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Re: Few m43 questions
« Reply #20 on: March 01, 2018, 12:02:33 PM »

The additional resolving power of a 20mp sensor has been documented on DXOs website. Additionally, high resolution mode/pixel shift does work to enhance resolution even with micro-4/3 zooms.

The Olympus 12-100 f/4 is a great lens and has significant resolving power. The dual IS with Olympus bodies is a game changer, almost negating the need for a tripod. The same can be said for the dual IS with Panasonic products. Its too bad we cant mix and match the dual IS functionality between manufacturers...

A trip is a great reason (rationalization) for a new photo purchase. If you have an Olympus body, go with the 12-100. As far as a body goes, Id recommend waiting one more generation as both Panasonic and Olympus are likely to have bodies that encompass high resolution mode, hand held. This is already true with Pentaxs recently announced K-1 Mk II.
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Re: Few m43 questions
« Reply #21 on: March 01, 2018, 04:21:01 PM »

The additional resolving power of a 20mp sensor has been documented on DXOs website. Additionally, high resolution mode/pixel shift does work to enhance resolution even with micro-4/3 zooms.

The Olympus 12-100 f/4 is a great lens and has significant resolving power. The dual IS with Olympus bodies is a game changer, almost negating the need for a tripod. The same can be said for the dual IS with Panasonic products. Its too bad we cant mix and match the dual IS functionality between manufacturers...

A trip is a great reason (rationalization) for a new photo purchase. If you have an Olympus body, go with the 12-100. As far as a body goes, Id recommend waiting one more generation as both Panasonic and Olympus are likely to have bodies that encompass high resolution mode, hand held. This is already true with Pentaxs recently announced K-1 Mk II.

I've already used the E-M5ii with the 12-100 while hiking and it's a good combo. I miss a little more spark in many shots but it's good enough.
Waiting for a new body is always a good answer however I think it will be around 2 years before getting another one on the Olympus side unless they implement it in the future E-M5iii before the next E-M1iii.

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Re: Few m43 questions
« Reply #22 on: March 13, 2018, 07:29:59 PM »

Few more questions and a rant.

I'll start with the latter. The Oly menus are just too complex, it's difficult to find something quickly. But you have the super panel (or whatever it's called) some might say. True, it helps but doesn't solve the problem. And guess what, try to hit that center ok button with gloves that are anything but a liner. I have maybe a 25% success rate at best, really frustrating.
So, is E-M1 any easier to use with gloves? I would venture to say that no but I'd like to hear from somebody who tried both.

Does the bigger grip reduce the space for the fingers? I bough a L-plate with a grip and also the Oly grip for the E-M5ii. With a thicker lens, such as the 12-40/2.8 and 12-100/4, there is very little space for the fingers, and I don't have thick fingers.


Other thoughts.
The live view with real time highlight overexposure AND shadow underexposure is brilliant, I wish Fuji would have it. You can play with the exposure compensation and maximize the dynamic range of the sensor or figure it out if one exposure will cut it. There are issues though. The highlight overexposure is very conservative. I had a shot where I chose to have few blown highlights while the camera was showing I have minimal if any shadow problems. In LR though there was much more room for highlights, like 2/3 of a stop, while the shadows were way too noisy when there were lightened.

The high resolution mode is nice but too flawed. Can't deal with even minute movement.

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Re: Few m43 questions
« Reply #23 on: March 13, 2018, 09:28:02 PM »

If you find the menus too complicated then that is the truth for you, and one can not argue with it.

For me, I did the menus complexity appropriate to the configurability of the camera.  That is, if you choose to ignore some menu items, the camera will still work just fine.  Only it will be configured the way some engineers decided it should be.  Once I work through the setup, I rarely need to go to the menus.

I use the SCP regularly.  It is a bit difficult to grab that center button with gloves on, so I often just take the glove off.  Then I take my glasses off to get a better view thru the EVF.  So it's not seemless. But I love the SCP; it's effectively a very sophisticated "my menu".  Between be SCP, the three Custom settings, the 2x2 lever and the customizable buttons, I find it very easy to quickly control the camera. 

I also find the ergonomics of the grip and button placement very good.  I have the RRS plate on the camera, which adds just enough height for my pinky finger.
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Re: Few m43 questions
« Reply #24 on: March 13, 2018, 10:14:10 PM »


The high resolution mode is nice but too flawed. Can't deal with even minute movement.

Armand,

So if the subject doesn't move, like say a painting, this could be a high resolution camera tech for photographing paintings?

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Re: Few m43 questions
« Reply #25 on: March 13, 2018, 10:32:55 PM »

I think so, the color accuracy is supposed to be superior also. I guess you will need a sharp lens with a very flat field.

Now sometimes is almost there if you don't enlarge and the jpeg deals a little better with the artifacts (being smaller in size helps too).
Here is one that is almost artifact free of a subject you would not expect to be that still. It's from the jpeg version and a 100% crop from the center.

PS. I wasn't expecting to take high resolution shots of the deer, it was just set that way when I encountered them.

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Re: Few m43 questions
« Reply #26 on: March 13, 2018, 10:35:50 PM »

Armand,

Re: Thoughts and rants

I have the EM5-ii, like you. I enjoy the functionality of this camera; others might rant about its complexity; but they are two sides of the same coin. I agree the buttons are small but so is the body.

The issue of exposure while holding the highlights and shadows is very important. I often shoot a single image exposed to the right, adjusting the exposure so that the highlight warning occupies just a small portion of the image. When i want to be sure, I invoke the HDR feature and develop in lightroom. This provides a very natural rendering. I hear that you are frustrated with the exposure and DR, but there are many tools on the camera to cope. Don't forget the live histogram. It is referred to the jpeg exposure but experience will show you how to compensate for raw exposure where there is more headroom.

Finally, the High Res mode can often be used successfully to overcome the motion artifacts. Simply read the first frame of the High Res exposure into photoshop. Upres to match the High Res shot. Then create a layer for the up ressed image and the high res shot. Use a black mask and paint out the motion artifacts. This works well so long as the motion artifacts are confined to smaller items in the background.

IMHO the EM5 ii is really a great camera. It is basically water proof and using its features allows one to overcome almost any problem in the field.

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Re: Few m43 questions
« Reply #27 on: March 18, 2018, 05:15:20 PM »

Armand,

Re: Thoughts and rants

I have the EM5-ii, like you. I enjoy the functionality of this camera; others might rant about its complexity; but they are two sides of the same coin. I agree the buttons are small but so is the body.

The issue of exposure while holding the highlights and shadows is very important. I often shoot a single image exposed to the right, adjusting the exposure so that the highlight warning occupies just a small portion of the image. When i want to be sure, I invoke the HDR feature and develop in lightroom. This provides a very natural rendering. I hear that you are frustrated with the exposure and DR, but there are many tools on the camera to cope. Don't forget the live histogram. It is referred to the jpeg exposure but experience will show you how to compensate for raw exposure where there is more headroom.

Finally, the High Res mode can often be used successfully to overcome the motion artifacts. Simply read the first frame of the High Res exposure into photoshop. Upres to match the High Res shot. Then create a layer for the up ressed image and the high res shot. Use a black mask and paint out the motion artifacts. This works well so long as the motion artifacts are confined to smaller items in the background.

IMHO the EM5 ii is really a great camera. It is basically water proof and using its features allows one to overcome almost any problem in the field.

The Photoshop masking sounds appealing, I'm gonna give a shot.
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