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  • #16
    Re: Olympus unveils OM-D E-M5 Mark II

    Originally posted by cliff View Post
    What grip for this model, is it the same as the original ?
    It's still a two-part grip but the design is different; new one is the HLD-8. The old one is not compatible.

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    • #17
      Re: Olympus unveils OM-D E-M5 Mark II

      Originally posted by Julian View Post
      Any views on how this compares with the E-M1?
      The E-M1 is a must if you need to use Four Thirds DSLR lenses, but in many other areas the E-M5 ii is as good or better than the E-M1. There is a feature comparison table in my article here:

      http://fourthirds-user.com/2015/02/o...m5_mark_ii.php

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      • #18
        Re: Olympus unveils OM-D E-M5 Mark II

        Originally posted by Melaka View Post
        I assume it takes the BLN1 battery but note with regret there is yet another grip added to an already long range.

        Ergonomically it looks much better than its predecessor.
        Yes it uses BLN-1 batteries like the E-M5, E-M1 and E-P5, for example.

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        • #19
          Re: Olympus unveils OM-D E-M5 Mark II

          Good to see Olympus continuing to push the envelope. The future's looking good!

          Glad to see Oly is taking video seriously. Not something I require much of, but there does seem to be a groundswell of users wanting it these days, and I think it is necessary in order to stay competitive. Just so long as the codecs are up to snuff.
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          • #20
            Re: Olympus unveils OM-D E-M5 Mark II

            It looks a really nice camera. I assume it's the same sensor as the E-M5 though - which is good and bad! I really like the output from this Sony-sourced device - in particular, the colours, esp reds, are better than from the Panasonic-based E-M1 IMHO. However, I'd really like to see an improvement in noise - it's fine in good light, but for critical work, or where some PP is needed at higher ISOs, the current sensor's limitations show. Maybe that'll happen with the E-M1 mk II?

            However, I can see me buying one:

            - fully articulating screen
            - improved EVF
            - improved IBIS
            - improved ergonomics

            The 40Mp mode sounds too restrictive to be genuinely useful - a point that Robin Wong makes clear in his review. It'll perhaps be useful for still life or landscapes in calm conditions, but in all cases only on a sturdy tripod.
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            • #21
              Re: Olympus unveils OM-D E-M5 Mark II

              That bounceable FL-LM3 mini flash looks like a brilliant idea. Unfortunately it seems that is uses an extra contact on the hotshoe, so it will not work on the other OMD cameras. That is a pity if it is the case.

              Ron

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              • #22
                Re: Olympus unveils OM-D E-M5 Mark II

                This really is a big upgrade, not just a facelift. Most interesting feature, of course, is the 40mp composite sensor shift application. However, I don't see how this can cope with subject movement within the frame, so I suspect it will have limited practical use, but will be a great advantage when it is suitable. Other noticable plus points are redesigned controls, upgraded EVF, the return of the fully articulared LCD, 1/8000th miniumum shutter speed, electronic silent shutter option, increased number of focus points and improved video. The bank manager still won't let me get one, though.

                Maybe second-hand in a few years time?
                John

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                • #23
                  Re: Olympus unveils OM-D E-M5 Mark II

                  Quick question, does it have a Sony or Panasonic sensor?
                  John

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                  • #24
                    Re: Olympus unveils OM-D E-M5 Mark II

                    Originally posted by Zuiko View Post
                    Quick question, does it have a Sony or Panasonic sensor?
                    No idea I will try to find out on Monday. The consensus is that the E-M1 sensor is made by Panasonic but Olympus had direct input on its design (Olympus actually designs and makes its own sensors for medical imaging equipment). The E-M5 Mark 1 sensor is made by Sony.

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                    • #25
                      Re: Olympus unveils OM-D E-M5 Mark II

                      Originally posted by Olybirder View Post
                      That bounceable FL-LM3 mini flash looks like a brilliant idea. Unfortunately it seems that is uses an extra contact on the hotshoe, so it will not work on the other OMD cameras. That is a pity if it is the case.

                      Ron
                      I will check this on Monday but do remember that we already have flash units that can act as RC flash commanders and these don't require additional contacts or the Accessory Port (which is missing on the E-M5 Mark II).

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                      • #26
                        Re: Olympus unveils OM-D E-M5 Mark II

                        Originally posted by Ian View Post
                        No, but unlike the E-M1 PDAF is not supported, so autofocusing when using Four Thirds DSLR lenses won't be as fast and reliable.

                        Ian
                        This appears to be an interesting camera, but the lack of PDAF is a show-stopper for me.

                        Dan
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                        • #27
                          Re: Olympus unveils OM-D E-M5 Mark II

                          If someone from Olympus could please call my wife and explain why I need this camera as it is superior in every way to my E-M1, I would really appreciate it.

                          I love my E-M1 but this E-M5 Mk II looks like a real cracker

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                          • #28
                            Re: Olympus unveils OM-D E-M5 Mark II

                            Originally posted by Dan in NC View Post
                            This appears to be an interesting camera, but the lack of PDAF is a show-stopper for me.

                            Dan
                            So you will be wanting an E-M1 Mark II then?

                            Ian

                            PS Don't forget the v.3.0 firmware release for the E-M1 out today; faster C-AF shooting and improved C-AF tracking.
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                            • #29
                              Re: Olympus unveils OM-D E-M5 Mark II

                              Originally posted by Ian View Post
                              So you will be wanting an E-M1 Mark II then?

                              Ian

                              PS Don't forget the v.3.0 firmware release for the E-M1 out today; faster C-AF shooting and improved C-AF tracking.
                              The upcoming 300mm f4 lens might be the ticket that brings me over m4/3. If the updated firmware improves the C-AF with the 300mm f4 to the level of the Canon 7D-II, then the EM-1 Mark II might be the way for me to go. I just can't rationalize replacing all of my 4/3 lenses with m4/3 counterparts.

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                              • #30
                                Re: Olympus unveils OM-D E-M5 Mark II

                                Just when is the ME1 firmware available to download?
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