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The litte OM-D E-M5 that could


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#21 Airee

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Posted 18 October 2012 - 21:06

Another example : a very difficult shot, a good test for flare resistance. Here the 20/1.7 beats the 55mm micro nikkor flat and reaches the level of the 50/1.4 G. ISO 500, f/2.5, 1/8s

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Center detail :

SM OC, det1-180092.jpg

Upper right corner, not even in focus:

SM OC, det2-180092.jpg

Amazing.

And the most difficult part :


SM OC, det3-180092.jpg

still very good compared with nikon glass...

Edited by Airy, 18 October 2012 - 21:09 .


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Posted 18 October 2012 - 21:33

And now the stabilizer. With the 20/1.7 (40mm equivalent), I could get most shots sharp at 1/4s, but none at 1/2s, transition is sharp. Not bad.
The shots were in a very dark chapel (same church as above), ISO 1600, f/1.7. Below the pic and the 100% crop. Of course the de-noising becomes aggressive. To me, 800 ISO (and 1/4s) is the limit with that camera and lens. Impressive, still.

SM chapelle-180095.jpg

detail :

SM chapelle, det-180095.jpg

Edited by Airy, 21 October 2012 - 14:56 .


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Posted 19 October 2012 - 00:11

Here is an example of the Panasonic Leica Summilux DG 25mm f/1.4 taken at f/5.6 (maximum sharpness), 1/60 sec, ISO 1000 on Olympus OM-D E-M5. The colors and gradation of skin tones are remarkable for photo taken with natural backlighting (no flash!):

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Edited by episa, 19 October 2012 - 00:12 .

Eric
D800, D800E, Nikkor AF-S 24/1.4G, 50/1.4G, 85/1.4G, 300/2.8G VR, 14-24/2.8G, 24-70/2.8G, 70-200/2.8G VRII
TC-14EII, TC-17EII, TC-20EIII
Nikkor AIS 20/2.8, 24/2.8, 28/2.8, 55/2.8 Micro, 105/2.5, Rokinon MF 35/1.4 AS UMC
Zeiss 21mm/2.8 ZF, Leica 180mm APO f/2.8, Voigtlander SLII 40/2, 58/1.4, 90/3.5, APO 125/2.5 SLI, APO 180/4 SLI

Sony NEX-5N with Sony 18-55/3.5-5.6 OSS
Olympus OMD E-M5 with M.Zuiko Digital ED 12/2, 17/1.8, 45/1.8, 75/1.8. Panasonic Leica 25/1.4 DG

#24 episa

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Posted 19 October 2012 - 00:16

Now enlargements/crop 100% of previous photo (Panasonic Leica Summilux DG 25mm f/1.4 at f/5.6, 1/60 sec, ISO 1000). No post processing at all. Direct JPEG from the camera.

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Eric
D800, D800E, Nikkor AF-S 24/1.4G, 50/1.4G, 85/1.4G, 300/2.8G VR, 14-24/2.8G, 24-70/2.8G, 70-200/2.8G VRII
TC-14EII, TC-17EII, TC-20EIII
Nikkor AIS 20/2.8, 24/2.8, 28/2.8, 55/2.8 Micro, 105/2.5, Rokinon MF 35/1.4 AS UMC
Zeiss 21mm/2.8 ZF, Leica 180mm APO f/2.8, Voigtlander SLII 40/2, 58/1.4, 90/3.5, APO 125/2.5 SLI, APO 180/4 SLI

Sony NEX-5N with Sony 18-55/3.5-5.6 OSS
Olympus OMD E-M5 with M.Zuiko Digital ED 12/2, 17/1.8, 45/1.8, 75/1.8. Panasonic Leica 25/1.4 DG

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Posted 19 October 2012 - 00:18

Same 100% cropped picture as previous post on a different location of the initial photo (Olympus OM-D E-M5 with Panasonic Leica Summilux DG 25mm f/1.4, taken at f/5.6, 1/60sec, ISO 1000):

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Eric
D800, D800E, Nikkor AF-S 24/1.4G, 50/1.4G, 85/1.4G, 300/2.8G VR, 14-24/2.8G, 24-70/2.8G, 70-200/2.8G VRII
TC-14EII, TC-17EII, TC-20EIII
Nikkor AIS 20/2.8, 24/2.8, 28/2.8, 55/2.8 Micro, 105/2.5, Rokinon MF 35/1.4 AS UMC
Zeiss 21mm/2.8 ZF, Leica 180mm APO f/2.8, Voigtlander SLII 40/2, 58/1.4, 90/3.5, APO 125/2.5 SLI, APO 180/4 SLI

Sony NEX-5N with Sony 18-55/3.5-5.6 OSS
Olympus OMD E-M5 with M.Zuiko Digital ED 12/2, 17/1.8, 45/1.8, 75/1.8. Panasonic Leica 25/1.4 DG

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Posted 19 October 2012 - 00:21

Now let's look at the performance of the Panasonic Leica Summilux DG 25mm f/1.4 at full aperture, 1/60sec, ISO 320. This photo attached was taken to test the sharpness and bokeh at f/1.4

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TC-14EII, TC-17EII, TC-20EIII
Nikkor AIS 20/2.8, 24/2.8, 28/2.8, 55/2.8 Micro, 105/2.5, Rokinon MF 35/1.4 AS UMC
Zeiss 21mm/2.8 ZF, Leica 180mm APO f/2.8, Voigtlander SLII 40/2, 58/1.4, 90/3.5, APO 125/2.5 SLI, APO 180/4 SLI

Sony NEX-5N with Sony 18-55/3.5-5.6 OSS
Olympus OMD E-M5 with M.Zuiko Digital ED 12/2, 17/1.8, 45/1.8, 75/1.8. Panasonic Leica 25/1.4 DG

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Posted 19 October 2012 - 00:25

Another example of the bokeh at full aperture (f/1.4) of the Panasonic Leica Summilux DG 25mm f/1.4 mounted on Olympus OM-D E-M5. I have acquired this lens only 2 weeks ago and have not got much time to really enjoy its amazing capabilities.... All pictures posted on this lens come as JPEG straight from the camera unmodified in Post processing, except for the 100% cropping and resizing to fit the max file size of this publication.

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Edited by episa, 19 October 2012 - 00:26 .

Eric
D800, D800E, Nikkor AF-S 24/1.4G, 50/1.4G, 85/1.4G, 300/2.8G VR, 14-24/2.8G, 24-70/2.8G, 70-200/2.8G VRII
TC-14EII, TC-17EII, TC-20EIII
Nikkor AIS 20/2.8, 24/2.8, 28/2.8, 55/2.8 Micro, 105/2.5, Rokinon MF 35/1.4 AS UMC
Zeiss 21mm/2.8 ZF, Leica 180mm APO f/2.8, Voigtlander SLII 40/2, 58/1.4, 90/3.5, APO 125/2.5 SLI, APO 180/4 SLI

Sony NEX-5N with Sony 18-55/3.5-5.6 OSS
Olympus OMD E-M5 with M.Zuiko Digital ED 12/2, 17/1.8, 45/1.8, 75/1.8. Panasonic Leica 25/1.4 DG

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Posted 19 October 2012 - 00:29

Finally a difficult situation for most lenses: sharp contrast black on white (CA, purple fringing , quality of blacks with noise etc...). Same system: Olympus OM-D with Panasonic Leica Summilux DG 25mm f/1.4 at full aperture, 1/60sec, ISO 640. JPEG unmodified straight from the camera.
Needless to say that I am thrilled with this lens. I cannot afford a real Leica M Summilux 50mm f/1.4 on a Leica body but I can enjoy a similar quality/rendering (except the shorter depth of field) on the OM-D at 1/6 of the price!

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Edited by episa, 19 October 2012 - 00:34 .

Eric
D800, D800E, Nikkor AF-S 24/1.4G, 50/1.4G, 85/1.4G, 300/2.8G VR, 14-24/2.8G, 24-70/2.8G, 70-200/2.8G VRII
TC-14EII, TC-17EII, TC-20EIII
Nikkor AIS 20/2.8, 24/2.8, 28/2.8, 55/2.8 Micro, 105/2.5, Rokinon MF 35/1.4 AS UMC
Zeiss 21mm/2.8 ZF, Leica 180mm APO f/2.8, Voigtlander SLII 40/2, 58/1.4, 90/3.5, APO 125/2.5 SLI, APO 180/4 SLI

Sony NEX-5N with Sony 18-55/3.5-5.6 OSS
Olympus OMD E-M5 with M.Zuiko Digital ED 12/2, 17/1.8, 45/1.8, 75/1.8. Panasonic Leica 25/1.4 DG

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Posted 20 October 2012 - 14:53

This thing is incredible. Now with the 20/1.7, back to the same cathedral, same lighting, same angle, but optimized usage.
400 ISO, f/4.0, 1/4s, handheld with stabilizer on (will also stabilize the EVF, as a menu option), plus anti shake (2s shutter delay). Auto WB. Jpeg straight from camera, with sharpening for downsizing to 2000 pxl, but no sharpening at all on 100% crop. Exposure set manually, about -1EV (compared to matrix metering indication) to reflect the relatively dark ambience.

Full pic:

NDLT-200115.jpg

And the crop:

NDLT, 100pc crop-200115.jpg

Edited by Airy, 21 October 2012 - 14:58 .


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Posted 20 October 2012 - 21:39

For reference, a crop (downsized) of what I could get the same day with the 55/2.8 micro Nikkor. Focussed using LV and Zacuto loupe. 1/30s, f/4.0, 1400 ISO handheld

NDLT, 55-2.8 detail-8414.jpg

The default jpeg sharpening in the OM-D is a bit too strong for my taste (some artifacts result in certain pictures, such as tone variations along edges of walls etc.). It makes the micro nikkor look soft in comparison, but reality is different.

Edited by Airy, 20 October 2012 - 21:52 .


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Posted 23 October 2012 - 21:35

Fun goes on, this time with the 45/1.8

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Posted 04 November 2012 - 09:56

Nice pictures!

After having the opertunity of trying the OM-D for a few days I decided I liked it enough to buy one and sell my Nikon gear. It wasn't an easy decision. The ergonomics of the Nikon (D300) was better and I didn't have to fiddle around in menus as I had everything within fingers reach on buttons. But with the 24-70 f/2.8 it was just too heavy to carry around, especially since my little son came along. The OM-D with the 45mm 1.8 weighs in under half a kilo.

I found that the pictures from the OM-D came out better than from the D300, even at higher ISO where the OM-D produces less noise and better colors. The dynamic range of the OM-D is also better IMO. Then again, the OM-D has5 years up on the D300.

My brother who does wedding photos and portraits mostly got the OM-D to shoot street photos as he found the D700 too intimidating. Two months later he sold the D700 and spent the money on some good glass for the OM-D. He found the D700 pictures slightly less grainy on high ISO but the D700 had some banding over ISO 6400 that the OM-D does not.

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Posted 18 November 2012 - 09:28

A few other things to like with the OM-D (not specific, these may be shared with other EVF-equipped gear):
  • exposure compensation is made visible in the EVF, but can (as an option) be turned off. I prefer making it visible, so I do not need to review the result and decide if I need another setting.
  • when using legacy lenses with adapters, diaphragm must be set "by hand", reminding me closed diaphragm metering which I used every now and then with the Canon T90 in my younger years. Advantage is to make DOF immediately visible, but the view could get too dark for focussing. Supplemental advantage of the EVF is, the brightness of the EVF gets adjusted and manual focussing remains as easy (or difficult), no matter which aperture is chosen..


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Posted 18 November 2012 - 17:04

I like the way the darker areas are rendered in the D800 files. Contrast is very nice. I had a chance to play with the OM-D at a local store a couple of weeks ago and it was a very nice experience. AF was awesome even in the lighting conditions of the store.

I used to own the 20 f1.7 panasonic and it seemed to do an OK job if I was careful on how I tilted and positioned the camera, otherwise I would get some weird distortion that seemed uneven and difficult to correct, but of course that could have been me being a dummy.

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Posted 18 November 2012 - 23:40

Can any OM-D user share his/her experience with the autofocus? How's the speed and accuracy compared to a D700 and/or X100? And do I understand correctly you can move the AF point around with the four way controller? And last, how's the touch screen for focusing?

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Posted 19 November 2012 - 03:34

Luc, I have no hesitation in saying that the AF-S type focusing on the OM-D is as good as my D700 in terms of speed and accuracy. The touch screen is a huge advantage that the D700 doesn't have. You can tap any part of the screen and it will focus (and optionally also release) there, almost instantly if there is adequate contrast on your subject.

AF-C is a different matter altogether and I can't recommend using this camera for action photography. It's not the right tool for that.

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Posted 19 November 2012 - 05:51

The AF point is in a 5*7 grid that covers about 55% of the EVF display. It can be moved around with the arrows, or autoselected. This is the default function of the arrows, it is immediately accessible when shooting.

Pointing an shooting literally with one finger on the screen works very well. I have made a few shots that way in public places, with the camera on my knees, screen tilted. To avoid camera shake, shutter delay is available (down to 1/8s which is barely noticeable).

AF-C is not in the same class as D700/800. Focus tracking: ditto, it tends to jump from one subject to another it even to background, which is worse. You cannot rely on it for, say, dance rehearsals or fast moving cars in streets.

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Posted 19 November 2012 - 09:23

Thanks a lot Dallas and Airy for your replies and info! I'm tempted to buy either a Fuji X-E1 or an Olympus MFT camera. As an owner of a Fuji X100 I'm aware of the limitations of Fuji autofocus. Also, the Olympus 12mm f2, 17mm f1.8, 45mm f1.8 and 75mm f1.8 seem like a very nice set, and I like fast, high quality glass.

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Posted 19 November 2012 - 19:46

the af-s of the x-e1 is a lot better than the x-pro was pre-firmware upgrade. i assume the x100 was the same.

the af-c is still a joke, but it is on the m 4/3 cameras too. the only mirrorless cameras with decent af performance in my opinion are the ones with hybrid phase detect sensors embedded in the sensor, a la the nikon 1 and i think one of the latest NEX.

the 75 f/1.8 is almost reason by itself to get an m4/3 camera! (almost)
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Posted 19 November 2012 - 20:16

Yes, possibly, and the size is another. Not too big, not too small, but this is essentially subjective.




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