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    HI Diane
    you shouldn't be looking around here - it can be expensive! The real crucial issue that dawned on me today is that, for longer lenses, the IBIS also steadies the viewfinder, so that for manual focus you can half press the shutter (image stabilises) then manual focus and press the shutter - it works very well.

    Hi Bart
    Weather here ghastly as well (specially for the Jubilee celebrations). I'm not waterproof either, but I have one of those coat thingies which is

    . . . but here are a couple with the OMD and the Leica R 180 f2.8 APO.

    p.s. I'm glad these are on a new page, as they aren't as good as yours and Terry's








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    Jono -

    The last one is my favorite. I did watch the Queen and family cruising on the royal barge. I knew there was a royal yacht. Never saw the barge before.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Knorp View Post
    As tradition has it, manuals are to be avoided.
    So I set off today in that spirit only to find the camera playing tricks on me.
    Decided not bother too much and just fired away.
    Here a some with the PL 45/2.8
    It seems quite clear that you have no need for a manual. These look fantastic

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    HI Diane
    you shouldn't be looking around here - it can be expensive! The real crucial issue that dawned on me today is that, for longer lenses, the IBIS also steadies the viewfinder, so that for manual focus you can half press the shutter (image stabilises) then manual focus and press the shutter - it works very well.

    Hi Bart
    Weather here ghastly as well (specially for the Jubilee celebrations). I'm not waterproof either, but I have one of those coat thingies which is

    . . . but here are a couple with the OMD and the Leica R 180 f2.8 APO.

    p.s. I'm glad these are on a new page, as they aren't as good as yours and Terry's
    I've heard about the Olympus Blue, but Olympus Green? Great photos. If this is what you can make out of awful weather, I'll come over to grab some of it. Beautiful photos!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jorgen Udvang View Post
    I've heard about the Olympus Blue, but Olympus Green? Great photos. If this is what you can make out of awful weather, I'll come over to grab some of it. Beautiful photos!
    Thank you.
    When do you get yours? (it would be wonderful to see you posting around here).

    From my point of view, day by day, I realise new things to like about the camera, and fewer things to dislike. Viewfinder IBIS stabilisation is a real winner - especially with MF lenses. I thought the poor tracking focus was going to be a problem, but the AF is so fast, you can just follow moving objects and mash the shutter at the right moment (surfing snaps with the 100-300 proved the point). The grip is also splendid - and really well thought out.

    It's good enough that all my dSLR and NEX kit is heading for ebay.

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    Reply to Terry...
    Not really relevant to the OM-D, which is great by the way, but......
    In keeping with the times we live in, the Royal Yacht was de-commissioned a few years back, and is now laid up as a museum piece. You can visit it in Sunny Leith (where I was brought up) - the Tourist Board would love to have you.
    I understand the 'barge' used today is a modern river tours vessel, chartered then 'gold plated and velveted' for the event. Still, despite the weather, it all looked as if it was quite a spectacle.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jonoslack View Post
    Thank you.
    When do you get yours? (it would be wonderful to see you posting around here).
    I was at the shop and bought one a couple of days ago... for a friend of mine
    I could get one on the next delivery, but I'm afraid I've spent a bit too much on the GX680 and lenses (and viewfinders and backs and film and... what started out rather reasonably has become rather expensive, but fun ). I'll see what I can manage after I've paid the rent, an airline ticket to Europe and stocked up on oat for the coming month's menu of porridge and stuff that grow along the roads around here

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    A little bit of OM-D street photography. The OM-D is quite stealthy once you disable the focus beep. Not that it applied to me in this case as I was shooting with my Zuiko OM 50mm f/1.4.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Jorgen Udvang View Post
    It seems quite clear that you have no need for a manual. These look fantastic
    Thank you Jorgen, but I'm afraid I did something foolish: I changed (without) knowing what I was doing all sorts of menu settings.
    Especially the AF part turned out to be upset by this lack of common sense ...
    The focus point was all over the frame except for the place where I wanted it and so in the end I had to refer back to 'manual' focus.
    Which is what I normally do with the M's anyway ...

    Now where is that darn manual ...

    All the best.
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    Hi Bart
    Weather here ghastly as well (specially for the Jubilee celebrations). I'm not waterproof either, but I have one of those coat thingies which is
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    Oh yes, I have those thingies too, but my mood hasn't ...
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    It's good enough that all my dSLR and NEX kit is heading for ebay.
    Blimey

    OK OK... I get the message

    How could they possibly improve on this?

    E-M6 better not be too soon!

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    OM-D with Panny 7-14



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    Quote Originally Posted by jonoslack View Post
    Thank you.
    When do you get yours? (it would be wonderful to see you posting around here).

    From my point of view, day by day, I realise new things to like about the camera, and fewer things to dislike. Viewfinder IBIS stabilisation is a real winner - especially with MF lenses. I thought the poor tracking focus was going to be a problem, but the AF is so fast, you can just follow moving objects and mash the shutter at the right moment (surfing snaps with the 100-300 proved the point). The grip is also splendid - and really well thought out.

    It's good enough that all my dSLR and NEX kit is heading for ebay.

    all the best
    Well, that's an endorsement if I ever heard one LOL. Jono, you have cost me money before and you and Terry have me primed for checking out the EM5 when one is available to handle. The grip interests me too since I suspect the body alone will be right on the edge of too small for me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jonas View Post
    Here's one from today. I visited our railway station as I wanted to exchange some money. Lo and behold, the government has bought one of the well known Weeping Girls sculptures by Laura Ford (UK) and placed it in one of the areas where people pass on their way to the trains:


    I may be a complainer always wishing for something more but I carry around my E-M5 daily having fun with it. The image above is taken with the micro version of the Panasonic 25/1.4, wide open.
    OT a bit but this sculpture intrigued me enough that I've explored more of Ford's work. I didn't know her work before.

    Also like the photo. The little girl is selectively focused enough but in context with the woman walking by ignoring (seemingly )

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    Wonderful macros in the recent posts...... but now for something completely different. Just a run of the mill (pun) scene at our local watering hole yesterday. Shot with an old Minolta lens, but despite the help of the 5x magnification I'd rather have relied on auto focus.
    It's the site of the Old Roswell Mill in GA.


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    Another macro

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    OM-D with Panny 7-14


    Really like this one, Glenn.
    I had a sort try with my 7-14. but didn't find anything as interesting !

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    Glenn - what a cool building and I like the way you framed it.

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    OM-D with Panny 7-14

    I like that one Glenn, it's like a sneak peak making me want to see the whole thing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Diane B View Post
    OT a bit but this sculpture intrigued me enough that I've explored more of Ford's work. I didn't know her work before.

    Also like the photo. The little girl is selectively focused enough but in context with the woman walking by ignoring (seemingly )
    Thank you for the kind comment Diane. I saw three of L Ford's weeping girls when visiting a sculpture park here a couple of years ago and then again a few other things by her when visiting the Cass Foundation, UK, last year. It was a happy surprise seeing one of the "girls" again.

    And, Thank you Guy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brian Mosley View Post
    Blimey

    OK OK... I get the message

    How could they possibly improve on this?

    E-M6 better not be too soon!

    Brian
    Hi Brian
    Bring on the E-M7. Of course it could be improved on, remember also that I don't shoot sport. But the OMD is good enough that I can't imagine a situation when I would tale a big SLR instead. It makes a great companion for the M9, doing telephoto and macro duties really well. It's not necessarily better than the NEX7, but it feels like a real camera, and with the NEX thre is a suspicion that next to a around Sony will change everying once again.

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    LOL. I have considered waiting for the EM6(def. not the EM7) but suspect with Oly it will be longer than I want to wait--IF the EM5 suits my shooting. I'm looking forward to trying it sometime this summer.

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    So! you got a chrome one - congratulations.
    Well, you know me: I am a sucker for chrome ...

    Quote Originally Posted by jonoslack View Post
    I await your feelings with baited breath!
    After only two days of using it one thing seems sure: the grip turns it into a winner.



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    Quote Originally Posted by jonoslack View Post
    It makes a great companion for the M9, doing telephoto and macro duties really well.
    Jono, I think that's the exact reasons why I went for it... it's everything that the M9 is not: zoom, macro, AF(fast!), video. Well, after agonizing wait, my silver OMD finally arrived. I would have preferred black, but only silver was available. Just mostly checking out the menus today and the battery is already dead... I probably activated the AF too many times, it just amazes me

    Somehow my test shots were all over-exposed, I'll have to let the battery charge so I can look at where did I go wrong. How do you turn off the AF-confirmation sound? NM, found it! Now I'm really stealth
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    On Sunday, we had our annual festivity in the park, it's called "été au chateau" (summer at the castle),
    but summer was far, far, faaaaaar away
    In fact, it was cold, and it rained THE WHOLE DAY

    Still, here's a short impression, short, because I had no weather-sealed lenses with me,
    so I had to be careful, even if the camera can have quite a bit of bad weather conditions ....









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    Quote Originally Posted by Knorp View Post
    Really like this one, Glenn.
    I had a sort try with my 7-14. but didn't find anything as interesting !

    All the best.
    Quote Originally Posted by Terry View Post
    Glenn - what a cool building and I like the way you framed it.
    Quote Originally Posted by Jonas View Post
    I like that one Glenn, it's like a sneak peak making me want to see the whole thing.
    Thanks everyone, it's Marina Bay in Singapore:

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    Now I'm really stealth
    Oh no you're not, David !
    As a final step to true stealthiness you have to disengage the gyroscope (aka IBIS) ...

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    Rafael,
    Well done, great stuff, love the mood of these, like stills from an Avant-garde film. The mysterious juggler with the flaming torches - can almost hear Miles Davis playing the soundtrack!


    Quote Originally Posted by f6cvalkyrie View Post
    On Sunday, we had our annual festivity in the park, it's called "été au chateau" (summer at the castle),
    but summer was far, far, faaaaaar away
    In fact, it was cold, and it rained THE WHOLE DAY

    Still, here's a short impression, short, because I had no weather-sealed lenses with me,
    so I had to be careful, even if the camera can have quite a bit of bad weather conditions ....









    OM-D with 7-14 and 45-200 Panasonic lenses

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    Very impressed with this little camera... No cats or ducks around, so I snap at my son for testing new gear:



    Straight out of camera, aperture priority with everything else on auto.
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    Our Flame Lily (Gloriosa) starts opening



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    OM-D with Panasonic Leica DG Summilux 25mm/f.14

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    Recently received my silver OM-D.
    With the 12-50 lens.



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    Two more from today.
    (Thanks to David Young for the tutorial on borders.)





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    A picture of the Cook pine in our backyard...

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    Also took this today on my way home... I think it's an apartment with an atrium-like entrance area, which looked like a green house to me. However, the tree gives me the impression that it's trying to escape from this glass prison!



    BTW, blame my PP for the low contrast :P
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    My silver and black body came in today.

    I had an E-PL3 for two days. I thought it was going to take a lot longer to get my OMD, and, I couldn't let the lenses, just sit there. The Pen Lite was returned today.

    It's going to take a little effort to fine tune the settings; and, to get a feel for the camera and lenses. I'm liking it a lot! Here's a few from tonight.

    12mm f/2.0; 1/80s @ f/3.2; ISO 320


    12mm f/2.0; 1/60s @ f/5; ISO 1000


    12mm f/2.0; 1/60s @ f/5; ISO 1600


    12mm f/2.0; 1/160s @ f/2; ISO 200


    12mm f/2.0; 1/125s @ f/2; -1/3 EV; ISO 200


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    Congrats, Matt, and nice images! What's the story behind the last one?
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    Congrats, Matt, and nice images! What's the story behind the last one?
    Thanks! I was walking up the hill and there they were! I asked if i could take their picture. Had to move in pretty close with that lens. DOF is, also, shallower then I thought. Claire's, the woman on the left, hands are the sharpest. Showed them the photos on the LCD, and, Claire gave me her email address to send them to her. Nice smiles.

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    second day of my Flame Lily flowering





    Outdoor shots with OM-D and Micro-Nikkor 55/2.8

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    Also took this today on my way home... I think it's an apartment with an atrium-like entrance area, which looked like a green house to me. However, the tree gives me the impression that it's trying to escape from this glass prison!
    David Interesting architecture....hard to believe the same person that put the atrium in the middle left the side apartment so nondescript.

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    My silver and black body came in today.

    I had an E-PL3 for two days. I thought it was going to take a lot longer to get my OMD, and, I couldn't let the lenses, just sit there. The Pen Lite was returned today.

    It's going to take a little effort to fine tune the settings; and, to get a feel for the camera and lenses. I'm liking it a lot! Here's a few from tonight.
    I haven't seen the market empty like that....that mannequin and blue wig seems to find its way into a number of shots. Must be a strategically places shop.

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    Re: Fun with the Olympus OMD

    terry:

    those are Luke's kids, a handful!

    jm

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    Quote Originally Posted by jlm View Post
    terry:

    those are Luke's kids, a handful!

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    I thought so! I can imagine they are a handful. I want the blond's curly beautiful head of hair!

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    Quote Originally Posted by jonoslack View Post
    From my point of view, day by day, I realise new things to like about the camera, and fewer things to dislike. Viewfinder IBIS stabilisation is a real winner - especially with MF lenses. I thought the poor tracking focus was going to be a problem, but the AF is so fast, you can just follow moving objects and mash the shutter at the right moment (surfing snaps with the 100-300 proved the point). The grip is also splendid - and really well thought out.

    It's good enough that all my dSLR and NEX kit is heading for ebay.
    I don't think it's that good, but with the same "mash it" technique I've got good motorsport images from Laguna Seca.

    It is so good that I'll be selling the E-P1 and probably GH-1 to get a second body and grip. Provided I can get some BLN-1 batteries.

    The camera is no practical use to me without spare batteries. It ran out half way through the race at Laguna Seca, it ran out half way through the WB Harry Potter studio tour.
    I'm sure it will run out part way through the Thaxted Morris Ring Meet, and I am certain it won't survive a day at Goodwood Festival of Speed.



    I just can't lift my 1D or white lenses until I get my strength back after my accident, otherwise |I'd be using them. I've just about got the motion back in my hand (10 months after surgery) that I can use a light camera/lens.

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    Re: Fun with the Olympus OMD

    Quote Originally Posted by smartwombat View Post
    The camera is no practical use to me without spare batteries. It ran out half way through the race at Laguna Seca, it ran out half way through the WB Harry Potter studio tour.
    I'm sure it will run out part way through the Thaxted Morris Ring Meet, and I am certain it won't survive a day at Goodwood Festival of Speed.



    I just can't lift my 1D or white lenses until I get my strength back after my accident, otherwise |I'd be using them. I've just about got the motion back in my hand (10 months after surgery) that I can use a light camera/lens.
    My suggestion is to call around to some shops in random places and just ask if they've got them in stock. Also, if you are shooting it for paid events perhaps lob a call into Olympus.

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    I really like the OMD and myself saying that means something, as I have not been constantly so highly impressed by any camera over a longer period.

    I mentioned already several times - really considering to cancel my D800E order! The OMD and m43 in combination with an OMD body is as good!

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    Re: Fun with the Olympus OMD

    Quote Originally Posted by smartwombat View Post
    I don't think it's that good, but with the same "mash it" technique I've got good motorsport images from Laguna Seca.
    Oh! I wasn't comparing it to a dSLR camera with real Phase detect tracking AF - but I so rarely need that anyway - You're in a different situation doing motorsport.

    What I meant was that for an occasional action shooter the crappy continuous focus can be sidestepped by using the excellent single shot focusing.

    all the best

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    Re: Fun with the Olympus OMD

    terry:
    they are night and day, eh?

    Penelope (4), the blonde, refuses to cut hers, while Lucille, (5) decided to cut her own, based on something she saw on TV!

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