Olympus OM-D E-M5, E-M1, E-M10 & Mark 2 Owners Thread

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I bought the Oly wide angles before the Panasonic 8-18 f/2.8-4.0 came out; I might have been tempted to go for the Panasonic 8-18 f/2.8-4.0 over the Oly 7-14 f/2.8 if I had the choice at the time because as you say it takes conventional filters and IQ is supposed to be excellent as well.

There is also the older Panasonic 7-14 f/4.0 lens which is reportedly very good, but it is isn't weathersealed.
The Panasonic 7-14 causes purple blotches on Oly bodies.
The 8-18mm has superb image quality
 
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as most will know I have been playing around with this topaz de-noise Ai for a couple of weeks with varied results ,some over sharpening ,some giving a waxy look , nothing quiet right and I have been shall I shan't I with a purchase .. I think I have now sussed out how to do it better so this might help others . I import into Lightroom and do my basic adjustments .. ( this is where I have been going wrong ) and over adjusting the image before transferring to p/s . I'm now doing minimal adjustments in l/r the main one being getting w/b right and just brightening if needed .. .then transfer to P/S resize for the web ,apply copyright and then apply topaz and export to desktop as a j.peg .. job done
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Wonder how long it will be before the MK3 starts getting discounted ?

As a smaller backup to the EM1X, I can see a point for me over my MK2 (despite what I've said earlier in the thread - as I've had time to sleep on it), but not at £1,600. If the price point drops to nearer £1100-1200 by the end of the year, I may trade the MK II in for the MK3 but we'll see.
 
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as most will know I have been playing around with this topaz de-noise Ai for a couple of weeks with varied results ,some over sharpening ,some giving a waxy look , nothing quiet right and I have been shall I shan't I with a purchase .. I think I have now sussed out how to do it better so this might help others . I import into Lightroom and do my basic adjustments .. ( this is where I have been going wrong ) and over adjusting the image before transferring to p/s . I'm now doing minimal adjustments in l/r the main one being getting w/b right and just brightening if needed .. .then transfer to P/S resize for the web ,apply copyright and then apply topaz and export to desktop as a j.peg .. job done
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.... Now that you have changed your workflow this is so much better than your most recent efforts Jeff - It's less overworked imo and more natural. Watch those blue shadows in #18,809.
 
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.... I wasn't sure about this one at first because of the strong coloured treatment but now it has grown on me and I think the colours bring out her tattoos very well. I very much liked your earlier shot of the same lady in soft mono. Much of it is just personal taste.

EDIT : I have been surfing around your Flickr pages and really like the wide variety of your work.
 
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Dalmatian Pelican in the early morning light on Lake Kerkini, Greece :

DO ANY OF YOU HAVE A PREFERENCE BETWEEN THE TWO IMAGES BELOW PLEASE?

This is the original full width image but had to be straightened and so became even tighter on the vertical sides. I cropped a slither off the top to de-emphasise the beak being close to the edge of frame. Even when working with a choice of two identical camera bodies (E-M1X), one mounted on a 300mm and the other on a 12-40mm, I would have missed the open beak shot while swapping cameras!

For this shot if I had my 40-150mm + 2x lens mounted on one of my bodies I would have been able to zoom back enough to capture my ideal image. However, this combo would not have been ideal for other shots on the 300mm prime benefitting from F/4.

EARLY MORNING YAWN?
by Robin Procter, on Flickr

This (below) is a cropped version of the same image to feature the open beak and be more of a portrait of the Pelican but it loses some of the nice light on the right :

EARLY MORNING YAWN?
by Robin Procter, on Flickr

Do any of you have a preference between the two images please?

[THANKS TO EVERYBODY WHO FAVES AND/OR COMMENTS ON MY PICTURES - IT IS ALWAYS VERY MUCH APPRECIATED]
 
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The Panasonic 7-14 causes purple blotches on Oly bodies.
The 8-18mm has superb image quality
My 8-18mm arrived this week. Gorgeous little lens. I've only taken one photo with it but I'm in love with it already.

I looked at a few other options but most had drawbacks either by virtue of not taking filters, not fast enough for astro or lacking weather sealing. The 8-18 seems to tick all of the boxes. Not cheap though unfortunately!
 
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My 8-18mm arrived this week. Gorgeous little lens. I've only taken one photo with it but I'm in love with it already.

I looked at a few other options but most had drawbacks either by virtue of not taking filters, not fast enough for astro or lacking weather sealing. The 8-18 seems to tick all of the boxes. Not cheap though unfortunately!
Its the one lens I do not own at the moment a wide angle debating to buy this lens or the 9-18 maybe a wide prime Laowa etc enjoy from what I images I have seen it a great lens its a question for me will I use it enough vs cost of purchase
 
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Has anyone experiences of the 17mm f1.8 ?
...so was thinking about an e-m10 mk2( again... :coat: I

Sooooo, am thinking about the 17mm and maybe a P12-32 for my lightweight set up...
I’m a e-m10ii user. My smallest travel set up is the 14-42 EZ for the day and 17 f1.8 for indoors and evenings.
I got the 12-40 pro last summer and despite the extra weight it’s basically replaced the EZ.
I really like the 17mm and take it out with nothing else on occasion slung over my shoulder under my jacket.

I’m on my phone but there should be a link to my Flickr below. I put my stuff into albums for equipment and subject. So you can see what I used the 17 for.
 
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Dalmatian Pelican in the early morning light on Lake Kerkini, Greece :

DO ANY OF YOU HAVE A PREFERENCE BETWEEN THE TWO IMAGES BELOW PLEASE?

This is the original full width image but had to be straightened and so became even tighter on the vertical sides. I cropped a slither off the top to de-emphasise the beak being close to the edge of frame. Even when working with a choice of two identical camera bodies (E-M1X), one mounted on a 300mm and the other on a 12-40mm, I would have missed the open beak shot while swapping cameras!

For this shot if I had my 40-150mm + 2x lens mounted on one of my bodies I would have been able to zoom back enough to capture my ideal image. However, this combo would not have been ideal for other shots on the 300mm prime benefitting from F/4.

EARLY MORNING YAWN?
by Robin Procter, on Flickr

This (below) is a cropped version of the same image to feature the open beak and be more of a portrait of the Pelican but it loses some of the nice light on the right :

EARLY MORNING YAWN?
by Robin Procter, on Flickr

Do any of you have a preference between the two images please?

[THANKS TO EVERYBODY WHO FAVES AND/OR COMMENTS ON MY PICTURES - IT IS ALWAYS VERY MUCH APPRECIATED]
hard one to quantify robin they both have there own merits and make a super photo in there own rights my only adjustment would be to the close up to lift the shadows a tad ,even if it means playing with highlights and shadows to get the right balance .. but either shot is of magazine quality .. how did the others there fare with there conventional cameras ?
 
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Dalmatian Pelican in the early morning light on Lake Kerkini, Greece :

DO ANY OF YOU HAVE A PREFERENCE BETWEEN THE TWO IMAGES BELOW PLEASE?

This is the original full width image but had to be straightened and so became even tighter on the vertical sides. I cropped a slither off the top to de-emphasise the beak being close to the edge of frame. Even when working with a choice of two identical camera bodies (E-M1X), one mounted on a 300mm and the other on a 12-40mm, I would have missed the open beak shot while swapping cameras!

For this shot if I had my 40-150mm + 2x lens mounted on one of my bodies I would have been able to zoom back enough to capture my ideal image. However, this combo would not have been ideal for other shots on the 300mm prime benefitting from F/4.

EARLY MORNING YAWN?
by Robin Procter, on Flickr

This (below) is a cropped version of the same image to feature the open beak and be more of a portrait of the Pelican but it loses some of the nice light on the right :

EARLY MORNING YAWN?
by Robin Procter, on Flickr

Do any of you have a preference between the two images please?

[THANKS TO EVERYBODY WHO FAVES AND/OR COMMENTS ON MY PICTURES - IT IS ALWAYS VERY MUCH APPRECIATED]
Both images are incredible I have to say, but my personal preference is the ‘head and shoulder’ crop as imo that is where the real interest lies and having the full body attached takes away the arty composition which I love.
I’ve seen other photographers producing this type of image and it generally looks good, yours is sensational and worthy of entry into a high level competition!
 
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the top one looks a bit tight Robin I like the bottom one you could clone a bit more water to the left .
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Its the one lens I do not own at the moment a wide angle debating to buy this lens or the 9-18 maybe a wide prime Laowa etc enjoy from what I images I have seen it a great lens its a question for me will I use it enough vs cost of purchase
The 9-18 is well worth a look if you don't expect it to get much use (or if you do for that matter!). It's a great little lens and relatively affordable. I wanted 2.8 or faster for astro otherwise that would have been a good choice. The Laowa looks really nice too but not far short of the 8-18mm in terms of cost.
 
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Dalmatian Pelican in the early morning light on Lake Kerkini, Greece :

DO ANY OF YOU HAVE A PREFERENCE BETWEEN THE TWO IMAGES BELOW PLEASE?

This is the original full width image but had to be straightened and so became even tighter on the vertical sides. I cropped a slither off the top to de-emphasise the beak being close to the edge of frame. Even when working with a choice of two identical camera bodies (E-M1X), one mounted on a 300mm and the other on a 12-40mm, I would have missed the open beak shot while swapping cameras!

For this shot if I had my 40-150mm + 2x lens mounted on one of my bodies I would have been able to zoom back enough to capture my ideal image. However, this combo would not have been ideal for other shots on the 300mm prime benefitting from F/4.

EARLY MORNING YAWN?
by Robin Procter, on Flickr

This (below) is a cropped version of the same image to feature the open beak and be more of a portrait of the Pelican but it loses some of the nice light on the right :

EARLY MORNING YAWN?
by Robin Procter, on Flickr

Do any of you have a preference between the two images please?

[THANKS TO EVERYBODY WHO FAVES AND/OR COMMENTS ON MY PICTURES - IT IS ALWAYS VERY MUCH APPRECIATED]
I personally like the full length shot due to the spectacular lighting on the birds back, but either way totally jealous how you got so good with the 1x so fast.
 
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Firstly, thanks to all for all the encouraging praise!

hard one to quantify robin they both have there own merits and make a super photo in there own rights my only adjustment would be to the close up to lift the shadows a tad ,even if it means playing with highlights and shadows to get the right balance .. but either shot is of magazine quality .. how did the others there fare with there conventional cameras ?
.... Thanks Jeff, I'll look at lifting the shadows just a tad but don't want to reduce the light to shade contrasts. Apart from Guy Edwardes (a renowned professional who was hosting our group of six and shoots Canon D-SLR) most of the others' shots I have seen so far are a bit mundane and lack that extra something. One of them was shooting on an Olympus E-M1 Mark II but it was her first outing with it and she was a bit technophobic. Another had a good eye and was shooting on a Fuji but her post-processing lets her down. The Nikon shooter was good technically but a bit lacklustre in my opinion. Our guide said he thinks mine were the best set and Guy has been very complimentary.

Both images are incredible I have to say, but my personal preference is the ‘head and shoulder’ crop as imo that is where the real interest lies and having the full body attached takes away the arty composition which I love.
I’ve seen other photographers producing this type of image and it generally looks good, yours is sensational and worthy of entry into a high level competition!
.... My thoughts too regarding where the real interest lies. Andy Rouse keeps telling me I should enter competitions but I do a fair amount of post enhancements and that's often not allowed. Personally I see nothing wrong in developing an original image to get the maximum desirable effect from it - I like my photographs to become pictures which give pleasure both to me and to others.

the top one looks a bit tight Robin I like the bottom one you could clone a bit more water to the left .
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.... Cloning a bit more water to the left is an excellent idea - Thanks Robert! My cloning skills might let me down though but nothing ventured nothing gained.

I personally like the full length shot due to the spectacular lighting on the birds back, but either way totally jealous how you got so good with the 1x so fast.
.... That lighting on the back plumage is spectacular and the reason why I haven't deleted that photo even though it's all a very tightly cropped original - Just circumstances which couldn't be helped except in the exact science of hindsight (possibly perhaps maybe).

My progress with the M1X I think is greatly helped by how much I use it - For example, I shot over 200 images this morning of Jackdaws in my garden in the rain (in low light on Olympus 40-150mm F/2.8 Pro + MC-20 on small Jobu Jr-3 gimbal). The vast majority of my shots are of wildlife and so my eyes are trained that way - I'm a bit specialised.

As most people here already know, I am lucky enough to own two M1X bodies and I regularly match their customisations so it doesn't matter which body I grab to shoot. I think of a camera body as simply being a control module on a lens. Shots are led by choice of lens. My learning curve (and we never stop learning!) is not divided across two even slightly different bodies but is all as one.

All my Pelican pictures so far are in a Flickr Album : https://www.flickr.com/photos/114775606@N07/albums/72157712826569333

Again, thank you all - Much appreciated!
 
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Dalmatian Pelican in the early morning light on Lake Kerkini, Greece :

DO ANY OF YOU HAVE A PREFERENCE BETWEEN THE TWO IMAGES BELOW PLEASE?

This is the original full width image but had to be straightened and so became even tighter on the vertical sides. I cropped a slither off the top to de-emphasise the beak being close to the edge of frame. Even when working with a choice of two identical camera bodies (E-M1X), one mounted on a 300mm and the other on a 12-40mm, I would have missed the open beak shot while swapping cameras!

For this shot if I had my 40-150mm + 2x lens mounted on one of my bodies I would have been able to zoom back enough to capture my ideal image. However, this combo would not have been ideal for other shots on the 300mm prime benefitting from F/4.

EARLY MORNING YAWN?
by Robin Procter, on Flickr

This (below) is a cropped version of the same image to feature the open beak and be more of a portrait of the Pelican but it loses some of the nice light on the right :

EARLY MORNING YAWN?
by Robin Procter, on Flickr

Do any of you have a preference between the two images please?

[THANKS TO EVERYBODY WHO FAVES AND/OR COMMENTS ON MY PICTURES - IT IS ALWAYS VERY MUCH APPRECIATED]
Great photo regardless of which you choose but my favourite is the tighter crop. More dramatic plus you’ve just managed to clip the tail in the original so a ‘proper’ crop looks better imo (y)
 
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@RedRobin both are excellent, but the clip of the tail feathers in the 1st niggles me, although a bit of cloning would probably sort that . Besides I do like the portrait style of the 2nd.
 
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@RedRobin both are excellent, but the clip of the tail feathers in the 1st niggles me, although a bit of cloning would probably sort that . Besides I do like the portrait style of the 2nd.
.... The clipped tail niggles me too - If only the lighting on the rest of the rear wasn't so nice! I try to avoid cloning unless it is just very minor retouching - Cloning whole features just doesn't sit well in my mind.

Great photo regardless of which you choose but my favourite is the tighter crop. More dramatic plus you’ve just managed to clip the tail in the original so a ‘proper’ crop looks better imo (y)
.... My thinking too - Do a 'proper' fuller crop rather than it look like the mistake it was. Although in my defence I had slightly too much lens with the 300mm mounted and only a 12-40mm mounted on the other body assuming I could have swapped and caught the moment in time anyway. You lose some and you win some.

Many Thanks guys!
 
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Here we go again ,just bought a four thirds 35mm f3.5 macro lens . Summers coming and the price was right
 
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Here we go again ,just bought a four thirds 35mm f3.5 macro lens . Summers coming and the price was right
That should have been my last choice I used to have one unless it us for flowers . The 50mm f2 with an ex-25 would be better or if you can find one a Sigma 105 f2.8 in 4/3 fit.
 
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That should have been my last choice I used to have one unless it us for flowers . The 50mm f2 with an ex-25 would be better or if you can find one a Sigma 105 f2.8 in 4/3 fit.
The 50mm f2 is five or six times the price I paid Alf , not got a great deal of interest in macro it’s just something to play with ,the sigma is like hens teeth and again expensive
 
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