camera body. I guess this is give max access the ports on the side of the body. The huge problem with that is the LCD panel can not swing out 180 degree and be tilted up and down with the same freedom as if if the camera did not have the L plate attached. This design has sacraficed LCS usability for port access. Personally I never shoot tethered or plug in an external mic. So I don't need port access in the field. The only time I will use the ports is to do camera or lens firmware upgrades. So for me the loss of full LCD panel maneuverability for port access is a very poor compromise. Obviously others may not feed this way. I will contact Kirk about this design. For me, it is not a winner. It will be interesting to see what RRS designs and supposedly ships in March.