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    Re: Fun with the Olympus OMD

    Cracked out my Zuiko OM 50mm f/1.4 for some low-light prime action. It also enabled me to take the requisite cat picture (as per the secret by-laws of GetDPI):


    Bagheera by Carlos Echenique, on Flickr

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    i am so impressed with the IS!! 300mm @ 1/40s, just a tinyyyy touch of blur...



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    Quote Originally Posted by jonoslack View Post
    Fun here with the Leica 60 elmarit macro and the OMD.

    My 60 elmarit arrived today from Red Dot Cameras - thank you Brian

    I'm linking to their side because they were so helpful and splendid!

    I'm so impressed I started a new thread, but I thought a few images here wouldn't go amiss either.

    Using the lens on the OMD is wonderful - it handles nicely with the small grip, the IS works splendidly, and the lens is just spectacular.

    All the best
    Some nice textures in those flowers.

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    Re: Fun with the Olympus OMD

    A few with MF glass, from my backyard ....

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    just opened a UPS box with a silver OMD and 12-50, battery is charging.

    pretty cute little bugger

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    just getting a minute with the camera. found that live view-touch screen takes a shot totally amazing.

    however, my screen blanks out after a few seconds in LV when tilted to waistlevel finder config; is this normal?

    Eureka! figured it out...my fat finger was triggering the viewfinder mode! Ha!

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    Here's one at ISO 25600 just for kicks:



    E-M5 50 mm f/13.0 1/500 sec 25600 ISO 0.0 EV




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    Re: Fun with the Olympus OMD

    Tesselator

    Am I missing a mirror in the shot or do you have two cameras?

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    I'm holding a dummy copy of it while shooting with the real thing.

    So those horses are just a printed (I think air-brush art) pic on the other side of some clear plastic. All of the knobs, buttons, and doors open, press, and turn but there's no guts in it. No glass in the lens either. (Of the one pictured in the image there).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tesselator View Post
    I'm holding a dummy copy of it while shooting with the real thing.

    So those horses are just a printed pic on the other side of some clear plastic. All of the knobs, buttons, and doors open, press, and turn but there's no guts in it. No glass in the lens either. (Of the one pictured in the image there).
    and theres a HUGE E-M5 underneath!!!

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    started to play a little with HDR, what do you guy think?

    with the oly 12/2 @ f22


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    It looks good!

    Very sensible tone mapping!

    Nice!


    Wait... that's the huntington pier? I guess it's been too long - i didn't even recognize it at first...

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    yup, huntington beach!!

    Quote Originally Posted by Tesselator View Post
    It looks good!

    Very sensible tone mapping!

    Nice!


    Wait... that's the huntington pier? I guess it's been too long - i didn't even recognize it at first...

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    Re: Fun with the Olympus OMD

    Peter,
    what HDR method did you use?
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    Quote Originally Posted by peterc View Post
    i am so impressed with the IS!! 300mm @ 1/40s, just a tinyyyy touch of blur...



    P5220250 by ohitspetey, on Flickr
    Anna's Hummingbird! Nice, Peter.

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    Got an opportunity to shoot some young singers performing on stage last night. Armed the OM-D with a Zuiko 50mm f/1.4 (I was in the third row) and took a whirl at manually focussing in fairly low light.


    Mel - "You Raise Me Up" by Carlos Echenique, on Flickr

    Lens was set to f/4, all other data in the exif.
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    Re: Fun with the Olympus OMD

    Peter,

    The HDR looks good. Great overall feel to it.

    Jim
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    We seem to be in Cornwall
    What a lovely drive in 28 C temperatures with the hood down.

    the hedgerows are wonderful . . . .












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    just some tone mapping using Photomatix.. so technically its not HDR? haha
    its a single image processed

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    Peter,
    what HDR method did you use?

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    Thanks Peter.

    This piqued my interest and I revisited one of my earlier posts to give it the Photomatix treatment. Thus I present "Waiting for Alice HDR":


    Waiting for Alice HDR by Carlos Echenique, on Flickr

    I think that Photomatix does a stellar job bringing up the details in an OM-D file. ORF file imported directly into Photomatix Pro (latest version), processed into 16-bit TIFF, opened in AfterShot Pro (latest version) for framing and JPG export.
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    In a small and possibly rather strange circle I have a certain reputation for the collection and use of straight razors. The OM-D kit lens does quite nicely at making photos of these:



    This is the razor I shaved with this morning!

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    Chris,
    Not a collector of razors but a beautiful piece anyway.

    Jim

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    Nice one Glenn, a fine view on what looks like a perfect day.
    The cost of the trams hasn't affected the grass cutting budget then.......

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tesselator View Post
    I'm holding a dummy copy of it while shooting with the real thing.

    So those horses are just a printed (I think air-brush art) pic on the other side of some clear plastic. All of the knobs, buttons, and doors open, press, and turn but there's no guts in it. No glass in the lens either. (Of the one pictured in the image there).
    No offense Tess, but an ISO 25600 shot at 1/500 with F13.0 doesn't tell much at all, of how the camera really handles that ISO in real world situations. You have plenty of light. My Olympus e-300 from years ago takes decent ISO 1600 shots at high noon.

    - Raist

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    Only had the camera about a day, but certainly loving it now that I've figured out some of the settings. Can't understand why some options are set a default opposite what someone would use. The writer of the manual should be shot for the explanation of some these.

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    Which lens is this?

    Quote Originally Posted by peterc View Post
    i am so impressed with the IS!! 300mm @ 1/40s, just a tinyyyy touch of blur...



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    Which lens is this?
    peterc - Hummingbird

    LUMIX G VARIO 100-300/F4-5.6
    Shot at 300 mm

    From the Exif of the Flicker Original image

    A very beautiful capture....
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    [QUOTE=bcaslis;422319]The writer of the manual should be shot for the explanation of some these.

    You haven't had the chance to see a Panasonic manual then? Much much worse.
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    Quote Originally Posted by les View Post
    Nice one Glenn, a fine view on what looks like a perfect day.
    The cost of the trams hasn't affected the grass cutting budget then.......
    Thanks Les, all the people on the left brought a goat each to trim the grass.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by bcaslis View Post
    The writer of the manual should be shot for the explanation of some these.

    You haven't had the chance to see a Panasonic manual then? Much much worse.
    True all camera manuals I've seen are bad. But the one killed me was trying to figure out flash. On Canons (back when I used them) the flash and the ambient exposure seemed pretty separate. On Nikons, changing the exposure will also affect the flash. On the OM-D I couldn't figure it out, it seemed like exposure compensation didn't affect the flash but also didn't affect anything with the flash on but worked fine without the flash.

    Finally did a web search that commented on another Olympus camera that with a setting with an icon that looks like a flash compensation plus an exposure compensation that setting to on makes it work like the Nikon but off means that exposure compensation is ignored with a flash. That sounded like exactly what I was seeing.

    Sure enough under custom F there is a setting like this and changing it worked (I never even suspected that flash behavior would be something you could customize). But the manual description is "When set to [On], it will be added to the exposure compensation value and flash intensity control will be performed." Doesn't help me at all with that description.

    But at least I know understand how it works!

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    HI There
    I thought I'd try shooting some surfers today with the 100-300 - at 300mm (they were a good way out, and without a wetsuit the Atlantic in May is no place to go wading brrrr!)

    First of all I tried C-AF . . . not a chance - I was getting a hit rate of about 20% we all know that it doesn't work well with CDAF - I wasn't surprised.
    So I thought I'd try S-AF and just mash the shutter at the critical point . . it worked just fine, the AF on the OMD is really fast, and I was getting a hit rate of about 80% - excellent (remember, this is 600mm equivalent, hand held).

    Here are a couple of shots:





    It was a lovely clear morning (after one lot of rain . . and before the next!)

    here are a couple with the 12-50 kit lens of Gwynvor.




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    Nothing special, but the evening light was nice and the dogwoods were in bloom. Same PL25mm lens, first at f/1.4 and second at f/4:



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    Quote Originally Posted by raist3d View Post
    No offense Tess, but an ISO 25600 shot at 1/500 with F13.0 doesn't tell much at all, of how the camera really handles that ISO in real world situations. You have plenty of light. My Olympus e-300 from years ago takes decent ISO 1600 shots at high noon.

    - Raist
    And that would only ever be the reason and condition where high ISO should be used! If the exposure is under 1/60 or so with the high ISO setting then get a tripod like you're supposed to. Never ever shoot high ISO at low shutter speeds unless you want your images to look totally crappy or unless you're trying to introduce shot-noise and false color.

    High ISO is typically for fast shutter speeds when you also want lots of DOF or fast (enough) shutter speeds when there isn't enough light otherwise. Like you wish to shoot at 1/500 - 1/8000 with f/8 for BIF or similar for indoor gym sports etc..

    Using high ISO with low shutter speeds is a rookie mistake. It's that way with film too BTW. If you're shooting night photography for example you should use the lowest ISO film feasible and use a tripod - for the best results. Shooting 1600 or 3200 ASA color film at night just to get the shutter up around 1/60 to 1/125 is a huge mistake if image quality is at all a concern. I wonder if they still make those films???

    Anyway, you said it yourself: Your e-300 actually worked at 1600 when there was enough light. As in... when you could achieve a fast shutter speed. Depending on conditions and the specific equipment being used, my general rule is to never go below 1/250 at ISO 800, and never below 1/500 at ISO 3,200. And I don't have enough experience with these ultra high ISO speeds to know if faster than 1/500 is better or not yet but I suppose 1/1000 is slightly better than 1/500 at ISO 6,400 and above.

    I learned this back in the 80's when fast color films first started hitting the market and was making the same mistakes you are here. Later I read several pro photography books which said basically the same thing. It hit me again while I was working at a film development studio and my boss walked over with this gorgeous 8x12 of a morning (around 10am? maybe) water-skier with a beautiful perfectly frozen water-plume and said: This is the new Konica thirty-two-hundred film. I was stunned as all my high ISO shots were turning out terribly grainy with very poor color - but this was better than some of my ASA 200 shots. I asked the shutter speed and he replied 1/4000 f/8 200mm. From then I had a lot of success shooting fast films and I learned something:

    Fast ASA films or ISO digital settings are not for slow shutter speeds below 1/500 or dark scenes.

    And this generally holds true today on digital as you yourself observed.
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    Was over at a friend's house for his kids' birthday (twins) and they had to keep their overly friendly dachshunds under control. They (the wiener dogs) really wanted to be at the party:


    Jailbirds by Carlos Echenique, on Flickr

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    tried something a few nights ago at Joshua Tree national park in California

    12mm / f2 / 15s @ ISO1600


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    Quote Originally Posted by jonoslack View Post
    HI There
    I thought I'd try shooting some surfers today with the 100-300 - at 300mm (they were a good way out, and without a wetsuit the Atlantic in May is no place to go wading brrrr!)

    First of all I tried C-AF . . . not a chance - I was getting a hit rate of about 20% we all know that it doesn't work well with CDAF - I wasn't surprised.
    So I thought I'd try S-AF and just mash the shutter at the critical point . . it worked just fine, the AF on the OMD is really fast, and I was getting a hit rate of about 80% - excellent (remember, this is 600mm equivalent, hand held).

    Here are a couple of shots:

    It was a lovely clear morning (after one lot of rain . . and before the next!)

    here are a couple with the 12-50 kit lens of Gwynvor.

    Great colors and overall look in this image.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tesselator View Post
    Using high ISO with low shutter speeds is a rookie mistake.

    snip . . .

    Fast ASA films or ISO digital settings are not for slow shutter speeds below 1/500 or dark scenes.

    And this generally holds true today on digital as you yourself observed.
    This implies that, for instance, shooting in low light at an event or bar should be done on a tripod? Let's face it, a tripod is only a help if you're subject holds still.

    Of course, I agree in principle - but in practice one usually uses high ISO when the lighting is poor, and slow shutter speeds may be the only way to get the shot.

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    Lovely flower shots John
    So - you reckon it's a Sony sensor?
    where did you get that information from?
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    Very nice, Mr. Slack. Fantastic colours. It's Olympus-time

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    Oh, all right! It's on order.

    Cheers, Matt

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    Re: Fun with the Olympus OMD

    From a walk, yesterday in the park







    OM-D with Nikkor-UD 20/3.5

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    first attempts; from jpegs, before i figured out i was not shooing RAW. 12-5 kit lens

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    lower manhattan, here is where i realized i was processing jpegs! couldn't control the dynamic range

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    another from the morning walk, kit lens is not bad
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    for those not familiar with the streets of NY: Fulton St, in one block, and just one side of the street: russian baths, dentist and optometrist, newsstand, indian restaurant, texas BBQ, buy gold, barber, Irish Pub, cleaners, foot massage, two girls painting their nails ... from a jpeg

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    Quote Originally Posted by jonoslack View Post
    This implies that, for instance, shooting in low light at an event or bar should be done on a tripod? Let's face it, a tripod is only a help if you're subject holds still.

    Of course, I agree in principle - but in practice one usually uses high ISO when the lighting is poor, and slow shutter speeds may be the only way to get the shot.
    No, if you read the whole message it doesn't really imply that. Check the qualifiers I used. "Mostly", "Usually", "generally", "if image quality is at all a concern", and so on. Of course there times when there's no other way and it's either accept the inevitable or go without the shot. Remember, I was responding to someone saying that 1/500 at f/13 is a meaningless test for ISO 25,600. LOL

    So I stick by my remark:
    Fast ASA films or ISO digital settings are not for slow shutter speeds below 1/500 or dark scenes.

    And this generally holds true today on digital...

    and add: Sure, we all use our tools for things other than what they are for. At least we should!
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    Fulton st, again, different view

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tesselator View Post
    Fast ASA films or ISO digital settings are not for slow shutter speeds below 1/500 or dark scenes.

    And this generally holds true today on digital as you yourself observed.
    I disagree. A great deal* of excellent photography, especially photography of people across several genres (documentary, travel, street, fine art), is done at higher ISO values and lower shutter speeds under conditions where a tripod is neither convenient nor practical and where ultimate image quality is a minor contributor to the the quality of image.

    *Far more than implied by your qualifiers such as "generally"
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